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To My Canadian Sisters (x-posted in TTCMA)

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September 21st, 2011, 12:11 PM
Heart_and_Soul's Avatar Regular
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FYI - The Canadian Council of RE's and other fertility specialists are meeting in Toronto this week to discuss banning obese women from receiving fertility treatment because of the increased complications that arise for obese women during pregnancy/childbirth.

Sorry, but this is absolute discrimination IMO. If your reasoning is the cost on the healthcare system, then are you going to ban women who are diabetic or have other health issue pre-fertility treatment such as hemophelia? Where do you draw the line? Shouldn't they refuse treatment to women who smoke?

I just heard this on the news while driving to work and it really irked me.

Here in BC the two fertility clinics in Vancouver won't treat women who have a BMI of 40% or more. I'm not saying it's healthy to be that weight (which is where I am now and I'm working on it), but there is no logical reason other than discrimination. Just because I'm obese doesn't mean I'm going to have a complicated childbirth. Many obese women delivery naturally. If they are going to argue the costs to healthcare, then they shouldn't perform treatment on women with other high risk health issues - diabetes, high BP, hemophelia, etc. (I don't agree with this statement, I'm just playing devils advocate.)

I did one round of injectibles at 265lbs and I O'ed but didn't get pg. I was told I had to lose at least 25 lbs before we could do another round. The depression that ensued over the next 2 years saw me gain almost 20 lbs so I am that much farther away from my chance to TTC again.

I could rant about this all day . . . I just wanted to share the info. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this conference.
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