Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Associates.
I trust the course of treatment and Dr. Ratcliffe's expertise and the office is always clean and tidy. However, the office staff doesnt seem comfortable with their level of knowledge and I dont always feel welcome when I am there..more like a number.
If you're a person who needs a very comforting, hand holding and empathetic clinic, this one is probably not for you. But if you can be okay with bluntly direct information and an in and out and done process then Dr.Ratcliffe is your gal!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
Her visits are fast. (Like less than 10 minutes fast.) She is in and out of the room by the time you want to ask questions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There are a couple who I feel they know what they're doing and another few that seem very inexperienced. All very kind though.
What specific things went wrong at Advanced Fertility Associates?
- Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
At our first consult she layed out all the facts and bluntly advised us of our treatment plan and potential need for IVF later on.
We waited a year before coming back so we met for a mini-consult to see if treatment plan needed to be changed.
It did, so we adjusted and started right away.. We are now waiting the results of our 3rd cycle and have another plan to adjust trestment if this one doesnt work.
At first, I felt Dr.Ratcliffe was cold and shut-off to her patients. Until recently when I had many questions and since her visits are fast I knew I wouldnt have a chance to ask them all. The clinic had given me a flyer with my new patient folder to email with any questions, so I did. Dr. Ratcliffe responded within 1 day, she had answered my questions and clarified my concerns and reitterated the next steps in our plan.
Although she lacks the bedside manor and empathy I would like my RE to have, she does answer questions when asked (via email) and gives me the most important/sensitive information directly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
Every patient experience is different and what I may need for my care, another person will have their own wants and needs.
I had read bad reviews mainly about her manors before seeing her as a patient. She is intense and that can be offputting and scary when dealing with such a volnerable situation. Especially since I'm so young. But I really do appreciate the directness and her willing to answer my questions.
Describe the protocols Jennifer Ratcliffe used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
Our first consult included an extensive ultrasound where Dr.Ratcliffe concluded the likely cause of my infertility. She requested diagnostic lab work and S/A
.Once confirmed that our cause was not Male factor infertility, she then performed a sonosalpingogram to see if the tubes were damaged with scar tissue from having surgery as an infant and/or an appendectomy in my teens.
After the test showed they were ok, she then narrowed the issue to my potential poor egg quality and low follicle counts.
Started on me 100mg clomid D3-7 to increase the chances I could release a "good" egg and recommended we start with IUI.
Dr.Ratcliffe checked the results the clomid had on my follicle count by ultrasound on CD10-12 that showed I had 2 large follicles 23mm/18mm.
She ordered for me to have a "trigger shot" of HCG to ensure timing of ovulation. The Medical assistants instructed me on how and when to administer the injection.We scheduled the IUI 36 hours after the Hcg shot.
We showed up and gave the specimen to the nurse who then performed a sperm wash of the sample. When ready, we went to the exam room where Dr.Ratcliffe performed the IUI. I was given a blood test order to check for pregnancy 2 weeks later.
1s Cycle(no Hcg shot): failed
3rd Cycle: a waiting results.
If this one fails we plan to stop clomid and start Constrolled Ovarian Hyperstimulation Injection medication with 1 last IUI...and last resort is IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates.
Diagnostic labs: $1200
Seven analysis: $30
Medication-hcg shot-ultrasound-sperm wash-IUI: $800ea.