US News & World Report Features CHA Fertility Center’s Dr. Berger
U.S. News & World Report published an article today highlighting fertility treatment research options and advice from CHA Fertility Center, Los Angeles Medical Director Dr. Joshua Berger.
Going through fertility treatment such as IVF can be an emotional and lengthy process. Finding the right fertility center and Reproductive Endocrinologist can make a significant difference not just in terms of both treatment success rate but also emotional comfort.
Fertility Treatment Success Rates
When looking at success rates, the USNews.com article states:
Numbers from any source only tell part of the story. Comparing data from one clinic to another is rarely a true apples-to-apples comparison, cautions Dr. Joshua Berger, a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of the Los Angeles branch of CHA Fertility Center. “One clinic’s patient base can be quite different from another, which can significantly differentiate the success rates between the two clinics,” he says. “Unfortunately, the odds of fertility treatment success is not the same across women of all ages and situations,” he adds.
Berger adds that “while SART.org features a success rate predictor tool [for IVF], the best way to determine your likelihood of getting pregnant and having a baby is to speak directly to a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist.”
This is because diagnosing infertility and the likelihood of success for each treatment are dependent on a variety of factors including the woman’s personal and medical history, her partner’s history, how long they’ve been trying to get pregnant and what their ages are.
Infertility struggles can be an emotional and distressing experience. Having a good support system helps tremendously because fertility challenges can stress relationships between couples, families, friends and even colleagues and acquaintances. That stress itself can exacerbate infertility.
Dr. Berger advises:
Blogs are useful if they provide the proper emotional support and guidance. They are not, however, useful to understand chances for success. This is because their experience is unique and are not comparable to other’s situations. You should avoid blogs that sell or push products and services as these are often indirect marketing efforts of various manufacturers.
Many fertility clinics offer free seminars where you can learn about the fertility basics and meet the doctor and staff.
“Before you start treatments, it’s good to get a feel for the doctor and staff, see how comfortable you are with them, get a sense of whether they provide personalized care or treat you like another number,” continues Dr. Berger. “Every patient has a unique set of circumstances, so it’s important to get that personalized service.”
The US News and World Report article can be found here: http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2016-07-07/how-to-compare-fertility-treatment-options?int=a5a109