How was your experience with Aline Ketefian at USC?
Dr. Ketefian is a fantastic doctor. She was honest with us through all of the procedures. After our 3 IUIs she told us that it would be in our best interest to move to IVF. She was clear with us throughout the process so we would understand what would be happening. She was always open to answering any questions we had. On our first transfer, she even agreed to call us on day 2 to let us know how the embryos were doing even though they do not normally do that. She called us personally, not just the embryologist or a nurse. Her protocol worked out and we got pregnant with that first transfer despite doing a 3 day transfer. During our second cycle, our retrieval was much more successful and we had more eggs to fertilize. She listened to us and allowed us to transfer 2 embryos again. For this fresh transfer we were blessed with another successful pregnancy. We were so lucky that despite having diminished ovarian reserve, we were able to freeze one embryo. About 3 years later, we went back to her for one last time. She again answered all of our questions and reviewed options for this frozen embryo transfer, since this was our first frozen transfer. Agains she listened to us about what we wanted and what we didn't want. In the end we got pregnant again for the 3rd time. 3 transfers, 2 successful live births and one current pregnancy. I can not say enough about Dr. Ketefian. She is a wonderful fertility doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Aline Ketefian at USC?
Feel free to ask any questions you may have about your treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Aline Ketefian at USC?
Dr. Ketefian always took the time to talk to us about us, our family, our life. She always made us feel like a person. She listened to our concerns and was always honest about our fertility issues.
Describe the protocols Aline Ketefian used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
For our IUIs because of the diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), the first cycle was medicated with clomid. The 2nd and 3rd cycle she mimicked IVF with injectable medication which did result in one chemical pregnancy. For the two IVF cycles we used birth control and then injectable medications at the highest level due to the DOR. We also needed to take Vitamin D, baby aspirin, estrogen and progesterone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: 1st time Elena, 2nd time Sarah)
Sara was good and a good communicator.
Elena made a mistake which caused us to stop mid cycle and wait for the next month.
Describe your experience with USC.
Friendly staff, clean environment. Open every day even holidays when needed. Responsive, especially to give the beta results from a pregnancy. It is far from where I live and the parking can be difficult and expensive at times.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Aline Ketefian at USC.
It was on par with out fertility locations.
Describe Aline Ketefian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
She was always open to what we wanted in addition to giving us her thoughts and opinion. She allowed us to transfer 2 embryos for both fresh cycles.
What specific things went wrong at USC?
- Canceled a cycle due to clinic error