How was your experience with Sami David at Fifth Avenue Fertility?
The main reason I went to see Dr. David is because of my unexplained infertility. I am 35 and my husband and I both checked out fine in all testing at our previous doctor's office. At the former practice, I asked if I could do an unmedicated IUI cycle but they declined and wanted to rush me into IVF immediately. Dr. David is extremely thorough, testing for many issues that other doctors ignore. He calls himself a fertility detective and I think that's a pretty accurate description. He performed a laparoscopy on me to handle scar tissue from my endometriosis and an ovarian cyst. During this procedure it was discovered that one of my fallopian tubes is extremely swollen - still functioning but questionable. Unfortunately Dr. David was not able to figure out why my tube was swollen. My husband and I really wanted to conceive naturally, but also did not want to wait years for this to happen. Dr. David was totally flexible and realistic in setting a timeline with us for how long we could continue to try naturally before moving to IVF. I did not get pregnant with Dr. David, however I do feel confident that I explored all possibilities of conceiving naturally and he prepared me mentally to move on to the next step of IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sami David at Fifth Avenue Fertility?
Set a realistic time frame for yourself of how long you will continue to try with Dr. David's natural/less invasive methods before pursuing IVF.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sami David at Fifth Avenue Fertility?
The office is small and everyone knows your name and treats you kindly. Compared to my other experiences in different clinics, this was the most calm and private. Each time I visited, Dr. David sat with me and discussed current results or procedures. He takes as much time as is needed and has a reassuring, calm presence. I found that at the other clinics I visited, I often did not meet directly with the doctor.
Describe the protocols Sami David used in your cycles at Fifth Avenue Fertility and their degree of success.
Initially Dr. David did ultrasound monitoring to check on which side I was ovulating and to time the unmedicated IUI's for conception. It was important to me initially not to use drugs since I did not have compromised ovarian function. After a questionable HSG and consistent symptoms of endometriosis, I underwent a laparoscopy with Dr. David. It revealed I had stage 2-3 endo and a severely swollen fallopian tube. After this we started using Clomid to get my other ovary going, since I always seemed to ovulate on the side of my swollen tube. We used a low dose, which did get me to produce 2-3 eggs between both ovaries, however none resulted in pregnancy. Even though I used a low dose, I had unpleasant side effects from the Clomid, mainly hot flashes, and as we suspected my impaired tube could perhaps be inhibiting conception, we made the decision for me to move to a new doctor together.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fifth Avenue Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jessica)
Jessica is helpful and friendly. She has a good bedside manner and answers emails and calls punctually.
Describe your experience with Fifth Avenue Fertility.
This is a private practice with lots of personal attention. I would refer anyone here who is either committed to trying naturally before IVF, or someone older who has already tried IVF and needs a lot of one-on-one monitoring and guidance.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sami David at Fifth Avenue Fertility.
Dr. David does not accept insurance, however 95% of costs were reimbursed by my insurance which covers IUI, laparoscopic surgery, and diagnostic tests.
What specific things went wrong at Fifth Avenue Fertility?
- Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fifth Avenue Fertility.
There were one or two times when I had to call for my results instead of someone at the clinic calling me.