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In 1994 at the age of 20 I gave birth to my son who was conceived naturally. I never really gave any thought to fertility issues in the least.
In 2000, when my son was 6 years old, I became pregnant while living in Thompson Manitoba. Although I was using an Intrauterine Device for birth control the doctors were unconcerned as to its affects on my pregnancy. After 10 weeks of constant trips to the doctor’s office with bleeding and low blood pressure, they finally were able to schedule an ultrasound appointment for me at which time they discovered that the pregnancy was ectopic. I was admitted immediately to Thompson general Hospital and underwent surgery to remove the pregnancy from my fallopian tube. While they were able to save my tubes, the scar tissue from the IUD infection and surgery itself left both of my tubes 100% blocked at the top of my uterus leaving me unable to conceive.
In 2004 my husband and I decided that we would like to try for a child and as we were living in Cranberry Portage and the only fertility clinic in the province was in Winnipeg, this task was very complicated. Time off work for both travel and treatments, drug costs and the procedure itself, we found ourselves out of pocket over $18,000 not including lost wages. Thankfully we were successful and my daughter was born in July 2005. As we had no embryos remaining from the procedure and could not afford another IVF treatment we knew that our family would stop there with two children. In 2008 my husband passed away and the thought of more children seemed a remote possibility.
Thankfully we were able to move on from his loss and I met and married a wonderful man in February 2010. As he has no biological children, we discussed the possibility of IVF before our marriage and met with the clinic to discuss our options before our wedding knowing it would be a huge financial and emotional trial. My age had also reached the peak of the success rates for IVF as the chances for success begin to decline dramatically after 35 ( I turned 35 in November 2009). Our wedding was in February and when the province announced the new tax credit for fertility treatments for 2010 we took that as a sign and scheduled our treatment for the next cycle. In April 2010 we went through IVF with a total out f pocket cost of over $15,000 not including lost income and travel (although I now reside closer to Winnipeg in Rivers). Our treatment unfortunately did not result in a pregnancy but we are fortunate to have 11 frozen embryos waiting for us to try another transfer. We were planning on doing this at the end of the summer.
When the details of the 2010 infertility tax credit were announced in May, we were devastated. Not that we aren’t thrilled that couples in the future will have these benefits but if we would have known that the government would not cover the entire 2010 tax year with a 2010 tax credit, we would have deferred our treatment until after the October 1 start date in order to qualify for this benefit as I am sure many if not all of the other couples undergoing treatment between January and October would. The trial of infertility is emotionally draining, physically exhausting and affects entire families. Having the government of Manitoba finally step in to offer some relief on the financial aspect is thrilling but the October 1 start date to this credit is devastating to those of us who are amassing debt and struggling to finance just the hope of having a child of their own.
I am begging the NDP and all Manitoba legislatures to reconsider the start date for the infertility tax credit in 2010 and having it cover the entire year from January – December after all we pay taxes for all 12 months, why should a credit only be accessible for three?

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