Starting in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a big decision and a life-changing step in the process of having a baby. It can also be an emotional roller coaster that requires a substantial amount of money as well as dedication to the process. Choosing the best IVF clinic for yourself is highly dependent on your personal situation. Dr Shweta Goswami, Director, Zeeva Fertility, Noida & Delhi NCR, says, “Most fertility clinics have a structured discussion prepared for new patients outlining basic processes and procedures as well as answering FAQs. You should come prepared with all of your questions, in case they’re not covered in the overview. There are several common factors everyone should consider during their research and decision-making process pertaining to selecting an IVF clinic.”
Dr Shweta Goswami, Director, Zeeva Fertility
Dr Goswami shares some factors to take into consideration before starting your IVF journey:
• Transparency at the centre regarding procedures, embryo details, etc.
• Individualised treatment protocols and explaining and handholding at each step of the treatment process
• Years of experience
• Success rates
• Extent of patient-centred care offered
• Specialists’ certifications and experience
• Technology used
• How they handle testing
• Customer ratings and reviews
• Pre-testing and/or potential restrictions
Furthermore, Dr Haritha Rao, Director and HOD - Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Ayaansh IVF, Bengaluru, advises selecting an IVF clinic where you feel truly cared for as an individual, where your treatment is personalised and tailored to your particular needs and not a one-size-fits-all approach. “Ideally, pick a centre that is at the cutting edge of the field and will be providing you every possible advantage for achieving success,” she adds.
Dr Haritha Rao, Director and HOD - Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, Ayaansh IVF, Bengaluru
For egg freezing, Dr Rao recommends a place that has a proven track-record of having achieved successful pregnancies with eggs that they have frozen, and that will be there when you need them in two, five, or even 10 years. When choosing a fertility doctor, rely on word-of mouth publicity; if multiple individuals have had a good experience and outcome with a particular physician, they are worth considering. “Look for a doctor specialised in the field of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, with at least two to three years of training during the certification,” suggests Dr Rao. Note that a larger volume fertility centre (doing more than 300 IVF cycles annually) with multiple physicians (more than four) is generally more likely to have the experience and resources to run a high-quality embryology lab. The quality of the embryology lab ultimately plays a critical role in the chance of success with IVF.
All in all, deciding on a fertility clinic is both an important and highly personal process. “When it comes to becoming pregnant, finding an IVF clinic that offers quality treatment and care – delivered in a patient-centred and supportive manner – is the goal,” says Dr Rao.
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