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Building Your Family: Our ART Story

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Our ART Story

Real families share how they covered the cost of ART and what it was like to work with their donor or carrier.

Funding ART

“Insurance covered our initial IUIs and IVF, but we had to cash in investments, and received some financial help from family, for the final egg donor process. For our first cycle, we split the eggs with another (anonymous) family to reduce our costs, but we had to do a second cycle and didn’t split that time. Our total cost was about $60,000.”

“We refinanced our mortgage.”

“We sold some assets and took a loan from the bank. We’re Canadian citizens, and our government provided tax relief of about 25 percent of the total cost upon our filing taxes. We are fortunate to have well-paying jobs and have already paid off the loan.”

“We were gifted a total of $17,000 toward the total cost of egg donation. The remaining $13,000 was funded by our savings.”

“Years of savings allow us to meet the cost of $100,000 and counting for gestational surrogacy with egg donation.”

Working with Our Carrier or Donor

“Our egg donor was an anonymous donor through our fertility clinic. All communications were handled through our donor coordinator, and we don’t have ongoing contact.”

“Our gestational surrogate was terrific. She allowed us to go to every doctor appointment with her, and we definitely felt very involved in the pregnancy. We remain in contact with her and see her occasionally even now, nearly five years after our child was born. We’ve also connected with her on Facebook. We expect our contact to continue. Our sperm donor was anonymous.”

“We chose an anonymous donation because we felt we’d be more protected. I now regret this decision and wish we had worked with a known donor. After our son was born, I asked the clinic to ask the donor if she would be open to contact after he turns 18. The donor said no. I still feel very sad about this and am anxious about how my son will feel.”

“We maintain a semi-open relationship with our three-year-old daughter’s genetic family. I periodically send them photobooks with updates about her. I am so thankful to them for donating their embryos.”


SOURCE: Survey conducted by Building Your Family.