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e) Get a Consultation to Interview the IVF Doctor

by Ivy Eff

The initial consultation is your and your partner’s chance to meet and interview a potential doctor. During this time your doctor should review your medical history, look over your records and give you a physical exam.  The doctor will then suggest an initial plan for your IVF cycle or other fertility treatment.

You should plan to meet with several doctors to determine which one is the best choice to partner with in your fertility treatment. Having checked their credentials was an important first step. But their personality, accessibility and specific plan for your care are all important factors in your decision.

Below are some questions you might like to ask:

  • Where and when did you train to be a reproductive endocrinologist?
  • Are you a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist?
  • How many years of experience have you had treating fertility patients?
  • How many reproductive endocrinologists are on staff here? How many will I see?
  • Do you have any personal areas of interest (e.g. immune issues, etc) within the field of fertility?
  • If I have a problem after regular business hours, how is that handled?
  • Do you have an affiliation with any hospitals? If so, which one(s)?
  • Are you a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)?
  • Are you a member of the Advanced Reproductive Care network?
  • What insurance do you accept?
  • Are there any special financing options or payment plans available?
  • What is the total cost of the treatment you recommend for me? Does that include all lab work, procedures and medications?
  • Do you have any associations with a sperm donor or egg donor program?

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