IVF treatment benefits valued by employees

Infertility rates rising, expenses can add up to $15,000 per cycle
By Nicholas Greschner
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/10/2012

Many couples dream about experiencing the joys of having a baby. However, this could be a struggle for many as infertility is on the rise in Canada. The prevalence of infertility has doubled since the 1980s and now sits at 15.7 per cent, according to the 2012 study Estimating the Prevalence of Infertility in Canada.

With this rate on the rise, many couples are looking to assisted human reproduction methods such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments — the manual process of combining egg and sperm in a laboratory and transplanting viable fertilized eggs into the uterus.

There were 11,718 IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment cycles in Canada in 2011, up nearly 10 per cent from the previous year, according to the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS).