How Do You Get Pregnant When You Can’t Afford Fertility Treatments?

Infertility is one of the worst medical diagnoses a couple can receive, especially when they can’t afford to pay for fertility treatments. Here are a few tips on getting pregnant despite the exorbitant cost of procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF),

If your province or state offered free fertility treatments, you might be pregnant today. Or you might even have a five year old in kindergarten!

How do you get pregnant when you’re coping with infertility and can’t afford fertility treatments?

“My husband and I tried to start a family for seven years, undertaking several surgeries along the way to try to help,” says Damara Seudath from Regina, on Infertility Saskatchewan press release. “I had to travel to Calgary to undergo in vitro fertilization but unfortunately had to withdraw from the procedure due to complications. There are a countless number of Canadians who suffer from infertility. It is a medical condition that is often suffered in silence. The results of this survey are important because they show there is solidarity and support from those who have been fortunate enough to become mothers.”

She’s talking about a survey that moms took about couples facing infertility, which was sponsored by Today’s Parent Magazine and EMD Inc., Canada.

Most of us can’t afford fertility treatments 

Of the moms surveyed, 26% indicated that it took two years or more to become pregnant, and 83% believe fertility should be recognized as a medical issue. This is because getting pregnant isn’t as easy as we thought it’d be! (for many of us – but not everyone. Some of us get pregnant just by glancing at our partners’ privates).

In the survey, 87% believe cost is the single biggest challenge for couples facing infertility, and 92% believe fertility treatments are too expensive for the average family. Of course they are – have you looked at the cost of infertility treatments lately? Here’s some depressing information: How Much Do Fertility Treatments Cost? From IVF to Donor Eggs.

Should governments should provide financial assistance for fertility treatments? Seventy per cent of the moms in this survey said yes.

The only province in Canada to provide free access to fertility treatments

I live all the way across the country from this province: Quebec. There, the government has a policy that covers the cost of fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization.

“The policy has led to a “win-win” for the healthcare system and those facing infertility,” says Dr. Allison Case and Dr. Adrian Gamelin, Co-Directors of Aurora Reproductive Care. “Many of our patients are young and not financially in a position to afford expensive fertility treatments. What we have learned from the Quebec experience is that when we reduce the financial burden on patients requiring in vitro fertilization treatment, they are far less likely to insist on transferring multiple embryos.  Replacing fewer embryos results in significant financial savings to the healthcare system while achieving better health outcomes for mothers and babies. This is achieved by reducing complicated twin pregnancies and multiple births which is not only costly to the healthcare system and society but to families as well.”

How do you get pregnant when you can’t afford fertility treatments?

Here’s a creative way one couple coping with infertility is raising money for in vitro fertilization: No Money for Fertility Treatments? Cupcakes for Infertility. They’re selling cupcakes as a fundraiser, and I bet people are also donating extra money (in addition to buying cupcakes!).

Another way to pay the huge cost of IVF is the old fashioned way: Here’s How to Save Money for Fertility Treatments.

There are more (and better) ideas in my article about Financing Fertility – How to Pay for Infertility Costs.

And finally…should you borrow money from family or get a bank loan to pay for IVF? Here are a few things to think about: Should I Borrow to Get Pregnant?

And finally, here’s a great book called Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank. The authors – Evelina Sterling and Angie Best-Boss – are infertility experts who can help you get control of your finances.

What do you think – what are some ways to cope when you can’t afford fertility treatments, but you desperately want to get pregnant?

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