Without further ado, here’s the list of questions:
Ambiance (to observe, not to ask, obviously)
- What's in the waiting room? (Are there pregnancy magazines? Toys? Comfy chairs? I will spend a lot of time here - how does it feel?)
- Is the receptionist friendly? (Also all other staff I meet?)
- Number of patients cycling each month? How many retrievals and transfers do you do each week?
- What are the embryologist's qualifications: degree, experience, etc.?
- Are there any times when they don't do cycles (holidays, etc.)?
- Will we be working exclusively with one doctor or will we rotate depending on availability?
- Who does morning ultrasounds? What are the hours for labs/monitoring? How long should I expect to be here each morning for monitoring?
- How often do you perform ICSI? Blastocyst transfers? Frozen embryo transfers?
- Do you have specific expertise with PCOS? What kind of protocol might you suggest to reduce the risk of OHSS? What percentage of your patients experience OHSS?
- What are your criteria for canceling a patient's cycle? Who has the final say - the RE or us? (Thanks, unfortunately, to InSpring and Thalia for this one.)
- Who does callbacks with instructions? With good or bad news? If we have questions the nurse can't answer? How long does it take to get a call back from the doctor?
- Will we have emergency access to the doctor after hours (on call)? By phone or email?
- Is there a nurse or coordinator I'll be able to speak with consistently (same person throughout the cycle)?
- How do you feel about the use of acupuncture in conjunction with an ART cycle? Do you allow the acupuncturist to do treatment on site before or after transfer?
- What do you think our prognosis is? What kind of protocol do you recommend for us? How many embryos would you recommend we transfer in an IVF? Is there any merit in doing another IUI? What medications would you use in an IUI or IVF?
- Do you prefer patients who ask detailed questions about treatment, diagnosis, or symptoms? Are you comfortable with patients requesting detailed information about their treatment? (In other words, how do you deal with involved, well-informed, detail-oriented patients... patients who bring in obsessively long lists of questions they’ve vetted with their infertile friends...patients who aren’t going to stop asking questions even after choosing a clinic...patients
with no patiencelike me?)
Given the ridiculous length of this list, I’m not so worried I’ve forgotten something anymore, but if I have, please tell me. What would you ask?