Regardless of what stage you’re in with your infertility journey, the process of struggling to achieve pregnancy can be a frustrating experience. Along your path, you’ll most likely begin working with a fertility clinic, and at some point you may find yourself wondering if you chose the right one. Should you switch fertility clinics, or continue on with your current choice?
Five red flags that you should be mindful of that could assist you in making your decision:
1. Vague, low or non-existent success rates.
There shouldn’t be a question as to what the success rates of a fertility clinic are. Unfortunately, not all patients seeking to achieve pregnancy will be able to do so. However, as a patient, you have a right to know what the odds are with each of the treatment options you’re presented with.
If the success rates are low, it could be a signal the clinic isn’t using the latest techniques available. If the clinic doesn’t have any success rates documented or they are vague with what the numbers are, it could mean they are new to the field or aren’t adequately managing their cases.
A reputable fertility clinic will know their success rates for each treatment, and be able to explain them should you have any questions or concerns. They should also be able to explain factors that can enhance or diminish chances of success for all treatment options available.
2. Lack of treatment options, or jumping to conclusions.
Infertility causes and treatments are not a one size fits all. As such, there should be several treatment recourses presented to you. You should be given a thorough assessment of potential causes for your infertility, and then presented with treatment possibilities unique to your case.
For example, just because in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a well-known choice, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice or even the only choice for you. Another example could be that without a thorough investigation, your fertility clinic might miss that it’s an underlying issue such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that is actually causing your inability to achieve pregnancy. This is why it’s important not to jump to conclusions, and to assess all possibilities.
3. Communication issues.
Is it difficult to get in touch with your fertility clinic? Are appointments overbooked, mismanaged or dropped without ample warning? Communication issues with your clinic can add an unnecessary level of stress to an already stressful situation.
Your clinic should be easily reached by phone or email, your questions should be answered quickly and efficiently, and appointment scheduling should be flexible and easy to set up.
4. Under qualified staff.
Issues with infertility can be complex, and not all doctors are trained for these complexities. You need to work with experts who understand the many possible causes of infertility, and who are well versed in a wide variety of treatment options including the latest techniques and innovations.
Depending on your age, and your unique case, there could be a clock on treatment options available to you. Not working with experts can not only limit your options, but could potentially decrease your chances of achieving pregnancy at all.
5. Pushy sales tactics with little compassion for the financial aspects of treatments.
The reality is some treatments do come with a significant financial investment. A good clinic understands this, and will be open and honest with you regarding costs and choices available to you. A great clinic will also have financial counselors on hand who can help you make the best decision for you and your family, not for their bottom line.
If the clinic just doesn’t feel right to you, it may be time to switch fertility clinics. Not every place is perfect for every person. Let your instincts be your guide. You deserve a clinic that puts you more at ease, is free of judgement and makes you feel like the staff is on this journey with you working towards giving you the best chances of success.
Are you considering switching fertility clinics? If you would like to learn more about the Center of Reproductive Medicine to see if we’re the right fertility clinic for you, click here. You can also contact us directly by emailing us.