Choosing a Fertility Clinic
RCC's Utah Infertility Clinic
Our infertility clinics offer the full range of services from the initial infertility diagnosis and "first line" fertility treatments such as Clomid and IUI to IVF and other advanced reproductive technologies. Our infertility clinics are staffed by four full time reproductive endocrinologists/ infertility specialists. Our specialists underwent extensive advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility including assisted reproductive technologies and delicate laparoscopic microsurgical techniques.
The choice of an infertility clinic is one of the most critical decisions a couple will make in their quest to have a child. Some physicians advertise themselves as infertility specialists even though they have had no advanced sub specialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. These physicians usually offer Clomid therapy or sometimes stimulated IUI. Many have discontinued these therapies as qualified infertility specialists have expanded into more geographic areas. A couple cannot rely solely on the Yellow Pages or the Internet in making the most critical decision of infertility clinic choice.
Stimulated IUI cycles must be monitored carefully by a fertility specialist or specially trained OB/GYN because the number of eggs recruited is often difficult to control. High order multiple births result when too many eggs are ovulated and fertilized. Patients undergoing IUI at an infertility clinic have the option of converting their IUI to an IVF cycle where the number of embryos replaced can be controlled.
We have a very active IUI program and our IUI success rates exceed the national average.
When selecting a fertility clinic there are several questions which should be asked. Be sure that the infertility specialist you will see is fellowship trained in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. You can also enquire about the practice's IVF program and any laboratory accreditations they have achieved.
Visit the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Web site to help identify infertility clinics in your area. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology posts IVF success rates for reputable infertility clinics that submit data to them and the Centers for Disease Control. The staff at Reproductive Care Center are members of both organizations.
IVF candidates can ask several questions about the infertility clinics IVF program. One important element is the embryology staff, which is crucial for IVF success. Enquire about the embryologists experience, background, and training and what other infertility clinics he/she might have trained at. You can also gather information such as the number of IVF cycles the infertility clinic conducts each year, their fertilization rates, how many donor egg cycles they conduct, etc.
The best infertility programs have embryologists with extensive training, and a Laboratory Director with a Ph.D. and certification as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD). Brett Reggio Ph.D., HCLD, the Laboratory Director at RCC, meets these training and certification criteria.
Women in their mid to late thirties should consider that IVF may be a treatment option. As women age, their ovarian reserve declines making it more difficult for the eggs to fertilize and develop. In some of these cases, IVF using donor eggs is the best option the infertility clinic can offer.
When selecting a clinic be sure they have an active and successful donor egg IVF program with a good cadre of egg donors. (Our Utah infertility clinic IVF and donor egg IVF success rates are online and available at the SART Web site.)
Our Utah fertility clinic also offers all other ART treatments including ICSI for male infertility, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for screening abnormal embryos and for gender selection. Additionally, we offer egg freezing and donor embryos.