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Questions to Ask When Selecting an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Clinic

These questions will help you learn more about a fertility clinic, its services, and staff. 

Procedures and Services

  1. What procedures do you currently offer that may fit with my/our needs?
  2. How much experience do you have with these procedures?
  3. What are your current success rates with these procedures?
  4. What are your criteria for accepting new patients? (Is there a waiting list? Age limits? Single or Married?)
  5. What tests are required for my care? Will you accept results performed by others?
  6. Do you have or help arrange for gestational carriers (Surrogates)?
  7. Do you have or help arrange for obtaining donor eggs, embryos or sperm?
  8. Do you offer elective single embryo transfer?
  9. What would be an optimal schedule for the ART procedure I (we) would have?
  10. If I (we) need storage of eggs/embryos or sperm, what are the costs for storage?
  11. What types of counseling and support services are available?

Care and Treatment

  1. How many physicians will be involved in my care?
  2. Are the physicians providing my care board-certified? Are any specialists in reproductive endocrinology?
  3. How will the clinic work with my current health care provider (i.e., OB/GYN, or urologist)?
  4. What staff members are available to answer my questions about treatment, services, tests, and medication?

Costs and Financing

  1. Do you have cost estimate for the tests and procedures I (we) may need?
  2. What are your available payment options?
  3. Do you accept insurance and if so, for what tests, medications and procedures?

Affiliations

  1. Does the clinic follow American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) practice guidelines?
  2. Is the clinic currently a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)? If not, what is the clinic’s affiliation with a national organization or medical society?
 
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