PLEASE NOTE: If you are struggling with infertility or are currently trying to conceive and you DON'T want to read about my pregnancy (which I totally understand), I recommend starting at the beginning of the blog (March 2010) and reading from there. I find out I'm pregnant in June 2011 so there is a lot of trying to conceive posts in between that you might find funny, helpful or relatable. Wishing you all the luck in the world!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Resources for Affording Fertility Treatment


One of the things that both floors me (and pisses me off quite frankly) is that many insurances do NOT cover fertility treatment. Infertility is an actual medical issue – shocking, I know. I’m truly amazed how many times I have to point that in a day and it doesn’t help matters when even insurance companies don’t recognize it as a diagnosed condition.

Here’s the example I always use: If a diabetic’s blood sugar is high, you would not say, “Just relax and your sugar will lower on its own.” Or “Forget an endocrinologist! I’m sure your ENT can handle it.”

You wouldn’t… because it’s stupid and irresponsible.

Also, the public at large is simply unaware that a fertile couple can say, “When do you want to have kids?” or “Should we have more?” where as an infertile couple ask, “Can we afford treatment to even try to have kids?” or “Will we have any at all?”

Last year, I participated in Resolve’s NationalAdvocacy Day that hopes to address these issues and I continue to fight for this cause whenever and wherever I can but until we knock some sense into the people that make these decisions, I did want to list a few resources, grants, financing options, etc. here to see if it can possibly assist you in financing your journey.

One more thing before I get into this list: At my job, Fertility Authority, we recently launched a multi-cycle discount program called IVFAdvantage. It differs from other similar programs out there in that we have no cut off age or blood work or BMI restrictions. This is for those who can afford treatment BUT need additional assistance while getting personalized care. Meaning… when I did a clinical trial (more information on that below), they didn’t treat my issues specifically – it was a blanket study that I participated in. If you have a specific case, know you need more than one cycle, please feel free to email me at work: jay (at) fertilityauthority (dot) com and I can see if I can help at all through IVFA.

Here’s the list but TO BE CLEAR: While I’ve worked with a few of the organizations below, I haven’t investigated each and every one of these. In short, please do not take this list as my personal recommendation and be sure to look into each of them on your own to make your own decision.

Clinical Trials: www.clinicaltrials.gov. You can search for free fertility treatment in your area that you may qualify for. On my second IVF, I did a clinical trial and found out about it through the clinic I was seeing. If you don’t want to go the website, you can ask your current doctor if they are participating in any you might qualify for.

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant: http://www.cadefoundation.org. They are accepting applicants NOW for the 2016 $10,000 grant so you can fill out a form here: http://www.cadefoundation.org/?page_id=10



Fertile Dreams – The Embracing Hope Grant: http://www.fertile-dreams.org


The Heart to Heart Video Contest: https://hearttoheartcontest.com/

The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCID): http://www.inciid.org

Parenthood for Me: http://www.parenthoodforme.org/





Lost Stark Foundation: http://loststorkfoundation.org/

Again, this SOOOO does not solve everything... not even by a long shot... but I do help at least offers some ideas to explore in getting treatment should you decide to pursue it. And of course, if there are any resources I've left off, please comment and let me know. :)