The Infertility Center of St. Louis

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Chesterfield
224 S. Woods Mill Road
St. Louis, MO 63017
(314) 576-1400
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend The Infertility Center of St. Louis to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 41%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 42%6.3
16 assessments
  • 41% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 18% Neutral (7-8)
  • 42% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
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Attention to Detail
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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<35
35-37
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
511
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
6.4
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
16 assessments
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Age
41 - 46
Treated
2013 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 30 IVF, 25 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
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I was not very happy with my nurse [at Infertility Center of St. Louis] but she was not terrible. One of her main jobs really is blocking for Dr Silber so it puts her in a tough position. I was only allowed to ask questions through her, and she did not seem to have good medical knowledge, so I always wondered if my questions/concerns got presented correctly/how I intended them to be to the doctor
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Age
41 - 46
Treated
2013 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$500K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 5 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 30 IVF, 25 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr Silber is the only doctor but there are a couple assisting doctors who do the egg retrievals-- they work at other clinics but show up on retrieval day to do procedures. Dr Silber does the embryo transfers. The people at St Luke's Hospital are very nice and the nurses in the procedure area were great. If you do get pregnant, Dr Silber dismisses you after the second HCG test (assuming it is doubling). This can be a shock, especially if you are out of state, because all of a sudden you have no doctor. I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks and had no idea what to do, how to find help, etc and all the clinic kept telling me was that Dr Silber was not an Ob/gyn and I would have to find help on my own.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I was an out of state patient. Dr Silber never called me after retrievals to regroup. I one time had to beg for a phone call after failed retrievals (no embryo) in a row so I did get a call then. I asked for a call before one of my transfers and was not granted it. I did not feel like I had a doctor looking after my case. All the women have their cycles coordinated to fit his schedule, so there was no flexibility in protocol. I wish I had been tried on different protocols because I may have had a better outcome.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Stacie )
I was not very happy with my nurse but she was not terrible. One of her main jobs really is blocking for Dr Silber so it puts her in a tough position. I was only allowed to ask questions through her, and she did not seem to have good medical knowledge, so I always wondered if my questions/concerns got presented correctly/how I intended them to be to the doctor
What specific things went wrong at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr Silver did not alter my protocol at all, even after multiple failed retrievals; he just encouraged me to keep doing retrievals. I feel that he allowed my lead follicles to get too big, thereby compromising the quality. I did not know this until after I had left and had my records reviewed elsewhere, when this was Brough up. I never got a call after any retrievals. I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks and a second chemical pregnancy and he never called. On a final transfer, he insisted on transferring even though the lining was 6mm. I requested a call to speak to him about this and initially was told he would call, then the nurse called me back and said he would not be calling, that he said to tell me "he does things his way and if I don't like it I can go elsewhere". This was after being his patient for two and a half years (with a break in between). I had only spoke to him once on the phone and only had two clinic visits with him. I was paying a lot of money and could not even get a ten minute call to discuss my concerns before the transfer. It was too late for me to go elsewhere. My transfer did not work. Also, I was later diagnosed with immune problems which he never tested me for.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I can not recommend this clinic. Even though he markets his clinic as good for women in their 40s and good at mini-IVF I think his protocol was still too much medications for me. For people who are very poor responders, I feel there are better clinics. I was extremely disappointed that I was not permitted to easily communicate with the doctor and discuss my care with him. I did not feel my input or concerns were taken seriously. Dr Silber said some very hurtful things to me that were unsolicited and I feel uncalled for. For example, he told my husband (when I was present, although speaking about me in the third person) that "he was scraping the bottom of the barrel" to get my eggs. It was humiliating, hurtful and degrading. I was able to go to another clinic and collect 20 embryos (still being transferred) and that was a couple years later so he wasn't even entirely correct that I had no more eggs left.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
All the cycles were the same: birth control, and then started clomid daily (I believe 50 mg a day) and follistim 150 mg every other day. When they decided to trigger, they also have you take ibuprofen (or some kind of NSAID) in the 24 hours before retrieval to try to prevent early ovulation. You take clomid almost the whole time to try to prevent early ovulation
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
I believe it was around 7-8K including the hospital part but the prices have gone up since then
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr Silver does not generally believe in day 5 testing and recommends day 3 transfers for most women, especially those with DOR. He will transfer up to four day 3 embryos
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Educational Resources
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0
Age
46
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
0
had no problems working with the financial officer [at The Infertility Center of St. Louis] who promptly returned all my funds to my card, but I had to wait for Sibler's signature for the reimbursement by direct check. I waited and waited until I called to ask about its status. According to the office, they were still waiting for him to sign the check. This is approximately 5 weeks after the cancellation. I still have not received my reimbursement and I finally made it clear that I wanted to speak with him or someone higher than the financial officer since she can not write out a check.
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Age
46
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
0
Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
I discussed this previously. The whole clinic revolves around Silber's reputation. He's the only doctor there that I can tell. They send out cd/dvds discussing his reputation, so it centers around his expertise... and so does what you pay.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I discussed several times with the RE (I only spoke with Silber once) my concern that Dr. Silber did not take into consideration my PCOS and pre-diabetic status. He still took me off metformin. When I asked about Ovasitol (from Inositol) as an alternative, he did not know what it was-- either the brand or inositol as a well known treatment for PCOS. I explained that it was akin to a vitamin, but the RE claimed that he did not wish for me to take anything. I found this very concerning but I complied. When it was time to begin the process, my first day clearly showed that I did not have clearly defined follicles. This was a drastic change from four months prior where i had 8 very clear follicles. In fact, this has never been a problem for me because of the PCOS. Obviously age is a factor and quality, but never number until now. Despite clear indications that taking me off my medication might have impacted me, Silber continued forward. Needless to say, it was cancelled because the follicles did not respond to medication. Although I am not at all happy with the approach, I do understand the possibility that such a thing can happen. I left and expected to receive the reimbursement for the cancelled IVF. I had no problems working with the financial officer who promptly returned all my funds to my card, but I had to wait for Sibler's signature for the reimbursement by direct check. I waited and waited until I called to ask about its status. According to the office, they were still waiting for him to sign the check. This is approximately 5 weeks after the cancellation. I still have not received my reimbursement and I finally made it clear that I wanted to speak with him or someone higher than the financial officer since she can not write out a check. It's not her job!!! Still, they kept sending me to her and until I made a big stink about speaking to someone who has the power to reimburse me instead of them blaming someone who cannot. Now, I am dealing with the office manager. I have no idea when this will end, but it's a terrible way to end an already lackluster interaction. I will update regarding this matter.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Kelsey)
I discussed this previously. They were really, really nice. All of them were professional, returned emails in a timely fashion, and genuinely sorry that things did not work out.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
His main strength is that he will accept older women. A bit patronizing, but still nice. If his regular treatment works for you, then you'll be happy. The RE was really nice, and the poor financial officer was really kind though she was placed in an unenviable position. Asking to go beyond that however will not work well. First, he only meets you once. I'm really tired of doctors who do this. My last one was similar, but not nearly as bad. Silber does not appear to be up on the latest IVF news anymore. Finally, I think it is unconscionable to have people chase you down for their money. It's bad enough when you're desperate and things do not go well. I paid on time and based on the schedule. Had he not received his money, I would not be scheduled. How is it that he gets to take his time returning my reimbursement?
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Honestly, find another doctor. He takes no health insurance and insists you pay out of pocket for his services. Plus, you have to argue with people about returning your money in a reasonable time. Who wants to do that?
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
birth control pils Clomid, Folistim 150iu Lupron I cant recall the rest.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
12,000 out of pocket not including medication, also out of pocket
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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The clinic [The Infertility Center of St. Louis] has a long wait in the waiting room to see Dr. Silber and the St. Luke’s Hospital has a ridiculously long waiting period, sometimes 4 hours a day for 3 days in a row, etc. It gets old. You feel like sardines next to other people jammed in hallways in the hospital...I often was waiting for test results, they said they would call me before noon that day or 2:00 that day or 4:00 that day and the call would never come. I would have to call them.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
The clinic has a long wait in the waiting room to see Dr. Silber and the St. Luke’s Hospital has a ridiculously long waiting period, sometimes 4 hours a day for 3 days in a row, etc. It gets old. You feel like sardines next to other people jammed in hallways in the hospital, people being wheeled past you who are sick of just out of surgery. But we wait. We wait because Dr. Silber is the best we have ever heard of.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
There were too many women waiting for treatment on some days at St. Luke’s Hospital which made the staff and patients nervous and cranky. However, whenever I am with Dr. Silber, he treats me well, as though no one else matters.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Mindy)
Mindy is my coordinator. She gets back to me in a timely manner and answers all of my questions quickly even if she needs to ask Dr. Silber himself.
What specific things went wrong at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr. Silber’s strengths are his years of experience and all of the conditions he has treated and all of the peopke he has been able to help. He is also straightforward; he will tell you if it may or may not work. Dr. Silber’s weaknesses are his Clinic is in a hospital which he knows little about how the patient is treated when he is not there. The hospital also charges a lit and is not straightforward with how much they charge if you choose to use insurance for some procedures. The hospital can keep you waiting for 4 hours for an appointment and Dr. Silber does not know because his office is not in that hospital or department. Dr. Silber is very clinical and although being sensitive to my emotions after a failed procedure; he could not understand why I did not want to hear about donor eggs while still under anesthesia and expecting to use my own eggs. It is the same he says. To a woman who expects to have her own eggs that day; it is not the same and takes some time to process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He’s very knowledgeable but very old and is more on the clinical side vs emotional side. He did not like to see me cry. See this is why we use donor eggs! OMG.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
He used a low dose hormone protocol for Diminished Ovarian Reserve. It was not successful in making any eggs.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
A cattle call with a long, long line.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
About 16,000.00 per egg retrieval attempt.
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
He was well informed and explained why to transfer one egg vs more and in which situations and age of the patient. Then he asks you what you think.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
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We were seen within the week of calling for our consultation appointment [at The Infertility Center of St.Louis] . We haven't stepped foot back in the clinic for an office visit since that day. Everything has been done through correspondence with the coordinator, the lab at the hospital, the assisting obgyn's office, the radiology department at the hospital, and the surgical center on the day of the procedures. You have to coordinate your payments to all of the providers used for a cycle. You don't just write one check to Dr. Silber. You pay about 6 different providers before your cycle begins.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
On the first visit, we sat in the waiting room forever...and ever. With many other couples. We had all been scheduled at 30 minute intervals. I think there were 4 couples in the waiting room by the time we were seen which means they were two hours behind schedule and we were supposed to be the first patients seen after lunch. Knowing what I know now, that means he was held up at the hospital that morning taking care of his other patients. When we finally got to see Dr. Silber he was on top of his game, very intelligent, seemed like he knew exactly what he was talking about and had done a thorough review of all of our records we had sent to him. We were seen within the week of calling for our consultation appointment. We haven't stepped foot back in the clinic for an office visit since that day. Everything has been done through correspondence with the coordinator, the lab at the hospital, the assisting obgyn's office, the radiology department at the hospital, and the surgical center on the day of the procedures. You have to coordinate your payments to all of the providers used for a cycle. You don't just write one check to Dr. Silber. You pay about 6 different providers before your cycle begins.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
All of the corespondence is pretty cookie cutter, the coordinator doesn't necessarily check for specifics about your case before sending out instructions which results in you having to ask questions about your own specifics.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Dusty)
She was always friendly, sympathetic, and empathetic to our situation. She wanted the best for us. Some of the correspondence seemed like form letter correspondence and should have been reviewed before being sent to us, as each case has a unique set of circumstances. When I would receive the form letter correspondence I would have to ask clarifying questions for our circumstances but she was always quick to respond with answers to my questions.
What specific things went wrong at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He thinks he's right all the time and down plays anything you've been told by a previous Doctor, unless he shares their opinion. He's smart. Really smart. And tries new things. He thinks outside of the box. He said to us directly that he isn't worried about his stats or success rates, he does what's best for the patient and the numbers will work themselves out later if they are doing the best thing. His bedside manner is a little lacking but he has great assistants who make up where he leaves off. I'm always comforted the our assisting Doctor DeRosa.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He will be blunt and direct. Listen to him, he knows his stuff, even if it's not what you want to hear.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
I did "Mini IVF" three times. Each time I started with 50mg Clomid every day, on the third day I started 150 units injections of Follistim. This continued through my daily monitoring of blood draw and ultrasounds. I would end the medications when instructed and follow with Ganirelix and Indocine tablets before retrieval. One cycle we attempted Denmark Mini. The only difference here was that I took the Follistim injections every day. The end of this cycle would have had some different medications but I did not respond well to this treatment, and the cycle was cancelled. I don't remember the plan for medications at the end of the cycle.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
There was a window of time each morning to be received at the hospital. My first round I followed the instructions and called for a "scheduled time" during that window. I found out quickly that the scheduled time didn't mean anything. The best thing to do was to show up as early as humanly possible and get on the list at the door. The first day of a cycle was the busiest. All of the women in that cycle had a day one appointment. We all had ultrasound and labs. After my first day, I learned that if ultrasound was backed up it was wise to walk to the lab and see if i could get blood drawn while I waited. If the lab was backed up, I would go make sure I was on the ultrasound list and/or how far down the list I was. In the beginning, before I had learned all the tricks it could take up to three hours to be seen by both ultrasound and lab. By the end of my fourth monitoring cycle, I was in an out in under an hour. Showing up early....like thirty minutes before the monitoring time frame window opened was critical.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
About $15k for the first Mini IVF cycle (I'm including the cost of my medications). This also includes the first transfer. All cycles after this were about $10k (again, including my medications) but this does not include any transfer procedures. If you end up requireing additional transfers, above the first one you pay for with the first cycle, then you are looking at around $5k.
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
He will only transfer two embryos at a time unless you sign a form that you will use selective reduction. I wouldn't sign the form. I never had the possibility of more than two embryos transferred at once.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Educational Resources
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Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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In our initial consultation [at The Infertility Center of St. Louis], we were provided with a bill of $10,400 which covered fees for the Doctors, hospital, anesthesiologist, and diagnostic imaging for our 1st round of egg retrieval and includes 1 transfer at a later date. The cost of medication was separate, and totaled roughly $1,052 for the 1st cycle...Our coordinator, Rachel, seemed always available and ready with answers to any and all questions I had. She was sympathetic to our situation, understanding and was very helpful for a couple who lives a 3-hour drive away from St. Louis.
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Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American, Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr. Silber is in high-demand, so knowing this up-front may help relieve some anxiety for a new patient who may not know if he will be the right doctor for their situation. He has been in the game for decades, he knows what he's doing, and while he will be gently blunt with you, he will let you know everything you need to know before starting any cycles with him. There are infertility clinics that are set up with multiple doctors and a team of support, however Dr. Silber's office is set up around him, supported by his attending physician (who does the egg retrieval while Dr. Silber does ICSI immediately post-retrieval), and further supported by a staff of Coordinators assigned to each couple and various office staff to take care of the rest.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr. Silber is world-renown and knowing this going in, we realized he would be a very busy man. His office staff has been very friendly, professional and understanding. We have met with Dr. Silber in-person 3 times now: first for our initial consult; second just before our 1st egg retrieval surgery; and third immediately following the retrieval and ICSI. We are currently in the middle of our 2nd egg retrieval and will personally see Dr. Silber at least 2 more times before the end of May. In the interim, we have been paired with a Coordinator who we can contact via email or phone during business hours Mon-Fri. She has gotten answers for us quickly, she has shared in our joy and she has commiserated with us when our numbers weren't where they were expected to be. She has been so patient with us in all our questions, she has explained any situation and answered every question in such a way that we understood completely what we were facing in the days/weeks to come. I also had an appointment with the attending physician before the egg retrieval to go over the procedure. He was very personable, professional, and easy to trust. My husband and I both agree we have found our "fit" with the Doctors, Nurses, Aides, Technicians, and Coordinators.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Rachel Schnieder)
Our coordinator, Rachel, seemed always available and ready with answers to any and all questions I had. She was sympathetic to our situation, understanding and was very helpful for a couple who lives a 3-hour drive away from St. Louis. We couldn't have asked for a better coordinator to be paired with!
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Our initial consultation was delayed due to a high-risk procedure he had been called on. Once we were led to his office, we met a very funny man who takes his job seriously and personally. We discussed our medical histories, his practices and what he thought would be our best route to take in our journey to build our family. He assigned us a coordinator and from there, we had continued nearly all communication with Dr. Silber through her. When we met Dr. Silber again for our surgical consult immediately prior to our 1st egg retrieval, he was alert, concerned for our nerves (understandably a high-anxiety moment), and was easily able to put both of us at our ease. After the retrieval, Dr. Silber met with my husband (I was in the room coming out of anesthesia) to discuss the procedure and its results, the ICSI and its results, as well as our next steps for the following 48 hours. We are looking forward to seeing him again in the weeks to come.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I would suggest any prospective patient to be prepared. He will answer any and all of your questions, and you should be prepared to discuss intimate details of your infertility with a man who may resemble your Grandfather. His office may be busy, as is he, but he will treat your time together personally.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
We are "ideal candidates" for Dr. Silber's Mini-IVF procedure. This is "minimal stimulation IVF" where the woman is given lower doses of Clomid, Follistim, Ganirelix, Indocin, Lupron, Gonal-f, and/or Prefera during the egg retrieval cycle. The body will still stimulate multiple eggs to mature, however the quality of the eggs is the main target and not so much a large quantity of poor eggs. Our retrieval cycles included Clomin, Follistim, Ganirelix, Indocin and Lupron. Our 1st cycle resulted in 5 mature eggs retrieved, and 2 successfully fertilized embryos. Our 2 little embys are chilling out, waiting for their sibling embryos to join them in May, and their chance at life in September.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
My monitoring experience was what I would expect while in a hospital setting rather than in a clinical office setting: between certain morning hours (6am-8:30) on the days I was directed to monitor, I would write my first name only on the list and wait in the waiting room with any other waiting patients. Sometimes there were quite a few people, other times it was just me and one other person. It being a hospital, not every person in the waiting area is a patient of Dr. Silber, however the technicians are highly skilled and very adept at their careers. In our first cycle, I saw roughly 4 different ultrasound technicians who were very kind, professional and understanding. Their level of discretion is outstanding, and I felt each one respected me and my body during the entire process.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
In our initial consultation, we were provided with a bill of $10,400 which covered fees for the Doctors, hospital, anesthesiologist, and diagnostic imaging for our 1st round of egg retrieval and includes 1 transfer at a later date. The cost of medication was separate, and totaled roughly $1,052 for the 1st cycle. We have signed on for a separate egg retrieval cycle, which is totaled at $7,050, not including medication which will total roughly $1,052 again. In addition to the costs of care, we do not live near the St. Louis area and so we would have also incurred hotel and transportation fees, if not for a very hospitable friend-of-a-friend who opened her family home to us during our time in the area. Also as gas prices have been on the decline in the Midwest, our transportation fees have been manageable.
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
We have not yet progressed enough in our journey to the transfer stage, so I cannot speak to this. As I will never be as young as I am at this moment, we agreed the more embryos we can freeze now will give us as many chances at building our family as we can have.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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3
Age
38
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
3
I was in a herd of 30 other women with the same target date as myself. I met with Dr Silber [at Infertility Center of St. Louis] only once during the consultation and was assigned a coordinator that was supposed to facilitate the process. Aside from an inch thick packet of information they mailed to me, I was not given any other information unless I asked.
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Age
38
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
3
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I was in a herd of 30 other women with the same target date as myself. I met with Dr Silber only once during the consultation and was assigned a coordinator that was supposed to facilitate the process. Aside from an inch thick packet of information they mailed to me, I was not given any other information unless I asked. The first day I was supposed to start injections I discovered the lab didn't send me a pen to do so - I immediately called Silbers answering service and the lady said she left him a message. No call back and his office insisted they never got a call from the service. The day of my egg retrieval Dr Silber saw me beforehand (13 mos after my initial consult) and had no knowledge of my personal situation. In fact he made general assumptions that based on my age I had low ovarian reserve - which was completely untrue. He then gave me trouble about waiting 13 mos to have the egg retrieval so I had to inform him that during that time I saw his reproductive endocrinologist who diagnosed and corrected a septum in my uterus that would have caused ivf failure. So unfortunately I got upset and again felt like a single cattle in a herd going into my egg retrieval. Such disappointment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Dena)
Dena communicated through email very well but don't expect a call back if you leave her a message.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I was in a herd of 30 other women with the same target date as myself. I met with Dr Silber only once during the consultation and was assigned a coordinator that was supposed to facilitate the process. Aside from an inch thick packet of information they mailed to me, I was not given any other information unless I asked. The first day I was supposed to start injections I discovered the lab didn't send me a pen to do so - I immediately called Silbers answering service and the lady said she left him a message. No call back and his office insisted they never got a call from the service. The day of my egg retrieval Dr Silber saw me beforehand (13 mos after my initial consult) and had no knowledge of my personal situation. In fact he made general assumptions that based on my age I had low ovarian reserve - which was completely untrue. He then gave me trouble about waiting 13 mos to have the egg retrieval so I had to inform him that during that time I saw his reproductive endocrinologist who diagnosed and corrected a septum in my uterus that would have caused ivf failure. So unfortunately I got upset and again felt like a single cattle in a herd going into my egg retrieval. Such disappointment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
If you are a first time ivf patient please find someone who has experienced this to help you through the process. It's overwhelming and their paperwork doesn't fully explain what to expect.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
I did mini ivf treatment and my protocol was 50 mg of clomid days 3-trigger shot with 150 iu of follistim 3 days. I took Ganirelix then Lupron to trigger.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Blood work and ultrasounds were at St Lukes hospital.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Mini ivf ran $10,500 plus meds
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
42 - 43
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
I think the Doctor and nurses [at The Infertility Center of St.Louis] are very good at their jobs. The only recommendation I would have is getting everyone to communicate within the clinic a bit better. I also had to postpone my cycle due to a medical situation (I had a bulged disc in my neck and was doing physical therapy and pain medication) and I didn't think charging me a $3,000 cancellation fee was appropriate as it wasn't my fault for the cancellation and the clinic even told me that with being on the pain medication, they would not recommend that I proceed.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
I think the Doctor and nurses are very good at their jobs. The only recommendation I would have is getting everyone to communicate within the clinic a bit better. I also had to postpone my cycle due to a medical situation (I had a bulged disc in my neck and was doing physical therapy and pain medication) and I didn't think charging me a $3,000 cancellation fee was appropriate as it wasn't my fault for the cancellation and the clinic even told me that with being on the pain medication, they would not recommend that I proceed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I felt like he was good at his job and didn't want to waste my money or time (like my prior doctor had) with procedures that were not going to work. We ended up only trying one cycle, but he cancelled it because I was not responding and he determined that I was not going to be able to continue with my own eggs. I am still a patient of Dr. Silber and he has my donor sperm frozen at his facility. I am wanting to proceed with donor eggs but simple cannot afford to do that at this point. I do look forward to being able to continue with my treatment with him.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Stacie )
I originally had a nurse for my IVF cycle, but Stacie is my new nurse for donor cycles. She has been very supportive and has helped me try to get grants by completing paperwork for me. I have tried to get a Baby Quest grant the 3 times maximum for applying. It is an email from Baby Quest how I found out about the Fertility IQ grant. I will contact Stacie at Dr. Silber's office who will have the fertility assessment prepared that you need.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He was very forthright. He seemed very knowledgeable. He also didn't seem to want to bill for every little thing - he has a flat rate that covers whatever is necessary without adding to the charges for extras that you might need.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I would go to him first - I wish I had known about him earlier. I went to a local doctor who (after I got my medical records) transferred an embryo that the embryologist had listed as not transferrable (he got paid for that). I did have two perfect embyos that were transferred but I miscarried them. I also had a chemical pregnancy. I feel that had I went to Dr. Silber earlier, I would have been able to have a child using my own eggs because I was responding back then to the medications.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
We used injections and oral medications. Dr. Silber said due to my age, he wanted to do a series of 3 "mini IVF's" to get as many eggs out as possible and freeze them as embryos prior to moving on with putting them in for pregnancy. Unfortunately, by the time I found Dr. Silber, I was no longer responding to the medication so he cancelled the cycle and told me I would need donor eggs prior to us moving forward.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr. Silber - $10,900, Hospital costs - $2,500, Anesthesiologist - $400 and Radiologist - $150
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
I don't. He said he would only transfer 2 embryos in me (he would only transfer 1 embryo in a younger person). I think that is responsible so you don't get the octomom situation.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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7
Age
37
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
7
[The Infertility Center of St. Louis is] Very busy. You made an appt time but everyone would arrive at 6am and not leave until 8:30am. Too many people trying to get their monitoring done at the same time... He seems to attract a lot of patients and causes it to be really busy. Appt times run past by 1.5 hours most for monitoring.... Dr. Silber has a flat fee and does not work with insurance
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Age
37
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr. Silber had been practicing for a long time and had seen many different patients...so he had a lot of experience. He seems to attract a lot of patients and causes it to be really busy. Appt times run past by 1.5 hours most for monitoring.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Never really spoke to dr. Silber until day of retrieval. Many emails from nurse for instructions but never spoke in person
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Silber came from a glowing referral by my obgyn. He is known world wide as an amazing doctor for ivf. However, they don’t know how communicate to you. Not good in explaining the steps and answering the questions that we had
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
We did Mini IVF that was unsuccessful. And now we are doing agnoganists and it is looking good so far
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Very busy. You made an appt time but everyone would arrive at 6am and not leave until 8:30am. Too many people trying to get their monitoring done at the same time
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr. Silber has a flat fee and does not work with insurance of 6000 (which included blood work and ultrasounds) and then other costs could be through insurance
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
45
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
The nursing staff [The Infertility Center of St. Louis] was willing to work with us on the scheduling and money front.... The nurse that works directly with Dr. Silber was very compassionate and patient. She even called several times afterwards to follow -up... He did the testing at the facility and we had the results the same day. He charged that to our insurance. I believe I paid maybe 400 out of pocket for all the testing. Not quite sure
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Age
45
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 5 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr. Silber was kind and upfront with the statistics. He did not sugar coat anything and gave us our best options considering the money we had already spent and the money that it was going to take to move forward. The nursing staff was willing to work with us on the scheduling and money front.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr. Silber was very compassionate. He was very direct as to what I should expect. He felt I should try with my own eggs once then proceed to donor embryos.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: cant remember but she was awesome)
The nurse that works directly with Dr. Silber was very compassionate and patient. She even called several times afterwards to follow -up
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I decided not to do the procedure with mini ivf due to the distance and time it would take. If I lived in St. Louis I would have proceeded for sure. I really trusted him and appreciated his very direct approach.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Be open to his direct approach and honesty. I felt he had a great deal of integrity.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
He suggested 1 round of mini ivf and then suggested donor embryos
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
I dont remember - sorry bacause I didnt move forward with the treatment. He did the testing at the facility and we had the results the same day. He charged that to our insurance. I believe I paid maybe 400 out of pocket for all the testing. Not quite sure
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
for my age he recommended mini ivf for the highest quality eggs
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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1
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IVF, 3 Egg Freezing, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
1
This is a one provider clinic [Infertility center of St. Louis]. I had multiple cycles cancelled due to Dr. Silber's personal limitations (health issues, etc.). For those working through a DOR diagnosis - time is of the essence. I lost precious months/cycles due to issues completely beyond my control...Monitoring appointments were a complete cattle call. Patients would show up hours early to obtain a preferential spot in line. Going through infertility treatments is already a stressful process, this made me feel like if I got to the clinic any later than 6:00 am, I had already failed...
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF, 3 Egg Freezing, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Anticipate being prescribed a course of treatment that is not modified based on outcomes of previous cycles.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Each cycle has a set number of patients all running through a similar monitoring protocol. Many times women would arrive hours early for blood draws and ultrasounds just to get a preferential spot in line. It was first come, first serve, very competitive and cold.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Kelsey)
Kelsey is a good communicator and timely in providing monitoring results.
What specific things went wrong at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
This is not a provider that I can recommend. His demeanor was dismissive and he was very clear that unless I was being treated by his clinic, that my chances for success were minimal.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I cannot recommend this clinic.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
Minimal stimulation IVF with embryo banking. CGH testing was discouraged due to concerns with potential embryo loss in the testing process.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Monitoring appointments were a complete cattle call. Patients would show up hours early to obtain a preferential spot in line. Going through infertility treatments is already a stressful process, this made me feel like if I got to the clinic any later than 6:00 am, I had already failed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
My costs were reasonable as I had a mini-stem cycle with Dr. Silber.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
1
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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9
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Uterine Fibroids
9
She [nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis] is good about explaining results, meds, and doctor comments...Cost were cheaper than my first cycle. 500 dollar deposit for procedures. 10000 for retrieval and one transfer. 5000 for each egg transfer...It's a busy clinic but they manage everyone well. It is well organized and communication is good. You do not feel like a number.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
It's a busy clinic but they manage everyone well. It is well organized and communication is good. You do not feel like a number.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I felt like a human because if I had questions they answer right away. Called to check on you after procedures.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Kelsey Green)
She is good about explaining results, meds, and doctor comments.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He is very through and knowledgeable. Very honest and blunt. Had options and recommendations that worked for my situation. He is particular about patient satiafaction.he work along side other doctors who specialize in women's health.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Write down you questions and concerns. On the first visit be patient. He will give you his attention and answer anything you need.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
I have diminished ovarian reserve so he recommended mini ivf which gave me better egg qualities with the lower dose meds.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Cost were cheaper than my first cycle. 500 dollar deposit for procedures. 10000 for retrieval and one transfer. 5000 for each egg transfer.
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
They let you choose between one or two but recommend one depending on age.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
29 - 34
Treated
2010 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Dr. Silber [of The Infertility Center of St. Louis] is a master doctor. He has incredible knowledge and expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology.I immediately recognized his intelligence in the field and trusted him completely. He was definitely a straight-shooter and did not waste time with procedures he knew would be unsuccessful. He was very apologetic to us for the unnecessary procedures and treatments we'd received at our first clinic. Because of his high demand and busy schedule, we only saw him a few times throughout our entire process, however, that didn't matter due to the absolute impeccable and successful care we received.
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Age
29 - 34
Treated
2010 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Within the first fifteen minutes of our first consultation Dr. Silber discovered why we had not had success at our other clinic and personally apologized for all the unnecessary procedures and grief we had been through.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Rachael Schneider)
Very organized and kind
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr. Silber is a master doctor. He has incredible knowledge and expertise in the field of reproductive endocrinology.I immediately recognized his intelligence in the field and trusted him completely. He was definitely a straight-shooter and did not waste time with procedures he knew would be unsuccessful. He was very apologetic to us for the unnecessary procedures and treatments we'd received at our first clinic. Because of his high demand and busy schedule, we only saw him a few times throughout our entire process, however, that didn't matter due to the absolute impeccable and successful care we received.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Don't delay making an appointment with him!
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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5
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
The clinic [The Infertility Center of St. Louis] was very professional and on point with answers. When you called or emailed they usually responded within an hour...Nicole [nurse] was downright amazing. If I could’ve taken her with me to all my dr appts That would be amazing. She was probably the best I’ve ever dealt with...He [Dr. Sherman Silber] sat and talked with each time during the processs including when I ovulated prior to retrieval.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
Describe your experience with The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
The clinic was part of a hospital that known locally. They had very good reviews which is why chose them at the time. The clinic was very professional and on point with answers. When you called or emailed they usually responded within an hour.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He sat and talked with each time during the processs including when I ovulated prior to retrieval. And how he was sorry he missed it and what the next steps should be.
Describe your experience with your nurse at The Infertility Center of St. Louis. (Assigned nurse: Nicole)
Nicole was downright amazing. If I could’ve taken her with me to all my dr appts That would be amazing. She was probably the best I’ve ever dealt with.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He was a fair doctor. While made sure we understood the procedure and what was happening he was also in and out after the first appt. I thought since he was world renowned it would be a perfect fit for us since we’d been on the journey many years.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Lots of questions and be sure he is reviewing all possible routes that could go wrong.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
The earlier the better.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Expensive. I spent over $23,000 on treatments
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
He most he would transfer is 2 at any time. Unfortunately I only had 1 embryo after 2 retrieval’s.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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5
Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, PCOS
5
Finances [at Infertility Ctr of STL] weren't clear in the beginning and conflicting info with pregnancy test....I was one of about 45 women going through this cycle with the same target date...Dr Silber is a brilliant doctor but his bed side manner is lacking. He told us out he thought it was but never really proved his theory. He was blunt which can e good but in heartache such as this more compassion is needed....10,500 plus meds
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, PCOS
5
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
I was one of about 45 women going through this cycle with the same target date
What specific things went wrong at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr Silber is a brilliant doctor but his bed side manner is lacking. He told us out he thought it was but never really proved his theory. He was blunt which can e good but in heartache such as this more compassion is needed.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Seek someone that has been there to help you. It will all be so overwhelming.
Describe the protocols Sherman Silber used in your cycles at The Infertility Center of St. Louis and their degree of success.
I did mini ivf bc I was told I had low ovarian reserve. I went through egg retrieval in July and got two successful embryos. Then was put back on meds including clomid, birth control, progesterone shots etc. We went through transfer in late October and took a pregnancy test in early November. Both embryos were implanted and we lost both.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
10,500 plus meds
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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4
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
4
[at The Infertility Center of St. Louis] Ivf averaged around 12,000 to 15,000. Egg donor retrieval and transfer was 30,000. Transfer of egg donor embryos is around 6,000 per procedure... Dr Silber is present at all procedures. My main concern is his lack of philosophy of testing or changing course of treatment when a procedure failed. Instead it was just recommended to set up another ivf procedure
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Age
29 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
He's very well known in the field. The amount of women coming in and out of the clinic during retieval/transfers was astonishing but it also just makes you feel one of many.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr Silber is present at all procedures. My main concern is his lack of philosophy of testing or changing course of treatment when a procedure failed. Instead it was just recommended to set up another ivf procedure.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
It was definitely busy and I felt like one of many, however all hospital staff are very nice
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Ivf averaged around 12,000 to 15,000. Egg donor retrieval and transfer was 30,000. Transfer of egg donor embryos is around 6,000 per procedure.
Describe Sherman Silber's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.
Dr Silber does a mixture. He transfers highest quality eggs and will do two at a time. He will allow three but wants consent to reduce embryos if all three are viable pregnancies.
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Doctor
Sherman Silber
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Infertility Center of St. Louis
Chesterfield
Nursing
Operations
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Age
25 - 32
Treated
2009 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
PCOS
N/A
The coordinator [at Inf Ctr of STL] that was assigned to me kept me well in formed, and made me feel important. She felt bad when things didn't work, and rejoiced with me when they did...
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Age
25 - 32
Treated
2009 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
PCOS
N/A
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
The coordinator that was assigned to me kept me well in formed, and made me feel important. She felt bad when things didn't work, and rejoiced with me when they did.
How was your experience with Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr Silber is blunt and staight to the point. He doesn't sugar coat things. Some people might not like that, but I appreciated hearing things straight up. I went in for one of my transfers and found out 5 mins before going in that my embryos didn't thaw properly. I cried my eyes out. He wasn't very loving, but he told me what I needed to know and his plan for next time. Personally, I appreciated that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherman Silber at The Infertility Center of St. Louis?
Dr Silber is brilliant, but doesn't have the best bed side manner. The staff more then makes up for it though.
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Sherman Silber
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