Blog about having premature ovarian failure and trying donor IVF with my sister's eggs

Should your income determine whether you are allowed to have a child or not? The cost of IVF is a barrier for many.

Luckily we have been able to afford our IVF treatments over the years (just). But where would be if we weren’t in well-paying jobs? Well; we wouldn’t be pregnant.

I can think of at least two people who can’t afford to have a baby yet via IVF. One is a 24-year-old workmate who says she wants to start a family but can’t afford IVF.  Her partner has a potentially debilitating condition which they don’t want to pass onto their kids. They’ve been advised that they should therefore use IVF to selectively weed out the condition.

Goodness knows how this would be done, but they’re not going to be able to find out for years, as they just don’t have the money yet.

The other person I know of has had embryos donated to her. But she can’t use them as she doesn’t have the money either. How cruel is that situation?  I would find it unbearable.

I think it’s incredibly unfair that those with money are the ones who can do IVF, while those without funds, simply can’t. In future I’m sure this situation will be looked back on as being ridiculous, inhumane and discriminatory.

I wonder what we can do now to try even the odds, so that everyone can get free IVF – as apparently they already do in some countries like Israel? Does anyone know of any other locations where IVF is available to everyone?

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Comments on: "Should IVF and babies come at a price?" (4)

  1. I know, I’ve often thought about how unfair this is…we’ve been so incredibly lucky to be able to do IVF…

    • Hi Kristen, what is the provision where you are in the US? Do you have to pay for it all or does the government (federal and state?) pay for some/all of it?

  2. From what I can recall from my belgium buddy everyone there has to have health insurance, but health insurance has to cover an almost limitless number of IVF’s. That sounds pretty good.

    • That sounds great to me too! Wish they had it in more countries. I wonder what the provision is in Northern Europe, where there is generally higher taxes and therefore comprehensive social security and good support for all, including those who really need it?

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