Narrowing Your Search

As you compile your list of potential fertility specialists, you may want to make a list of questions to ask over the phone. This may be a time-saving measure to help you reach a decision, before you even schedule an office visit. Here are some points for you to consider:

• Does your health insurance cover fertility treatments?

• Is the doctor or clinic on your preferred health insurance list?

• Did the doctor do a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility?

• Is the doctor board certified in OB/GYN and also in reproductive endocrinology?

• Is the doctor a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine?

• Does the clinic have an IVF lab and is it accredited by the College of American Pathologists?

• What other specialists does the clinic have on staff? (In addition to the doctor, many clinics also have access to reproductive immunologists, embryologists, reproductive urologists, andrologists, and genetic counselors.)

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