1. Personal Preferences
Make sure you think about your preferences first and foremost. The reason being....you are going to spend much "personal" time with the doctor you choose. All you women out there know what I am talking about. Decide if you like someone with a caring bedside manner, or if you like someone who just gets the job done. How far are you willing to travel? What are you willing to pay?
2. Get suggestions from friends
Ask your friends. Ask very specific questions on why they like a doctor. Please remember, just because a doctor is great with your friend who has three kids, doesn't mean that the doctor is great with infertility. Also, ask someone with infertility. If you live in Utah, I know many doctors (cause I have seen almost all of them on the Wasatch Front ;o) you can always ask me.
Cost is important. Be clear and specific when asking about cost. You will be paying out of pocket unless you are lucky enough to have insurance that will pay for it (don't even get me started on infertility and insurance) Understanding the cost can help you plan for the future and help you have a goal for savings.
Research online. Be aware of the conditions you have and be educated on what they are and how to find help. Know your own body, learn about your body. This will help you find solutions and set goals for better health. In my personal opinion, as someone who has been there done that, I suggest staying away from forums to get information on a specific condition or medication. They are great for support, but not always accurate with health information.
I hope that this makes the process of finding a doctor a bit easier. Always ask if you need help or suggestions, I am just a click away :o)
Kelly is wife and a longtime infertility friend. She has personally battled infertility for 7 years and counting. She blogs at giving what i am about her journey and provides support and advice for others with infertility. She recently moved to Charleston, close to one of the best infertility clinics in the country. When she is not waging the war against infertility, she focuses on her talents and interests, including crafting, sewing, reading, and much more!
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