Finding a Fertility Clinic and Choosing a Doctor
Given how important it is to make the right decision when finding a fertility clinic and choosing a doctor to assist you with fertility challenges, you will find these tips from the fertility experts at Medfem Fertility Clinic to be very helpful.
The journey to parenthood can be one of life’s most difficult challenges, medically, emotionally and financially. In the best of times, you want the right doctor at the right fertility clinic with the right technology on your team as you create the family you dream of.
During these uncertain Covid-19 times, you also want a fertility clinic and a doctor that will offer you’re the safest possible way to receiving the fertility treatment you need.
Finding a Fertility Clinic
Choose only a fertility clinic that is suitably accredited and well-recognised in the medical profession. Look for a fertility clinic with highly-qualified and experienced personnel; state-of-the-art facilities; and advanced technologies and treatments. Choose a fertility clinic with a leading success rate to give yourself the best chance of becoming pregnant.
Here is a handy checklist to help you make an informed choice about the right clinic for your particular needs.
Accreditation – Be sure to choose a fertility clinic that is accredited by the Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG). You can visit their website sasreg.co.za to check if a fertility clinic is registered.
Expertise – It is also important that the clinic you choose is staffed by experts in the field – from accredited and extensively experienced reproduction specialist doctors and embryologists; and trained, qualified theatre staff, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists; to specialist pharmacists and friendly administration staff.
Facilities – Choose a fertility clinic that is purpose-built or offers consultation offices, exam rooms, laboratory facilities, surgical suites and a dedicated fertility pharmacy in one convenient location. Also ensure that the facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that facilitates cutting-edge medical treatments.
Treatments – It is best to give preference to a fertility clinic offers the full spectrum of fertility treatments. This will allow you to complete your fertility journey with one team, whichever treatment is required. It is also recommended that you choose a clinic that will develop a personal treatment plan for your unique situation, including comprehensive fertility testing and customised fertility treatments. A clinic that offers additional support, such as specialists and nurses who can assist to resolve medical issues, and expert counselling by a qualified psychologist, should also be given preference.
Results – Compare the clinic’s clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer for IVF and ICSI to that of the South African rate for an idea of how it compares. The higher the success rate of the clinic you choose, the better your chances of pregnancy.
Choosing a Doctor
In addition to ensuring that the fertility doctor you choose is indeed a specialist, in other words – highly skilled and with advanced knowledge – you also need to make sure your fertility doctor is qualified and registered, has extensive experience and an encouraging success rate, is up-to-date with the latest fertility advances and research, has facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and extensive medical support, and – perhaps most importantly – is the best “fit” for you as a unique individual.
Qualifications – Be sure to check that the fertility doctor you select has the right qualifications. It would also be smart to check the qualifications of the medical and nursing professionals supporting your selected fertility doctor, such as the embryologists, theatre staff and pharmacists.
Experience – Another important factor to consider when selecting among various fertility doctors is their experience. For example, the reproductive specialist team at Medfem Fertility Clinic has more than 100 years of collective experience diagnosing and treating infertility. During their more than 30 years of practice at Medfem Fertility Clinic, the team has performed an average of 1,100 IVF treatment cycles a year. This extensive experience will most certainly work in your favour as you undertake your journey to parenthood.
Expertise – Given the fact that fertility treatment can be a challenging journey, medically, emotionally and financially, give preference to fertility specialists with proven expertise in their field. The fertility specialists at Medfem Fertility Clinic are nationally and internationally recognised as pioneers and innovators in the field of infertility treatment.
Success Rate – The success rates achieved by fertility specialists will also provide you with an indication of their skill to help you build a family. For example, the pregnancy rates achieved by the fertility specialists at Medfem Fertility Clinic are among the highest in the nation. The team at Medfem Fertility Clinic is very proud of their high rate of pregnancies and live births per transfer, and to have assisted in over 16,000 successful pregnancies!
Facilities – Ensure that your chosen fertility specialist doctor has access to world-class facilities, advanced equipment, a range of treatment options and a committed and qualified support team of medical and nursing professionals including embryologists, theatre staff and pharmacists.
“Fit” – It is often difficult to know which fertility specialist doctor will the best “fit” for your unique requirements. However, the approach a doctor takes to your fertility journey, as well as the testimonials from other patients will provide an indication of whether you and your fertility doctor will work well together. You can read what other Medfem patients say here…
Your Safety During Covid-19
Our patients’ safety has always been and always will be our top priority. As such, we have gone to even greater lengths to ensure your safety during the unusual circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our new patient management protocols are implemented taking into consideration the recommendations regarding fertility treatments locally and globally, as well as the local COVID-19 legislation and regulations.
Our new patient management protocols include the following measures:
1. Minimising the amount of time patients spend at Medfem through the use of technology, such as the Healthdocs Patient App and Skype or Zoom Consultations. These protocols serve to keep our patients safe at home for as long as possible.
2. Enforcing strict safety rules to safeguard our patients and staff from exposure to the virus at the clinic. While you can rest assured that your time at Medfem will be limited at much as possible, an appointment may be essential. When you do arrive at Medfem, you can be certain that all precautions have been taken to ensure your safety. We will even fill your prescription for medication and bring it to you.
These additional protocols build on Medfem’s already stringent health and safety standards. Yet even with all the additional protocols in place, our focus remains on maximising your fertility outcome.
We look forward to taking the next step in your fertility journey with you. We are confident we have taken great precautions to ensure our patients and our staff are safe when visiting our facility, and to minimise the duration of the visits, so our focus can remain on maximising each patient’s fertility treatment.
The next step is as simple as contacting us. To book an initial consultation, click here or contact us telephonically on +27 (11) 463 2244.
We look forward to meeting you!