When you’re struggling with infertility, it’s likely that you’ll have lots of questions. And rather than rely on Google results, you want to take those questions to an expert – someone you can trust to walk you through the often complicated and stressful process. But with so many options for fertility specialists and IVF centers, how do you know who you can trust? How do you find the right expert for you and your family?
Here are some questions you should ask to make sure you’re working with the right IVF clinic:
How will I pay for it?
Depending on your health insurance coverage, your IVF treatment may be wholly or partially covered. But be cautious. Don’t choose a clinic only because your insurance will cover the cost. This is an important decision that should take into account the quality of your doctor and the historical success of the clinic.
What’s the success rate?
This is important. Does the IVF clinic you’re considering have a high success rate? How does it compare to the national or state average? What is their success rate with multiples? Make sure to work with a clinic that has maintained a high success rate over a statistically significant period.
Have they worked with my situation before?
Do you have extenuating circumstances that could potentially make your IVF treatment more complicated? For instance, do you have PCOS or endometriosis? If so, make sure you work with a clinic that also specializes in the treatment of your condition. That way, you won’t have to worry about something being overlooked or missed in your treatment plan.
Are the doctors board certified?
Not all IVF treatment experts are board certified. In order to receive a general Obstetrics and Gynecology board certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, physicians must complete four years of training as well as two additional years of clinical practice. If they want a certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, they must also complete additional training as specified by the board. Board certification should be mandatory before you select an IVF clinic.
What happens to my frozen embryos?
If you create several embryos and only end up doing one IVF cycle, what happens to the other embryos? Are they destroyed? Do you have the option of freezing them for later use? If they are frozen, how long will they be viable? Choosing the right clinic is about more than just the immediate IVF treatment; it’s also about planning for contingencies.
Will I be given IVF options?
Can you choose between natural transfer and frozen transfer? Can you choose to transfer a single embryo or multiple embryos? How much say do you have in the IVF process? If the IVF clinic doesn’t offer many options, make sure it offers the method you favor.
Is the lab state-of-the-art?
Make sure you research the UVF lab thoroughly. Finding the right expert isn’t only about finding a doctor you trust, but also a laboratory that can be trusted to handle your most precious possessions: your embryos. Make sure the IVF clinic is safe, clean, and filled with top-of-the-line equipment to perform the most modern procedures.
Do they offer single embryo transfers (eSETs)?
Single embryo transfer, as opposed to double embryo transfer, refers to inserting a single embryo into the uterus. eSET allows women to avoid some of the risks of carrying multiples, while preserving the rest of the created embryos for later use if desired. Whether you choose to go with single or multiple embryo transfers, it’s important to have the option available.
If you’re searching for an IVF clinic and want to find a doctor you can trust, contact Lisanne Wellness Center today at 713-461-WELL. Our partner, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas works closely with our patients to provide unparalleled fertility services with a 78.6% success rate (compared to the national average of 56.6%).