Choosing to see a doctor for help getting pregnant is a big decision. Once you’ve decided to seek professional fertility advice, you’ll want to learn more about fertility clinics to decide which one is best for you. There’s a lot of information available, so let’s take it a step at a time.
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Which Type of Clinic Is Right for You?
The first step to finding a fertility clinic that fits your needs is to learn what’s available. Fertility clinics are not all alike. Here are the most important differences:
- Individual fertility specialists: These specialists work as sole practitioners, giving you direct access to a doctor at convenient times. But the drawbacks can include using an off-site lab and limited equipment.
- Larger, independent clinics: These facilities often have access to more resources but may lack name recognition or haven’t established a reputation.
- Network clinics: These practitioners band together and organize under one umbrella company, with the goal of negotiating lower costs for you.
- Hospital or university hospital clinics: Fertility centers within larger medical centers are known for in-house labs, access to the latest equipment, and the most up-to-date treatments.
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What Kind of Care Do You Seek?
Finding a fertility clinic will be much easier if you rule out the ones that don’t meet your needs. Take a minute to answer the following questions.
- Would you like a fertility doctor who specializes in one or two conditions? Or do you prefer a team that is highly qualified to treat the widest range of reproductive situations?
- Do you prefer a team of reproductive care providers who can treat your unique case without sending you to different specialists? Or do you want to be referred to another specialist?
- How do you feel about driving farther for reproductive care, instead of opting for a team that lives and works in your own western Pennsylvania neighborhood?
- Are you looking for someone who can work with you on the financial aspects, providing options like health insurance, a shared-risk program, and financing? Or are you prepared to receive a bill without a conversation?
- How emotionally invested are you in your own reproductive health? Do you want your fertility clinic to have a counselor to help you work through this emotional experience? Or would you prefer to figure it out on your own?
Once you better understand your options, it’ll be a lot easier to identify the best fertility clinic for you. Still have questions? Talk to a doctor at the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.
For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. Nationally recognized in gynecology by U.S. News & World Report, UPMC Magee is long renowned for its services to women and babies, but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and the hospital’s NICU is one of the largest in the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.