What are the benefits of visiting a fertility clinic?
A fertility clinic can help you find out why you are having trouble getting pregnant and offer fertility treatments to help you achieve your goal. Fertility clinics provide access to a wide variety of services in one convenient location.
When you visit the clinic, you will have an in-depth consultation with a fertility specialist to help identify the cause of your infertility and discuss your treatment options. The clinic provides specialized onsite facilities where you can receive your fertility treatments and support from trained professionals. Use the fertility clinic locator to find a fertility clinic near you.
What types of services do fertility clinics offer?
Fertility clinics offer a wide variety of services to help you conceive, including:
- fertility testing and diagnosis of fertility problems
- fertility treatments, such as
ovulation induction, surgical fertility procedures, or assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF)
- counselling on the emotional ups and downs of fertility treatment
The exact services offered may vary by clinic. Check with your clinic (use the fertility clinic locator to find a clinic near you) to see which services it offers.
What are my chances of getting pregnant with the help of a fertility clinic?
There is no simple answer to this question. Your chances of success will depend on your age, your reason for infertility, the fertility treatment used, and other factors in your medical history. The best way to find out your chances of getting pregnant is to talk to your fertility specialist.
If you are comparing success rates between clinics, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. There are many different measures that a clinic may use for their success rates - learn more about understanding fertility clinic success rate statistics here.
Why should I visit a fertility clinic?
If any of the following apply to you, it may be time to visit a fertility clinic (find a fertility clinic near you):
- you are under 35 years old and have not been able to get pregnant after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse
- you are 35 to 37 years old and have not been able to get pregnant after 6 months of regular, unprotected intercourse
- you are over 37 years old (women over 37 do not need to wait 6 months before seeking help for fertility, because waiting too long could harm their chances of conceiving)
If you are having difficulty conceiving, a fertility clinic can help you find out the reason for your fertility problems and offer treatment options.
How can I find fertility clinics near me?
Fertility clinics are available across the country. Use the fertility clinic locator to find nearby clinics. The clinic locator uses your postal code to search for clinics in your area.
Keep in mind that location is not the only factor to consider when choosing the right clinic. Learn how to find a fertility clinic that's right for you.
How do I choose the fertility clinic that's right for me?
Choosing a fertility clinic is a very personal decision. Here are a few things to consider when making your choice:
- Choose a clinic that's conveniently located: Use the fertility clinic locatorto find a clinic that's close to home.
- Check the success rates: Visit the clinic's website or contact the clinic to learn about their success rates (chances of becoming pregnant). Learn more about understanding fertility clinic success rate statistics.
- Contact clinic patients: To get a feeling for what it is like to be a patient at the clinic, reach out to others who have been through treatment at the clinic. You can find them through infertility support groups or blogs. Remember that everyone's experience is different, so try to contact more than one person.
- "Interview" a few clinics: Contact the clinics to find out which services, support, procedures, and payment options they offer.
- Take a field trip: Once you've narrowed down your choice to a few clinics, visit them in person to get a "gut feeling" for the clinic. Does it seem clean and organized? Do you feel comfortable and welcome?
Learn more about finding the right fertility clinic for you.
How long does it usually take to get an appointment with a fertility clinic?
This varies between clinics. The usual waiting time is about 1 to 3 months. Ask the clinic how long you may have to wait for an appointment, and contact the clinic if you have not heard from them by this time.
How should I prepare for my first visit to a fertility clinic?
You'll get more out of your fertility clinic visit if you come prepared. Before your visit, take a few steps to get ready:
- Contact the clinic to confirm your appointment time, find out what to bring, and whether you should arrive a bit early.
- Clear plenty of time in you and your partner's schedule so you will not be rushed getting to the clinic.
- Use the fertility doctor discussion guide to organize information about your medical history and attempts to get pregnant.
- Make a list of any questions you may have about your fertility or fertility treatment. You can use this list of questions for your fertility specialist to get started.
What do I need to bring to my first fertility clinic appointment?
This depends on the clinic. Your clinic may ask you to bring the following:
- your health card
- your partner's health card (if your partner is coming with you to the appointment)
- your insurance information (and your partner's information if applicable)
- information about your medical history (some clinics also require a copy of your medical file along with certain blood test results and the results of any infertility tests you have already had)
Most clinics recommend that your partner (if you have one) should come along to your first visit. You should also bring your list of questions for your doctor and a pen and paper to take notes.
Visiting a fertility clinic can feel like entering a whole new world. By learning the do's and don'ts, you can get more out of your fertility treatment.
What should I do to maximize my chances of getting pregnant?
DO prepare for your fertility clinic visit. You'll get more out of your fertility clinic visit if you come prepared. Find out what to do to get ready for your visit. Use the
doctor discussion guide to help you prepare for your visit.
DO follow your fertility treatment instructions exactly. Some treatments have very particular instructions and timing. If you make a mistake in following the directions, your treatment could fail. Make sure you understand exactly what you need to do for the treatment, and follow the instructions exactly. If you have any questions about what you should be doing, ask your doctor or nurse.
DO make any lifestyle changes recommended by your fertility clinic team. Because your lifestyle can impact your fertility, it's important to follow through on lifestyle changes recommended by your treatment team, such as quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet. Learn more about lifestyle changes
to maximize fertility.
What should I avoid?
DON'T wait too long before getting help. A woman's fertility drops with age, especially after age 35. If you're over 35 and have been trying to conceive for at least 6 months, seek help by finding a fertility clinic near you. Women over 37 do not need to wait 6 months before seeking help.
DON'T be afraid to ask questions. Your medical team at the fertility clinic is there to help. Even if your question seems embarrassing, don't worry - they're professionals, and they won't judge you. Before your visit, write down a list of questions to ask. Use this list of questions for your fertility specialist to get started.
DON'T try any herbal medicines or supplements without checking with your fertility specialist. Some herbal medicines and supplements can affect your fertility or interfere with your fertility treatment. If you are considering a new herbal medicine or supplement, check with your fertility clinic team before starting it.