If you have been trying to conceive a new baby with no luck, you’re not alone.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, infertility affects over 6 million women in the U.S. Further, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that around 12 to 13 couples out of every 100 will experience difficulty conceiving and approximately one-third of those can be attributed to male infertility issues.
Fortunately, there is good news! The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that most infertility cases – as much as 90 percent – are treated with conventional therapies such as drug therapy or surgery and less than three percent require more advanced treatment such as in vitro fertilization.
While it can be devastatingly frustrating to try to conceive with no luck, an infertility specialist can help you determine the exact causes of the issues you’re dealing with and suggest solutions to increase your chances of achieving your little bundle of joy.
However, there are some important things to consider before deciding on who is the best fertility doctor for you.
1. How much does your insurance cover for infertility treatment?
Fertility treatments can be costly but some states offer insurance that covers certain infertility treatments with particular parameters. Check with any prospective specialists or clinics about the cost of their procedures and then be sure to check with your insurance carrier to determine what coverage is available to you. Go over your own budget to determine how much you are able to spend.
2. How convenient is the fertility clinic, logistically?
Fertility treatment can be frequent and involve multiple trips. Find out the hours and location of any specialist you are considering to avoid clashes in schedules and expensive commuting costs.
3. Research, Research, Research
Success rate is a key phrase when it comes to infertility clinics. The CDC provides a free online resource to check the success rates of clinics in the U.S. The clinics you are considering should also offer information about their own success rates.
In addition to success rates, look for patient reviews, find out more about the doctors, nurses, and staff.
How long have they been with the clinic? High turnover could indicate poor management or practices.
What are their areas of specialties? Find out what kinds of procedures they most often do and establish what kinds of treatments are available there.
What are their ethical positions? Do they have age restrictions or procedures they don’t offer? Why/why not? These questions can help you define whether you’re looking at an ethical establishment.
4. Be sure you trust the fertility doctor.
Having trust in your doctor is vital. Fertility treatments can last quite awhile and involve many things. Having a specialist who is sensitive to you, your personal situation, your fears, and your desires is an important part of the patient/doctor relationship. You should be able to talk with them about anything involving your treatment without concern and they should be able to explain everything to you in a way that you clearly understand.
5. Join a support group.
Trying to conceive a baby is a journey – arguably the most important one you can make in your life – so it can be helpful to have support outside of the doctor’s office. A support group can help with not only emotional issues, but can offer feedback and advice should you have questions or concerns through the process.
We know choosing a fertility specialist is not a decision to be taken lightly. At the Reproductive Fertility Center, we are proud of our fertility success rates and are the grateful recipients of countless letters of thanks and gratitude. We invite you to contact us today to find out more about the services we offer and the exceptional treatment and service you will get from our specialists and staff.