IVF patients know that one of the most important decisions they need to make is how to find the right IVF Clinic .
This is a simple 3-step process . Its tempting to take shortcuts and go to the nearest clinic, or the cheapest one, but this can be dangerous !
First, you need to use your head and deploy Information Therapy, so you understand your medical diagnosis, and what your treatment options are. Do you need ICSI ? TESA ? donor eggs ? Please dont underestimate your own intelligence you are smart, and if you dont understand what the doctor is saying, this means the doctor is too dumb to explain it in simple language !
You then need to confirm the clinic provides this treatment. You can easily find this information online, or by email or a phone call, so use these tools to create a shortlist.
The next step is harder. You need to use your heart , so you can judge which of the doctors you have listed is right for you. This is where your gut feeling and intuition become important !
The doctor who was right for your friend may not be right for you one size cannot fit all !
Lets see a real life example of how this works out.
Start by emailing the clinic and see how quickly they respond to your emails. The other test of their professionalism is to phone the clinic, and assess how helpful the secretary is. Good doctors hire good receptionists, who treat patients with respect !
You only need to find out the answer to a single medical question - do they routinely provide photos of embryos to all their patients , and whether they do only blastocyst transfers . If they refuse to answer this question, this in itself is a Red Flag , and you should definitely stay away from the clinic ! If the receptionist doesnt know what a blastocyst is , this means the clinic is not a good one , because they havent invested in educating their staff.
You need to short list at least two IVF clinics , and then do a consultation with both. Interview the doctor , so you can judge if the doctor will treat you with respect . Is the chemistry between you and the doctor good ?
Thus, by checking both the doctors competence as well as whether you like the way he thinks and reassures you, you will be able to choose the clinic which is right for you. Please dont let someone else make this decision for you