You've made the decision to consult a fertility doctor. But where should you start? How can you find the right person for you? Consult our list before you consult a doctor.

Take your time

That's probably not what you want to hear considering it feels like it's taking forever to get pregnant. But finding the right fertility doctor and clinic is not a process you want to rush. Do your research to find out about everything you can, including their success rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps a database that contains the success rates of fertility centers around the country (they list them as ART reports or assisted reproductive technology). The statistics are updated every few years, so check the date. Keep in mind that many experts agree you shouldn't choose a clinic based solely on its high success rates.

Finding the right fertility doctor and clinic is not a process you want to rush.

Get help with your search

With a little extra effort, you can find many valuable resources available for people who are struggling with infertility such as Resolve, the National Infertility Association, a highly respected national support organization. It's packed with information and provides everything from a Professional Services Directory (it is still your responsibility to screen any professional listed) to online support groups.

Ask the right questions

When selecting a fertility clinic and doctor, experts recommend asking a lot of questions including many listed on the WebMd website.

  • How long has the fertility clinic's medical director been there? How long have the doctors and technicians been there?
  • Which procedures do you do and how often? Be sure the clinic has a wide range of infertility remedies available and is familiar with the latest technologies, such as something called blastocyst transfer.
  • Do you have age limits for treatment? If so, it's a good sign that the clinic is concerned about ethical issues.
  • What does treatment cost? While you don't want to choose strictly on price, it's good to know costs ahead of time so you know what you're getting into. Beware of clinics that offer a money-back guarantee if you don't get pregnant -- the doctor may have a financial incentive to treat you more aggressively than you want.
  • How many cycles per year do you do? Some clinics handle so many patients -- each of whom may be treated for multiple menstrual cycles -- that patients end up feeling like a number.

You should also find out if you can speak with any former patients willing to share their success stories. Beyond getting information about the doctor and the practice, you can have an opportunity to connect with people who've been there.

Trust your gut

Once you have a list of potential doctors that you've researched and interviewed, it's up to you (and your gut) to make your final decision. If something feels off, pay attention. On the flip side, if you feel a connection, you should listen to that, too.

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