In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) brings children to families that are otherwise unable to have them. Unfortunately, many families do not have the funds available to pay for IVF treatment. Fortunately, Reproductive Care Center (RCC) and 97.1 ZHT are teaming up to award one lucky couple with a free IVF treatment in our “Maybe Baby” contest.
Beginning July 1, listeners will submit a video explaining why they deserve IVF treatment through the 97.1 ZHT website as well as the Reproductive Care Center website. Videos will be posted online for the public to vote and determine the ‘Top 5 Finalists.’ After a medical review of the finalists, a winning couple will receive a surprise visit from Frankie & Jess, 97.1 ZHT radio personalities, the week of September 23.
The “Maybe Baby” contest also hits closer to home than most for radio host, Frankie, whose wife underwent infertility treatment at Reproductive Care Center.
“One of the things I love about this contest is that contestants are sending their heart and soul in with their submissions. When we decided to talk about this on the air and talk about our experience, for whatever reason people in Utah don’t usually talk about infertility. Hearing contestants stories in a way opens up the door for others by saying, “It’s ok,” said Frankie.
While infertility is not a widely discussed topic, it is a common issue. According to research conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, about 11 percent of women and nine percent of men experience fertility problems.
Further studies suggest that after one year of having unprotected sex, 12% to 15% of couples are unable to conceive, and after two years, 10% of couples still have not had a live-born baby. In couples younger than 30 years old, 40% to 60% can conceive in the first three months of trying.
Not only is infertility common, but it also increases with age in both men and women. Unfortunately, the effects of age are much more significant in women. In their 30s, women are about half as fertile as they are in their early 20s, and women’s chance of conception declines significantly after age 35. Male fertility also declines with age, but at a more gradual pace.
The “Maybe Baby” contest is an excellent opportunity for those living with fertility problems to open up to their family and friends.
As, Shelly Myers, last year’s winner perfectly explained in a Facebook Live steam, “It is a scary thing to share your story. You don’t know if people will look at you differently or treat you differently. But everybody was amazing, absolutely amazing.”
To enter this year’s contest, couples must submit a video to the station for judges to review. The selected pair of contestants will then receive a free round of IVF. Winners will be announced the week of September 23.