While it's tempting to think that there are three universal questions when choosing a fertility program, those questions won't be identical for all of us. There are many different factors to take into consideration when deciding on where to seek medical attention for the problem of infertility.
What's most important to you is something you need to decide. Here are ten questions that broadly cover the gamut of what you need to know as you are making a choice on a fertility center.
Top Questions to Ask When Choosing a Fertility Center
1. Are the doctors true fertility specialists (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists)?
2. What insurance carriers are accepted at the fertility program?
3. How many physicians are there in the practice? How many offices or office sites?
4. Does the practice report to SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology)?
5. Are their pregnancy rates, as reported to SART and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) competitive to the other fertility programs in the geographical area that makes sense for you?
6. Does the fertility program offer support services? Is there a mental health professional on their team? A fertility nutritionist? Is there an acupuncturist on-site? Do they offer an appropriate yoga program? Are there support groups or seminars available?
7. Is the fertility program a Center of Excellence?
8. Does the fertility program participate and support the not for profit patient advocacy groups, such as Resolve, Resolve of New England, Path2Parenthood, INCIID?
10. Will you see a doctor at each visit, and if not, what type of clinician will you see?
How to Choose a Fertility Clinic Near Me
At least one question that you need to ask should be about professional credentials. Having a doctor that is personable is important, but not at the expense of choosing someone who is not a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. After that, consider the other factors that are essential to you. It may be reassuring that you have a certain level of professional care at each visit. Or that the fertility program that you choose treats patients as whole people and not just patients. Or that the pregnancy rates in your age group are high.
Deciding on essential criteria will mean increasing the odds of making the best choice for you. In many areas in the United States, you will be able to choose between different fertility programs. You may even decide that there is a fertility program that is out of your geographical area but has so many of the components that you want that you are willing to travel.
A good fit depends on the questions that you ask. If you can't get the answers to your questions from a fertility program, keep looking. Undergoing fertility treatment is entering a partnership. Pick your partner wisely.