As part of National Infertility Awareness Week in the States, the national fertility support organisation Resolve has come up with the brilliant idea of ranking each state according to how fertility-friendly it is. The scores were based on a number of factors including relevant state legislation, the number of fertility clinics relative to the infertile population, the number of support groups and the insurance mandate climate in the state. They have produced a wonderful State Fertility Scorecard which gives each state a grade from A (most fertility-friendly) to F (least fertility-friendly).
Looking at the map, it seems that you are best off having a fertility problem on the East Coast with Massachusetts toping the table and New Jersey, Conneticut and Maryland in the top five states along with Ilinois. Meanwhile at the other end of the scale, Louisiana, Georgia. North Dakota and Kentucky all came out with very low rankings.
It’s a brilliant idea, and will help people with fertility problems push for better acknowledgement, help and understanding in the future. We have had a similar map in the UK with Infertility Network UK’s Funding for Fertility project, but this has changed with the introduction of the Clinical Commissioning Groups and it still isn’t quite clear what the map of the UK will look like in the future.