Preparing For In Vitro Fertilization: Questions To Ask

If you are considering IVF treatment, don’t neglect to make a thorough evaluation of the IVF centre you are thinking of using.

Take into account the following. They all play an important part in determining the overall success rate:

–   The size of the clinic

–   Technical expertise of the IVF team

–   The equipment used

–   The protocols for ovary stimulation

–   How embryos are transferred

–   The support and care you receive throughout

Do Your Research – Ask Questions!

Going down the path of opting for IVF treatment has a real emotional and financial cost. Be very, very sure you are making the best choice for YOU!

Don’t be pressurized or hurried into making the wrong choice. Use the following suggestions when enquiring about a fertility clinic. This is not a definitive list. Think long and hard about what YOU want to know and be reassured on.

  • How long has the fertility clinic’s medical director been there?
  • How long have the doctors and technicians been there?

High staff turnover can be a sign of bad management or practices and can contribute to mistakes.

  • Which procedures do you do, and how often?

Be sure the clinic has a wide range of infertility remedies available and is familiar with the latest technology.

  • Do you have age limits for treatment?

If they do it’s a good sign the clinic is concerned about ethical issues.

  • If eggs are fertilized outside the woman and then planted back inside her, who decides how many eggs go back in – the doctor or patient?

Be VERY WARY of any clinic that gives complete control to the doctor. This is important because the more eggs planted inside you, the greater the chance for multiple births. Is that a risk you want to take …?

  • How many cycles per year do you do?

This again is important. Some clinics handle so many patients with all of them being treated for multiple menstrual cycles that the clinic resembles nothing more than a factory production line. A more intimate, personal touch can make all the difference in IVF treatment.

  • What does treatment cost?

Now although you don’t want to choose a clinic only on price, it is a factor. You need to be able to afford it and budget for the treatment. Be wary of clinics that offer a money-back guarantee if you don’t get pregnant. It may be a point that the doctor may have a financial incentive to treat you more aggressively than is healthy for you.

Finally, if you call a clinic and they say they’re too busy to answer your questions, forget them!

If they are not interested in answering your questions before you are even a paying patient, do you think they will have time for your questions once you are a patient?