BONUS 203: Traveling for IVF

April 19, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guests are Dr. Eric Surrey, a board-certified a reproductive endocrinologist at CCRM in Colorado, and infertility warrior Meredith.

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Dr. Surrey, Meredith, and Heather discuss everything you need to know about traveling for IVF:

INTRODUCTION – DR. SURREY

  • Dr. Surrey, I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your professional background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in reproductive medicine?
  • Take us through your career since your fellowship, including how you ended up in your current position at CCRM.

TRAVELING FOR IVF – DR. SURREY

  • In what situations should a patient consider traveling to a clinic out of state or out of the country for IVF?
  • Generally speaking, upon calling for an appointment, should patients expect to wait a long time for their initial consultation?
  • What type of information should patients expect to provide prior to their initial consultation, and why?
  • Do you think most doctors thoroughly review patient records prior to the initial consultation? Do you?
  • How might the initial consultation be conducted?
  • I know CCRM requires that patients fly to Denver for a fertility work-up, but I also know other clinics allow this to be done locally to the patient. Can you please explain both scenarios and what patients should expect?
  • Generally speaking, do clinics provide hotel, car rental, etc. resources and discounts to these out-of-area patients?
  • Please walk us through a typical IVF cycle for a patient who’s out of state or out of the country (using her own eggs), including travel timelines.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

TRAVELING FOR IVF – MEREDITH

  • Tell me a bit about yourself. How old are you, what do you do for a living, what do you do for fun, etc.?
  • Think about life before infertility. Back then, how would you describe you as a person?
  • Tell me about the moment when you first knew you wanted to be a parent.
  • Why did you decide to pursue IVF outside of your local area?
  • What process did you go through to eventually select CCRM as your clinic? What advice do you have for others trying to evaluate the best out-of-area clinic for them?
  • During your initial consultation, what was your overall impression of the clinic, doctor, and any other staff to whom you were introduced? Did your impression ever change over time?
  • Tell us about the logistics. How exactly did you arrange your flight, hotel, car rental, etc.? How far in advance? Do you have any money-saving tips?
  • Tell us about the actual IVF cycle(s?). Walk us through the process of working with a remote clinic step-by-step.
  • Tell us what you were thinking and feeling at various points in the process.
  • I’ve heard that most people travel to clinics that are more expensive than what they’d pay locally. Do you have any comments about the cost of traveling for IVF? Any tips for saving money along the way?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP – MEREDITH

  • How has infertility changed you?
  • Knowing what you know now, what is one piece of advice you’d give to your past self?
  • What words of hope would you offer to a woman who’s considering traveling for IVF?

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