Life Insurance with Endometriosis.
In this article, we wanted to take a moment and try and answer some of the most common questions we get from folks applying for life insurance after being diagnosed with Endometriosis.
Questions that will be directly addressed will include:
- Can I qualify for life insurance if I have been diagnosed with Endometriosis?
- Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been diagnosed with Endometriosis?
- What kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?
- What rate (or price) can I qualify for?
- What can I do to help ensure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?
So, without further ado, let’ dive right in!
Can I qualify for life insurance if I have been diagnosed with Endometriosis?
Yes, individuals who have been diagnosed with Endometriosis can and often will be able to qualify for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy. In fact, many of them may even be able to qualify for a Preferred rate!
The problem is…
That because the frequency and severity by which someone might suffer from an Endometriosis “attack” can vary significantly from one individual to the next, it’s not all that uncommon for a life insurance underwriter to want to know more about your Endometriosis prior to making any kind of definitive decisions about your life insurance application.
Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been diagnosed with Endometriosis?
What you’re generally going to find is that because Endometriosis isn’t really a “life-threatening” medical condition and because most folks will be able to live a “normal” life (whatever that is) in spite of having to deal with it, your Endometriosis really shouldn’t play that important of a role in determining the outcome of your life insurance application.
What will usually play a larger role is how you are dealing with your Endometriosis?
- Are you working full time, or has your Endometriosis prevented your from being able to work a 40-hour work week?
- Do you require a prescription pain medication to help you deal with the pain from your Endometriosis?
- Is you Endometriosis preventing you from living what you would consider to be a normal active lifestyle?
This is why, prior to being approved for coverage, it’s likely you will be asked a series of questions like these so that a life insurance underwriter can get a better understanding of how “serious” your Endometriosis is and how much of an affect it is having on your day to day life.
The tough part…
About all of this is that most of the decisions that a life insurance underwriter will make based on your Endometriosis will tend to be rather “subjective” which is why we wanted to take a moment and describe exactly what Endometriosis is as well as highlight some of the most common symptoms that a life insurance underwriter will be looking for.
Endometriosis is a frequently painful medical condition where tissue that is similar to tissue that is normally found within a woman’s uterus (or endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This growth is will usually involve one’s ovaries, fallopian tubes or the connective tissue that lines one’s pelvis.
Common symptoms may include:
- Painful periods or dysmenorrhea,
- Pain during intercourse,
- Pain during bowl movements or urination,
- Excessive bleeding,
There are treatment options that can often help individuals who are suffering from Endometriosis minimize their symptoms and/or decrease the frequency of their “attacks”. Treatments may include the use of:
- Hormonal contraceptives,
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormones (Gn-RH),
- Progestin therapy,
- Aromatase inhibitors.
Now at this point…
We usually like to take a moment and remind folks that nobody here at IBUSA has any kind of “official” medical training and we’re certainly not doctors. All we are is a bunch of life insurance agents who just happen to be really good at helping folks with pre-existing medical conditions like this one, find and qualify for the life insurance coverage that they are looking for.
Not so great if you’re looking for answers to any specific medical questions. In cases like these, we would recommend that you contact a true medical professional who has the training to help. For everyone else, you’re in luck because now we’re going to get into some of the “nitty gritty” about what you may or may not be able to qualify for.
What kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?
Common questions you’ll likely be asked may include:
- When were you first diagnosed with Endometriosis?
- Who diagnosed your Endometriosis? A general practitioner or a specialist?
- What symptoms (if any) led to your diagnosis?
- How often do you suffer from a Endometriosis “flare-up”?
- When was the last time you experienced symptoms of your Endometriosis?
- What medications (if any) are you using to help you treat/manage your Endometriosis?
- In the past 2 years have you been hospitalized for any reason?
- Are you currently working now?
- In the past 12 months, have you applied of or received any form of disability benefits?
What rate (or price) can I qualify for?
Here at IBUSA, what we have found when working with an individual who has been diagnosed with Endometriosis is that this “diagnosis” isn’t really going to play a huge role in the outcome of one’s life insurance application unless it appears to either have an effect on their ability to work full time in which case an individual may also have applied of some “kind” of disability benefit.
An individual has been prescribed a pain medication that could make a life insurance company a bit more nervous than they typically would be about insuring someone who has been diagnosed with Endometriosis.
As for the rest of…
Folks applying for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy after having been diagnosed with Endometriosis, what you’re probably going to find is that whatever “rate” that you would have been able to qualify for PRIOR to being diagnosed with Endometriosis should be the same “rate” that you would be able to qualify for AFTER having been diagnosed with Endometriosis.
“Which is great!”
And segues nicely into the next topic that we wanted to take a moment to discuss with you here in this article which is…
What can I do to help ensure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?
In our experience here at IBUSA, what we have found that works best for folks who have been diagnosed with a pre-existing medical condition where the “severity” of the condition is often “subjective” is for the applicant to make sure that they first find a true-life insurance profession who will work as an advocate for you.
Such an agent…
Will not only help guide you through the application process but also be perfectly “frank” with you about what options may or may not be possible for you.
You’ll also want to make sure that the very same agent you have chosen has access to dozens of different life insurance companies because after all, it really doesn’t matter how “great” of a life insurance agent you might have if they don’t have access to the “best” life insurance policy for you! Now does it?
You’ll want to make sure that you’re completely honest with your life insurance agent prior to applying for coverage. By doing so, you will be helping him or her narrow down what options might be the “best”
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today and see what we can do for you!