Choose a board-certified and well-educated physician
Make sure your In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) physician is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). All physicians must complete four years of training and an additional two years of clinical practice to obtain an Obstetrics and Gynecology board certification from ABOG. Additionally, a certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) requires the physician to complete further training. After identifying several clinics who staff board-certified physicians, it may be beneficial to ask each physician about their own continuing education. Physicians who complete – or are in the process of completing – further education will showcase the desire and compassion necessary to treat patients as family. Questions you may want to ask your potential IVF physician(s) are:
- When and where were you trained?
- Are you certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)?
- Are you currently working on any continuing education in the field of reproductive medicine?
Evaluate all your consultation appointments
When planning to work with a fertility clinic long-term, it is imperative to feel comfortable talking about your infertility case with the staff and physicians. Whether it be a success story or future pregnancy concerns, you must trust the physician to set up a dynamic and comprehensive individualized treatment plan. To successfully evaluate your own consultation appointment and conversations with staff and physicians, think about the following:
- How was I greeted by the staff and my physician?
- Did they take time to answer all my questions?
- If I have further questions before or after treatment, can I reach out to the office or my physician after-hours?
- How did the staff and the physician communicate with me and the patients around me?
- Did I feel a sense of hopefulness from the physician?
- Did my physician reassure me and my family?
Discuss potential clinics and physicians with your loved ones
Trust your gut, but make sure to have conversations with the people around you. Talk to your significant other after each appointment and make a list of pros and cons for each clinic and physician. If you are close with family members and friends, discuss the same ideas with them. As discussing infertility treatment with others can be difficult, regular conversation with trusted family and friends will help delineate which physician is the right choice for you.
As infertility treatment can be long and challenging, make sure your friends, family, and future physician believe in you. For more information regarding infertility, contact Dr. Mostafa Abuzeid and his team of highly trained and compassionate physicians. Start on your path to success, today!