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Can I Get an IVF Cycle for Christmas, Santa?

By Tracey Minella

December 12th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Wasn’t it just yesterday that you had a Bicycle on your Christmas or Hannukah wish list?

There’s probably nothing more challenging to your holiday spirit than undergoing infertility treatment. Except of course, when you can’t afford to undergo the treatment.

Here’s 3 tips to get you closer to that IVF cycle under the tree:

1.    Check with your fertility clinic as to available grant programs or discounted payment packages for IVF.

Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility (newly merged incase you missed the big news!), offer many different payment options, bundle plans, grant programs and refund programs to help their patients with the financial end of their fertility journey. Like a guidance counselor helps a student, the staff is trained to guide you through the maze of available options when planning to finance your family-building plan. You may have more options than you realize. Check it out.

2.     Enter contests by reputable fertility clinics to win a free or discounted IVF cycle.

As you may expect, these opportunities are hard to come by, but they are out there.  Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility run several contests, like the weekly Nearly Wordless Wednesday photo caption contest and others, with small prizes ranging from free Starbucks gift cards to larger items like romantic dinner certificates or theater tickets. But sometimes we get really, really generous with our prizes…like with last summer’s Extreme Family-Building Makeover” contest and its Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle! (The 2010 Micro-IVF contest winner has a little boy now!) So it pays to follow our blog and like us on facebook. You don’t want to miss any great contest announcements!

3.     Have a Fertility Fundraiser on the Internet.

If you are not keeping your infertility secret, this is an option that exists for those with the right mix of friends and families…or faith in the kindness of strangers. Of course, some people you approach may be aghast by the idea. But others are probably so thankful to have a chance to help you. Read about a couple who got pregnant after successfully raising over $8,000.00 for their treatment through IndieGoGo, an online fundraising site,* here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/patients-too-turn-to-the-internet-for-fund-raising/ 

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Have these suggestions been helpful? Do you have any suggestions to add? Have you tried or will you consider any of these tips?

 

*Disclaimer: Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility do not endorse this or any other fundraising site, and are providing this link for informational purposes only

 

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