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Winning Fertility: Would-Be Parents Win Free IVF
With scant insurance coverage often available for IVF and each treatment cycle costing some $12,000 or more, IVF advocates and treatment winners call such giveaways nothing short of a miracle.
IVF patients, advocates say, sometimes must make budget-busting choices to pay for the procedure, such as taking out loans, leaning heavily on credit cards or depleting their life savings. Adding to the financial burden: first-time IVF treatments often don't work and many women must undergo -- and pay for -- several IVF cycles before successfully carrying a pregnancy to term, if they get pregnant at all.
"It's very expensive and many people have to make really difficult choices about if they're able to become parents," said Julie Berman, a former IVF patient and the chairwoman of an infertility and adoption conference hosted last weekend by RESOLVE, a national infertility organization. "They're making huge sacrifices to be able to afford it."
At RESOLVE's weekend conference, held in Golden Valley, Minn., the organization awarded IVF treatment cycles from a Canadian clinic and from the Reproductive Medicine Center at the University of Minnesota, which provided Carr's treatment in 2007.
The weekend giveaway came just four days before a similar event in the United Kingdom: the Genetics & IVF Institute of Fairfax, Va., a private infertility center, awarded one free IVF treatment and donor eggs -- for women who can't use their own eggs -- at an IVF seminar in London, where a lack of egg donors has left long waiting lists of would-be moms and dads. Read more.