Describe your experience with Damien Fertility Partners.
This clinic is very clean, professional, inviting and state of the art. There is a strong staff working with Dr. Damien, including his partner doctors- Dr. Aimee and Dr. Holden. Dr. Holden performed one of my IUIs and did an excellent job comforting me during the procedure. I have only seen Dr. Damien for my IVF retrieval cycle which has been great so far. He makes me feel like he has everything under control, and he’s quickly able to recall details of my diagnosis and medical history, even with the hundreds of patients he sees regularly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Miguel Damien at Damien Fertility Partners?
The office staff is very pleasant. Dr. Damien, though very busy, takes the time to make sure we are comfortable with the next steps in our plan to get pregnant and makes sure to answer all our questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Damien Fertility Partners. (Assigned nurse: Micaela)
The nursing staff is very very supportive and caring. There’s only one nurse who I ever felt like was not as warm as the others. They all greet my husband and I by my first name and have been very pleasant to work with during this whole process.
How was your experience with Miguel Damien at Damien Fertility Partners?
Dr. Damien is INCREDIBLY talented and an expert in his field. You may wait a while for an initial consult appointment but it is definitely worth it. His knowledge and confidence takes away some of the stress my husband and I felt in this whole process. I fully trust him to do what is best for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Miguel Damien at Damien Fertility Partners?
Be prepared with your questions written down ahead of time. Dr. Damien is very busy - he will answer all your questions but I found it’s best to be fully prepared with what I what to know.
Describe the protocols Miguel Damien used in your cycles at Damien Fertility Partners and their degree of success.
For my IUIs I was on injectable meds. I took 75IU of Gonal-F for about 12 days, with .25mg Cetrotide once my follicles were developing well. To trigger, I was on between 5000-10,000 units of Novarel. During the two week wait, I was on Endometrin vaginal progesterone suppositories. I am in my first cycle of IVF: I started at 300IU of Gonal-F for the first three days, then moved up to 450IU Gonal-F for the remainder leading to my trigger. I’ve been on 150IU Menopur, with .25mg Cetrotide beginning on day 7 of the cycle. I anticipate starting Lupron and hCG trigger in the next few days.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Miguel Damien at Damien Fertility Partners.
I have $25,000 lifetime infertility coverage at work, which I am now maxing out with the first round of IVF. I had to pay $4200 out of pocket this round for genetic screening and cryopreservation.
Describe Miguel Damien's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Damien Fertility Partners.
Dr. Damien did not suggest we transfer more than one embryo because of my age and our diagnosis. He said we are not at the point yet where we would need to consider a multiple embryo transfer.