Describe your experience with OU Physicians Reproductive Health.
The clinic is open 365 days a year, so no matter whether you need to be checked on Thanksgiving, like me or on the Fourth of July, the staff will be there to treat and support you. Expect to be greeted with smiles and for everyone to know your name. Expect to have everything communicated to you fully and clearly. Expect the nurses to genuinely care about you while you are a patient and well after your treatment is successfully completed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with LaTasha Craig at OU Physicians Reproductive Health?
Dr. Craig immediately put us at ease and assured us she would take good care of us. She has a positive attitude and kept our spirits high. She always came in with smiles and laughs, through every test and treatment. We felt (and still feel) welcomed every time we see her. She always calls us by name. Her staff and nurses make the experience that much better. Dr. Craig, and ALL of the staff cried with us when we were released, pregnant with twins, to go back to my regular Ob/Gyn. Their office hosts a "birthday party" every couple of years, so they can reunite and celebrate all of the families they helped create. It's so much fun and makes us all feel like one big family!
Describe your experience with your nurse at OU Physicians Reproductive Health. (Assigned nurse: Connie)
Connie, Michelle, Amber and the entire team at OU Reproductive Medicine are amazing! I just can't imagine better care or a better staff anywhere. They are compassionate, personable and knowledgeable.
How was your experience with LaTasha Craig at OU Physicians Reproductive Health?
From our first meeting with Dr. Craig, we were fully supported. She never let us get discouraged. If a treatment didn't work, she always had the next step ready to go. Her disposition is professional, but friendly. She always greeted us with smiles. I recommend Dr. Craig to anyone looking for fertility treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of LaTasha Craig at OU Physicians Reproductive Health?
The one piece of advice I would give to a prospective patient of Dr. Craig, would be to keep an open mind. She will speak honestly and frankly. She will give you options and she will give you her opinion when asked. Keep an open mind and be ready to ask a lot of questions. She will sit with you as long as it takes to answer them all.
Describe the protocols LaTasha Craig used in your cycles at OU Physicians Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
My treatment started with Clomid and cycle monitoring. The doses of clomid were increased, as no results were recorded. Once I was on the maximum dose of Clomid with no ovulation, I was put on Femara, as off-label use. Femara caused me to ovulate. On my first cycle, I had a chemical pregnancy. I did 5 more cycles on Femara with no pregnancy. We consulted with Dr. Craig and decided to stick with Femara, and do IUI. We coupled the IUI with the HCG trigger shot. After 3 cycles, we consulted with Dr. Craig and opted to try 3 more IUI cycles. After those IUI cycles, we consulted with Dr. Craig and decided to move forward with IVF. Dr. Craig encouraged us to look at our options, and take our time. Based on my age (30) she said there was no rush on moving forward so aggressively, if we had reservations. We opted to move forward and proceed with IVF. In my first IVF cycle, we transferred two viable embryos and had a live birth of fraternal twins boys in July 2011.
Describe the costs associated with your care under LaTasha Craig at OU Physicians Reproductive Health.
Most of my monitoring was considered "diagnostic" by insurance and was covered, except for my co-pay of around $40 per visit. My medications were generally not covered, but Clomid was inexpensive $10/month and the Femara was about the same $10/month. IUI was paid out of pocket and was $300 per attempt. HCG was approximately $50 per IUI attempt. For the IVF, we estimated about $15,000 between paying the clinic and for the drugs. Our clinic offered us a multi-cycle refund program, which we participated in, for peace of mind. So, we paid slightly more for the first cycle, but the peace of mind we received from knowing we could try again, if needed was invaluable.
Describe LaTasha Craig's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at OU Physicians Reproductive Health.
Dr. Craig was very straightforward with us regarding the embryo transfer. She said she wasn't going to create any reality TV stars. We had the option of transferring one or two embryos- no more. She said her estimation was a 70% success rate for me with one embryo, with an additional 70% chance of BOTH embryos taking, if one was successful. She discussed the risks of multiple pregnancy, and preterm birth with us and left the decision completely up to us after that point. It's a very personal decision. For us, our age, the cost and my relative good health, we felt two embryos was the best choice for us and she supported our choice.