Though medical advancements have made it possible for more LGBT couples to start families of their own, many still struggle with the sky-high up-front costs of fertility services typically not covered by health insurance.
"The meds cost thousands of dollars... it's hard to imagine how to pay for it," says Amanda Frey, a 27-year-old bisexual social worker, who says she wishes she'd had a service like Future Family available when she and her wife were trying to conceive. "If it wasn't for my wife's father and family [who helped us financially], we could not have been able to have a child."
This issue disproportionately impacts those with few economic resources (including trans people, younger couples, single parents, and women-only households facing the gender pay gap). The most expensive services -- including in vitro fertilization, fertility treatments, and egg-freezing -- are often higher for the person with the womb than the one with the sperm. For example, over-the-counter sperm-count tests can be purchased for as low as $50, whereas a female fertility-check can run hundreds of dollars.
But Future Family hopes to make conception cheaper for everyone. Founded by two successful businesswomen, the service is a revolutionary fertility care service whose mission is "to provide women and couples personal, affordable, world-class fertility care." Due to its streamlined business model, Future Family is able to offer their "fertility age test" for only $149, whereas many private fertility practices charge as much as $600 for this same test.
Certainly, the most attractive feature of Future Family is their flexible financing options with low monthly payments, and -- here's the kicker -- zero money down.
That's important since money is by far the biggest obstacle for many would-be parents, and it's particularly helpful for young women who are caught in the biological time-trap of wanting to have a child by a certain age, but not being financially secure enough to afford shelling out thousands of dollars to do so. (FutureFamily.com)