How to Choose an IVF Lab?

How Do I Know If My IVF Lab Is Good or Bad?

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers of Fertility Centers of Illinois discusses the process of choosing an IVF lab that will best suit your needs. Not all IVF labs are created equal, so it is important to do your research and understand the pros and cons of each lab.

How can you identify a good IVF lab?

So first of all, all data from laboratories gets published on a website called But the data can be a little confusing. Many times the best clinics in the country will take the hardest cases. This can result in stats that may appear lower even though they are one of the best clinics. But this works both ways, some of the not-so-good clinics may turn away patients who may not be a very good prognosis to make their numbers look better. So it is important to take those numbers with a grain of salt. However, you can see in general how many cases clinics are doing, how many egg donation cycles they're doing, and how many gestational carrier cycles. The more volume a clinic has the more experienced those embryologists are because they're busy working on their skills on a regular basis. It's important that when you go through this process to make sure that you're with the laboratory with the highest-tech equipment and has the best technology to help you get the best eggs, the best embryos, and of course healthy babies at the end. It's important to ask those questions about numbers. Another question to ask is how many single embryo transfers they're doing. If a lab is really good they can get away with transferring one embryo most of the time because their lab is great. Don't be afraid of having to travel a little bit of distance in order to visit an IVF lab that is going to be the best fit for you.

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Posted by Dr. Allison K. Rodgers

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine, and she is well-known for her compassionate and individualized patient care. 


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