Finding A Fertility Specialist
Time to seek the assistance of a specialist to get pregnant? A specialist will make every effort to make a diagnosis and help determine your treatment plan, so make your choice carefully with these suggestions.
- Make a list of physician candidates by following any or all of steps two through six.
- Find out the names of doctors covered by your insurance plan by reading your providers booklet, asking your human resource staff, or calling your insurance company's customer service number.
- Ask your OB/Gyn or Family Practice doctor for a referral.
- Contact your local RESOLVE group or any other infertility support group for their recommendations. You can find them in your Yellow Pages or in my "Counseling & Self-Help" page.
- Ask friends who have seen a specialist.
- Inquire on online bulletin boards, such as our Fertility Specialists Exchange Forum.
- Look up the physicians' names and credentials in the appropriate lists of accreditation and Board of Medical Specialties.
- Research success rates of the physicians' clinics or hospital programs through the CDC Fertility Clinic Report, available via link the on our "Finding Help" page.
- Request that any introductory information on their practice be faxed, emailed, or mailed to you.
- Read any literature sent to you by the doctor's office, judging the overall tone as well as information presented.
- Follow steps six through ten for each physician you wish to screen.
- Call each office to inquire about scheduling an interview, making clear that you are comparison shopping, and ask what the fee will be.
- Write down a list of questions and be prepared to bring it with you to each interview.
- Attend interview sessions and ask pertinent questions, jotting down answers when necessary.
- Call your chosen physician to schedule an appointment to begin discussing diagnosis and treatment plans.
- Based on steps six through ten, narrow your initial list down to two to four preferred physicians for interview.
- Make your final decision based on the information you've gathered, your sense of comfort and financial considerations, and convenience of location and physician availability.
- Save your receipts from cost of interview fees for tax deduction.
© Tracy Morris