The Practicalities: Location, Fertility Treatment Types and Pricing
While recommendations, reviews and feel will help you to narrow down your search significantly, there are some practical factors that you should always keep in mind when deciding on your fertility clinic.
Location, in particular, is an interesting one. How do you balance finding the “right” clinic, with the amount of time it will take you to get to and from that clinic for each scan or test? In an ideal world, your perfect clinic would be right on your doorstep, yet with the majority of fertility clinics being based in and around London, that’s unlikely to be the reality for many people pursuing treatment.
However, some clinics (including CRGH) have gone a long way in recent years to overcome this challenge for their patients. At CRGH we now offer virtual consultations for all appointments where that’s an option (i.e, anything which doesn’t require your physical attendance) and also have satellite clinics in other parts of the country.
Before you decide on a fertility clinic, understand which appointments you’ll need to attend the clinic in person, and which you can attend virtually. Pop the journey to your shortlisted fertility clinics into a map app and then balance that journey with the other considerations of choosing a fertility clinic, as outlined above.
If you’re considering a more “niche” treatment type – whether that’s shared motherhood, egg sharing or donor treatment, it’s essential that you understand if your preferred fertility clinic offers that type of treatment, and (importantly) how regularly they work with people in a similar position to yourself.
CRGH have dedicated teams set up specifically to work with surrogacy patients, as an example, ensuring we can provide the very best care for your specific journey – rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s this sort of attention to detail that will allow a fertility clinic to provide genuine bespoke care.