Now that 40 years have passed since the delivery of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, IVF is now pretty much accepted as a mode of achieving pregnancy when the natural methods are not working.
Choosing a good Fertility clinic and a good Fertility Specialist can be a daunting task, as it is going to make a huge difference in your journey of achieving parenthood.
What are the factors to be considered when you make this decision of selecting the best Fertility Clinic?
Going through a fertility treatment is a challenging task as it involves a lot of physical, emotional and financial commitment. It is important that you invest your time and money in a fertility specialist who is not only highly trained but a doctor who can devote his /her time and focus only on patients with infertility and not primarily be an obstetrician who is also busy attending deliveries and C-sections.
An IVF Laboratory par excellence with an In-House embryologist
The Embryologist is the scientific director of the IVF Lab and is responsible for making the best embryos and it is important that he be well trained, well experienced and be available on all days of the week as the fertility treatments are carried out to suit the needs of the individual patient. IVF(in vetro fertilization) is a field where technical advances keep happening really fast and it is important for not only the specialist but also the embryologist to be updated.
Success Rates of The Clinic
Before we can find out the success rates of any clinic, it is important to first find one’s own individual diagnosis and the reason for infertility. Just as an apple should be compared with an apple, similarly the success rates should be compared in patients with similar age groups and similar medical problems
Trained Nursing Staff
An IVF nurse spends more time with the patient than anybody else in an IVF Clinic and often helps the patient understand the maze of fertility treatments. The support and skills given by a well-trained fertility nurse can help to get good results.
A couple facing infertility needs counselling at all stages from understanding the implications of various treatments, facing relationship issues and specialised counselling for patients in need of donor sperms or donor eggs or preimplantation genetic diagnosis for genetic problems. Presence of a counsellor is mandatory in every IVF Clinic
Presence of all Fertility Services under one roof
ICSI, Testicular Sperm Aspiration in cases of azoospermia, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Embryo Freezing by Vitrification and Oocyte freezing, Donor Egg programme and Surrogacy are some of the services that should be available in the Fertility Centre.
As infertility treatments are mostly not covered under insurance in India, it needs accurate financial planning and so clear instructions of the exact cost that is going to be incurred are of paramount importance. A Fertility clinic which does a detailed financial counselling before the procedure can be trustworthy.
Reviews from Patients who have undergone Treatments in the Fertility Clinic
Attending support group programmes where you could have a chance to meet couples who have undergone treatments earlier and reading reviews and feedback given will help to make the decision of choosing the best fertility clinic.
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