How was your experience with Eli Reshef at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute?
Dr. Reshef wants his patients to get pregnant. I always felt that he was almost as emotionally invested as my husband and I were, and his confidence that IVF would work for us was what finally prompted us to go for it.
When we first met Dr. Reshef, he was ready to be as aggressive with treatment as we wanted, which was very. We had our first consultation with him in February 2016, then one IUI, laparoscopy for endometriosis, two more IUIs, then IVF, and we were pregnant by December 2017 (only taking that long because my husband and I were reticent to spend the money). He was sensitive to my anxieties and emotional turbulence and took his time in making sure I understood what was happening then and next.
What most impressed me about Dr. Reshef is his dedication to his work. He at least in his 60s if not 70s, and he still comes in to his clinic 7 days a week. He performed every ultrasound and procedure. And or worked! We now have a perfect, beautiful baby girl.
I still have two frozen embryos and intend to see him to transfer them, because I trust him and feel confident that he will do whatever needs done to help us be successful in conceiving our second child.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eli Reshef at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute?
Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions. He is a busy man and can't read your mind, so go in with questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eli Reshef at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute?
Dr. Reshef was always very kind and sensitive, taking his time despite how very busy his clinic is. He's also the first doctor to take me seriously when I described pain that I suspected is caused by endometriosis (it is- and he treated it).
Describe the protocols Eli Reshef used in your cycles at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I don't remember my treatment protocol well enough to describe it in detail. I remember starting with birth control and then lupron injections. Next came follicle stimulation and then the trigger shot and progesterone shots. I also had a tablet that I inserted vaginally, and he explained what it was for, but I can't remember. I had so much confidence in the process that I didn't worry too much about which medications did what.
I felt great through the whole IVF process. My ovaries did get quite large and I had to wear loose fitting pants for about two weeks after the egg retrieval, but I didn't deal with too much moodiness and only an occasional headache. We ended up with 18 mature follicles, 14 of which fertilized. Three of those survived to be 5 day blastocysts and we transferred the best looking one and froze the other two. The transfer worked and we have a perfectly healthy baby girl now.
Describe your experience with your nurse at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Kimberly)
The nursing staff at Bennett is incredible. It's primarily women, and many of them have gone through treatments themselves. They always remembered me when I came in, too.
Describe your experience with INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute.
The clinic is efficient, but nurses always took their time with me when I underwent various procedures. They have a great rapport with one another and with the doctor, and this creates a very positive atmosphere. They require you to attend a class on IVF before you get started. Pay close attention to that class!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eli Reshef at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute.
Adding in medication cost, our IVF cost around $15k. The medication alone was about $4k.
Describe Eli Reshef's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute.
Dr. Reshef strongly encouraged us to only transfer one embryo. He said it was much safer and, given that I am a small woman, would be far less difficult on my body. His exact words were, "I have a daughter your age, and I wouldn't let her transfer multiple embryos. It's too risky."