You’ve decided that you would like to explore the option of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to conceive your baby. Understandably, making this decision is momentous. You may be filled with trepidation, both at the high cost, physical toil, and mental strain that the IVF process can create on you and your partner. Choosing the right IVF clinic in Singapore, and a supportive doctor, can make all the difference in the experience you have. Here are some tips on finding an the right IVF clinic in Singapore and how to get started in the process.
What to look out for in an IVF clinic in Singapore
- The practitioner
Most people choose their IVF clinic by first selecting the gynecologist they wish to consult. In Singapore, there are a number of fertility specialists who are well-known for their IVF treatments. If you are not able to find out through recommendations and research, try asking the clinic who their best doctor is.
Be sure to choose a gynecologist that you feel comfortable communicating with. There’s nothing wrong with interviewing a few to find someone that you can trust. You should not go through IVF feeling helpless and uninformed about the process.
- Track records
Don’t be afraid to ask for the clinic or the practitioner’s success rate in IVF treatments. IVF is expensive, and it is only fair that you are given a transparent assessment of the clinic’s reputation and your chances.
- Treatment options
There isn’t only one kind of IVF treatment, but rather a range of options. You should ask your gynecologist to present you with options and to explain them to you. Be sure to ask about the type of drugs and dosage involved, to find out why he or she recommends them.
IVF for Singaporeans is co-funded by the Singapore Government, but there can still be a big difference between the costs of seeing a top specialist at a private clinic versus subsidised treatment at a public hospital. You should find out exactly what you need to pay, and if you are able to use Medisave for both subsidized and non subsidized IVF treatment.
- IVF policies
Be sure to find out what kind of polices the IVF treatment is subjected to. For subsidized IVF treatments, you may find that you are only allowed a maximum of 3 rounds. Private clinics however may not set a limit.
- The wait time
Some IVF clinics are busier than others, and can involve a long wait time. You should find out if making an appointment is easy, and if you are willing to tolerate waiting to see a popular doctor.
IVF clinics in Singapore
Find a list of clinics here in Singapore on the next page…