FertilityNews“How do I choose an Assisted Reproduction specialist?”


Assisted reproduction involves different stages, from the investigation of fertility to the selection of the appropriate approach in each case.

Assisted reproduction is a complex process that involves peculiarities, both physical and psychological, so you need to choose a specialist who will guide you properly, explain the stages of treatment and will stand by you inspiring confidence. It is important to feel that your doctor is listening to you on the one hand and providing you with information that covers any of your questions or concerns.

Choosing a doctor is one of the most crucial decisions regarding assisted reproduction.

Find out as much as you can and do research by asking, among others, your friends who may have personal experience in therapy or know couples with relevant personal experience. Among other things, the following are of particular importance:


  • The time devoted to youby the specialist who monitors you. Dealing with you personally and being available.
  • Their experience and specialization.The causes of infertility are many, often complex, and require a different approach on a case by case basis. The experience of the doctor is an important factor both for the effective investigation and for the selection of the appropriate treatment. From enhancing natural fertility to an invasive procedure that may be needed (for example, to repair problems related to fibroids or endometriosis), the choices your doctor will make are crucial.
  • Proximity:Starting an assisted reproduction therapy can be the beginning of a process that involves several stages and visits, both to your doctor and to the unit with which they work. In order to integrate the treatment as smoothly as possible into your life, it is important to limit the time for these movements as much as possible.
  • The IVF unit and laboratory.The size, experience and specifications of the assisted reproduction centre that will handle your case is a very important factor for the successful outcome of the treatment. The process and medical procedures that are performed need the support of modern technology and expensive equipment, elements that a large well-established centre presumably has.
  • The right choice of method and adjustmentsthat may need to be made during treatment. They are decisions that optimize the chances of success.
  • The number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.This is a choice related to the chances of success, but also twin pregnancies. One embryo transfer at a time precludes twin pregnancy (which is associated with an increased chance of complications throughout its duration and during childbirth). Note that the transfer of one embryo first and then, if there is a failure, the transfer of a second embryo to a later stage is a practice that shows a small increase in the cumulative success rates. It is characteristic that it is successfully applied in the Nordic countries, where there are stricter laws and rules of ethics.
The Doctor

Dr. Nikolopoulos maintains a private practice in ATHENS, while collaborating exclusively with MITERA’s maternity hospital and the new HYGEIA IVF Athens Assisted Reproduction Unit. At the same time, he is in charge of the Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization clinic at City Hospital, in the city of KALAMATA.