Choosing a fertility clinic or provider can be a very difficult decision. No one wants to have such a hard time getting pregnant that they require a referral to a specialist. It can be scary and maybe even overwhelming.
Often a couple is referred to a particular clinic, but these referrals can be made based on personal relationships rather than the quality of care and success rates. Couples still need to do their homework.
Not all fertility clinics are the same, to say the least. In fact, there are very clear standouts in fertility care in every city and state. Here are some things you should think about and research before making an appointment.
Fertility care is one of the very few areas of medicine in which providers publish their success rates. IVF clinics report their data on a yearly basis to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the CDC. That data is available here and here, respectively. It’s easy. Look up success rates for the clinics in your area and compare.
The physicians of the IVF clinic should be Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists. The certification signifies that they have received the extra training to allow them to provide couples with the very best care. This is another place where the internet can come in handy by giving you access to physician reviews – make sure they are compassionate and caring.
Each couple should have their own representative in the business office who can advise them on insurance coverage, financing options, and anticipated costs.
Make sure the clinic has an adequate number of well-qualified and experienced personnel to provide you with the individualized care you deserve.
Ease of Access
Is the clinic easily accessible? Time away from work for appointments can be one of the biggest stresses of treatment. Does the clinic offer telemedicine appointments to minimize travel? Do they have arrangements with local providers such as your OB/GYN that allow you to be monitored in your hometown?