How was your experience with Angela Thyer at Seattle Reproductive Medicine?
We found her to be personable, compassionate, educated, and realistic.
Our 2nd (and most recent visit) she was again realistic about our chances (5-10%). She also said that she would recommend no more than 2 IUI cycles, as the chances of success greatly decrease after that. Although that puts a bit of personal pressure on me, I appreciated hearing that she wouldn't continue to push IUI cycles if it wasn't appropriate. The previous clinic we went to was adamant that we do a minimum of 6 months.
There were a few hiccups involving the calendar for treatment as well as the medications involved, but with the help of our nurse Lindsey, we got it all sorted out. Lindsey has been wonderful, responsive with emails, calls, and explains processes completely.
I did notice several instructions on the paperwork we received that were not gone over in person with us...such as the recommendation to have sex every day or every other day, and instructions about when to use OPK's. So some of those details were not discussed, but in our situation we literally had 24hrs to get everything squared away, where I most patients have a bit more time to prepare.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Angela Thyer at Seattle Reproductive Medicine?
Do not be afraid to ask lots of questions!
Bringing in all of our paperwork from the previous clinic and previous bloodwork, semen analysis, etc. seemed to be really helpful to our initial consultation, so consider bringing that.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Angela Thyer at Seattle Reproductive Medicine?
After a highly traumatic experience with a previous clinic 2 yrs prior, we were referred to Dr. Thyer. We just started FSH shots and are hoping to do at least 2 IUI procedures. She has expressed the reality of the situation (in terms of success rates at our age and w/ our situation) but has given us hope that it IS possible, where I previously we were told IVF was the only option. She was very matter of fact that IUI would be her first option for us, and was very compassionate when I burst into tears upon hearing this news (happy tears). She answered all of our questions, and spent at least an hour with us. Again, she was realistic about our chances, but thoroughly explained why IUI would help us, and seemed confident in her knowledge.
We just had our follow up earlier this week, and I just so happened to be at the beginning of my cycle. The ultrasound looked good, so here we go! I have started the shots, and our treatment plan is a bit "out of the box". I feel like she is giving us the best chance possible.
Describe the protocols Angela Thyer used in your cycles at Seattle Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We are in process of our first controlled and medicated stimulation, with an IUI next week of all goes well.
She suggested medicated IUI due to my age and to increase chances of conception by releasing multiple eggs per cycle. My husband had a vasectomy reversal and has a normal sperm count, but low motility and thick viscosity. She explained that the sperm is not able to reach the egg naturally due to these factors. IUI will at least give us the chance we haven't previously had.
She also recommended supplements for my husband and I to take, which should assist with better egg quality and sperm motility.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Seattle Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Lindsey)
Lindsey is WONDERFUL. Answers all my questions and coordinated a quick turnaround for getting my meds shipped correctly and in a timely manner. She has also consulted with Dr. Thyer if need be.
Describe your experience with Seattle Reproductive Medicine.
I like the different clinic locations...helps to be able to pick a location based on our schedule, traffic, etc.
Ambiance is welcoming, particularly at the Bellevue office.
I do not like that they don't validate parking at the Seattle office. Have to pay $10 every time.
I have never felt pressured about money or bills.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Angela Thyer at Seattle Reproductive Medicine.
Our insurance covers diagnostics but not meds and IUI.
With our treatment plan, it will be approx. $1200 per cycle for medicated IUI (injections).
What specific things went wrong at Seattle Reproductive Medicine?
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Seattle Reproductive Medicine.
Nothing major, but just felt a bit rushed (because we started treatments the next day) so I think some things weren't thoroughly explained because of that.