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Ohio Fertility Clinic Gives Hope to Infertile Couples this Spring
a blog by Kim Griffiths, February 27, 2013
The spring season is often a reminder of new life and new beginnings. Holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day focus on the family; babies and new life in particular. It can be a difficult time of year for couples coping with infertility.
One fertility clinic is injecting a new energy into the spring season and giving couples with infertility a reason to look forward to Mother’s Day this year. Bethesda Fertility Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, is raffling off a free in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle and any new patient scheduled in March, April, or the beginning of May 2013 can enter to win.
Glen Hofmann, M.D., Medical Director of Bethesda Fertility, says this lottery is motivated by the fact that many couples do not have insurance coverage for fertility treatment and otherwise cannot afford IVF. “Ohio is not an insurance mandated state and a lot of people are excluded from receiving IVF treatment because they don’t have the money to do so,” he states. One of the added benefits to offering an IVF lottery is that couples who otherwise were not considering IVF are presented with the potential success rates for their age and diagnosis, costs (and savings compared to multiple treatment cycles with lower success rates), and the chance to win a free cycle, are motivated to pursue this treatment that will get them to their goal of having a family sooner than later. In particular, if patients under the age of 35 are motivated to do IVF, they will have higher success rates and stand a better chance of having embryos to freeze for future cycles compared to a patient over the age of 40.
The value of the IVF cycle is $8,300- a significant savings for couples struggling to conceive. Many couples without infertility insurance coverage are taking to blogs and the media as a means of raising funds for IVF while others reluctantly dip into their savings and retirement funds, take out loans, or use credit cards to pursue fertility treatment.
“We announce the winner on Mother’s Day and I call them personally,” says Hofmann, “They are crying most of the time when they get the news. It’s a sweet thing, it’s a good thing, and everybody’s happy.”
Couples qualify for the lottery if they are candidates for IVF. Dr. Hofmann says he thoroughly screens patients to be sure IVF is right for them and educates them on the likelihood they will conceive based on their age and diagnosis.
To schedule a consultation appointment with Bethesda Fertility Center, and to be entered into the free Mother’s Day IVF cycle drawing, contact our Patient Care Coordinators at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form. A consultation appointment must be scheduled and completed by May 9, 2013. The winner’s name will be drawn and the winner will be informed via phone on Sunday May 12, 2013.