How was your experience with Alex Polotsky at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO)?
Dr. Polotsky was very friendly, compassionate and understanding of our fertility problem and anxiety. It took two HSGs and one saline infusion test to diagnose my tubal blockages over an 18-month period, but once we arrived at a diagnosis Dr. Polotsky was very clear on the way forward for us, which was IVF. He took his time to explain everything, and always answered our questions. He would make small jokes on the side to make an otherwise anxious situation light. But for one or two occasions, I always saw him for my appointments which made me feel like he was knowledgeable about every detail about our case. Husband and I really penny-pinched to get the IVF done, and we were honest with Dr. Polotsky about our finances. We felt his compassion and willingness to help us manage the cost, and even once instructed a nurse to give us Lupron for FREE when I was a hyper-stimulated. I later found out the drug was a whopping $600, and buying it ourselves would have thrown us off budget a bit. Dr. Polotsky mostly called us himself with test results, and even when it was bad news, I felt he tried to sound positive and give hope. My only downside was, during my retrieval, I had a different doctor I had never met. This made me a bit anxious. Everything went well with the retrieval though. I highly recommend Dr. Polotsky.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alex Polotsky at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO)?
Be candid about your anxieties and what you want to achieve with your treatment. Ultimately, everyone wants a baby but a lot happens between the first appointment and the heartbeat confirmation. It's a good idea to lay out your expectations of the process from the beginning so you know which expectations can be met and those that will not likely be met. For example, how soon you wish to start treatment, how many kids you would like eventually, etc.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alex Polotsky at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO)?
Dr. Polotsky was very friendly, compassionate and understanding of our fertility problem and anxieties. He was interested in knowing how we felt about his recommendations, and always encouraged questions (we had many). He would answer every question we had sincerely, although a few times not in the great detail I was expecting but with enough information for us to make a decison. Overall, I felt like he saw me as a unique patient, and everything he did and said looked and felt like he genuinely wanted to help, which I greatly appreciated.
Describe the protocols Alex Polotsky used in your cycles at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO) and their degree of success.
Mine was a FET for Blastocysts-21 Lupron overlap/patch protocol. I used follistim, cetrotide, menopur, progesterone in oil, estrogen patches and Lupron. Generics were not recommended though.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO). (Assigned nurse: Erica Lewis )
The nursing team seemed like they were interested in doing their job well (which is a good thing), but their service was a bit impersonal sometimes. I had read reviews of other clinics where people with successful IVF results hugged nurses, ordered cakes for them, etc. to show appreciation. I was looking forward to doing same, but I felt like the relationship with the nurses at ARM was not there. Maybe that was a high hope. The Hispanic and African-American ladies who draw blood at ARM were particularly respectful and warm. The Hispanic lady always told stories which made me smile.
The front desk ladies were generally helpful. One particular lady (Sabrah) was really nice to talk to, and always tried to help answer questions.
Describe your experience with Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO).
The clinic is nice, great parking and easy to get in and out of. The clinic is in a nice area and in a clean and easily accessible building complex. A new patient will find the building very easy to navigate.
Sometimes the front desk is empty when staffers are on a break so you cannot reach anyone by phone during those periods. It might be a good idea to save the break times on your phone. Many times, I called at break times to no avail.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alex Polotsky at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO).
We spent $26,000 including meds.
Describe Alex Polotsky's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Reproductive Medicine (U of CO).