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Choosing a Fertility Clinic in St. Louis
If you are looking for a fertility clinic, you have several options in the St. Louis area. There are four fertility clinics in St. Louis, which are either independently run or operate in conjunction with hospitals or universities.
St. Louis Fertility Clinic Options
Visit the Find a Clinic search on FertilityAuthority.com to find a fertility clinic in St. Louis.
What to Look for When Choosing an Infertility Clinic
When you are choosing your fertility clinic, there are several factors you should take into consideration in order to make the best choice for you. Published IVF success rates are important indications of a well-run clinic, but they are not the only factor. In fact, success rates can vary depending on the types of diagnoses treated, the age of the woman, and the type of IVF.
Researching the success rates can be a helpful start, and the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report is a good tool to help you. The ART Report is compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This report lists the success rates of fertility clinics across the country, as well as breakdowns of patients by age, what kinds of diagnoses are treated, and other characteristics of each clinic.
Fertility Clinic Staff
You will be spending a lot of time at your fertility clinic, so it is important you feel comfortable with the staff. Besides your fertility doctor, you will also be dealing with a team of other professionals, which may include nurses, embryologists, counselors, office staff, and lab staff.
In order to gauge the atmosphere of the office and the staff, it is very important you make a personal visit to the fertility clinic. When you are there, observe how the office staff treats the patients. Do they treat their patients respectfully, and do they answer their questions thoroughly? Or does the staff seem harried or rushed?
This is also a good time to meet with your potential fertility doctor. It is helpful to schedule a consultation beforehand. When you arrive for your consultation, make sure you bring your complete medical history, as well as a list of any questions you may have. This will give you a good opportunity to ask your fertility doctor questions about specializations and treatment philosophies.
Location may not be the first thing on your mind when you are choosing an infertility clinic, but it is an important consideration. You will probably have frequent appointments with your fertility doctor, sometimes as frequently as once a day during certain procedures. It may not be possible to make daily trips to a fertility clinic located several hours away. A time-consuming commute may contribute more stress to an already-sensitive situation.