Describe your experience with Wisconsin Fertility Institute.
This clinic is wonderful.
When you walk in, there is light and soothing music playing. The lights are slightly dimmed, which allows you to feel comforted and relaxed. The overall atmosphere is welcoming and doesn't feel like a clinic. This was incredibly important to me as I have had numerous transvaginal ultrasounds and examinations during our journey.
Having fertility issues is stressful, and I didn't like the blaring white fluorescent lights on me, especially when I feel discouraged. The delicate lights and the way each room is slightly dark, makes me feel relaxed and at ease.
A strength is this clinic will fit you in, no matter the time. They will make it work. I appreciate that so much and it is so helpful when you have a concern. A weakness is that sometimes you are seen late for an appt. But I am definitely ok with it, because that means they probably just needed to squeeze someone in. I will do whatever it takes to work with this clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Pritts at Wisconsin Fertility Institute?
Dr. Pritts is amazing. She speaks to you with compassion and encouragement, every single time. Any time I have questions, she takes her time and speaks to me from the heart. She 'feels' our pain because she has experienced it herself. She knows what it feels like; the pain, the struggle, the anxiety, the unrelenting wish to have a child of our own. She has been extremely wonderful throughout our journey. She also keeps in touch by letting me have her personal number, if I have concerns. I have never worked with a Dr that was willing to be so in contact. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is determined to do whatever it takes to help us conceive and I can feel her love and strength each time we talk with her.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Wisconsin Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Jen/Meghan)
I am fortunate to have met such a wonderful and caring team. Each time I call or email any questions/concerns, the nursing staff is incredibly prompt and respectful to me. I know I can ask a lot of questions, but they don't make me feel like a bother.
I want to feel involved in my journey and I am very open to asking questions. No matter when I reach out to the clinic, they make me feel welcome and that I am the only person they are helping at that moment.
Jen and Meghan have been very helpful in my journey. I feel comfortable speaking to them, openly and honestly, no matter the question. Their positivity and enthusiasm to help are comforting. I am so lucky to have an amazing team working with me and helping us get our baby.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Pritts at Wisconsin Fertility Institute?
Dr. Pritts is deeply honest, inspiring, and deeply caring. I always feel that I am in the best care possible and feel fulfilled knowing she is doing what she can to improve our success. She is honest, open, and explains everything thoroughly and makes sure that my husband and I understand. I feel that I am the most important person to her, each time I see her or speak with her. I walk into the clinic and feel such peace and comfort, knowing that everything we can do, is being done. Dr. Pritts is such a light in my life, in a dark and difficult time. All we want to do is have a baby, she feels our pain and she is there for us. I can feel her care each time I see her. She is truly amazing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Pritts at Wisconsin Fertility Institute?
Be open and honest about your concerns. Ask questions, don't hold back.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Pritts used in your cycles at Wisconsin Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
We started seeing Dr. Pritts in March 2018. We were referred to WFI from our OB, after experiencing a complete molar pregnancy in April 2017. The molar pregnancy resulted in needing to wait almost a full year before trying again.
We did get pregnant again in Dec 2017, but was our first miscarriage. We were delighted to see we were pregnant again in Jan 2018, but had another miscarriage a few short weeks later, in early Feb 2018.
At our first appointment with Dr. Pritts in March 2018, we had a consult and reviewed our troubles and concerns. We were thrilled at her treatment plans and felt very optimistic. We had an HSG at one of our first appointments as well. Everything looked great, no blockage, but several fibroids were seen.
I started Letrozole in June 2018 for that cycle. We were told to do timed intercourse for that cycle, along with HCG trigger shot. We did get a positive pregnancy test in July 2018, however, ended up being another miscarriage. Under her direction, we underwent a hysteroscopy to remove the tissue and some problematic fibroids. I got my cycle back in mid August 2018. Due to some discomfort that I was feeling in Sept, Dr. Pritts advised we should have surgery again, as a laparoscopy to remove a cyst and some additional fibroids, which were impeding on the uterine cavity. Which ultimately would affect implantation. Due to the extent and delicacy of the surgery, we were informed that we could not attempt conception for 3 cycles.
This brought us to Jan 2019. We did our first IUI procedure, with Letrozole, on Jan 2. Everything went well, but did not get a positive test that month. Feb 2019, our timing didn't work out to do IUI, so we had intercourse during the fertile week. Another negative test. March 2 and March 29, we did IUI with Letrozole and HCG trigger, still negative tests. Although, I did have a very light line on pregnancy tests from the March 2 IUI, which we assumed to be a chemical as the line faded and my period arrived 2 days late.
April we were going to do IUI with Letrozole and HCG trigger, but I ovulated early on CD8. Which is the day I start opk testing. I am disappointed, to say the least. We didn't even have a fighting chance this month. I just feel completely let down that I ovulated so early, never have I ever ovulated that early. My previous cycles with Letrozole and HCG trigger, I had ovulated around CD12. So, I was shocked when Dr. Pritts told me I had ovulated already at my follicular ultrasound on April 23, 2019.
We have our IVF consult set up next Tues, April 30 to review our options to move forward to IVF. I recently turned 40, on March 30. My husband and I are determined and committed to do whatever it takes to have success and have our baby.
I would appreciate and love the honor of this grant. As we have spent over $20,000 on surgeries/procedures/medications since we started our journey in Dec 2016.
Thank you so much for your consideration and time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Pritts at Wisconsin Fertility Institute.
During 2018, we had 1 laparoscopic surgery and 3 hysteroscopy procedures. We also had 1 Hysterosalpingogram and 1 Sonohysterogram. We also took Letrozole as well as HCG trigger in June 2018.
Since 2019 started, we have done 3 IUI procedures. Each IUI, we used Letrozole and HCG trigger. In March 2019, I had another Hysterosalpingogram to check my tubes and uterus since my surgery in October 2018.
In May 2019, Dr. Pritts has scheduled to do another hysteroscopy to help remove any scar tissue that may be impacting my uterus and preventing an embryo from implanting.
Each month, we had at least one ultrasound, sometimes more than one. Over our fertility journey, I would say I have had over 50 transvaginal ultrasounds.
Our costs have been substantial and impactful. We are nervous about our fertility future but are hopeful that things will work out for us.
Describe Elizabeth Pritts's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Wisconsin Fertility Institute.