(Closed) How to choose a fertility specialist?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
826 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

BiancaBee33:  I can’t speak for how to select based on success rates as I was referred to a particular fertility clinic by my family doctor. But in addition to success rates, I would also base my decision on convenience of location (either to home or work) and hours of operation. There may be instances where you may have to go in on a daily basis and it makes a difference when you can fit it in to your daily schedule. My clinic is 10mins from home and opens at 6am so I can easily go for my monitoring appts before I start work. Best of luck to you!

Post # 3
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Factors we looked at:

  • SART data for our particular dx
  • Ability and willingness to carefully coordinate with our MFI urologist
  • Convenience of monitoring site(s) to our home and my job
  • Feedback from former patients (Urban Mom for my area was a great source for me)
  • Vibe from the Re and Re’s office & support staff (our Re used a nurse case manager model, so being on the same wavelength as my nurse was essential because we were in constant contact as I cycled, and having friendly staff made being there every day more pleasant. When I went in for my forst sono after my BFP, my sonographer cried happy tears with us. They were a big practice, but we had a human connection. That meant so much.)
  • Helpfulness of the financial team (a good financial counselor and savvy billing team are essential for navagating/manipulating insurance coverage and minimizing your out of pocket expenses, and knowing that you had someone helping you maxamize whatever coverage you do have makes it a little bit easier to pay all of the bills that insurance doesn’t cover. Not gonna lie… writing the big check still hurt.)
Post # 4
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My initial RE was referred to me by my OB/GYN. He was about 8 mile from my house and 50 miles from my work. It was a pain to see him, and I just didn’t like him. He retired the second month of having us as patients.

So when I looked for a new one, I looked for one that was fairly equidistant from work and home so I wouldn’t be driving too far or taking too much time off work. I like them, they seem to have good reviews and the staff is great.

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