If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for several months (or years), you may be feeling disheartened, frustrated, angry and confused.
Meeting with fertility specialists is a recommended next step. But it can be overwhelming to find a doctor and fertility center.
Here’s a simple checklist that can get you on the right track.
What to look for in a fertility doctor:
Convenient location. If you decide to embark on treatment, you'll likely be back for multiple appointments. While it's not the most important factor, it always helps if your doctor is located somewhere convenient to you or has multiple locations. Distance does not always have to be a factor since some clinics will maximize your visits and try to combine tests as much as possible in a single visit.
Accepts my insurance. Did you know that fertility treatments are sometimes covered by insurance? If your plan offers fertility coverage, be sure to prioritize a fertility center that takes your insurance.
Superior patient reviews. Check to be sure that the doctor or center you're considering is well-reviewed online.
Reputable, experienced doctors. Look for doctors with excellent reputations, many years of experience and quality educations.
Innovative and advanced technology. Be sure the center you choose is on the leading edge of fertility care and uses the most advanced assisted reproductive technology available.
Caring, attentive staff. You should feel welcome and cared for by every member of the staff - not just your doctor.
Online resources. A website that is easy to navigate and is rich with educational information and resources is a good sign that the fertility center cares about helping patients feel at ease and informed about their options.
Easy to get started. Paperwork is never anyone's idea of fun, but if they've made the new patient onboarding as painless as possible, you can tell that the fertility center cares not just about results, but about your overall experience as a patient.
Whatever you decide as your next step and wherever you turn for expert care, we wish you all the best on your journey to make your dreams of a family a reality.