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Choosing a fertility clinic is one of the most important steps in your treatment process. Everyone is different and has different needs when it comes to taking the necessary steps through the IVF process. To help you figure out which clinic is right for you, we have listed a number of factors to consider when choosing an IVF clinic:

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1. IVF clinic information

Every clinic is required to report its annual IVF cycles and subsequent pregnancies to the CDC. A full list of pregnancy rates from centers across the country can be viewed on the CDC website (CDC.gov). The SART website (SART.org) also provides useful information about specific clinics, which can help you make a more informed choice when choosing the clinic that’s right for you. But remember, this should not be the sole deciding factor in choosing a clinic.

2. Location and accessibility

Choose a clinic you are comfortable with that is also reasonably close to where you live. IVF cycles require daily visits to the clinic, so travel time can be a major consideration.

3. Accreditation of clinic

To ensure the highest quality of healthcare standards, make sure that The Joint Commission, College of American Pathologists, or a similar organization has accredited the embryology lab of your clinic.

4. Credentials and experience of staff

Make sure the fertility specialist you are considering is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. But it is also important that your chosen specialist is someone you can confide in and will be able to speak with openly about the decision-making aspects of your treatment.

5. Services offered

Clinics may offer a range of services, which usually include extensive fertility testing, diagnosis, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and fertility preservation. Remember to review the various services provided at a clinic when deciding where to go.

6. Size of clinic

The size of the clinic may influence your experience. You may want to consider whether you are comfortable with being attended to by several fertility specialists or if you want to work with just one.

7. Accessibility to staff

It is important to know whether or not someone at your chosen clinic will be available to answer your questions and concerns when the clinic is closed and what happens if your treatment falls on the weekend.

8. Cost, insurance, and payment options

Most fertility treatments are not covered by insurance. However, some of the testing and diagnosis could be covered. Find out if a clinic takes your insurance for any part of the treatment and what funding options are available. A number of clinics work with financers who offer special loans or cost-sharing programs for fertility treatments with affordable monthly payments. Click here to find out more about paying for treatment.

9. Reputation

The reputation of the clinic is one of the best indicators of what you can expect. Some women select an IVF clinic by getting referrals from their primary care doctor, OB/GYN, or friends and family.

10. Support services

Fertility treatment is an emotional process. Most clinics offer psychological counseling for any patient who requests it, or they can recommend a good outside psychologist. Many clinics offer support groups enabling patients undergoing the process to meet and talk in a safe and confidential environment with others facing similar challenges.