How was your experience with Amber Cooper at Vios Fertility Institute?
I chose to have a consult with Dr. Cooper based off reviews I had read on Fertility IQ after having a bad experience with my local RE. I never thought I could leave a fertility consult feeling so hopeful, and excited to continue my treatment with her. She explained everything thoroughly-our issues, possible treatment plans, etc. She never makes you feel like a number or a statistic. She takes the time to listen to you, and talks through your options with you. She is kind, empathetic, intelligent, and compassionate. I wish all doctors were like Dr. Cooper.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amber Cooper at Vios Fertility Institute?
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amber Cooper at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr. Cooper and her RN Amie are fantastic. I have not once felt like a number, or just another patient in the office. They provide so much support, and I really feel that they are invested in me, and truly care about myself and my husband, and our outcome.
Describe the protocols Amber Cooper used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
IVF round #1: Menopur & Follistim in the evening for the first 5 days or so, then added in Ganirellix (in the am). Dosing for the Menopur and Follistim were adjusted based on ultrasound and lab results. Triggered with Lupron. Successful egg retrieval. Started on Estridol after next cycle start to prep for transfer, but no PGS normal embryos. Rest of cycle cancelled.
IVF round #2: Increased starting doses and medication schedule this time- Menopur in the am, and Follistim in the pm, for the first 5 days or so. Then added in Ganirellix (in the am). Again, dosing was adjusted based on ultrasound and labs. Triggered with Lupron. Successful egg retrieval. Currently waiting for blast rate & PGS results.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Vios Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Amie)
Amie is the absolute best. She is so sweet and caring. She answers my messages and returns calls in a timely manner.
Andrea is my IVF coordinator, and she's great too. She was my first contact when starting this journey, and made it so easy to understand.
Honestly, all of the staff is wonderful. No complaints here!
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
Vios is relatively new, and they're busy! But that doesn't take away from your care! It's rare to find a healthcare facility that runs on time. For morning monitoring appointments, they usually run on time. I can think of maybe 2 times they've ran late for me specifically, but I remind myself that maybe someone else's appointment isn't going so well, or maybe they just need a little longer to get the necessary information.
A big strength for me is that they do everything at their Swansea location! I already travel over an hour to the office, so it was great that no more additional travel would be necessary.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amber Cooper at Vios Fertility Institute.
After insurance (deductible NOT met), I paid roughly around $130 for the consult and a follow up appointment, $70 for labs that had to be sent out to another facility, $130 for SHG, and $1100 for MRI. When insurance open enrollment rolled around, I signed up for a second policy with a different insurance company because my primary insurance will not touch fertility treatments. When starting IVF, I met my deductible and out of pocket max with my first medication order (I think it was $6500), and since then have only had to pay for cryopreservation of embryos, which is $1200 and the genetic testing of embryos (cost to be determined due to petitioning insurance for coverage)
Describe Amber Cooper's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Vios Fertility Institute.
For my specific case, she will only transfer 1 embryo to minimize risk of multiples.