Close your eyes…or don’t actually because then you won’t be able to read the rest of this…I’m smart.
Imagine Younger You. She’s been trying to get pregnant for about a year. She’s stressed out. Something feels ‘off’ but she doesn’t know what or why. Her husband tells her that probably nothing is wrong. “Next month,” he says. “I can feel it!”
Younger You is stressed. She’s not sleeping well. She’s Googling a bunch of random symptoms (always a great idea) and starts “researching” fertility clinics near her. She sees a couple options but doesn’t know who to pick or what differentiates them…she maybe asks a friend for their thoughts or she throws the question into the giant black hole that is a Facebook TTC group. Younger You doesn’t have a lot of money for tests or treatments…she doesn’t have a lot of time either…she’s starting to panic…
If you’re like me, this is the point in the story where you probably wish you could time-travel back and A) Give Younger You a big giant hug and also a stern “Buckle up, girlfriend!” pep talk and B) TELL HER EVERYTHING THAT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN.
Even though time travel hasn’t been invented yet (tick tock, Apple) and you can’t help Younger You exactly, you CAN help millions of other women, men and couples making tough decisions about their fertility care teams. How? By sharing exactly what happened at your fertility clinic and doctors appointments with FertilityIQ.
FertilityIQ is doing incredible work to share as much unbiased information and transparency around fertility clinics and doctors as possible. Their detailed reviews (called “assessments”) are submitted by real fertility warriors, just like you, and have helped over one million U.S. patients make the best possible decisions when selecting a clinic and RE. It’s kind of like the Yelp of infertility clinics. Amazing, right!?
So why is reviewing your fertility clinic(s) and doctor(s) one of the best ways to help other warriors?
Well first of all, you get to share your experience (anonymously) with thousands of other patients – from how your doctor treated your diagnosis to how long you had to wait to see an RE. Secondly, FertilityIQ studies all of this information and uses it to better inform a growing national discussion about who is able to access the care necessary for Americans to build their family. This is HUGE for those of us who care so deeply about this community and want to find ways to better educate all of us around our fertility and make care more accessible.
So what can you do to help?
- Go to https://www.fertilityiq.com/survey-intro
- Write a detailed assessment of every fertility doctor that has overseen your treatment at a clinic. If you’ve been to multiple clinics, please write multiple reviews. Whether it was for a full IVF cycle or just a one-time consult, we’d love to hear about it!
- Please provide as much detail as possible; the more thorough the assessment, the more it will help others making tough decisions about their care.
- Remember to type in “Fruitful” when prompted after your review.
Submitting assessments is one of the most important things you can do to help the infertility community…you know…besides becoming a Fruitful mentor, of course 😉