Whether you’ve struggled with fertility issues for some time or are a same-sex couple seeking information on assisted reproductive technology (ART), you want to choose the right fertility clinic to meet your needs.
The fact is that all fertility clinics are not equal in all respects. Some cater to clients with specific reproductive problems while others accept a wider spectrum of patients. Ideally, you will already have insight into what is preventing you from getting pregnant and carrying a child to term when you seek ART services.
Below are some things to keep in mind when seeking a fertility clinic.
What Is Their Success Rate?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) post clinics’ ART success rates every year. The dilemma here is that by the time those stats are accessible, they are two years old. In the world of ART, a lot can change in two years.
Below are some additional factors that can affect the success rate of a specific fertility clinic:
- What type of ART treatments were performed?
- How many were done in a calendar year?
- What was the outcome of the ART cycles?
- What was the percentage of women in your age group that were successfully treated with ART?
- What conditions did your peers have that prevented them from getting pregnant naturally?
Cost and Ease of Payment
There is no way to put a price tag on the birth of a healthy child. But some clinics are definitely more expensive than others. To a certain extent, of course, you get what you pay for. But that does not always translate to the most expensive clinic being the best option for you.
Some clinics have their own in-house financing. That can be very appealing to couples and individuals who are struggling to come up with tens of thousands of dollars for an ART cycle that few insurance policies cover. Most of the better clinics have financial coordinators who work with infertile couples to help them navigate the financial aspects of the process.
The Convenience Factor
While this should not be an overriding factor, the location of the fertility clinic must be taken into consideration. Some of your treatments might need to be done very early in the morning or within a short window of time. A clinic two hours away may not be the best choice for you.
Your Gut Instinct
Often overlooked when it should not be is patients’ initial reaction to a fertility clinic. Do you feel rushed or treated abruptly? With such a sensitive subject, infertility issues must be addressed directly but with kindness and gentleness at all times from both doctors and staff.
As the ART fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Long Island say, “Patients come first.” Any fertility clinic doctor, administrator or staff member that neglects to follow that guiding principal is not the best choice for you.
Weigh All Factors Before Committing
Other than your family’s home, this is likely going to be the most expensive financial undertaking you will tackle as a couple. That makes it especially important that you make the right choice. Take the time to reach your decision before making a commitment on which fertility clinic to choose.