Understanding infertility and the treatments can be overwhelming. The first decision to make will be choosing a fertility clinic. With so many fertility clinics, it can be hard to decide what clinic is best for you. Here are some questions that you should ask a fertility clinic before starting any treatments.
Who will be my doctor?
If you see a doctor through private care, you’ll be able to choose your doctor. At some lower-cost clinics you won’t be able to choose your doctor.
When choosing a fertility doctor, ask if they will be doing all your consultations and procedures. Some fertility clinics have a roster of doctors doing procedures or make you have a GP consultation before seeing a specialist. These may be bulk billed but still take time.
Fertility treatment can potentially be a long process, so it’s important to choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable.
What training has the doctor had?
Not all specialists offering fertility treatments have had the same training. Doctors with a CREI (Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) have completed an extra three-year program in addition to their specialty in obstetrics and gynaecology. If the doctor hasn’t had CREI training, see if they are affiliated with anyone who has a CREI e.g. apart of a fertility clinic where the owner/ medical director has had CREI training.
You can either ask if the doctor has had the qualification, or you can check the doctor’s qualifications on the APHRA website.
What services do you offer?
Before seeing a fertility specialist, you can get some basic tests through your GP. Most GP’s have an understanding when a specialist is required, as IVF is not suited for everyone. Some patients will require specific treatments that not all fertility clinics offer. Different fertility clinics have different types of technology too. You can find out what treatments Care fertility offer and learn about the technology used to develop embryos.
What’s their success rate?
Fertility clinics will be required to publish their success rates in Australia in the near future. Many clinics do display their success rates but the best estimate of success is to ask a trustworthy specialist what your chances are as a couple.
To understand if Care Fertility is the right clinic for you, contact us to learn more.