How was your experience with Celeste Brabec at Reproductive Resource Center?
I saw Dr. Brabec about three times over the course of 1.5 years. At my initial consult, she recommended IVF as my course of treatment based on my age and lab values. I was not ready for that and wanted to try IUI first. She recommended IUI with injectables to increase the chances of pregnancy. During the diagnostic phase prior to IUI, she recommended I get a large fibroid removed, which I did. During that surgery with another surgeon, it was discovered that I had endometriosis. This VERY important finding was completely glossed over by Dr. Brabec. I knew nothing about endo at the time and trusted her since she didn't discuss it after my surgery. During that second consultation to finally start IUI, she only gave me the options of IUI with oral meds or IVF. No injectables. I pointed out this discrepancy from our previous visit, and she stated that injectables are rarely used with IUI anymore due to the risk of multiples. I pointed out that that was her recommendation a year prior, which she again glossed over. After two failed IUIs with oral meds, I sought out a second opinion on my case to see if IVF was the next best step. I did not consult with Dr. Brabec about this b/c she was gung-ho about IVF from the get go and felt that I already knew what her answer would be. My second opinion doctor encouraged me to look into endometriosis again before doing anything, because in her eyes (based on my labs and testing), I was a fertile woman and something else was causing my infertility. THANK GOD I found her and also found Nancy's Nook group on Facebook which provides amazing information about endometriosis. I still knew very little about endo at the time. Through this group, I found an endometriosis specialist in STL. He read my operative report from 1.5 years ago where I had the fibroid and endometriosis removed and HE informed me that I had Stage 4 endometriosis. To say I was shocked and disgusted that Dr. Brabec never mentioned this to me is an understatement. I honestly don't know that she ever ready my surgical report, as it clearly stated that I had endometriosis on my bowel, bladder, and uterus. Upon learning this, I feel that the IUIs I had were likely a waste and that I also wasted 1.5 years of my fertility life by not knowing I had stage 4 endo. Dr. Brabec was completely negligent in this area, and even after confronting her about this, she was less than helpful and said how she had it documented that we discussed the endo. Had I known I had stage 4 endo then or had been given ANY education about it, I would have been ready for IVF at that time. Also, her treatment recommendations for endo are very outdated and old school. So- if you know you want IVF and are ready for it, this might be the doctor for you. However, if you want a thorough investigation into the causes of your infertility, want education about your fertility picture, or if you have endometriosis, I would absolutely not recommend Dr. Brabec as your provider. She basically feels that IVF is the answer for anything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Celeste Brabec at Reproductive Resource Center?
Only go to her if you are ready for IVF and have done your research on why you need IVF.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Celeste Brabec at Reproductive Resource Center?
The first consult was ok, but I felt like Dr. Brabec spoke very quickly and ran through my options like she'd said it all a million times, which she probably had. The consult felt a bit rushed, which I was quite uncomfortable with. Her NPs were never like that, however, which is why I stuck with this clinic.
Describe the protocols Celeste Brabec used in your cycles at Reproductive Resource Center and their degree of success.
I did two rounds of IUI with letrozole pills (2.5 mg for five days), along with Ovidrel trigger shot both times. I believe I had several good sized follicles both times.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Reproductive Resource Center. (Assigned nurse: Sarah)
Sarah was warm, thorough, and super intelligent. She explained things in a way that never felt rushed, unlike with Dr. Brabec. Sarah was literally the only reason I stayed with this clinic, as I wasn't crazy about Dr. Brabec from the beginning. Sarah responded to all of my portal messages quickly and with thorough explanations, which I really appreciated.
Describe your experience with Reproductive Resource Center.
All of the clinic staff I encountered were very friendly and kind. I felt that the communication in the clinic was good and that my questions or requests were always answered in a timely manner and with professionalism.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Celeste Brabec at Reproductive Resource Center.
I think IUI was around $700 per cycle which included an ultrasound. Meds were another $120 per cycle.
What specific things went wrong at Reproductive Resource Center?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Reproductive Resource Center.
Dr. Brabec did not provide any education about my endometriosis findings, how it impacts my fertility, or anything. It wasn't until I saw an endometriosis specialist 1.5 years later that I learned of this.