The Top 3 Factors to Consider When Choosing your IVF Clinic
Selecting your IVF clinic can be a daunting task. After all, they hold your future in their hands—quite literally! When searching for a clinic, some feel overwhelmed by the number of clinic options to choose from. How different can they be, really?
As it turns out, quite different! Every IVF clinic has fertility specialists and embryologists with different backgrounds and experience levels, as well as laboratories that offer diverse technology. This can ultimately lead to a variety of patient experiences and success rates.
However, asking the right questions and more importantly, getting the right answers, can lead to a comfortable and trusting journey. To help you along your journey of finding the IVF clinic that works best for you, here are some of the top factors to consider as you make this important decision.
1. How much experience does the clinic have?
One of the top factors to consider when deciding on an IVF clinic is experience level of the fertility specialists, care team, and embryologists.
Experienced fertility specialists and other care team members offer thorough patient communication and have a greater knowledge base. This can translate to an improved patient experience throughout the fertility journey. It is also important to ensure that your doctor’s experience level matches your fertility plan. For example, if you are looking to grow your family through reciprocal IVF, your fertility doctor should be experienced in providing care to 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and understand the unique emotional experiences of these journeys.
The experience level of the embryologists can also play a major role in the success of your IVF treatment; these are the team members who will be performing IVF on your eggs. With more experience brings better techniques and higher fertilization rates, so be sure to consider the experience levels and credentials of the team “in the lab as well.
At Anova Fertility, we know that great patient experiences are a result of all members of the team performing at their best. We make it a priority to ensure that our patients have access to the top fertility physicians and embryologists, each of them joining us with a diverse and extensive knowledge base. Each Anova patient will receive a personalized fertility plan tailored to their health needs and family building goals.
2. Is the clinic accessible?
Clinic accessibility is an important factor that is often overlooked. IVF treatment can come with a hefty time commitment, with many hours in the week spent travelling to and from the clinic, frequent visits for monitoring, and undergoing procedures. Choosing a location that is convenient for you to visit is important, as you will be spending a lot of time there.
At Anova Fertility, we have conveniently located clinics in downtown Toronto, North York, Guelph, and Waterloo. We also have partner clinics in Australia and the United Kingdom for our international patients. By offering multiple locations, you don’t have to worry about traffic and travel time while you go through your fertility journey.
3. Does the clinic have high-quality facilities?
The quality of a clinic’s IVF lab plays a significant role in determining your fertility treatment outcome. High-quality facilities with the most up-to-date technology typically have better fertilization rates.
You should ensure that your clinic has at least some of the following:
Time-lapse embryo incubation
On-site, secure storage for eggs, sperm, and embryos
technology and optimized lab design for sterility
Modern ICSI setup
The IVF lab at Anova Fertility is proudly home to all of the above features. Visit this article to learn more about how each of these factors can help improve success rates.
In summary, there are many factors that go into choosing a fertility clinic that works best for your situation. This can include clinic experience level, accessibility, technology, and service options. Infertility can be a long journey, but having a trusted clinic alongside you can help it feel much more manageable.
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