Today there are many fertility clinics to choose from, so many that it is often difficult for patients to know which program is the best for them. Below are a few ideas that should be explored and considered when searching for a unit that suits both your requirements.
It is important to look at the following areas when investigating a fertility clinic:
Most important however, is that the clinic has sufficient numbers of well-trained and experienced laboratory personnel who can cover each other for leave or emergencies without interrupting your schedule. The laboratory team also needs to be able to communicate clearly not only with each other, but with the medical team, nurses and with the patient.
With no exceptions, patients should utilize a fertility clinic that has met all the certification requirements for their professional organizations and governmental bodies. It is appropriate for patients to ask programs if they have met such standards.
Fertility Solutions undergoes yearly accreditations with the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee and the International Standard Certifications (ISC).
An especially important component of high quality clinical care is the fertility clinics policy on multiple births. This policy includes the number of embryos that a program recommends for replacement in the uterus, the availability of cryopreservation of embryos, the use of blastocyst culture and their adherence to professional guidelines regarding number of embryos to replace.
It is important to establish the role patients play in making decisions regarding the number of embryos to replace or have cryopreserved. In some clinics this might be left entirely up to patients, but most clinics have guidelines they follow to reduce high order multiple births, and some clinics have policies limiting the number of embryos to transfer.
Fertility Solutions offers a comprehensive range of treatments from ovulation induction through to genetic testing of embryos.
The best choice is the one the couple makes for themselves after they have been fully informed about the possible options. Referrals for second opinions to other health care professionals should be freely offered and encouraged. Patients should be provided with consent forms in advance to read, that meet the legal requirements and are detailed and comprehensive enough to ensure that the patient can choose wisely. Furthermore, consent forms need to be signed, witnessed and dated at the appropriate times.
With our extensive team of specialists a second opinion is just next door.
Patients should compare costs among clinics, but should be careful that they are comparing the cost of similar services when they do so.
At Fertility Solutions we have a tiered IVF structure so you only pay for what you need and want. We can also offer interest free, flexible payment options. For more information, ask our friendly administration team.
It is important that fertility clinics recognize this aspect of infertility and help couples deal with it. This assistance includes giving the patient an accurate prognosis, discussing ways to increase control for the patient, reviewing stress-relieving activities, identifying alternative forms of affection and sexual communication and facilitating access to information and emotional support, such as that provided by patient support groups, and also on the Internet. Health care professionals need to counsel couples about problems associated with success, including the changes in lifestyle that occur with parenting, and the need not to have unrealistic expectations for themselves or their child.
Fertility Solutions have dedicated fertility counsellors who are members of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA).
There are almost no “correct” or “right” answers to most of these issues. Some of what seemed “wrong” twenty years ago is accepted today (e.g., IVF), some of what was accepted five years ago is seriously questioned today (e.g., inter-generational egg donors, that is daughter to mother), and some of what is questioned today may become commonplace in the future (e.g., gender selection). It is important for reproductive specialists and their team to familiarize themselves with the role ethics play in the development and application of the assisted reproductive technologies if they are to counsel their patients competently.
Evaluation of Success Rates
All patients want to know what the chances are that they will have a baby if they undergo fertility treatment. In Australia, the results of fertility clinics are published collectively according to States or Territories but not for individual clinics.
It is only natural that patients will want to use these results to determine which clinic they should choose. However, often the published success rates are over-interpreted by patients who give them accuracy and meaning greater than they actually have. There are many difficulties and problems in measuring pregnancy rates from fertility treatments.
For more information, visit Fertility Solutions success rates.
Many factors affect the quality of a fertility clinic. These include the quality of the laboratory and clinical services, the availability of comprehensive services, documentation of care, patient choice, research and teaching commitment, cost-effectiveness of care, psychological support, professional management and ethics. Patients should review clinic-specific reports of pregnancy rates when they are available, but recognize their serious limitations. In the final analysis, the availability of the care and the rapport with the fertility specialist and the team must also be considered in deciding where to undergo treatment.
Adapted with permission from the original article by David Adamson, MD, Fertility Physicians of Northern California.
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