Choosing a Fertility Clinic
Questions to Ask
- Are the Physicians Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility?
- Does the Infertility Clinic Offer the Full Range of Services Including IVF, Donor Egg IVF, IVF Using Frozen Eggs, Genetic Diagnosis and Others?
- Is the IVF Lab "State of the ART" and what is the Level of Training and Experience of the Embryology Staff.
- Does the Infertility Clinic Report Success Rates Data to the CDC and SART?
- Is the Staff Compassionate and Understanding of the Challenges Faced by Infertile Couples?
RCC's Utah and Idaho infertility clinics offer the full range of services ranging from diagnosis and "first line" infertility treatments, such as Clomid and IUI, to IVF and other advanced technologies. Our clinics are staffed by five full time board certified infertility specialists who have extensive advanced training and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
Choosing an infertility specialist is one of the most critical decisions a couple will make in their quest to have a baby. Some physicians advertise themselves as infertility specialists even though they have no advanced subspecialty training. A couple cannot rely solely on the Yellow Pages or a clinic's website in choosing a physician.
Physicians without subspecialty training usually offer Clomid or sometimes stimulated IUI. Couples often waste time and money on treatments that are unlikely to work. A thorough evaluation by a fertility specialist is needed to make the correct treatment choice. Treatment by a specialist results in lower cost and less time to reach your ultimate goal of having a baby.
IUI cycles where drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries must be carefully monitored by a infertility specialist because the number of eggs recruited is often difficult to control. High order multiple births (>=3) can result when too many eggs are allowed to ovulate and fertilize. When too many eggs develop, patients undergoing IUI at a clinic that offers IVF have the option of converting their IUI to an IVF cycle. The number of embryos placed in the uterus is controlled using IVF thus lowering the chance for multiples.
Many non specialists no longer offer these treatments as more qualified infertility specialists have become available. Review the advantages offered by RCC's infertility clinics.
Another important consideration is the embryology staff. Enquire about the embryologists experience, background, research experience, certifications, and level of education (Ph.D.). You can also learn the number of IVF cycles conducted each year (fresh, donor egg, frozen egg) and the fertilization, implantation, and "take home baby" success rates.
The best programs have embryologists with extensive training, and a Laboratory Director with a Ph.D. and certification as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD). Brett Reggio Ph.D., HCLD, the Laboratory Director at RCC, meets the highest training and certification criteria.
Visit the American Society of Reproductive Medicine website to help identify clinics in your area. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology posts IVF success rates for reputable infertility clinics that submit data to them and the Centers for Disease Control. Statistics include IVF success rates, the number of cycles conducted or cancelled and much more. Beware of clinics that don't submit their data. Reproductive Care Center is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, SART and many other organizations. We report our data regularly.
The compassion and understanding of the clinic staff is an important consideration. Infertility is stressful presenting many emotional and financial challenges. RCC's staff has years of experience helping infertile couples and knows the importance of comforting and educating patients. You can see how patients rate our care from our internal surveys and the online physician rating sites.