Describe your experience with East Bay Fertility Center.
Very compassionate clinic. Dr Andrew is very smart, and caught a lot of our problems. I do wish we would have discussed the mini stimulatin IVF, verses regular IVF. It was our fault, but they were running a special with about $1500 off of the IVF packages.When I called to get an appointment, and was told about the special, and only had a few day left to get in on it. This is were I felt pressed into doing IVF before all was discussed ( pros and cons) . Also the genitic testing options weren't discussed, and neither was all the extra costs of IVF. I just wish they would have been more clear on those things. Maybe part of it was because it was done over the phone (in a hurry to still get the special) . If I had it to do over I would have made an appointment for in office instead of doing those things over the phone, even though we live 4 hours away.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry G Andrew at East Bay Fertility Center?
We had 1 beautiful boy with clomid and treating my husband's hormones (low testosterone) under his care in 2008. Everything was easy and went smooth. In 2016 we did IVF with his clinic. They were very great, but I felt like they should have decussed the mini stimulatin verse regular IVF more in depth. Pros and cons.
What specific things went wrong at East Bay Fertility Center?
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Larry G Andrew at East Bay Fertility Center?
He is very smart, but sometimes felt like he didn't communicate well. If I asked more in debt questions, or didn't understand how he explained things I felt somewhat dumb asking him to clarify with his reaction. He did try to put all the pieces together and seemed to truly want to help us have another child.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry G Andrew at East Bay Fertility Center?
Ask the pros and cons of all your options.
Describe the protocols Larry G Andrew used in your cycles at East Bay Fertility Center and their degree of success.
In 2007 he caught my husband's hormone problems. His testosterone was converting into too much estradiol. Put him on Fermera (not sure the amount). He had 7 million sperm, so our chances weren't great. He then put me on clomid for anovulation, and progesterone for my luteal phase defect ( I was diagnosed with after 3 miscarriages with a regular O. B. , and was able to have my daughter in 2004). Dr Andrew told us our chances weren't great, but we got pregnant the first try doing that regime. We tried the same thing in about 2012 under my o. B. 's care which resulted in 2 more miscarriages. We then went back to Dr Larry Andrew had a ton of blood work done. I have the Mthfr gene, and killer T cells were high. I went on methelfolate, and did lipids with a clomid round of IUI. No pregnancy. We took a break from fertility treatments, but kept TTC with progesterone, and hormones for the hubby. Then in 2016 we did the mini stimulatin IVF. We got 4 eggs. They all fertilized, but 2 were too damaged to use. The other 2 weren't great, but we transfered them anyways. Got pregnant, sac, but no baby, miscarriaged. Also did the lipids because of my killer T cells were on the higher side that round. Husband was also doing injections of HCG. My regret was not being talked into the full IVF. If we would have had more eggs we would have had some other options.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry G Andrew at East Bay Fertility Center.
$6500 mini stim IVF
Lipids $500 ish
Nurses and anesthesiologist was around $500 the day of the retrieval
Describe Larry G Andrew's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at East Bay Fertility Center.
He only would do 2 transfers, I was fine with that.