Describe your experience with Reproductive Health Specialists.
The portal system is buggy. On important days it felt like it would crash on me (beta days!). Also, when we first started treatment there we would get results quickly, and then (as current as now) results seem to take all day which is nerve wracking. It's better than having to wait the next day, but still from what we started with to now it is a bit frustrating.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Judith Albert at Reproductive Health Specialists?
Dr. Albert truly has a heart. She can come off clinical but I felt that she cared when we had our losses. She even offered to speak with me at my convenience. She does really care.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Reproductive Health Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Antanina Perricone)
I love Nina. She became a friend to me. She cares so much about her patients and I have nothing but good positive things to say about her.
What specific things went wrong at Reproductive Health Specialists?
- Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Judith Albert at Reproductive Health Specialists?
I do like Dr. Albert though I think she does not seem to look in depth into what some other clinics are doing as far as researching effects of other disorders on IVF outcomes (immune/MTHFR/etc). It seems like she is hesitant to think outside of the box. She is compassionate and really does care about her patients; but I feel maybe not as forward thinking or experimental as other doctors perhaps. She does take into account your thoughts and feelings towards your treatment however.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Judith Albert at Reproductive Health Specialists?
Though she appears very clinical and black and white, she has a huge heart. Be prepared to advocate for yourself though, just as anywhere else.
Describe the protocols Judith Albert used in your cycles at Reproductive Health Specialists and their degree of success.
We began with IUI and clomid, hormonal support in the form of vaginal progesterone suppositories. I'm glad she didn't waste time on those, they gave us negative results. In my IVF cycle we used birth control, Menopur, Lupron, Follistim that I can remember as well as progesterone in oil, estradiol tabs orally, and doxycycline and medrol. I had to be a freeze all cycle as my hormonal levels were high and they were afraid to risk OHSS. So we got 28 eggs and I was pleased. 9 made it to day 5 blast, and all but two were graded 4 or above (two 2's). First eSET, positive beta, great second beta, ultrasound appointment we had no heartbeat, but fetal pole and yolk sac. Missed miscarriage at 7w (had to have a D&C as I would not miscarry even 3-4 weeks later). Second we transferred two, positive result, great second beta, baby/babies could not be found on ultrasound. Miscarried at home around 4-5 weeks. Third we transferred two, chemical pregnancy, fourth we transferred two and another chemical pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Judith Albert at Reproductive Health Specialists.
We had to pay an ambulatory and surgical fee for retrieval since we were at a private clinic (over $1000 I believe). We paid for freezing out of pocket as well, and ICSI. A small amount was covered for our initial IVF cycle through old insurance we had but it didn't cover a whole cycle, I can't remember exactly but ICSI may have been around $1500, and freezing for the first 18 months $1500 (two years ago). If my estimates are remembered correctly. An FET costs roughly $3400 each time, and freezing (after the first 18 months that we already paid for) about $60 per month.
Describe Judith Albert's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Health Specialists.
She strongly recommends eSET. She will try to move you to eSET if you are young. But due to our situation she let us try two at successive transfers.