Questions to Ask Your IVF Specialist
Scheduling an appointment with an IVF specialist can help you understand your fertility journey. Your treatment will depend on the doctor and facility. Before beginning your IVF treatment at MCRM Fertility, we encourage you to ask questions to understand the different approaches.
Here are some of the questions to ask your IVF specialist during a consultation:
Does IVF Treatment Have an Age Limit?
Ask your IVF specialist whether their treatment plan has an age limit. The age limit differs from clinic to clinic. There’s no legal age limit for an IVF, as long as you are physically able to carry a child. At MCRM Fertility, we will discuss the best treatment plan matching your age during the appointment.
What Tests Are Required Before Starting IVF Treatment?
Ask about the types of tests carried out during pre-cycle treatment. Our certified IVF specialists order blood tests and ultrasounds to evaluate an ovarian reserve and check out any abnormality. This can help you gauge the success rate of the IVF treatment.
What Is the Potential Timeline for the IVF Treatment Process?
Have clear detail on the IVF timeline. Our IVF specialists, fertility coaches and financial counselors will provide you with a timeline of important events, appointments and procedures throughout the IVF process from medication training class, through pre-egg retrieval monitoring and the egg retrieval procedure.
Should PGT-A Testing Be Considered?
Pre-implantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A) is a test performed on an embryo to evaluate for chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy). PGT-A is often recommended for:
- Advanced maternal age: 35 years or older
- History of recurrent miscarriage
- Male factor infertility
- Previous IVF failure
- Family Balancing (Gender Selection)
The Best Option Between Single Embryo or Multiple Embryo Transfer
Ask whether your physician recommends single embryo or multiple embryo transfers. The idea of multiple transfers is to increase the success rate of the treatment. When a IVF specialist implants several embryos, the chances of a person conceiving is high. Technology, such as genetic testing, yields better results with a single embryo transfer and reduces pregnancy complications. MCRM Fertility strongly recommends single embryo transfers.
Are There Any Side Effects of IVF Treatment?
Get information on side effects to stay prepared. The most common side effects related to IVF treatment include:
- Mood swings
- Pain caused by injections
- Abdominal pain
Most of these side effects are caused by fertility drugs. They are not intense, but you may feel uncomfortable whenever you experience them.
How Much Does It Cost to Complete an IVF Treatment?
Ask your financial counselor about the treatment cost and be prepared financially for the entire process. The costs include pre-cycle testing, fertility medication, and possible outside lab charges. At MCRM Fertility, our financial counselors can give a complete fee and payment plan needed to complete the treatment.
What Is Your Facility’s Success Rate?
Understanding your fertility clinic’s success rates is important; however, caution is advised when evaluating success information alone. One must take into consideration success rates are impacted by multiple factors. Some of these are related to the training and experience of the clinic’s staff while others are related to the patients themselves. Success data reporting is also usually delayed by several years may not be reflected of current data. The most recent success data for all U.S. fertility clinics is available via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ART National Summary Report. Some fertility centers, such as MCRM Fertility, have also chosen to be part of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and provide additional success data information via the SART website.
Recommendation for a Good IVF Specialist
If you’re looking for a good physician, contact MCRM Fertility. We’ll take you through the entire parenthood journey. Our fertility treatment options include advanced fertility testing, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and third-party reproduction. Contact us today to get started on your fertility journey and/or IVF treatment.