To select the finest fertility clinic for you, do your homework. Don’t just pick the first place that returns your call; fertility testing and treatment can cost a lot of money and time. At fertility clinic Orange County, we can help you get the best treatment.
Choosing the finest fertility clinic is subjective. You may or may not be able to use your friend’s clinic. So ask your friends, doctors, insurance companies, and local support groups for advice, but also do your own research.
When Looking Up Clinics, You Can Learn:
- Web sites
- CDC’s fertility clinic data page (more on that below)
- By calling or visiting a clinic representative.
- Inquiring about patients’ experiences (found through local infertility support groups)
- Interviewing your potential doctor at a consultation
Considering Fertility Experts
A clinic’s doctors make it or break it. Depending on the clinic, you may be allocated one doctor or see a rotating group of doctors. In either situation, you want one doctor to be your main contact and case manager.
Choosing a doctor involves questions like:
• How and when did they train? Are they board-certified REs? How long have they worked with infertile couples?
• Is there an andrologist on staff? Who? Ovarian surgeons? Male infertility concerns require an andrologist or urologist to consult with a reproductive endocrinologist. A reproductive surgeon is a plus and may be necessary if you have endometriosis or structural difficulties.
• With which hospitals do they work? Is your insurance accepted there? Even if your insurance doesn’t cover reproductive treatment, you’ll want to be protected in case of treatment-related issues.
• How long has the clinic’s director been? What about the others? People that stay with the clinic for a long time tend to be happier.
Questions About Testing And Treatment Financing
Considerations for financing include:
- What if it’s canceled before ovulation
- If so, which ones?
- How much are embryo storage and freezing?
- Is insurance accepted, if so?
- If the clinic is far away, does it offer subsidized lodging? Do doctors or staff members get paid if they join up for particular fertility finance programs? Is your insurance going to pay for any tests? What national infertility finance programs does the facility cooperate with? If not, will they assist you with the paperwork to obtain your own insurance?
Questions To Ask Your Doctor Include:
• Is there a treatment age limit?
• What services does this clinic offer?
• Are there donor or surrogacy options?
• What methods do they suggest for your case?
• Who decides if the cycle is canceled if the response is poor?
• Is the clinic a member of SART?
• Do they disclose IVF success to SART/CDC?
• Does the lab cryopreserve embryos? Then there’s ovum and
Considerations For The Fertility Clinic
Other things to consider before selecting a clinic are:
• Where is it? Not everyone lives near the clinic they need. Consider travel time, especially if you’re doing IVF and will be at the clinic virtually every day for a portion of your cycle. If you must travel, remember to plan for lodging and time off.
• When is the clinic open? Are there extra early or late monitoring appointments so you can monitor before or after work? Is it open on weekends? If not, how do they handle Saturday or Sunday IVF or IUI transfers?
• Can you phone your doctor or nurse during certain hours to ask questions or get updates? How are after-hours calls handled?