There are billions of people on this planet. Our bodies are designed to make babies, and most of us figure our own will follow suit when we decide we are finally ready to start that family. Fertility issues are something we know about, but like other ‘bad’ things, we really don’t think about them happening to us. When you and your partner find yourself unable to conceive, it can be devastating.
If it has been at least a year, it is usually recommended you get tested, and at this point, many discover they will likely only get pregnant with fertility treatments. Now, you are tasked with choosing a treatment center. Here are just a few things you want to take into consideration when making this important decision.
Certification of the Reproductive Endocrinologist
When it comes to choosing doctors who work in a very specific field, you always want to check they are board certified in that speciality. Just being an M.D. is often not enough to provide effective guidance and treatment for specific medical issues. You can check the doctor’s endocrinology certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Organizational Memberships of the Clinic
Just like you want to check the specific credentials of the doctor who will be treating your infertility, you want to see if the clinic is a member of specific organizations related to this field of medicine. IN this instance, you would want to see if it is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology. Also, check if their embryology lab adheres to the guidelines of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Experience with Your Situation
Fertility issues come in many different forms, and you want to get a sense of how much experience a clinic has in working with someone like yourself. For example, if you are 35 or older, your chances of getting pregnant through fertility treatments is lower than someone younger. You would want to work with a clinic that is experienced in treating older women as opposed to mainly 20-somethings.
Fertility treatments don’t come cheap, and you have to carefully consider this when deciding on a treatment center. First, you want to talk to your insurance company to get an idea of what sort of coverage, if any, is provided for you. You want to know what types of treatments are covered, whether clinics under consideration are covered, and anything else. Talk to the different clinics to get an idea of options for paying for treatment. Do they offer any sort of payment plan? Many clinics, such as the Reproductive Resource Center of Kansas City partner with lenders that specifically deal with health-related services such as fertility treatments.
Rapport with the Doctor
You are not looking for a friend, you are looking for a doctor who can maximize your chances at successfully conceiving a child. But, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take into account the rapport with your doctor. You should work with someone you like, someone you feel you can talk to. When meeting with a doctor, if he makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn’t seem interested in answering your questions or explaining things you may not understand, or you get the sense you would just be another number, keep looking.