Choosing to see a doctor for help getting pregnant is a big decision. Once you’ve decided to seek professional fertility advice, you\u2019ll 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.\n\n\n\n\n \nWhich Type of Clinic Is Right for You?\nThe 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:\n\nIndividual 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.\nLarger, independent clinics: These facilities often have access to more resources but may lack name recognition or haven\u2019t established a reputation.\nNetwork clinics: These practitioners band together and organize under one umbrella company, with the goal of negotiating lower costs for you.\nHospital 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.\n\nWhat Kind of Care Do You Seek?\nFinding 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.\n\nWould 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?\nDo 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?\nHow 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?\nAre 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?\nHow 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?\n\nOnce 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.