Listening to the radio this morning I heard the news that OHIP will once again be covering the fees of those requiring a sex-change. According to George Smitherman “It’s a very serious medical condition that affects a very small number of people.” Sure enough – I couldn’t imagine being a woman in a man’s body or vice versa. But what about all of us infertile women who are unable to pay for in-vitro or IUI because both of our tubes are not blocked? It was going to cost us $5,000 per try (and it can take 3+ tries) for the in-vitro program because I only have one of my tubes being partially blocked. I have Endometriosis that causes my reproduction organs to essentially be a toxic environment (think Monica in Friends). Also isn’t it interesting that in a country with a decreasing population, we pay for men to have vasectomies? Don’t get me wrong, I think OHIP should cover that fee. However in a country who needs to boost it’s population (our fertility rate is only 1.6 in Canada) why is our health care system not paying for the means to boost fertility?