If you have been trying to get pregnant for quite a long time now it’s likely that you might be considering getting a medical opinion regarding it.
One of the biggest mistakes that you can do is clicking on the first link of the google search and booking an appointment with the clinic
Infertility and treatments can be a financial and emotional rollercoaster for couples and having the right clinic and specialist by your side are really assuring.
Infertility treatments like IVF are not always successful and you may require more than one cycle to achieve pregnancy, For many of us trying again and again for treatment like IVF might not be an option as it’s a huge financial burden, therefore, it’s really important to choose the right fertility clinic for you.
Get to know about the clinic
The first thing you must do is know in detail about a clinic you see. Check for accreditations and certifications of the clinic and experience of the doctor.
You can find most of this information on their website
Understand how the clinic Works, Timings, do they work on all 7 days, How accessible they are after an hour and how is the clinic environment
Ask about the success rate of the clinic
Ask in detail about their success rate, Most probably they will advertise about it to you themselves but ask about their success rate and case studies with couples who are similar to you (In age and underlying infertility problems)
You might be looking at a really high success rate but it may be with couples who are younger to you in age or with less complex problems as compared to you.
Look at what all treatment is available in the clinic. Some of the most commonly available solutions are:
intrauterine insemination, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, testicular sperm aspiration,pre-implantation genetic disorder, frozen embryo transfer, tube reversal, zygote intrafallopian transfer, egg freezing, Gamete intrafallopian transfer, surrogacy, gestational carriers, and many others.
Ask them about their Lab
One of the most important factors in an infertility clinic is the lab. The center should follow the highest standards of storage and maintenance of gametes (Sperm and Eggs) and embryo in regards to their security, recording, and identification. Check the hygiene of the labs, clinic staff and technicians working in the lab.
Ask about their payment structures
Since fertility treatments are costly many clinics offer you long term payment methods and EMI’s which can help you in lowering your financial burden.
Some clinics may even have a money-back guarantee.
Inquire for any hidden costs
Many clinics might advertise you with alluring offers with discount rates but always ask for any hidden charges or extra charges that might be involved in the procedure.
In many infertility treatments, there may be health complications due to multiple pregnancies which require more tests and monitoring which may cost you more.
Do not just select a clinic just because it’s nearby
Yes, it may be really convenient if the clinic is nearby but it should not be a deciding factor. Fertility treatments are a huge investment and getting quality treatment should be the most priority.
Have a second opinion if you are recommended IVF
IVF is the most commonly recommended and the most costly infertility treatment. Many clinics try to pursue patients to directly go for IVF but you might not need one, Therefore it’s a wise decision to go for a second opinion.
A bigger clinic is maybe not what you need
Yes, there are a lot of advantages of going to a bigger clinic but they might not be able to give you the attention you require.
Each case is different and it requires a custom made treatment plan. The smaller clinic might have greater success with IVF for your age group and problem than the bigger clinic
Go with your gut
Having a baby is a huge life event and these treatments help you achieve it. You should always rely on your sense of judgment.
If you have any doubts or feel that the clinic is not right for you to follow your gut and change your fertility clinic.