Describe your experience with Reproductive Partners Medical Group.
The clinic seems pretty well organized, and the staff are pleasant and responsive. Scheduling is easy to do. Hours of operation are pretty good and days of operation are excellent—7 days a week, including some holidays. My one complaint is that one of the financial coordinators was going to call me back about my inquiry of what would happen if we decided to cancel the cycle after stims had already beeb started but before egg retrieval. She was going to check with my insurance and let me know, but she never got back to me. I completed the cycle (and got a poor result) and then contacted the insurance myself and found out I could’ve cancelled the cycle and only paid for treatments up to that point, and could save the unused credit towards part of another cycle. I wish I would’ve contacted my insurance company directly in the first place because the clinic staff was unreliable and I felt like I wasted part of a cycle (time, money, and meds) as a result.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marli Amin at Reproductive Partners Medical Group?
When my husband and I arrived for the consultation, Dr. Amin called us from the waiting room herself. She had reviewed my medical records ahead of time and took her time to review med history and future goals, and explain our options for fertility treatments. During subsequent visits for monitoring, surgery, etc. she also had great bedside manners
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were all great! Kind, patient, organized, and responsive to phone calls and emails.
What specific things went wrong at Reproductive Partners Medical Group?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Marli Amin at Reproductive Partners Medical Group?
Dr. Amin was really professional, nice, showed compassion, patience and understanding. She was not the best communicator. She talked a lot at the consultation, but at subsequent visits she was very quiet and at times didn't fully inform me. I had to be proactive in asking questions and making suggestions. She was responsive, just didn’t initiate or advise as much as I would have liked. I don’t know if it was due to lack of experience, but she seemed to want to stick to a protocol, even when it seemed like it may not have been working. I’d like consult with other doctors for 2nd or 3rd opinions on what may work better next time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marli Amin at Reproductive Partners Medical Group?
Educate yourself about the fertility process and be proactive by pointing out your own observations and asking questions.
Describe the protocols Marli Amin used in your cycles at Reproductive Partners Medical Group and their degree of success.
I believe an antagonist protocol was used. First, I was put on birth control pills for about 2 weeks. All patients start stim injections on Saturdays. I took Menopur, Gonal-F, Ganirelix, and hCG for 2 cycles. Doses (mg, units etc) were not adjusted at all day-to-day or cycle-to-cycle. Only difference was I was on meds for longer # of days during 2nd cycle to give follicles more time to grow. 1st cycle: started with 8 follicles. On retrieval day, out of 7 follicles, 3 mature eggs and 2 immature eggs retrieved. 2nd cycle: Started with 9 follicles (based on what Dr told me during appt, but medical records I requested later only show max of 6 follicles during that cycle). On retrieval day, out of 5 follicles, 2 immature eggs were retrieved and the other follicles were “empty”. The immature eggs retrieved were able to mature overnight in the lab. So, total of 5 eggs frozen from 1st cycle and 2 eggs from 2nd cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marli Amin at Reproductive Partners Medical Group.
It was covered by insurance. Insurance covered 30% of everything (consults, follow ups, labs, procedures, meds) until OOP max met, then covered 100%. I easily met my deductible and out-of-pocket max of $6500.
Describe Marli Amin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Partners Medical Group.
I think she recommends eSET