How to Find Research Fertility Clinics and What to Expect

Two Methods:Gathering informationSetting your expectations

Before selecting a fertility clinic for your treatment, it is important to research a number of issues. Selecting a fertility clinic is very personal and dependent on your individual circumstances – your friend's recommendation of the best clinic may not necessarily work for you. So, it is important to research fertility clinics yourself before you decide which is the most suitable one.

Method 1
Gathering information

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    Gather information about the treatment procedures used by the clinic, the doctors practicing there. Survey the practitioner's qualifications as well as the administrative details for the clinic. This information is readily found on the fertility clinic website.
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    Visit the fertility clinic website to find out more. They will usually have a number listed on the website where you can call and speak to a representative.
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    Plan a personal visit to research each fertility clinic under consideration. This will give you a first-hand impression about the clinic with which you'll likely be interacting for many months.
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    Ask the following questions of yourself:
    • Is the staff courteous and helpful?
    • Are they willing to take the the time to answer questions fully and to your satisfaction?
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    Speak with former and current patients. This is extremely helpful when gathering information about a fertility clinic you might use.
    • Local infertility support groups will help you find people who have been treated by the clinic.
    • Ask about their experiences at the clinic to get a better understanding about its workings.
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    Find out all you can about the fertility specialists and doctors practicing there. You might want to meet with the doctor and consult him about the treatment procedure. This gives you an insight as to what to expect during treatment.

Method 2
Setting your expectations

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    Dig into the process. When you decide to become parents with fertility treatment, there are many complicated issues to consider besides choosing a fertility clinic. You can hope to be an informed patient by asking questions of the clinic staff who are there to help you.
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    Supply patient information for both partners. This may include personal information, financial information, and a complete medical history for both sides of the family.
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    Give consent for testing and treatment. As with any medical procedure, you and your partner are required to give consent to the treatment procedure prior to the treatment and in writing. The clinic staff might ask you to fill out forms that are a legal requirement to protect you and your child as well as the the egg donation clinic in case a problem arises in the future.
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    Find out about the battery of tests. Usually fertility treatment procedures involve additional tests besides those already carried out by your general practitioner. There may be several tests carried out for each partner before a treatment plan can be formulated and actually begin.
    • For women, typical testing includes:
      • laparoscopic
      • ultrasound
      • hormone profiling
      • follicle tracking
      • hysteroscopy
      • additional specialized tests (if indicated)
    • For men, the usual standards are a semen analysis and sperm antibody test, though other tests may be needed.
    • There will likely be screenings of each individual which may include:
      • HIV 1&2
      • Hepatitis B
      • Hepatitis C
      • Malaria and other medical conditions called out when examining their medical histories.
    • Fertility clinics will usually be equipped to conduct most tests that are required to profile the candidates for fertility treatment.


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