Finding the right fertility clinic is not an easy task. Which clinics provide the treatments you need, which ones have the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques, and which ones offer financial assistance? Is it really worth driving those extra miles to the better rated clinic or does the closeness and convenience of your local fertility clinic increase that clinic's rating?
How To Choose A Fertility Clinic
Before choosing a fertility clinic you will want to ask to see the clinic's overall success rate at helping women to get pregnant. You don't want to invest all of your money or health insurance fertility credit in a clinic with a low success rate. If you think you will need an IVF treatment then you will also want to look at the clinic's multiple pregnancy rates. Multiple pregnancies are high risk pregnancies and fertility specialists now say that it is not wise to insert more than one or two embryos into a woman's uterus during an IVF treatment. If you see a high percentage of multiple births consisting of three, four, five or more babies then you may want to consider using another fertility clinic. You want to ensure that you are using a clinic that employs responsible and up-to-date fertility treatment practices.
Another factor you will want to consider when choosing a fertility clinic is distance from home. You may need to go everyday to the clinic during your actual fertility treatment. Shortening your driving time and how often you will need to leave work early to make your appointment on time will be a big deal. Consider your commute before choosing a clinic.
Also, if you think you will need to use a sperm donor or an egg donor, make sure the clinic you choose provides these services or works closely with an organization that does. After all, you won't be able to get pregnant without at least one egg and one sperm.
If you will undergo an IVF treatment, be sure to talk to your fertility clinic about what happens to any unused eggs, sperm and embryos. Make sure the clinic carefully explains to you all of your options and that you feel comfortable with the choices for how to handle this scenario.
Lastly, many people will need financial assistance to achieve their dream of becoming a parent. If you are short on funds, lack health insurance, or have a health insurance policy that will not cover the fertility treatments you need, try to choose a clinic that offers financial assistance. Help with the cost of your treatments will help to relieve much of the stress you will experience while undergoing fertility treatments.
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