What to consider when choosing an IVF lab

Why Does Physician and Lab Experience Matter During IVF?


What kind of experience should I look for in an IVF clinic?

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers of Fertility Centers of Illinois discusses why it is important to consider the experience of the physicians and lab when choosing an IVF clinic during your surrogacy journey and how to determine if the clinic is right for you.

How to choose a qualified physician?

It is highly recommended that you choose a physician who is double-board certified in both obstetrics & gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. Once you have found a doctor that has the desired qualifications, you should ask them more specific questions about their volume of cases and their success rates. While the process of retrieving eggs, fertilizing the eggs, and transferring the embryo is relatively straightforward, managing egg donor cycles and gestational carrier cycles definitely takes a lot of expertise. That level of expertise is what you are looking for since you are investing so much time, money, and love into the process, you want to make sure it is done right.

Why does the experience of the IVF lab matter?

It is fairly simple, the better the IVF lab is the better tools, training, and resources the embryologists will have at their disposal. A good IVF lab will generally be larger, meaning they deal with a high volume of cases a day. An IVF lab that creates 50 embryos a day compared to 50 embryos a year will naturally have more experience. It is important to ask these types of questions when choosing an IVF clinic. Ask them "how many gestational carrier cases do you do a year?", "what are your success rates?" and "how new is the technology in your lab?"

Fertility Centers of Illinois Consultation

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. 

Website: https://www.fcionline.com/

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