Choosing an IVF Clinic
Tips for Choosing the Best IVF Clinic For You
Struggling to conceive a baby is a heart wrenching experience for most couples. It can take a toll physically, emotionally and financially. That’s why choosing the right IVF clinic is such a vitally important decision. Finding not only the right doctor, but the right practice for you, requires understanding what to look for in order to make the most informed choice for you and your partner.
After struggling to conceive for months, sometimes years, most couples will start with a visit to their primary care doctor or OB/GYN. After some basic tests and perhaps even a few rounds of ovulation induction, you may be referred to an infertility doctor. This can be a scary revelation, the idea that you may need fertility treatments. However, keep in mind that a majority of patients here at Brown Fertility (over 85%) conceive with basic treatment and do not need to progress to IVF. However, should you need to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF), here are some factors to consider when choosing the right IVF clinic for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing an IVF Clinic:
1. Be Aware of Clinic Experience and Success Rates
Infertility treatments are constantly evolving, thus it is important to seek out a doctor that has successfully treated cases similar to yours. Not to mention, technology continues to evolve. You have the right to know your doctor’s success rates.
2. Compare Costs
Be sure to compare pricing since, as you know, IVF treatments are not inexpensive. Keep in mind that all clinics price differently so be sure to ask what the pricing includes and doesn’t include so you can compare apples to apples. Also, be sure to ask clinics about any financing plans or package discounts they offer. While cost is important, be careful not to choose a clinic just because they are the most inexpensive. Cost should only be one factor in your decision. Ultimately, it’s about finding the best fit for you so you can achieve the best success rates possible.
3. Feel Comfortable and Welcomed
The experience of going through fertility treatments is not always easy. At times it may challenge your emotions and patience, thus it is important to feel as if you and your provider are a team. A patient never wants to feel like just “another patient”. It is important to build a cohesive, trusting relationship between you, your doctor, and the rest of the IVF clinic staff. They will become a crucial part of your experience and ultimate success.
Before your consultation, we recommend jotting down a few questions to help make your decision easier:
How many years of experience do the doctors and embryologist have?
Are the doctors board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility? (this means they conducted a special fellowship in infertility)
What is the success rate for my age category? (you want to know how successful the practice is with women in your age group or with your condition)
What does treatment cost? (You never want to make a decision based strictly on price, but it’s good to know costs ahead of time so you are prepared.)
Do you offer any patient support groups? (some practices either offer support groups and/or educational events to learn more about treatment and gain support from others who are experiencing similar treatments)
If you’re searching for an IVF clinic with a reputation for care and success, let Brown Fertility help you begin a new chapter in your journey to parenthood. Please visit our Contact page to request an appointment, select the correct number for your area, or send us an email.