Describe your experience with Western Fertility Institute.
I like that the clinic is small enough that I don't feel like Patient #XYZ. The doctor, nurse, and nursing staff know my name and treatment protocols, but above that, they know and remember things that I've shared with them about my personal life, like my career/job and hometown. For example, I had to schedule an additional monitoring appointment that wasn't on my original schedule and the nurse remembered that afternoon appointments are hard for me due to my work schedule. Another time a nursing staff asked how my work's been going since I shared that with her a couple of appointments ago. Front desk staff are also very friendly. Note that this clinic only has one doctor. The longest I've waited was an hour (this was on a Sunday when they have limited staff), and I'm usually in and out within 30-45 min, which I think is reasonable. So you won't be seen immediately all the time, but you get to see your doctor for every monitoring appointment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Western Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Anna)
Nurse and nursing staff are fantastic. Knowledgeable, caring, responsive, friendly. I've never had issues getting in touch with my nurse - call the clinic, they pick up right away, and I'm transferred to my nurse within seconds. They've also been empathic when delivering not-so-great news (poor-ish blastocyst rates). Nursing staff will chat with you during blood draws, which is a nice distraction.
How was your experience with Ashim Kumar at Western Fertility Institute?
Dr. Kumar takes his time for every consult, monitoring appointment, and procedure. I've never felt rushed. He seemed super serious at first and a little intimidating but we've warmed up to him. He's funny and friendly. Very knowledgeable, empathic, and skilled. During our first consult he assured us that we WILL get pregnant, which I was surprised by because nothing about fertility treatments are a guarantee.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ashim Kumar at Western Fertility Institute?
Go in for a consult. The initial consult was very informative. I thought I was pretty informed about infertility and IVF, but I learned a ton from him in that 1 hour meeting. Definitely worth the consultation fee.
Describe the protocols Ashim Kumar used in your cycles at Western Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix / dual trigger (hcg and lupron) / same protocol for both egg retrievals / 2 egg retrievals = 40 total retrieved, 8 blastocysts
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ashim Kumar at Western Fertility Institute.
initial consultation, 2 egg retrievals, 2 frozen embryo transfers, genetic testing for up to 10 embryos, medications = $30,400