Which fertility treatment option is best suited for you?
1) Fertility Medications: There are five commonly prescribed drugs to treat female infertility that often serve as the first step along the path to conception. These aren’t for everyone, however, as depending on the health and age of the patient, certain complications can arise.
2) IUI (Intrauterine Insemination): This method is a common choice for male-factor infertility and proves less expensive and less invasive than IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization. That said, many studies show that it can take multiple attempts before conception is achieved and with each cycle costing about $3,000, what seems like a more affordable option can add up quickly.
3) IVF (In Vitro Fertilization): More than three million babies have been born as a result of this incredible procedure. Together with an outstanding 41% success rate for women under 35, this is one of the most sought-after treatments available. With the high price tag of over $12,000 for one cycle of treatment, however, many couples prefer to explore other options first.
3 Ways to Supplement the Costs of Your IVF Treatments.
1) Grants for IVF: A myriad of organizations offer financial assistance through the use of scholarships or grants. Each site specifies what requirements are needed so that it’s easy to determine if you or the couple you know are able to apply.
- The Cade Foundation offers a bi-annual scholarship called The Family Building Grant which awards up to $10,000 to help cover fertility treatments and adoption costs.
- Parental Hope provides the chance to receive one of of two different grants to help finance fertility treatments carried out at the Institute for Reproductive Health.
- Baby Quest Foundation is a 501 C(3) organization offering grants to help offset the high price of medications required while undergoing treatment.
2) IVF Financing & Shared-Risk Programs: These solution-oriented organizations focus on helping couples manage their finances as they navigate the process of ART.
- Lending Club provides loans for your specific medical needs and creates personalized payment plans to help make overwhelming costs more manageable.
- Shady Grove Fertility offers discounts on treatments if a pregnancy or live birth doesn’t occur within a specified period of time.
- Glow First helps facilitate peer-to-peer assistance through an app downloaded right to your mobile phone. Members each contribute $50 a month and at the end of each cycle, the proceeds are split amongst those who did not yet get pregnant.
3) Crowdfunding for IVF: This method of fundraising is gaining popularity in recent years as people everywhere are getting more comfortable with utilizing their support networks to raise the funds they need to cover these pricey treatments. Over 3 million dollars have been raised on GoFundMe alone amongst the 1,700 IVF campaigns created since 2010.
Here are just a few IVF crowdfunding campaigns that will bring hope to your heart and a tear to your eye.
Rachael Rogers and her husband, Matthew, had been trying everything under the sun to get pregnant. After months of experimenting with everything from vitamins and vacations to acupuncture and faithful prayers, they decided they were ready to call in the experts. After a disheartening diagnosis of endometriosis, they knew it was time to try IVF, but were weary of the $20,000 price tag placed on their dream. Rachael started a GoFundMe campaign where she could share their story with the community. In just three short months, the couple reached their goal and used the $20,225 in donations to fund their medical costs. Today, the are joyfully expecting a little baby girl and couldn’t be any more grateful.