Describe your experience with Fertility Center of Chattanooga.
This clinic has amazing communication skills, wonderful staff, etc. I would definitely recommend this clinic and its doctors to anyone. However, I would advise anyone to do their research and make educated choices with anything pertaining to fertility treatments no matter what doctor they go to.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Donesky at Fertility Center of Chattanooga?
I felt like a human because Dr. Donesky took the time to accurately explain everything to me, answer any and all questions, and was always extremely friendly. I felt most cared for after my first egg retrieval, he felt as though I was at risk for OHSS, so he called me personally on my way home to check on me and see how I was feeling, and to tell me that he prescribed me some medication to take to prevent OHSS.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing/clinic staff were absolutely amazing. You are in contact with them constantly and they are always available to answer questions. I can't tell you how many times they would respond on Sundays, late evening hours, etc. They were absolutely amazing.
How was your experience with Barry Donesky at Fertility Center of Chattanooga?
Dr. Donesky was wonderful as far as being very open about risks, procedures, etc. My only issue is that when I first went to the clinic, my FSH level came back at 13.9 (very high, and very close to considering donor eggs). I am only 25, so Dr. Donesky thought that it made more sense to take the risk and attempt a cycle with my eggs rather than discuss donor eggs. The first cycle, we ended up with 16 eggs (after having over 20 follicles on each ovary). We only ended with 4 embryos. We decided to do a second retrieval, and still again were not advised of the possibility of using donor eggs. After the second retrieval, we got 21 eggs, but all of them deteriorated the very next day, and we were left with zero embryos. I feel as though if we had used donor eggs from the beginning, we would've saved time, money, and heartache, and could potentially have our baby by now. I wish all options would have been discussed, regardless of my age, since my FSH was so close to the borderline of only using donor eggs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Donesky at Fertility Center of Chattanooga?
Do your research, but I would give this advice for ANY doctor. Know your options before trusting any doctors opinion. Know the normal levels of all your hormones, and what high/low numbers could mean. Ask your doctor about these levels if they seem to be abnormal. I wish I had asked more questions and pushed for different options.
Describe the protocols Barry Donesky used in your cycles at Fertility Center of Chattanooga and their degree of success.
My first cycle was pretty traditional, we used cetrotide to prevent ovulation. However, I ovulated on the last day, early, and we had to cancel the cycle after 13 days of injections. We switched to a long lupron cycle for the next two cycles which worked much better for us.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Donesky at Fertility Center of Chattanooga.
We had significant insurance coverage for our first cycle, so the cost was less. However, it seemed pretty in line with that national average from the research I've done.
Describe Barry Donesky's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Center of Chattanooga.
Due to my high FSH levels, my doctor was okay with us transferring two embryos.