Describe your experience with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The clinic is in a military hospital and therefor very militant. If you aren’t looking for someone to hold your hand through the process and give you all the information you need as a first time patient then this is not the place for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Micah Hill at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center?
Every morning we went in at 7am. Took a number and waited for our blood draw. We then took another number and waited for our ultrasound. I only ever saw Dr. Hill twice in my 3 attempts with them. I only had one nurse who knew my name.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses just did their job. Called your number, drew blood and did an ultra sound. There was only one nurse, she was the head nurse, that new my name and was companionate in any way.
How was your experience with Micah Hill at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center?
I can’t really write anything about him. I only met with him twice in the three cycle I had through them. One thing I will say is that he didn’t give me all the options I feel like I should have had. He described IVF and the procedure but nothing more. I never knew my numbers of my blood draws but they did tell me the egg information every time I went in.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Micah Hill at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center?
Do your research so you can ask questions. You basically have to go in knowing exactly what needs to be done.
Describe the protocols Micah Hill used in your cycles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and their degree of success.
The first round we did a Luteal Lupron cycle. I was on birth control for the month before starting the cycle and then I was on Lupron 20 units once a day for 2 weeks then went to 5 units until the day before retrieval. I started 300 units of Gonal-F in the morning when I went to 5 units of Lupron and 3 vials of Menopur in the evening for 10 days. On day 11 I took the HCG trigger shot. We got 3 eggs from this cycle and of those 3, 2 were fertilized. We transferred one of those 2 eggs on day 5 and froze the other My lining was a 9B. The day after transfer I started taking 100mg of endometrin suppositories 3 times a day. 10 days later I got my first BETA was a 7 then went down to a 1. First cycle ended in a chemical pregnancy.
Second round we did a Microdose Flare cycle. Started birth control a month before starting the shots. Day 1 I started taking 20 units of Microdose Lupron twice a day till retrieval. Day 2 I added 300 units of Gonal-F in the morning and 3 vials of Menopur at night. Day 13 we did the retrieval. We got 5 eggs and of those 5, 3 fertilized. We transferred 1 embryo at day 3, my lining was an 11A 5 days before transfer. I started taking 100mg of endometrin suppositories 3 times a day the day of retrieval. The cycle ended with a negative BETA at 10 DPT.
The third round was a frozen transfer. Started with a month of birth control then went to 20 units of Lupron once a day until retrieval. 14 days after starting Lupron I added 1 1mg estrace pill twice a day for 4 days then went to 2 pills twice a day. The next day I started taking 2 pills 3 times a day. I started taking 1CC of progesterone once a day at night till my BETA. My lining was a 7A 8 days before transfer. This cycle ended in a negative BETA.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
We were told to be there between 6 and 7 am for every appointment. You took a number, sat down and waited to be called. It could take up to an hour or so to be called back. Once called you would get your blood drawn and get sent to another waiting area to wait again for an ultrasound.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Micah Hill at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
$510 non refundable fee
$6383 Basic IVF with ICSI
$568 Embryo cryopreservation
$696 embryo cryopreserved storage after first year
$2404 Cryopreserved embryo thawing
$383 sperm cryopreservation
$290 Sperm cryopreservation after first year
$168 Semen analysis
Describe Micah Hill's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
My Dr. had a very strong opinion on transferring only 1 embryo if you were under a certain age and how many rounds you have done. The only reason he gave us was that multiples was considered a failure in their eyes.