Infertility is a fairly common condition. It is estimated that around 10-15% of couples will have trouble when trying to conceive. And when they try later in life, infertility only becomes more prevalent. When a woman is over 35, around a third of couples experience issues getting pregnant. Infertility is generally described as having unprotected sex for at least one year without achieving a successful conception. In vitro fertilization or IVF can help many of these couples who are dealing with infertility. This is a medical procedure where fertilization of the egg occurs outside of the woman’s body. Once this fertilization takes place, an embryo is then implanted into the woman’s uterus. This has proven very effective when the women has problems such as blocked fallopian tubes or when the man does not produce enough sperm for normal fertilization to occur. Since 1981, around 200,000 babies have been born in the United States due to IVF. The procedure can be quite expensive, usually costing between $10,000 to $15,000. The good news is that there is help out there for those that cannot afford it in the form of IVF grants.
The Cade Foundation began in 2005 as a reciprocal thankfulness for the gift a couple was given when they were able to overcome childlessness with the help of Dr. Tinina Cade. The foundation is a non-profit organization geared toward helping families overcome infertility. Through various ventures including education, fertility treatment funding and adoption assistance, the Cade Foundation has helped many dreams come true. It provides an annual award of up $10,000 to families experiencing infertility to help offset costs associated with pursuing IVF or a domestic adoption. To apply, you must have an infertility diagnosis and be a permanent U.S. legal resident. Applications open yearly on January 1 and must be completed and submitted by the June 1 deadline. The grant process can take 6-12 months to receive funding.
International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
INCIID (pronounced inside) was established by Nancy Hemenway to help those dealing with infertility have a chance at conceiving. With the knowledge that most insurance carriers do not help with infertility treatments and associated costs, the organization was formed to help with this financial burden. INCIID works in tandem with several well-respected IVF clinics throughout the United States. The clinics donate their facilities and expertise to grant recipients. They do not cover travel expenses and some of the medical treatments, but the basics are covered for the most part once you receive a scholarship from INCIID. This is based on financial need and does require documentation to support that need as well as a letter from your doctor recommending IVF as a treatment. INCIID applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with a monthly review.
Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation
The Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation was designed to educate couples about infertility and to provide grants to those who are unable to conceive children on their own. It accepts applications from couples that are not covered for IVF treatment under their medical insurance and cannot afford to pay these costs on their own. Those selected to receive grants can use this help at any Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology fertility clinic. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to apply and your application must be postmarked by the due date. Applications are handled quarterly with due dates in February, May, August and December. The review process takes 6-8 weeks after each grant cycle. Not all applicants will receive grants, but the Pay if Forward Fertility Foundation has helped thousands of couples cover the cost of monitoring, medications and procedures.
Seek Help for IVF in Your Local Area
While the above foundations are the only ones that offer help to couples nationwide, I would suggest searching in your local area also. As infertility has become a more prevalent philanthropic concern, many smaller local charities and foundations have stepped up to assist couples with infertility assistance. For instance in the Cincinnati area alone, the Madeleine Gordon Gift of Life Foundation has helped nearly 50 loving families bring the gift of children into their lives. Be sure to investigate local options because there may be a hidden treasure like this near you as well.