“One of the first questions that come to mind for couples who decide to have a child through the IVF method is, ‘Which IVF center is suitable for me?’ In this article, I have tried to inform you about how to choose the right treatment center, which is an important criterion for a successful treatment process.
With the advancing technology of today, having a child through the IVF method has become much easier and more accessible. The IVF method is the most successful technique among the treatments applied today for couples who cannot have children through natural means.
What Should Be Considered When Choosing an IVF Center?
One of the most important criteria for IVF treatment is selecting a suitable IVF center for you.
The first things to consider when choosing an IVF center are:
- The center must have a permit from the Ministry of Health to perform IVF treatment.
- The doctors who will perform the IVF treatment should also hold a certificate in IVF.
Don’t Overlook This Question: How Long Has the Center Been Active?
Another important point, in my opinion, when choosing a center is the answers to the questions like, ‘How long has the center been active? What is the experience of the team, and what is the success rate of the center?’
IVF treatment requires experienced teamwork.
- The more patients you see,
- The longer you have been involved in this field,
- The closer you follow and apply scientific developments, the more experience you gain, and you can predict individual-specific conditions in advance.
By doing so, you can apply a more suitable treatment protocol for the individual and ensure a more positive treatment outcome. If an IVF center has been in operation for a long time, it already means that it is successful. Because an unsuccessful center is not preferred and cannot sustain its existence.
The Embryology Laboratory Plays an Important Role in Success
In IVF treatments, the embryology laboratory and its team also have a crucial role to play. The use of state-of-the-art technologies in the laboratory and the involvement of experienced embryologists significantly impact the chances of success. In recent years, there have been significant advancements and many success-enhancing techniques developed in reproductive medicine, with ongoing developments. If an IVF center invests a significant portion of its resources in the laboratory section and can apply success-enhancing new techniques, choosing such a center would undoubtedly be a correct decision for patients.
The rate of pregnancies achieved through frozen embryo transfer by the center is also an important indicator. The success in freezing and thawing procedures demonstrates the strength of the laboratory.
All Processes Handled by One Team
Choosing a center that can evaluate all stages of IVF treatment and, when necessary, perform advanced tests, research, and operations within its own facility prevents the need to direct the patient to other hospitals or units during treatment. Thus, having all procedures handled by one team strengthens the bond between the patient and the doctor, and it allows the doctor to manage the treatment better by being aware of all the details related to the patient’s care.
Avoiding This Mistake!
Do not choose a doctor or center just because their name is well-known, or you have seen their advertisements a lot, if it doesn’t feel right for you… Of course, recommendations from previous patients are important, but remember that patients’ medical knowledge is, of course, limited. They provide their opinions based solely on their own experiences. A center suitable for one patient may not be suitable for another patient based on their conditions.
My advice is to start your research from the center nearest to you…
Choosing a center that will force you to travel under difficult conditions, causing you a lot of stress, is not the right decision just because someone recommended it. Remember that the more stress-free and relaxed you are during these treatments, the higher your chances of success. Therefore, my recommendation is to start your research from the center nearest to you. If you have any negative thoughts about that center, then you can explore more distant centers later.
Emphasize Face-to-Face Meetings
Arrange an appointment to meet with one of the centers you have researched and found suitable. Take your questions about both the treatment process and the center, and if necessary, write them down to bring along. Ask all the questions you have in mind during the face-to-face meeting. After the meeting, make your final decision. Keep in mind that conversations conducted over the phone or on social media can be misleading.