How was your experience with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Bouknight is obviously one of the smartest individuals I have ever communicated with, yet she can explain things to us in an understandable manner. Over the course of this journey, she has become more like family than our doctor. She still exemplifies the pinnacle of fertility care, but also exhibits compassion, which is so important when facing infertility. She is the first one to hug us at every visit, and ask about our entire family. She is conservative and methodical when it comes to selecting a treatment plan; she will never subject your body to more than it can handle. I have no doubt she wants us to leave this experience with a baby as much as we do.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Prepare to be cared for by one of the best in the business. She is on the conservative side when it comes to treatments options, so if you want to be more aggressive, I would seek a different path. She genuinely cares for her patients, spending time with them and being completely honest with them. You will probably have to wait a few months for an appointment, as the practice has grown tremendously over the past few years.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists?
Dr. Bouknight has always spoken to us as though she genuinely cared for us. I have no doubt she is doing everything she can to get us a healthy baby. She jokes with us, laughs with us, and even identifies herself as "Janet" when she calls us.
Describe the protocols Janet Bouknight used in your cycles at Alabama Fertility Specialists and their degree of success.
Clomid was prescribed to me several months in advance before trying to get pregnant. I took this for several months before even attempting an IUI.
Treatment #1: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf)
Treatment #2: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf)
Treatment #3: IUI with Clomid=negative (Steinkampf)
Treatment #4: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl=negative (Steinkampf)
Treatment #5: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight)
Treatment #6: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight)
Treatment #7: IUI with Gonal-F/Pregnyl (increased dose)=negative (Bouknight)
Treatment #8: IVF/Antagonist Protocol: Estrace, Gonal-F, Cetrotide, Menopur, Pregnyl, PIO (after transfer)=2 embryos created, frozen, transferred-positive pregnancy test/Chemical pregnancy
Treatment #9: IVF/Flare Protocol: Lupron, Gonal-F, Menopur, Pregnyl -this cycle was changed to an IUI after ultrasounds showed fewer follicles than anticipated-PIO shots continued after procedure until a negative pregnancy test.
Treatment #10: IVF/Antagonist Protocol: Estrace, Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Novarel: 1 embryo created and frozen-planning to transfer in June
Describe your experience with your nurse at Alabama Fertility Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Kendall Bolling)
Kendall has always answered any questions we might have, never hesitating to contact a physician if she was unsure of what to tell us. During our miscarriage, which was over a weekend, she responded to an email within less than 5 minutes by calling us directly. This is a great example of the compassion she exhibits during procedures and consultations.
Describe your experience with Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Alabama Fertility Specialists have been providing us with care for over 10 years now (my partner carried our first child, who is now 9). Over the years they have become like a family to us. They genuinely care about our family and sending us home with a baby after all of this is over. The only weakness I can think of is the fact they have grown so much over the past few years they are outgrowing their office space. When you have so many success stories and are paving the way for fertility treatments, patients flock to you!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Janet Bouknight at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Monitoring visits=$30 each
Egg retrieval procedure=$9,000
Frozen embryo transfer=$2,000
Sperm sample refreeze=$400
Various surgical procedures (copay)=$250-$400
Medications=around $4,000-$5,000 for IVF rounds
Describe Janet Bouknight's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Alabama Fertility Specialists.
Dr. Bouknight discussed with us the fact that she does not perform selective reduction. She informed us we would not be transferring more than 2 embryos at a time. This hasn't been an issue for us since each IVF cycle has produced 2 or less embryos.