You would imagine getting pregnant would be as simple as doing “the thing”.
Yet, nearly 10 million women (between ages 15 – 44) have trouble conceiving here in the United States. That’s close to 16% of the female population!
There is a solution and it’s housed within the walls of a fertility center.
Within these walls are the medical professionals that make life happen. The goal may be the same but each fertility center is different.
How so? Let’s do this thing.
Essential Traits of the Perfect Fertility Center
What do you look for in the facility? What about the professionals? These are the traits that should be front-and-center to make sure you’re choosing the right center for your needs.
1. Modern Tech & Practices
Technology is changing in the world of In Vitro Fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection.
You may not understand all that’s going on behind-the-scenes. Yet, it would be a good topic to bring up when comparing clinics. The two main technological advancements to look out for include A) pre-implantation genetic screening and B) cryopreservation.
Other tech considerations may be their practice with elective single-embryo transfer. This focuses on the placement of one embryo versus many which will reduce complications and increase success rates.
2. Availability, Treatment, and Care
What good is the medical attention if it’s not available?
The relationship between you and the doctor (and team) will be long standing. It’s likely to take multiple attempts so you’ll need them committed. Having a doctor (and team) available to answer questions, offer treatment, and on-going care will improve the chances of success.
The center is also the home base of support and resources that will make the process manageable. Stress is common during these times. The center to choose is the one which offers support via counselors and tried-and-true programs.
3. Providing Answers to the Right Questions
You have questions for the medical professionals and staff.
These may include:
- What are the costs?
- How long have you been in operation?
- What is the success rate?
- Why choose your center?
- Are there age limits?
If a clinic doesn’t have the patience or snappy answers to your questions then it should set off a few red flags. After all, if they can’t take the time to answer them then what sort of care can you expect once you begin the process?
Need ideas on the questions to ask? Here are ten to get you started.
There’s more to learn after the choice is made for the center. But for now, use these essential traits to narrow the selection. Then vet the centers to make sure they’re able to meet your needs and wants.
Welcome Future Parent(s)
It’s a lot to process about learning how a fertility center can help with bringing a new bundle of joy into this World. IVF, IUI, and ICSI… gah! Not to worry.
The fertility experts here at Kofinas Fertility Group have over 30 years of experiencing creating families. We welcome to you to match these essential traits to our dedicated services. You’ll find the right pick in us for this next chapter in life.