How was your experience with Brooke Rossi at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Rossi has been utterly fantastic. She never gave me false hope but always made me feel optimistic at the same time. When she wasn't sure, she would tell my why she wasn't sure about something and would walk me through her decision making process. When she was sure, she would explain the medical research behind it. She injected humor when needed, acknowledged my feelings and fears even before I did, called me personally a number of times for consolation and advice, and would share recent research she had done on my behalf. Even if I hadn't gotten pregnant from my first cycle, I would still be leaving the same review. The day I was supposed to stop ovarian stimulation meds and do my trigger shot, I freaked out over how low my estrogen was and called the after hours line. She took the call, listened to my concerns, let me cry, and then actually tweaked my protocol and had me do one more round of shots-which I really think did make a difference for my number of eggs ready! Go see her!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Rossi at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
Be honest and open about what you want and need-she will listen to you. Trust her judgment but also trust yourself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Rossi at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
She called me personally when I had a chemical pregnancy, to answer my many questions, to calm my fears the day before my egg retrieval. She really listened to me when I had questions about my cycle, my meds, when I wanted to try something new. She would give her medical opinion but in a way that was respectful and knowledgeable without being dismissive. I felt like she genuinely cared about my results.
Describe the protocols Brooke Rossi used in your cycles at Ohio Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
When I came to her, I had done two rounds of Clomid with my OBGYN. I was ovulating on my own but had borderline progesterone levels and a shorter luteal phase. Dr. Rossi recommended we do one more round and an HSG. She also did not like my prolactin levels, sent me for an MRI (that my regular endocrinologist had told me was unnecessary), found a prolactinoma, and started cabergoline to treat it. I had a chemical pregnancy that cycle. Because of that, we decided to do a few more medicated rounds and see if the lower prolactin levels would help me get pregnant. I asked to do letrozole out of concern the Clomid was thinning my lining. Dr. Rossi did not have that concern but was happy to oblige. Three rounds did not work. We did a round of letrozole with IUI-no pregnancy. I asked to do a round of injectibles and IUI-Dr. Rossi agreed-no pregnancy. Did a round of letrozole again (I was out of town and couldn't come in for monitoring for the injectibles) and IUI-no pregnancy. Moved straight to IVF. Did three weeks of birth control to calm my ovaries (I was ovulating really early) and then did a microdose lupron protocol with high doses of gonal-f. We upped the gonal f a little after a couple ultrasounds to see follicle growth, and then did egg retrieval. Due to only having 5 mature follicles via ultrasound, Dr. Rossi wanted to plan for a day three transfer. When we got four embryos on Day 1 from my 5 retrieved eggs, she decided that things were looking better than she expected and we should go for a day 5 transfer instead. We did a fresh transfer due to her research that they're more successful in poor responders like myself. One embryo was a grade 1 blast, so we transferred that (one more made it day 6 to freeze), and I got pregnant! I'm only 5 weeks, 5 days, so too soon to tell anything more!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had good experiences with the nursing staff. My calls were always returned same day (if I called in the morning) or next day (if I called later on). They would upload critical test results same day into my online portal.
Describe your experience with Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
I was able to get in quickly for an eval-I think it was less than a two week wait (but my doctor was also new to the clinic so she was taking new patients). The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and communicative (in my experience). However, I did have a friend who went to the same clinic who sometimes did not get called back same day, even when she had uncertain test results she needed a nurse to review with her. The doctors do rotate for IUI and IVF transfers, so my doctor did not do my IUIs or my transfer. She did do my egg retrieval and most of my monitoring.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic opened at 7am for bloodwork but told people to come starting at 7:30. Bloodwork is first come, first serve and they have 1-2 people doing bloodwork from 7-12:30 Ultrasound monitoring is then done once you have your bloodwork done, though if bloodwork is backed up, they will take people for ultrasound first. I would get there between 7-7:30, and I would never wait longer than 15-20 minutes. It was run very efficiently.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brooke Rossi at Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
I had insurance coverage, so I met my out of pocket expenses and then didn't pay for the rest. So I don't have accurate numbers.
Describe Brooke Rossi's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
strong preference for transferring only one embryo, especially at my age (32). She said she would not consider transferring more than one, no matter the results of the retrieval.
What specific things went wrong at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
- Failed to call with results