How was your experience with Douglas Austin at Fertility Center of Oregon?
As we've just started a more formal relationship with Dr. Austin, it is hard to fully know how we'll feel overall until treatment is completed. I do think that so far, he has really listened to our particular concerns and nuances as an individual, which for me, are many! More than anything in our journey I have really disliked when feeling dismissed by a provider, and Dr. Austin will never make you feel that way. I do wish that his practice was offering more cutting edge approaches to things, rather than the standard way of doing things (INVOcell, different sperm sorting techniques, etc) I feel that we have a rare and complex situation, and I get concerned that although I really LIKE Dr. Austin, I wonder if his practice is forward thinking enough and willing to adjust or try different approaches.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Douglas Austin at Fertility Center of Oregon?
Be prepared as possible with a thorough background on your own situation, try to research as much as you possibly can so you can ask a lot of questions based on your own case, and advocate for yourself and the things that make you comfortable. I think that Dr. Austin is willing to hear you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Douglas Austin at Fertility Center of Oregon?
Dr. Austin has a great "bed-side" manner and in the few instances we have had interaction with him, he has not rushed us, been a great listener, and generally seems interested in our individual case - thus far. We are just in the beginning process of treatment with him, but everyone we have encountered from the front desk person to the intake nurse has been very warm.
Describe the protocols Douglas Austin used in your cycles at Fertility Center of Oregon and their degree of success.
We are in very early stages of treatment with Dr. Austin so I don't have much helpful information as of yet in this area. Although I have done many IUI's with my regular OB (some medicated, some natural) none were monitored, so I believe that is where we need to start and he was agreeable to this. He did suggest based on what we see, we could then move forward to more medication and triggers to try and get the best, and most follicles, well synchronized for ovulation. We have not discussed yet IVF protocols in particular. I did inquire about some additional pre-testing prior to IVF (we've already done a lot through my OB and through my husband's Urologist), and he explained his rationale for not using or using things I asked about (ERA testing for example) and I was satisfied with his reasoning. I do still wish they would consider things like Zymot (microfluidic sorting) as we do know we have a mid-high level of DNA fragmentation, and for the price of adding this, it would ease my mind. If we move forward with IVF in his clinic, I would advocate for this as I think it's worth at least trying - why not?! It can't hurt, and when you're shelling out 10's of thousands of $'s, I think it's important to really throw everything you can at giving it your best chance (based on your tests, of course).
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have had thus far very limited interaction with nursing staff, but will update as we have more visits. The one we had today, was extremely kind and very quickly heard that I am anxious patient, and was very accommodating.
Describe your experience with Fertility Center of Oregon.
Strengths - easily the best strength is access.. they are it for the Eugene/Springfield area! They seem to compassionate through out their staff and Dr. Austin as the sole practitioner has a great bed side manner, which I think may be one of the most important factors when dealing with infertility.
Weakness - it's hard to make an accurate assessment just yet of this as our relationship with this center is quite new, but we are not new to the infertility world.. mostly I would say that I don't get the impression that they are using the newest technologies and I would prefer to see that, or at least a willingness to try!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Douglas Austin at Fertility Center of Oregon.
We have done many, many sperm analysis and washes for IUI - those range from $100-$140.
Initial cost for consultation was $600, which seems to on the high end compared to Portland clinics by near double, which is disappointing.
My understanding is that his IVF cost does include ICSI for no additional cost (not confirmed) and his overall IVF cost is lower than Portland options.
Describe Douglas Austin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Center of Oregon.
No experience with this.