important ingredient when selecting an IVF clinic is actually an intangible
one. It's not how posh the clinic is ; or how big their team of doctors ; or
what their success rates are ; or how many ads they pay for in newspapers .
It's actually a question of trust in the doctor - does the IVF doctor inspire
trust or not?
on intuition and gut feel, and the chemistry between the doctor and patient varies
from patient to patient, which is why not all patients are happy with one
particular doctor. As a patient, you need to spend time finding the one who is
right for you.
traditional of building trust depended upon a referral, and in the past,
patients happily went to the IVF doctor their family physician referred them
to. However, this route is extremely dangerous in this day and age , because of
the kick-back system which has corrupted medical practice and is so widely prevalent.
A referral by
other infertile patients is very helpful - especially if they've had a baby
from that clinic, because that's a
living endorsement that the doctor is good. However, this can be gamed as well, and lots
of IVF clinics do unnecessary IVF treatment cycles for young patients who dont
need IVF in the first place thus inflating their success rates. You need to
confirm that the patient who is recommending an IVF clinic to you is
well-informed - just having achieved success
is actually not enough !
website to find out what the doctor's philosophy is very helpful as well. Does
he take the time and trouble to educate you ? Is the website sensitive to your
needs and wants ? Or is it all about the doctor tom-tomming about the celebrity
patients she has treated ?
is that because a lot of patients have burned their fingers with poor quality IVF clinics, they are very
reluctant to trust other IVF doctors, because they cannot differentiate between
good and bad doctors, and lump all of them in the same bucket !