How to choose the right fertility clinic for you

24th February 2010 in Fertility, IVF

The decision to have a baby is one of the most important you’ll make in your life. But if you need help getting pregnant it’s even more of a big decision.

Emotionally, and financially, you need to make sure you pick the right clinic for you. But how do you know who to choose, when every clinic is promising they will give you the best chance of getting pregnant? Remember that the IVF technology is pretty standard but it is very important how the clinica cares for you.

Firstly, draw up a list of private clinics in your region. Undergoing infertility treatment is stressful enough without having to endure overly long journeys. And if there’s an emergency, you’ll want to be able to get to your clinic as soon as possible.

Make sure those on your list are licensed with the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA), that they offer you the treatment you need and have the facilities you are looking for, such as being able to freeze embryos, offer ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) or donor sperm. You can also obtain a copy of the latest Insepction Report for the clinic from the HFEA.

Once you have your shortlist, call each clinic and make an appointment to tour the facilities. Any good fertility clinic will welcome you with open arms, giving you the chance to ask any questions you may have. At Manchester Fertility, we hold regular open evenings, giving potential patients the chance to come and meet us face to face.

In your search for the right clinic, you should request a complete information pack, which details all the treatments and the costs. Make sure you get a feasible idea of the total cost of potential infertility treatment – not just the treatment itself, but including necessary drugs and follow-ups.

And don’t be afraid to ask if they have any restrictions. Some clinics will not treat women if they are over a certain age. At Manchester Fertility, we offer infertility treatment to women up to the age of 50. You should also consider if the clinic has any waiting lists for infertility treatments, and that they’re open to see patients at times to suit you. Manchester Fertility’ current opening times are 7.30am-4pm.

One vital check to make is that the clinic offers you the support and counselling to get you through what is undoubtedly a very emotional time.

Above all, beware of false promises. Many clinics claim they give unparalleled success, with high pregnancy rates. But when you’re researching a fertility clinic you must ask to see a complete set of results which shows the live birth rate, not just the pregnancy rate, for all fertility treatment cycles started by the age of the woman.

Make sure you see the clinic’s HFEA certified live birth rates, in addition to the clinics actual latest live birth rates. It will give you the best indication of whether all those promises of the best chance of a baby actually come to fruition.

This information was published 9 years, 9 months ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.