Ensuring you select the very best fertility clinic for your needs couldn’t be of greater importance. Contrary to widespread assumption, not all fertility clinics in operation are of the same high-quality standard. In fact, there are often glaring differences from one to the next.
One of the biggest problems being that when couples have been attempting unsuccessfully to conceive for some time, they can be tempted to get on board with the first option that comes along. Unfortunately, doing so significantly increases the risk of signing up with a substandard clinic.
Starting the Process
Before getting into the technicalities of fertility treatment, it’s worth dedicating some time to gaining a better understanding of your diagnosis. Whatever the reason for your problems, there will be countless avenues to explore in terms of both treatment and alternative options.
The greater the extent to which you understand your diagnosis, the better the position you will be in to select a quality clinic. Of course, you’re not expected to know the full scientific ins and outs of the subject. It’s simply a case of familiarizing yourself with your situation and the options available, in order to help guide your decisions accordingly.
One of the most important aspects of the research process is that of assessing patient ratings. Simply by heading online, you should be able to quickly and easily determine to what extent a fertility clinic has been rated and recommended by past and present patients. While it’s improbable you’ll find a clinic with a 100% flawless track record, evaluating the general consensus can be extremely useful.
You may also have the opportunity to reach out to those who have worked with the clinic in the past. To gain a more detailed understanding of both the quality and capabilities of the clinic, speaking directly to former patients can help.
Depending on its geographical location, the fertility clinic in question may be subject to official inspections and subsequent ratings. Such ratings provide a good indication as to the quality and capabilities of the clinic, factoring in everything from equipment to safety to provision of support by qualified members of staff.
Once again, it’s simply a case of taking your search online and carrying out a little research.
Cost Vs. Quality
Given the potential costs of fertility treatments, it’s common for couples to show preference to the more affordable services and clinics on the market. Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between low-cost fertility treatments and uninspiring success rates. Many clinics work extremely hard to lower their prices, though in most instances compromise the quality of the care they provide in doing so.
What’s important to remember is that when it comes to most types of fertility treatments, the vast majority of associated costs pay for the personnel and their specialist equipment. This means that the greater the extent to which costs are minimized, the more corners may be cut in terms of equipment quality and experienced personnel. While it’s possible for fertility treatments to be carried out for relatively low costs, the very best and most reliable services on the market attach a significantly higher price.
Unfortunately, patients are rarely provided with the full truth by those offering low-cost treatments and related services. Despite their inability to perform at the same high level as the best clinics in business, this isn’t the kind of information they share openly.
Looking Beyond Success Rates
It goes without saying that success rates can help paint a more accurate picture of what exactly the clinic in question brings to the table. The higher the success rate, the more capable the clinic is of delivering quality results.
Or at least, this is how it appears on the surface. The problem being that as there is no specific standard or agreed definition of what ‘success rates’ actually means, some of the information published can be confusing.
For example, a clinic may be advertising 95% success rate, confirming that 95% of all embryos successfully implanted result in pregnancy. Nevertheless, this doesn’t count for a great deal if only 5% of implantation processes are successful. Likewise, a 75% success rate attached to pregnancy may be reassuring, but not if only 25% of these pregnancies go the full term and result in successful delivery of a child.
Taking success rates into account is of critical importance when considering which fertility clinic to go with. Nevertheless, you need to determine exactly what their success rates apply to and make your own judgment accordingly.
Quality Vs. Quantity
It’s also worth looking into the extent to which the clinic in question concentrates on the quality of care it provides each of its patients. There needs to be a sensible line drawn between the number of care-givers and the number of patients the clinic is willing to accept. It’s one thing to boast having thousands of patients, but not if most of these patients receive very little commitment from a sparse pool of staff.
Depending on the treatment you require and your own personal preferences, it may be better to work with a smaller clinic with a limited capacity for patients at any one time. Once again, this is the kind of thing you need to question with any prospective fertility clinic, before going ahead and making your final decision. Prior patient reviews and recommendations can also be helpful.
Take Your Time
Last but not least, the message touched upon right at the beginning holds merit throughout the entire process. Regardless of what your instincts may have you believe, there is nothing to gain by attempting to rush the process. You need to give yourself as much time as necessary to carry out plenty of research, carefully consider all the available options and ask plenty of questions along the way.
If in doubt, it simply isn’t worth taking the risk of a substandard service provider – not with something as important as fertility.