Describe your experience with Tennessee Reproductive Medicine.
The atmosphere is very welcoming, and everyone is extremely kind. They often are difficult to reach in the mornings (they don't turn on their phones at the time they claim to be open), and sometimes follow-up communication and clarity about what the patient is supposed to do/expect next has been lacking, from my experience. But when I call or use the online portal, they are always sure to get me whatever information I need, and when I ask questions, they are always kind and never treat a question like it is stupid.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rink Murray at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine?
He has always had plenty of time to spend with my husband and me. He explores multiple options, shared stories, explains things and shows us statistics multiple ways, and always lays out our options as best he can before leaving decisions up to us.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Kayla (but this changed on my last visit))
Kayla was always very patient, organized, and effective. My most recent nurse (I don't know her name) seemed less organized and was less effective at communication. She also bandaged my arm (from retrieving blood) painfully tightly.
How was your experience with Rink Murray at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine?
He is very caring, takes his time with patients, explains things in multiple ways to meet different learning styles, is patient and down-to-earth, and is very up-to-date on research in the field. He can relate, because he has been through infertility himself.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rink Murray at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine?
Ask lots of questions! Even if you think it is a dumb question or one that he has already answered, he will always be patient and answer your questions as thoroughly as possible. He values your voice.
Describe the protocols Rink Murray used in your cycles at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
He changed my hormone treatment from Clomid to Letrozole (Femara). For one, Clomid seemed to have thinned my lining, and Letrozole has shown more effective in clinical trials. I sometimes have had trouble with irregular (long) cycles and anovulation.
He completed a hysterosalpingohram, which showed that my tubes were open, but that my uterus is asymmetrical, which can be associated with endometriosis (although I have never had heavy periods or heavy cramping).
We continued with Letrozole for a total of 7 months (so far). I have never become pregnant. I will be having a laparoscopic surgery to test for, and possibly treat, endometriosis. The only symptoms/indicators I have for this are the asymmetrical uterus and pain during ovulation, but only if I am ovulating on my right side (the side my uterus leans toward).
My husband's sperm analysis was normal.
We have talked about IUI, but it does not appear to be the most potentially effective treatment for my husband and me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rink Murray at Tennessee Reproductive Medicine.
My insurance covers no infertility treatments, but the costs have been extremely low. The office is incredible about giving you options with high-cost procedures/treatments, and filing as much as possible in ways that insurance will cover.