How was your experience with Ketan Patel at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Patel is personable and kind. He is thorough but also doesn’t waste your time. He always asks if I have any questions and if I’m having any side effects or trouble with the treatment, injections, etc. i always feel like we have the same goal.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ketan Patel at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health?
As with any doctor, wrote down your questions. Dr. Patel is willing to answer, but he can’t read your mind. When I go in with all my questions written down, I always come out with them all answered.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ketan Patel at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Patel took time to answer all our questions during our consultations. He explained the possible courses of treatment, possible outcomes, and reasons for possible out comes. He asks during every visit if I have additional questions and concerns and takes time to answer them.
Describe the protocols Ketan Patel used in your cycles at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
IVF egg retrieval for embryo cryopreservation
Menopur 150 IU
Follistim 300 IU (I also used Gonal-F because I needed more quickly and used a local pharmacy)
I can’t remember the name of my trigger shot
My ovaries were slow to respond to stimulation medication. I stimulated for 13 days. Ultrasound showed I had 15 follicles, but only 5 were retrieved. Of the 5, 4 were mature, 2 fertilized (ICSI) but not made it to day 5.
Dr. Patel said my results were unexpected, given my overall good health and my age (35) my slow reaction to stimulation medication and low number of follicles and eggs was unexpected. He said one cycle is not enough to make a diagnosis of egg quality. Every body reacts differently and I could also be that we “pushed my ovaries too far” in simulating for so long.
We are taking a month off for my ovaries to recover. Next protocol Dr. Patel will replace Ganrilex (with Lupron, I think?) and also add a growth hormone to the protocol.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses are so nice and helpful. They help work out all the details of timing and medication.
My insurance does not cover any fertility treatment, so they ordered the minimum medication at first so, I wouldn’t have to pay for medicine I didn’t use if I didn’t need to stimulate longer. They really go above and beyond to help you deal with all the stresses of treatment.
Describe your experience with Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health.
The office is very simple and. It pretentious, which I appreciated. I felt very comfortable there. Sometimes you have to wait for your appointment, maybe 15 minutes.
Their Scottsdale office is in some kind of cellphone vortex, so you likely won’t have coverage while you are there and they don’t have open WiFi.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ketan Patel at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health.
~$8k for IVF egg retrieval, PGT biopsy, ICSI, assisted hatch, including all monitoring (additional $500 for anesthesia)
Describe Ketan Patel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health.
Dr. Patel said he almost always only transfers a single embryo.
What specific things went wrong at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health?
- Failed to call with results