Describe your experience with Carle.
They are fairly busy as a small department in a large clinic so be prepared for a wait to get an initial consult. Costs can be high, but it really depends on your insurance coverage. Check with your insurance to know what to expect. The clinic does provide an estimate of charges, which is helpful in making decisions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nancy Fay at Carle?
She really takes the time to listen and investigate. I came to her having felt dismissed by my regular ob/gyn but felt heard by Dr. Fay, who confirmed that my suspicions were warranted. I also appreciate that she’s willing to be as aggressive with treatment as you want her to be. I truly believe she wants us to have a baby as much as we do.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I love the nurses at the clinic. They’re always so kind and compassionate. It truly starts to feel like a family there after awhile. It always feels like they’re rooting for our success and grieving our failures right along with us.
How was your experience with Nancy Fay at Carle?
I always feel like I know what to expect. Questions are always answered thoroughly. I feel like my unique situation is being looked at as opposed to being treated like a number. She listens and responds with compassion and knowledge at every visit.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nancy Fay at Carle?
Come prepared with questions to make the absolute most of your visit. She will take the time to listen and answer. She’s so knowledgeable so I’d certainly take advantage of the ability to pick her brain.
Describe the protocols Nancy Fay used in your cycles at Carle and their degree of success.
We tried a few cycles of letrozole to stimulate egg production and ovidrel to trigger ovulation. I believe letrozole was started at 5mg and was upped to 7.5 for a couple cycles. Egg production was fairly good. I was very tired on the 7.5mg dose though. After a few rounds of that, they added Follistim to further encourage egg production. I’ve only used Follistim for one cycle so I can’t be sure it’s the culprit, but I did have a horrible migraine the morning after my first dose. It did produce the best eggs we’ve had so far though. However, since that didn’t work and because of the side effects we were encouraged to try IUI next.
Describe Nancy Fay's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Carle.