How was your experience with Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan at Georgia Regents?
Dr. Jordan takes the time to explain treatment options, which is critical, especially in the field of reproductive medicine. I appreciate this quality, because not only do I have important decisions to make about my care, but I’m also paying out of pocket for treatment. While fertility treatment can be very stressful, Dr. Jordan keeps the patient experience very light-hearted. We haven’t achieved our goal of a pregnancy and live birth yet, but I have all of the trust and faith in the world in Dr. Jordan and her care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan at Georgia Regents?
As Dr. Jordan is talking with you, take notes — not just notes on what she says but also notes on questions that come up in your mind while she is talking. There’s a lot of information to absorb throughout the process, but she and her staff are always there to help.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan at Georgia Regents?
I’ve been impressed by Dr. Jordan’s prompt and thoughtful email correspondence — as I know that she has a large patient volume and academic duties. Also, recently, I experienced a complication before my upcoming first IVF cycle, which we thought would cancel or delay the cycle. Her care and concern, displayed through her phone calls to me during my ER visit and the days following, was also very telling of her human-focused approach to care.
Describe the protocols Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan used in your cycles at Georgia Regents and their degree of success.
A few years ago, before I decided to start trying to conceive, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic blood clotting disorder called protein S deficiency. It didn’t require ongoing management — just no use of most birth control pills and I’d have to use Lovenox during pregnancy. Dr. Jordan put me on a special birth control pill for my condition, but I developed a DVT, which we initially thought would delay or cancel my upcoming IVF cycle. Dr. Jordan and her team worked efficiently to research my condition and bring together a multidisciplinary team of doctors who could determine if and how I could undergo IVF, pregnancy and the postpartum period. She came back to me within days with a plan for managing my risk for clotting that she said she felt very confident about and that kept us on track for our schedule cycle (with little tweaks): First, we won’t use birth control pills to maximize how my ovaries respond to the medications, which isn’t a concern because of my age and egg quality. Not using birth control pills means we have to time my IVF cycle off of my natural cycle. Second, we will change my blood thinner to one with a shorter half life right before egg retrieval, and Dr. Jordan will use as few pokes as possible to grab the eggs. Third, we will do a frozen cycle versus a fresh cycle to give my body time to recover between the egg retrieval and transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Georgia Regents. (Assigned nurse: Stacy Swetman)
The care is always very warm and friendly. My IVF coordinator, a nurse, is very prompt and complete with correspondence. She does a wonderful job keeping everything straight!
Describe your experience with Georgia Regents.
Before establishing care, I had trouble reaching the front desk to make an appointment and didn’t receive a call back. And while I was undergoing IUI, I called to inform the clinic that my period arrived, as instructed, but was unable to leave a voice message because the mailbox was full. I know that the clinic serves a large volume of patients. Having direct contact with Dr. Jordan mitigated both of these issues.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan at Georgia Regents.
IUI cost around $1,000 per cycle — including ultrasound, trigger shot, sperm collection and washing and the insemination. One IVF cycle will cost between $12,000 and $15,000 — including medications, clinic fees and lab fees.
Describe Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Georgia Regents.
In keeping with guidelines, we’re transferring one embryo because of my age (younger than 35).