Choosing the right fertility clinic to meet your needs or knowing when it’s time to look for a new one can be a difficult decision to make.
Partnering with Metro Integrative, I created a printable checklist to help guide the discussion you should have with fertility centers. As a full-service fertility pharmacy, we’re committed to supporting the fertility community we love.
If you’re preparing for a fertility consult, it’s important to find out if the fertility center you’re going to trust with your genetic material is prepared, trusted, safe, supportive, and successful.
Make sure the fertility center is a member of SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) because that shows they have met a certain set of standards.
Ask to see their labeling policy to understand what their process is for storing, labeling, and safeguarding your eggs/embryos/sperm. Find out their emergency measures to protect your irreplaceable genetic material in the event of a malfunction, if they have back-up tanks, and how you would be notified.
Is the clinical staff experienced and do they work together as a team? Will you see the same physician for monitoring and every visit or does it rotate? Will you be assigned a primary nurse to help navigate the scheduling of your cycles and support you with answering questions?
What treatments do they offer and is their financial assistance available or help navigating insurance if you have coverage?
Can they share their live birth success rates and single embryo transfer rates? If you go through an IVF cycle, when and who do you have the conversation on how many embryos to transfer?
What is the vibe of the office? Is it friendly or do they seem too rushed? Is there a long wait to ask questions and who can you reach after hours or on call?
Does the fertility center offer support groups, acupuncture, or Integrative care?
It can feel overwhelming, but hopefully this list helps guide the conversation so you can feel at ease and feel comfortable at the facility that is going to help you achieve your family-building dreams.
Linda Scruggs BSN, RN has specialized for 15 years in fertility, reproductive medicine, and women’s health. As a nurse, patient educator, and solo mother of two children, she shares personal experience with high-risk pregnancies. Connect with Linda on Instagram at @metrointegrative and @unboxedmom where she serves as a resource to empower and educate women seeking wellness for themselves and their families.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.