The first step necessary when considering fertility treatment is finding the right fertility doctor for you. In many cases, this means seeking out a reproductive endocrinologist, who is someone specializing in diagnosing and treating infertility.
No matter your reason for seeking a reproductive endocrinologist, you should feel comfortable and at ease with any clinic you choose. Doing your research can help you find the right clinic and doctor to meet your unique fertility needs.
When looking for a clinic, there are five things we recommend that you consider when making your selection. It can be overwhelming to decide on one clinic over another, but these five recommendations will help you determine the best option.
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Fertility Clinic
1. Determine Your Fertility Goals
You may be aware of your fertility treatment options or this may be new to you, but either way, you should understand what your overall goals look like. Answering questions like, “am I willing to try different treatment options or am I ready to go straight to IVF?” “Does my insurance offer coverage for treatment, or will I need to learn more about financing options available?” and “What does our future family look like?” are great ways to start figuring out your goals so that you can be assured your clinic can help you meet these goals.
- Research Reputation and Success Rates
Looking for recommendations from your OB/GYN or close friends and family is a great way to start your research when looking for a new clinic. Online reviews (i.e., FertilityIQ.com) can also be a great place to learn more about a doctor/clinic. In addition to getting recommendations, it’s also key to ask questions about why they recommend this clinic and if they have any particular experiences they can share with you. Reviewing success rates may also offer valuable insight to help you decide. While success rates can vary due to various factors, it’s a great glance at each clinic's offer. You can check out success rate data by visiting SART.
- Clinic Location
Depending on your treatment plan, you may need to make weekly or daily appointments with your fertility care team, so you should choose a clinic that you feel comfortable with but is also reasonably close to where you live or work.
- Find Out What Services Are Offered
The clinic you choose should offer a range of services. While you may know the treatment services you need, this can sometimes change once you have gone through diagnostics and testing.
Taking a look at a clinic's website should give you some insight into the types of testing offered and if they offer surgical procedures that may be necessary during some courses of treatment.
- Contact the Clinic
You can also give the clinic a call to get a more in-depth understanding of their services and processes. Making this call can help you better understand the clinic dynamic and what the first steps will be when finally choosing the right clinic for you.
Some clinics even provide free or low-cost initial consultations, which are a great way to meet the doctor directly and see what recommendations they would have based on your current health information.
Choose a Clinic That Offers Individualized Care and Treatment
The most important factor in choosing a clinic is your connection with the doctor and team. You will be working very closely with your providers through some of the most intimate and challenging times in your fertility journey, and it is important that you feel safe and well supported. At Nova IVF, the physicians and medical team prioritize creating a positive experience for every patient/couple by communicating clearly, using shared decision-making, and personalizing treatment plans to meet the patient’s needs.
This focus on individualized care, coupled with a highly experienced team of providers and an IVF lab equipped with state-of-the-art technology, allows the NOVA IVF team to continue the exceptional success rate they’ve experienced over time.
Consider scheduling a consultation today or look around our website, where you can learn more about our doctors, our services, and even how your first consult would look.