Usually when I think of prizes people love to win, I think of a dream vacation, a big pile of cash, or a free car. But for someone who has been trying without success to have a child, IVF contests offer the chance to win the most precious prize of all: a baby.
What IVF Contests Are, and Why They're So Compelling:
In-Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is the only hope for many couples to have children, but it can be prohibitively expensive. Fertility Expert, Rachel Gurevich, writes that IVF costs run from $10,000 - $15,000 per cycle.
Furthermore, there's no guarantee that one cycle will be enough. According to Rachel, IVF success rates vary, based on age, from 39.6% at 35 to a little more than 1% at 40. That's a long shot for a procedure that can cost $10,000 or more a try.
Winning an IVF contest could give an infertile couple a chance to conceive a baby that they couldn't afford otherwise. But is it a good idea?
Rachel points out that there are several important things to consider before entering an IVF contest. For example, you want to be sure that your information is being treated securely, that the treatment and the fertility clinic offering the free IVF cycle are right for you, and that you can afford additional costs related to your "free" treatment like travel, medication, and treatment above "basic" IVF. For these and other reasons, that article is a must-read if you want to enter contests to win IVF treatments.
How to Win IVF Contests with an Essay Component:
While some IVF cycles are given away in sweepstakes, where the winner is chosen at random, many challenge entrants to write an essay, and the most moving entry is chosen as the winner. If you are entering a writing contest for an IVF treatment,
But you'll also want to brush up on some general tips to improve your odds of your entry being chosen as the winner. Here are some good articles to get you started:
- How to Win Writing Contests: A step-by-step guide to writing winning contest entries.
- 10 Things That Will Make Your Essay Stand Out in a Crowd: You're sure to have a lot of competition when you enter to win an IVF cycle. These are the qualities that will help your entry stand out.
If you're entering an IVF sweepstakes, here are tips on improving your odds of winning sweepstakes.
If you have more questions about IVF and whether it's right for you, visit the Infertility site. It's full of great tips to help you.