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Choosing a Fertility Clinic

When evaluating different clinics, many people may feel lost and uncertain as to which clinic they should choose. There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting an infertility specialist.

Important Things to Consider
Working with the staff and professionals. The staff should be helpful and well informed. Experience in every aspect of a clinic is important to helping improve the care you receive. The doctor should remain current on the latest developments and technology and must have a bed-side manner that makes you comfortable. The embryology staff should be experienced. This can not be stressed enough as the experience and stability of the embryology lab staff can be critical to providing outstanding success. The facility should be purpose built for providing embryology services. A laboratory will have more difficulty running effectively without careful attention to air quality, temperature fluctuations, efficient layout, and emergency backup systems.

Important Factors to Consider when Choosing an IVF Center


This information is provided to help you make an informed choice about a clinic that is right for you. Careful consideration of many aspects of a program are necessary to help you make the right choice. There are things you want to look for in a fertility program, and thing you will want to avoid. Clinics may present information in such a way that it may not be relevant to an individual but may seem really appealing. You will want to avoid marketing hype in favor of honest and professional services that will provide you with the best possible results. If you have any questions regarding our services, or results, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

Delivery of Services and the Family Promise

You want to have your treatment performed in an IVF program where you can feel comfortable, welcomed, and cared for. At California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc., you become a member of our family when you first make contact. It's a comment we hear repeatedly, and strive hard to hear it again. We feel it is an honor and privilege that you would entrust us with your care, and allow us to participate in your journey to expand your family. Your trust is not taken for granted, nor is it taken lightly. You have our promise and assurance that we will take care of you as we would take care of one of our own family members.

Physician Training and Knowledge

Choose an infertility clinic that has a physician staff that is adequately trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of fertility treatment. The individuals providing care should also be compassionate and caring in the delivery of this knowledge and professional services. Dr. Zeringue is a board certified specialist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both OBGYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI). This is an internationally recognized award bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary for a practicing specialist or consultant in their area of expertise. In addition to certification by the specialty board, Dr. Zeringue is a member of multiple professional societies that have the common goal of advancing the scientific understanding or the specialty and advancing care for a wide variety of medical problems affecting women's health. You can learn more about Dr. Zeringue and training related to infertility and in vitro fertilization by visiting this web page. Dr. Zeringue prides himself on keeping track of the most recent developments and ways to apply the latest technology to help women achieve their dreams of having a baby. He leads by example and sets the tone for his staff to always provide excellent quality patient care.

Experienced Embryology Staff

We are able to offer all of the advanced embryology technology currently available because of the level of experience and the excellent success rates. The embryology laboratory staff is usually considered one of the most critical areas to evaluate when choosing a fertility clinic. An excellent physician can not be excellent without the help of a top notch embryology staff. Dr. Zeringue considers his embryology staff to be "the best embryologists" that not only provide technical expertise, but also provide compassion and support throughout the process. Their unique traits have caused patients to follow them here from other programs. Our success rates are a further confirmation that we strive to provide the best possible care when you are having trouble getting pregnant.

Evaluating Success of IVF Services

Clinics report their success rates for various age groups. There are many factors that can go into these success rates such as how open the clinic is to accepting an individual with poor chances of pregnancy, or the patient problems occurring during a given time frame. The number of embryos transferred and the number of triplets should also be evaluated. A clinic can increase their pregnancy rates by increasing the number of embryos transferred. Unfortunately, this increases the number of triplet pregnancies that will occur. It is inaccurate to look at a clinic's success rates and interpret that to an individual. A more accurate assessment of a clinic's performance is to assess their donor egg program, even if you are not planning to use donor eggs. When donor eggs are used with in vitro fertilization, the eggs are likely of very high quality with a very low rate of chromosome, or genetic, abnormalities. If a program has a good system for growing embryos, and the physician has a good technique for stimulating the eggs and transferring the embryos, the donor program will have a high success rate. A quality program will have a donor egg success rate exceeding 70% for the first embryo transfer. At California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc., we have maintained over a 75% clinical pregnancy rate on the first attempt during the last 2 years. Combining all egg donor cycles from the start of the program through the first quarter of 2008, our success exceeds 80% on the first try. Pregnancy rates such as these are a very good indicator as to the quality of the embryo culture system, physician technique, and the abilities of the embryology laboratory staff. We are extremely proud of this program which is also backed up by a very successful frozen embryo program.

Frozen Embryo Success

The frozen embryo transfer program is vital to the success of a woman or couple having a baby from infertility treatments. When extra embryos are stored for later use, they can significantly add to the chances of becoming pregnant without having to undergo another egg collection procedure. A program that has an unsuccessful frozen embryo program will actually decrease an individuals overall chance of having a baby. A good program should have a clinical pregnancy rate exceeding 40%. This is particularly important because if a pregnancy is not initiated with the fresh transfer, you will want to have your chances extended by being at a program with a high success with embryos surviving the freezing and thawing process and a high chance of the embryos making a pregnancy that will lead to having a baby. At our center, 95% of our embryos survive the freezing and thawing process and we have experienced a clinical pregnancy rate of 50% in 2006 and 42% in 2007.

Insurance

We work with many carriers to provide patients with services that may be billed to their insurance. We have a team of dedicated staff that can help you with understanding your insurance benefits and investigate the covered services. In most cases, we are able to bill your insurance directly. Some clinics have very few contracts with insurance companies and will ask you to pay your bills in advance. They will then generate a list of charges and expect you to submit your bills. Insurance is often complex and difficult, which puts you at risk of not being able to fully take advantage of your insurance benefit. While we may always be able to bill your insurance directly, you are certainly welcome to call to find out in advance. We make every effort to fully disclose all billing information regarding insurance to the best of our abilities. We are happy to discuss the insurances we accept. Additionally, we can work with your insurance carrier to preauthorize your infertility benefits to make sure your services are covered or provide you with information regarding the need to submit the claim on your own. Insurance benefits for infertility treatment can be complex and confusing. In many cases, insurance carriers may not give us a full explanation of benefits until after submitting claims. In most cases, we do not ask you to pay for these services in advance if you have coverage for the services provided.

Pricing and Fee Structure

We have always offered very straight forward fee structures and pricing models. This minimizes the confusion about the total costs of services and avoids fees being added on at a later time. Our fees are clearly detailed here. Additionally, we welcome your questions about our fee structure. You will find our staff knowledgeable and willing to answer your questions regarding the cost of treatment. Keeping things simple also helps us to keep costs down. This allows us to offer services at very competitive prices. Many patients have told us that our program is much more affordable that other clinics in the area. You should investigate costs by contacting the clinic and asking for their fees if they are not readily available on the internet.

Internet Warning Regarding Infertility Information

The internet has become an invaluable tool in the daily quest for information. The amount of information regarding infertility testing and treatment is expanding constantly. Many sources provide reliable and accurate information while others are much less reliable. Infertility treatment is very complex and can not be diagnosed or treated across the internet. Some infertility clinics may make claims to success that may not be accurate. Web sites may be very misleading and offer unrealistic expectations. The internet is a fantastic resource of information, but the information should be scrutinized carefully. Our web site has been written, reviewed, or evaluated by Dr. Zeringue before publication. We will not make any unrealistic claims regarding technology or treatment options that are not founded in valid experience. We do not ever intend to give an unrealistic sense of hope, though we encourage hope in a healthy manner backed by realistic estimates of an individual's chance of success. The infertility community on the internet shares a common goal of helping patients become pregnant. While we are proud of our abilities and success, we do not intend to disparage other clinics or individuals. We encourage caution when selecting a program and this page is intended as a guide to several different aspects that an individual may find useful in choosing a clinic or doctor to help them in their goal of growing their family.

Call Us or Visit Us Today

We welcome your questions regarding our program. Additionally, if you would like to set up a time to tour our facility and meet our staff, please call us today. We are open to introducing you to our staff and giving you the opportunity to ask questions in person. You may also direct your questions to info@californiaivf.com

 

 

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