Choosing an IVF clinic can be daunting. With IVF clinics adverts everywhere you turn online, it can be particularly difficult to select one clinic to go with. Typically, most people end up choosing a clinic based on referral and word-of-mouth recommendation from friends or their physician. However, if you are not resident in the US and would like to access IVF services in the US, it might be a bit more difficult than normal to select a clinic.
Based on that, we have put together a list of the five (5) key things to consider when selecting an IVF clinic especially in the US; and they are as follows:
1. Success rates: The good thing with the US is that all IVF clinics need to report the results of all their work to the Center for Disease control (CDC) via the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART); and based on this, success rates are calculated. Though this gives an indication of clinics with higher performance/results, you should note that it takes the CDC about 2 years before the rates are released so it could be possible that the published data may not be reflective of the clinic’s current performance.
That being said, there are different types of success rates; and these include rate of pregnancy which is the percentage of women got pregnant after the IVF; rate of live births which is the percentage of women who delivered babies after the IVF etc. The most important success rate to look at is the rate of live birth as this is the end objective and desired outcome. When choosing a clinic, it is a good idea to choose one with a success rate that is higher than the national average. Get our FREE Report on the top IVF clinics in the US.
2. Physician Profile: Given that any given time, the success rates data is based on results of 2years ago and doctors, equipment etc. may have changed; it is also important to check the profiles of the IVF clinic’s doctors. Physician profiles can be checked online or you can call the clinic to find out the needed information.
Some questions you can ask are:
i. Where did the doctor receive his/her medical training; and when?
ii. Is the doctor a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist?
iii. For how long has the doctor been treating infertility?
iv. Does the doctor have a treatment specialty? If yes, what exactly?
v. How long has the doctor been in this particular clinic?
vi. How many patients has the doctor treated with IVF, and how many IVF cycles has he/she performed?
vii. If for any reasons, the reason for infertility is unclear, what diagnostic tests would the doctor recommend?
viii. Does the doctor have a call-in time for patients in case you need to ask more questions?
3. Emotional support: Getting fertility treatments can be challenging emotionally for both you and your spouse. As such, it’s important you feel comfortable with your doctor and the medical team from the start as you are sharing a difficult time and important decision/phase of your life with them. The more supportive they are, the easier it would be emotionally for you both to go through the process.
Given that you may not be resident in the US at the time of selection, you should call the clinic to speak to them about your situation/needs. During this call, check how your concerns and enquiries are responded to. Are the staff friendly, patient and sound genuinely concerned and interested in giving you the best care?
Furthermore, upon your arrival in the US and visit to the clinic for your first appointment, you should check for how available the doctor and the medical team will be to answer any of your questions that might come up along the way.
4. Cost and what it covers: As you’d know, IVF treatments can be pricey so in this instance, what you need to consider really is not just the costs across the clinic but what do the costs cover. Some clinics have packages for cash patients; and if this is the case, you need to understand what the packages cover, what they do not cover and the costs of the services not covered. For example, some clinics offer sex selection as part of the cost/cycle while for some others, this comes at a separate cost.
Whilst we pray that the first cycle is successful in a live birth; there is also the possibility that it may not be successful and there have been cases where women needed more than one cycle before they had their baby. Based on this knowledge, some clinics also have a package where the costs include more than 1 cycle or a discount is offered on subsequent cycles where the first cycle was unsuccessful. You won’t know all this if you don’t ask…so please ask and click here to get the costs of the top IVF clinics in the US.
5. Follow-up care: Typically once the pregnancy test is positive, the job of the IVF clinic is more than half-way completed. For some weeks after the positive pregnancy test result, most IVF clinics offer some form of monitoring of the pregnancy to ensure it’s going well and the risks of a miscarriage are minimized. Not all clinics offer this follow-up care so it’s important you check this as well and select a clinic that offers good quality monitoring service and for a reasonable time. I’d say for at least 12weeks so that once you are in the 2nd trimester, you can transfer your care to a regular OBGYN.
Now I trust you are better equipped to select your preferred IVF clinic in the US. But before you start off, I should let you know that carrying your baby in your arms is our heart’s desire; so we have made the task a bit simpler for you; as we have filtered all fertility clinics in the US based on their success rates and selected the top clinics with success rates above 50%. We did not stop there…as we also have contacted all of them and gotten their costs details just for you.
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