After trying for so long to start a family, realizing that you are going to need some help in the fertility department carries with it a lot of heartache, and headache, and confusion when it comes to choosing the right infertility clinic. They are not all created equal. So how do you know if a fertility clinic is the right one for you?
Step One: Find Out If Your Insurance Covers IVF Treatments and IVF Meds
There are many states in the US that do actually offer some sort of coverage for IVF treatments and the required IVF drugs that would be needed. Some don’t. Find out as a first step, because this is going to let you know what sort of financial commitment you’re going to have to agree to. Many insurance carriers will only cover certain clinics that are within network. Make a list of those because this will be your next step.
Just because your insurance company recommends them, doesn’t mean that they are all a good fit for you. Each clinic is as unique as the clients walking in their doors, and while some will utilize all of the current infertility medications, IVF drugs, and IVF procedures, some won’t.
Read reviews online about those clinics. Honest customer reviews are golden.
Step Two: Know how Fertility Clinics Operate
Many clinics will require that you undergo some testing procedures first. This is standard practice, which in and of itself doesn’t indicate anything about the IVF clinic. However, clinics are required by law to disclose their success rates, which makes clinics, and especially clinic directors very selective with whom they agree to treat, what sort of IVF meds/IVF drugs they utilize, and if they will even accept you as a patient. If they decide that you have a better than average chance of success, then they will welcome you with open arms. However, be a problem child and you may be told that they cannot help you. Any clinic that turns you down based on their potential to add to their statistical data needs to be avoided anyway. This is why just looking at the success rates of a clinic may not always be telling the true story about infertility treatments, IVF meds used, and so forth.
Step Three: Ask the Potential Fertility Clinic how many Single Embryo Transfers They Do
Why? Simple. eSETs (single egg transfers) offer pretty good evidence that the IVF clinic is up to date with current practices, and most likely has up to date equipment as well. Chances are very good that they are completely current on the use and administering of various fertility medications, as well as the combination of those IVF drugs, which offers you a layer of protection.
The bottom line, when it comes to IVF treatments, IVF medications, and IVF clinics is that you need to take the time and carefully interview them. Talk with the doctors and trust your instinct. You do NOT want to just be a number, or a data point, on someone else’s science experiment.
Finding a doctor you can trust, who uses the latest equipment, has decent success rates of live births, and has good ‘street’ cred, can go a long way toward helping you realize your dreams of parenthood.
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