Choosing a Fertility Clinic

So you have been trying to conceive for a long time and you're starting to wonder if you need help. It's generally recommended that couples seek infertility specialists if the woman is over 35 and has a history of three or more miscarriages, the man has a poor semen analysis, and you've been trying to conceive for at least two years. Of course, your circumstances may be different than this, but you should try for at least a full year before seeking a fertility specialist regardless of other factors.

Do Your Research

Before you start looking at infertility specialists and fertility clinics, do some research first. One thing you should consider is how much you are willing to spend, and how long you are willing to keep trying different treatments. Do some procedures feel too invasive for you? Are some just too expensive? What are your limits?

You should explore these issues before you start any kind of treatment since one you get on the fertility treatment cycle it can be hard to get off, and you may lose sight of what you really want to put yourself through - fertility treatment can by a physically and emotionally stressful time, and it can sometimes be confusing.

If you think about your own goals and limits before interviewing doctors, it will be easier to find a doctor who you know will be sympathetic to your personal needs as his or her patients.

One useful tool when researching clinics is the federal database kept by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that contains the success rates of fertility centers around the country. Statistics are updated every few years, so check if the data is recent. Rates may have changed since publication, but this will give you a start. You may not necessarily want to choose the clinic with the highest success rate, but do make sure the clinic you choose has a success rate above the national average. 

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1. Choosing a Clinic
2. Tips for choosing a clinic
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