Choosing the Best Fertility Clinics for You!

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8:47 am November 3, 2011

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Fertility clinics – what are they for? Once your ob-gyne and your husband’s urologist have tracked down the most possible causes for your separate fertility problems, it’s now time to conduct a search for the best fertility clinics that can help you. They can be more helpful and convenient since you and your husband are now seeing a single specialist to provide a more encompassing treatment for the problem of having difficulty conceiving.

1. Do your own research first

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a database of fertility clinics found all over the United States and their success rates. However, be careful not to base your decision entirely on the success rate posted by the clinic because different fertility centers have different ways of measuring their success. For example, clinics that only accept women aged below 35 will naturally have a better success rate than fertility clinics that also work with women above 40.

2. Look within your neighbourhood

The stress of traveling long distances to a clinic of your choice only adds to the overall emotional stress that couples experience during fertility treatment. Many infertility issues, especially those that are unexplained – and there are many of those – are attributed to stress that the partners experience from all aspects of their lives. To minimize the chance for more stress, look for fertility clinics that are located within your own town and can be reached quickly in a matter of minutes in case there’s an emergency.

3. Consider the cost

It’s not wise to make a decision based on the cost of treatment alone, but bear in mind that most assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT) cost several thousands of dollars before conception happens. Fertility clinics have different payment schemes, but most treatments are not covered by medical insurance. Find out the cost of your chosen treatment first so that you know what you’re getting into. Unpaid bills in the future may only lead to more stress that aggravates the problem.

4. Look for counseling and support

What most people don’t understand is that the treatment for infertility is largely very emotional. A lot of fertility clinics offer excellent technical service but are a zero when it comes to counseling support. There are plus points for finding a fertility center that has a department dedicated solely to providing emotional support and reassurance to their patients. Look for one of those.

5. Ask a lot of questions

There are many questions to ask, including about the expertise of the fertility doctors and technicians that are working in those fertility clinics. How long have they been working in the field and what are their experiences when it comes to treating problems similar to yours? Ask about their age limits too because capping their treatments to couples of a certain age implies they, too, are concerned about the health risks that come with older couples and are not just there to squeeze some money out of people who would like to have a baby.

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