Guide to choosing an IVF specialist

A simple, easy-to-understand guide to choosing an IVF specialist: Check these 4 tips before choosing your fertility doctor.
If you are thinking about trying in-vitro fertilization to help you get pregnant (IVF), you will need to find a good reproductive specialist to help you weigh all your options and determine if it is right for you. Once you make that final decision to go forward with the IVF, you will want to make sure you are comfortable with your doctor, because you’re going to be together for a while. By following certain steps and doing your research at each phase, you’ll be able to rest easier knowing that you’ve chosen the best doctor to fit your personal needs.

Guide to Choosing an IVF Specialist

1-Determine how far you’re willing to go.

Decide right now how far you’re willing to travel to find a good doctor. If you live in a city, chances are there are at least a few choices within a short drive, but if you live in a rural area, you will most likely need to travel a bit. Remember that you will be making several trips back and forth between all the consultations, pre-IVF testing, hormone injections, and actual procedure. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of gas and time off from work.

2- Ask for recommendations,

but don’t rely solely on them. Asking your regular doctor or friends for recommendations is a good idea, but don’t let it be your sole deciding factor. Everyone is different, and just because one person had a positive of negative experience with a particular doctor doesn’t mean you will too. Let recommendations guide you, but not make the decision for you.

3- Discuss all costs up front.

IVF can be extremely expensive, so make sure you know exactly how much you are looking at before deciding on a doctor. Very few insurance plans cover IVF, which means you’ll be paying out of pocket for the entire procedure. Ask about any possible discounts, payment plans, or other financing options available.

4-Schedule several consultations.

While it may be tempting to go with the first nice doctor you meet, try to schedule at least a few different consultations to get a feel for what is available. Before you go, write down any questions you may have. While you are asking your questions, take mental notes about the doctor’s demeanor. Does she seem rushed or does she take the time to really listen and thoroughly answer your questions? Does he seem to blow off your questions and make false assurances that everything will be fine, or is he realistic when giving you answers about your chances of success? Think of the consultation as the doctor’s interview. Remember, you are hiring him or her for a major, potentially life-changing procedure.

5-Ask to meet the staff involved in your care before making your final decision.

Although your doctor will be making the important decisions, you will most likely be spending a large chunk of your time with the nurses and other staff. These people will be seeing you at your most vulnerable, and it is very important that you feel comfortable with them. You are not just picking a single doctor, but an entire IVF team.