Choosing a Clinic

CHOOSING A CLINIC

6 Factors You Should Consider

Caution – not all fertility clinics are equal! Take your time and do your homework.

A few things to bear in mind when looking for an egg freezing clinic:

  • Currently clinics are not required to publish egg freezing statistics and success rates
  • Experience and skills can vary widely across clinics as vitrification is a relatively new technique
  • Many clinics have little to no experience thawing and inseminating frozen eggs to date as so few women have come back to use their eggs
  • The good news is things are changing fast. SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) is in the midst of revamping their reporting to include fertility preservation. Also, the quantity of available data will improve due to the soaring growth of egg freezing coupled with the steady increase in the number of women coming back to use their banked eggs.

How to Evaluate a Fertility Clinic

1-Doctor
First things first, make sure that your doctor is board certified and a member the:
How to choose an Egg Freezing Clinic
3-Cost
With all of the various costs involved, it is imperative that you carefully review the clinic’s pricing structure with their business office to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of what is and is not included. Before you sign the dotted line, make sure your estimate includes the following key items:
Remember: hormone stimulation medication will not be included in a clinic’s fee. Once your doctor creates your stimulation protocol, you will need to purchase your medication directly from a pharmacy.
Initial consultation
STD testing
Egg retrieval (including Doctor and Anesthesiologist fees)
Monitoring during stimulation(blood tests and ultrasounds)
Annual storage fees (first year is often free)
Second cycle discount (if applicable)
3-Success Rate
Although SART does not currently report on specifics of egg freezing results (i.e.- eggs vitrified, warmed, and fertilized) it is still worth spending some time reviewing a clinic’s IVF statistics. The thawed embryo transfer rates are the most comparable to those one would expect with vitrified eggs.
While favorable IVF results do not translate linearly to egg freezing success, they can nevertheless provide a snapshot of a clinic’s overall expertise and experience. After all, egg freezing can be likened to the first half of an IVF cycle.
A few things to look out for when reviewing the data:
  • Age of patients – Success rates will be skewed higher the younger the patient population
  • Number of transfers – These results can serve as a good indication of a clinic’s IVF experience
  • Number of embryos transferred – More embryos transferred equals more likelihood of pregnancy and multiple births
  • Percentage of transfers resulting in live births – Or baby rate is perhaps the most important piece of data
How to choose and egg freezing clinic
4- Location
You will be spending a considerable amount of time at your clinic, especially during the days prior to your procedure. Make sure the clinic is easy to reach from your home and/or office.
Also, if you opt to travel overseas or out of state, you may still need to find a local clinic to perform your pre-procedure blood work and ultrasounds.
6-Atmosphere
It may seem like a minor detail, however the atmosphere of a clinic is very important. Is the staff happy? What is the atmosphere of the waiting room like? Was your appointment on time?
These are important questions to consider as the egg freezing process can be extremely stressful and you want to make sure your clinic’s environment and staff aligns to your expectations.
5- Nurse Advocates
Many clinics assign nurse advocates to serve as a single point of contact throughout the egg freezing process. It is critical that you have easy access to this person since you WILL have questions and WILL need quick and efficient responses. If you don’t ‘click’ with your assigned advocate,
DO NOT wait till mid-cycle to see if things get better, switch immediately. Your emotional well being is just as important as your physical well being.

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