How was your experience with Allen Morgan at Allen Morgan Fertility?
Dr. Morgan oversaw all of my care, but I had a woman do 2 of the 3 IUI's and another man do my egg retrieval and transfer. I believe they both left shortly after. He came highly recommended by a few people in my area as for helping them successfully have a child or children after years of not being able to conceive. So I am of course very grateful for his knowledge and expertise in helping me have a child and achieve the end result. However, I am not sure if I would return to him to go through the IVF process again. Part of me would want to find a dr that I am personally more comfortable asking questions and talking with. He had a way of saying he was the expert and not what I read or who else I knew that had gone through infertility. I understand he is the one with the medical degree in this specific area, but I often felt like he diminished my questions or concerns. For example I could say what a friend had used and asked do you think that could help in my case and he would brush it off. I know every women or couple is different, but he could be a little gentler with his approach or understanding as to how someone in my case with unexplained fertility could be wracking her brain to know what is it? Anytime someone has asked me how I liked who I used, I've said he doesn't have the best bedside manner but got the job done. My husband didn't think he was as bad as I did to talk to. But he also did not interact with him as much as I did. I've met another woman who had success with him after 1 IUI and felt the same exact way, that he'd be nice to her husband and talk down to her. If it weren't for the compassionate nurses, kind ultrasound technician and easy to work with billing staff I would not have continued there. I went for a consult with one other dr. after the 3 IUI's were not successful, but I didn't love the next dr and it was further distance so my husband and I felt like we should just stay with him. I am so grateful I had success with my first egg retrieval and transfer and have a healthy child but talking with Dr Morgan is no where near as comfortable as talking to my regular male obgyn.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Allen Morgan at Allen Morgan Fertility?
When I had the 3 IUI's and IVF, the practice was not as big as it seems to be now. I see they have several locations now where back then I felt like my office, Lakewood was his main office. So I felt like he, especially the other staff knew me.
Describe the protocols Allen Morgan used in your cycles at Allen Morgan Fertility and their degree of success.
Clomid with Ovidrel 1st IUI
Gonal F and Ovidrel for 2nd and 3rd IUI's
This was my choice to do a 3rd IUI, Dr. Morgan seemed to have recommended to move onto IVF, but I was wanting to try one more before moving to bigger process with IVF.
For IVF Gonal F, estrace, Medrol, Lupron, Menopur, Metformin, Novarel instead of Ovidrel, Crinone 8% are listed under my file but I don’t remember the details.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Allen Morgan Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Robin and Kelly)
Robin was my nurse for the IUIs and then on her way out when I was doing IVF and training Kelly. They were both very thorough. They always answered my questions and called me back, called in necessary prescriptions, did in person training for injectables, made sure the patient portal was always updated and listened to my concerns.
Describe your experience with Allen Morgan Fertility.
wait times varied, bloodwork and ultrasounds were usually very quick and in and out in the waiting room. Other times, I thought it would be quick but was a little bit of wait. Still shorter than my gyno and other dr offices. Waiting room is comfortable and decorated nicely.
Billing specialist was always available to talk to you at appointments and could come in meet with you in a room there or call you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Allen Morgan at Allen Morgan Fertility.
I had a medical insurance plan that at the time covered all aspects of infertility treatment and medications. We were very fortunate to pay very minimal co pays and coinsurance %. I don't remember exactly but my estimate for meds was around $6000 before insurance.
Describe Allen Morgan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Allen Morgan Fertility.
We did not do any genetic testing on the embryos and I don't remember it being made to sound so common or like part of the process like I have heard from friends going other places. Or maybe we just didn't consider it much because it would have been around $5000 out of pocket and we were fortunate to have so much covered at the time. We probably paid not even $2000 total through the whole process, counting meds and everything.
What specific things went wrong at Allen Morgan Fertility?
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Allen Morgan Fertility.
We heard from the embryologist the day after the egg retrieval and she said we had 7 out of 7 eggs retrieved fertilize. She was very polite and professional. While I have heard many women have many more eggs (in the double digits usually) than I had retrieved, I felt good that I seemed to have very good quality. We had decided in advance (as we were explained to) we were going to put 2 eggs in as I was just over 30 at the time and pay to freeze any we had left over. We were scheduled to come back in for a day 3 transfer and took off from work, but very early that morning we were told to not come in and that we would wait 2 more days to see which embryos looked better. At that time I think there were 5 or 6. We heard nothing the next day and then the following morning we went in anxiously waiting to hear how many we had and no one told us until they were about to put the 2 in. They said that was all there was. There were none left to freeze. So this was something we would have liked to have known but no one told us. I forget if I asked at the front desk after waiting a little while and that woman said she didn't know and would have to find out, or if I didn't speak up. All I remember is how anxious we were to find out and it seemed strange that no one let us know until I asked while having my legs spread open waiting for the embryo transfer to go down (or should I say up) day 5. And it was disappointing to have gone from 5 to 2 embryos and no one tell us.