Progyny families, heart and soul

The journey to parenthood can be difficult, and we are truly humbled to play a pivitol role in such an innately personal process. These Progyny success stories are the WHY behind everything we do.

The Paces – Member Story

As a same-sex female couple, Samantha and Jessica knew that they would need some help growing their family. When they found the standard treatment wasn’t working, they were able to access a life changing treatment, in vitro fertilization (IVF), with the help of their Progyny fertility coverage from their employer.

“We always had the conversation, ‘we can’t afford IVF.’ We had no coverage at all, so we started out with IUI, because it was the cheapest of the options that were available to us.”

— Jessica Pace

After ten failed rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI), the Paces felt like they were out of options, and Samantha felt like she was failing.

“I felt like my body failed me. It was just really dark, it was really hard.”

— Samantha Pace

But everything changed when their employer announced that they were adding the Progyny fertility and family building benefit to their employees during open enrollment.

“Man, life changing. Progyny is amazing. This is where your life can change, your childbearing, family creating dreams can come true. It starts with them.”

— Jessica Pace

The couple could now afford to utilize IVF, which comes with significantly higher success rates than IUI. Their coverage also included fertility medications via Progyny Rx, which is a piece to the benefit that Jessica found particularly supportive. “Progyny Rx has been very awesome. They were always on top of it, sometimes they’d even call us to ask us if we needed a refill. It was always a great experience with them.”

To Samantha, the Smart Cycle plan design offered the opportunity to access the best technology to improve their chances of success, “We chose to get our embryos PGT tested because we had failed IUI’s back-to-back-to-back. 12 made it to testing… we had 6 that were normal, so 50%. I’m so glad that we chose to do it, and that it was covered by Progyny.”

The Paces found success by leveraging IVF with their Progyny benefit and are very grateful to their employer for offering such life changing coverage.

“It just makes me feel proud to work for them, seriously. This Progyny benefit, they hit the ball out of the park with this one.”

— Jessica Pace

Angela Vega – Member Story

When Angela and her husband were ready to start trying to conceive, Angela removed her IUD and waited for her menstrual cycle to come. When it didn’t, she began the lengthy process of finding out why.

Angela was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormonal disorder that can cause menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, obesity, and infertility.

When someone is diagnosed with PCOS and struggling with infertility, a common treatment is ovulation induction and timed intercourse, whereby medications are used to induce ovulation and intercourse occurs at the optimum time for fertilization. When that treatment proved unsuccessful, they decided to move onto intrauterine insemination or IUI, which includes placing sperm into the woman’s uterus to increase chances of fertilization. They did not have success with IUI either and it was recommended they consider in vitro fertilization or IVF.

“We moved onto 2 IUIs after 5 rounds of timed intercourse and medicated cycles.”

— Angela

IVF includes injectable medications to stimulate the ovaries to mature many follicles, an egg retrieval to retrieve multiple eggs, and then fertilization in a lab, followed by an embryo transfer. For those facing infertility, IVF is likely to provide the best chance of a successful pregnancy, but it’s also considerably more expensive. The couple wasn’t sure they could afford such treatment until they learned they were receiving Progyny fertility coverage through her employer.

“I found out that we were going to get Progyny, and at that point everything just changed.”

— Angela

The Progyny benefit would provide them with the coverage they needed for an IVF cycle, including important technology like preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). PGT-A is an embryo selection tool that significantly reduces the likelihood of miscarriage and increases embryo transfer success rate, and ICSI is a fertilization technique whereby a sperm is injected directly into an egg – increasing fertilization rates.

Angela did not take this coverage for granted, “I literally found the person at the company who brought the benefit to us and I sent her a pretty heart felt message to her letting her know how much she impacted our life.”

Angela’s employer, Expedia, played a crucial role in helping them reach their family building goal as the couple welcomed their baby boy into the world.

“It really has impacted my life so much that Expedia offers this.”

— Angela

Emily and Ian – Member Story

Emily and Ian were planning for the future – a wedding and children someday – when Emily’s breast cancer diagnosis halted everything. After the initial shock, the couple’s focus shifted to cancer treatment, and planning for life after cancer. With the help of their Progyny fertility coverage from Ian’s employer, Emily was able to preserve her fertility prior to cancer treatment.

“They turned a situation that could have been catastrophic, into a tranquil and thoughtful process for both of us.”

— Emily

When facing a cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation may not be top of mind, but it is important that people know their options for the future. Cancer treatment, like chemotherapy and radiation, can impact a person’s ability to have children, but through oncofertility, more patients have treatment options to preserve their fertility prior to treatment.

Oncofertility is a multidisciplinary field of medicine where oncologists work together with reproductive endocrinologists. For Emily and Ian, the treatment was fertility preservation, or egg freezing. This was a time sensitive procedure at a very hectic point of time for Emily and Ian.

Progyny was there for support.

“What was amazing about Progyny was that from day 1, I felt like they were a part of our care team.”

— Emily

The couple’s Progyny coverage included egg freezing. Egg freezing, and IVF can be prohibitively expensive, but with their Progyny coverage, Emily and Ian knew they would have access to everything that they needed.

“One of the things I found so valuable about Progyny was the Smart Cycle plan. Each Smart Cycle covers soup to nuts what you would need to go through the entire process.”

— Ian

Emily’s cancer treatment went well, as did her fertility preservation cycle, and the couple had several frozen embryos for their future family building goals.

For Emily, the Progyny coverage provided tremendous peace of mind through the entire process, “Knowing that we have Progyny in our corner, that’s something that we will never take for granted.”

The couple is very grateful to Ian’s employer for offering such life changing coverage.

“The fact that they have coverage and provide it and care about their employees enough to go to that length for them. It’s a very proud moment for us.”

— Ian

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