Are you considering using a private fertility clinic to help you conceive? If so, how do you find a good clinic? It can be very difficult to ask for referrals, even if you know someone who has had a successful experience with fertility treatment. Some couples are not comfortable talking about their problems and choose, instead to find a clinic on their own. If you are working with a fertility specialist, they can usually provide you a list of clinics they recommend. If not, don’t choose the first clinic you find in an online search. Take time to do some research before making your first appointment.
First, talk with your health insurance provider to see what they will cover. There are some states that mandate infertility coverage which is good news for you. However, even if you live in a state that doesn’t have this requirement, your health insurance may cover part of the expenses for IVF or other infertility treatment.
Another question to ask if your insurance only covers certain clinics. Don’t choose a clinic simply because your insurance covers it. Clinics vary significantly and you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars and go through the heartache of several unsuccessful treatments. While cost may be important, it should only be one factor as you make your decision.
Depending on where you live, you will most likely have several choices in clinics. Remember, they are not all created equal, so again, do some research. Check the clinic’s statistics, but remain skeptical. Instead of looking at the number of successful pregnancies, look at their statistics for live births. Clinics may not be reporting everything and maybe even be turning away difficult cases so they don’t impact the statistics.
Ask about all the treatment options offered. If a clinic is pushing IVF or doesn’t offer less expensive options, move on. It is also important to select a fertility clinic that is convenient but don’t settle for a second choice if traveling another hour will provide you with your best option.
All the fertility doctors should be board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Just because a doctor is board certified, doesn’t mean they have the qualifications you want. To be certified as a fertility specialist, a doctor must also complete additional training.
Make appointments at no less than three clinics. Take notice of the office environment and the professionalism of the private fertility clinic support staff. These can be indicators of the quality of the care you will receive.