Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Associates.
I was once told to go to the website that shows IVF rates. Her associate told me to look at it to gain confidence at a low time. I was doing iuis and there is no information about statistics on iuis. I do not have the money to do IVF, so telling me to go to this website for confirmation was misguided. I think this one occurance shows most of the issues with this clinic. They didn't look into who I am. They are proud of the IVF numbers, but if someone isnt able to do ivf... then they seem to be stringing those people along.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
Many of her reviews are overly emotional. I can understand why, but I want to be objective. She didn't remember anything about me from one meeting to another. She asked me questions about my chart, instead of reviewing it. Most questions were answered in a manner that implied that research done on my own was un-warranted.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses seemed relativley compassionate, but jaded. Perhaps dealing with all of the complaints they get. At one point I called with a question and the woman on the phone immediately told me that perhaps I wasnt a good fit for dr ratcliffe. I wasnt upset at this moment and I had to talk her down, be as polite as possible to get information from her. I felt like she was about to "fire" me and I had already invested a thousand dollars at the clinic. Since then I have been cautious and they have treated me fairly well.
What specific things went wrong at Advanced Fertility Associates?
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Lost results
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
Ratcliffe has been heralded as being a genius with a bad bedside manner. Some have said she is on the spectrum (autistic). In my experience it was more than a bad bedside manner. She gave me confusing information if any at all. Appointments were always rushed. I turned 38 in the middle of a year and she seemed irritated at me for being 38 and her not knowing. Of course all my info is in my file. She should have known this. She doesn't confirm other fertility issues such as hostile mucus, ph, sperm morphology, bacterial issues. Her treatments seem basic clomid+iui for a few cycles and then onto IVF. If the patient wants to try unmedicated iui she will not consider it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates?
Record your appointments. She speaks very quickly, and there is no paperwork explaining what she said. No FAQ section. Be braced to be insulted.
Describe the protocols Jennifer Ratcliffe used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
100mg clomid, pregny trigger shot, iui. 2x. 3rd she wanted to put me on fsh injections and was irritated that I did 2 clomid rounds, even though she told me to do them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jennifer Ratcliffe at Advanced Fertility Associates.
1000 per full medicated iui