How was your experience with Scot Hutchison at Reproductive Health Center?
Dr. Hutchison is kind, warm, and caring. I know his practice is busy and I never feel like he is rushing or trying to get me out of the way. My husband has also liked him from the get go. He is very optimistic, and provides a lot of information when asked. Sometimes I wish that I wouldn’t have to ask to get answers, and he would be more up front with possible scenarios, alternatives to treatment, and side effects. Overall, I’ve been very pleased with his care and I sincerely do trust him.
We’ve been seeing him for about a year now, he was referred by a friend. He has gone out of his way to schedule appointments on weekends and random times when I had difficulty finding time. I appreciate that he always calls me back if I have a question. We kept missing each other one time and he called me 3 days in a row until he reached me. He is the only RE at his practice, so if he is out of time, sometimes I had to wait a little longer to get things done, such as testing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Scot Hutchison at Reproductive Health Center?
Come with questions prepared and be open to following up with more as needed through phone calls.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Scot Hutchison at Reproductive Health Center?
The Reproductive Health Center is small and extremely personal. I have felt known by the entire staff and my time was always respected. Dr. Hutchison has always taken the time to call me back personally, have as many follow up appointments as needed to answer my questions. He is warm and kind, and I do feel genuinely cared about in his care.
Describe the protocols Scot Hutchison used in your cycles at Reproductive Health Center and their degree of success.
Before doing any treatments, Dr. Hutchison is big on health and supplements. He encourages Vitamin D and no drinking alcohol for both partners, no caffeine, and he told me to start Co-q10 to help with egg quality early on. I also started taking DHEA. Despite Dr. Hutchison suggesting an IUI, my husband and I opted to try IVF first to ideally bank embryos since I have diminished ovarian reserve. He put me on a DOR protocol- 300 units of Folistim each day and 150 units of Menopur plus Ganirelex (don’t recall the dosage) for the second half of the cycle. The first 5 days of the cycle, I also used a Testosterone patch. Monitoring went well, he predicted 6-8 eggs. I ended up doing only 9 days of injections because of the size of the follicles. He retrieved 6 eggs, all were mature. 5 fertilized, but none made it to 5 day blastocyst. They thought 1 or 2 might make it, but that did not happen. There was not really an explanation for why. Since then, we opted to try an IUI because I have a narrow cervix. For that, I took Letrozole (low dosage) for 5 days, then went in for monitoring on cycle day 9. I had 2 follicles on both sides that were a good size for ovulation. Then I did an Ovidrel trigger shot about 32 hours before the IUI. We are still waiting on our results.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
As stated before, this is a small clinic. I only ever dealt with 2 nurses there. One is the main nurse and she is great! She is warm, helpful, an expert at taking blood, and she gives great tips. Occasionally she has called me back for the doctor and always answers my questions thoroughly. She was also the nurse during my retrieval, and I appreciated her compassion and care. The other nurse I spoke with helped me secure medication from over the border by translating for me with the pharmacy. She called me back to remind me of things I would need when purchasing the Menopur, she was a huge help!
Describe your experience with Reproductive Health Center.
The clinic is very accommodating with your schedule, but know that it is small and there is only one doctor. While I rarely had to wait longer than a week for an appointment, when I was scheduling testing and the doctor was out of town, I would sometimes have to wait an extra month. For new patients, consider that some things take time with this clinic and be aware. The clinic also doesn't call to confirm appointments, so make sure to write them down when you schedule them, or feel free to call to double check times as needed. As strengths, the clinic is comfortable and personable. I always felt welcome there and rarely had to wait longer than a few minutes to be seen. The clinic is very team oriented and they all seem to enjoy their jobs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Scot Hutchison at Reproductive Health Center.
My initial testing was covered under my insurance, so I had to just pay a co-pay when I went in ($60 each time), plus the cost of the test. I paid under $300 for all the testing. For an IUI, it was $565. For our IVF cycle, we chose an entire package that included the monitoring appointments, retrieval, anesthesia, ICSI, and biopsy for PGS was $6800. Our embryos didn't make it to be biopsied, so we were credited $800. All of their prices are on their website and they are very transparent.
Describe Scot Hutchison's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Health Center.
Dr. Hutchison primarily does single embryo transfer, and from what I understand rarely does multiple embryo transfer because of high risk twin or triplet pregnancies pose.