(NEW YORK) -- Couples wanting to become parents are heartbroken to learn they are unable to conceive. That emotional letdown is compounded when fertility treatments become financial burdens for the couple. But financial assistance is available.
Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF, range from $10,000 to $15,000 dollars. If more than one treatment is needed -- for example, because the embryo does not survive or the woman miscarries -- that cost can soar.
Since most insurance doesn't cover fertility treatments, couples have mortgaged their homes and even sold their cars or property to raise money for the procedure. Others have been pushed to the brink of bankruptcy in their efforts to try to have a child.
While some loans and grants are available, couples can also apply for an IVF scholarship. According to an NPR report, a nonprofit Virginia organization matches qualifying recipients with fertility clinics, and gets doctors to donate their services and drug companies to provide free medication.
Scholarship recipients agree to contribute $3,500 of their own money to help the organization, know as INCIID - The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination -- stay in business.
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