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Choosing a Washington, D.C. Fertility Clinic
There are four fertility clinics based in Washington, D.C., and others with offices in the city. Approximately 15 fertility doctors treat people struggling with infertility in that area. These fertility doctors are associated with either independent fertility clinics or hospitals and universities.
Washington, D.C. Fertility Clinic Options
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What to Look For When Choosing an Infertility Clinic
Choosing an infertility clinic is an important decision, and there are many factors which must be weighed carefully. It can be tempting to choose a fertility clinic based solely on their success rates. While these are undoubtedly important, they are not the only criterion that should be used. Additionally, it is important to read these statistics carefully, so you can understand what the published success rates may mean for your specific diagnosis and potential procedure.
These statistics can be found in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, published by the CDC that compares services and success rates for all fertility clinics in every state. The CDC report breaks down the procedures for each clinic by age of woman for every type of IVF cycle, including fresh eggs, frozen eggs, and donor eggs. It also lists patient diagnoses, types of ART performed, and gives a clinic profile.
Read these tables carefully, and be sure to take into consideration the number of cycles performed and the diagnoses treated when looking at the success rates. A clinic with a high success rate may not be the most beneficial to you, if its successes are mainly confined to women of a different age group or who are undergoing a different procedure.
Your fertility doctor is only one part of a team of professionals dedicated to helping you achieve your family-building goal. Along with your fertility doctor, your team will include counselors, financial advisors, nurses, embryologists, and a staff to interpret lab and blood results.
Because you (and your partner) will be spending a lot of time in your fertility clinic, it is important to schedule a visit to each clinic you are considering. This will allow you to determine a better feel for the place. Observe how the staff interacts with the patients, and the atmosphere they are creating. Schedule a meeting with the fertility doctor, so you can discuss treatment options and learn about the doctor’s treatment philosophies. Bring your complete medical history with you so the doctor can have a baseline of your medical history in front of him.
When choosing a DC infertility clinic, there are some practical concerns that must be taken into consideration. While you are undergoing treatment, you will have regular appointments, and some may even be daily. It may not be feasible to choose an infertility clinic that is several hours away.
Talk with your doctor, as well as with any friends who may have already gone through fertility treatments, and weigh their recommendations. Going through fertility treatments will already be a stressful time, and you don’t want to increase tension by adding in a long commute.