How was your experience with Bruce Lessey at Premier Fertility Centers?
Dr. Lessey did my first IUI and was the authorizing doctor over the second one, though he wasn’t in the room when it was done. As we walked in, he pulled us to the side and sat down and talked with us. My husband’s sperm counts were very low, and he asked us several questions, gave us the numbers of what to expect, and went into great detail about the procedure. He was to the point and blunt, but also offered insight about what to expect. I think that preparing us for the outcome was actually really a good thing. He didn’t give us false hope, and he wanted us to be informed. He talked with us after the IUI about where we were from and things about our hometown. He is somewhat on the cocky side (for lack of a better term). However, it doesn’t take away from his care. I trust that he knows what he is doing. I feel confident to move forward with IVF in his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Bruce Lessey at Premier Fertility Centers?
Listen to the information he gives you, and also don’t be afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Bruce Lessey at Premier Fertility Centers?
I feel like he really does care about his patients and about trying to get them pregnant. He’s kind of on the cocky side, but I take it as his personality. I don’t feel like he feels like he’s better than you. He likes to see good results. He is a little hard to take sometimes, but I didn’t get from him that he looked down on us in any way.
Describe the protocols Bruce Lessey used in your cycles at Premier Fertility Centers and their degree of success.
For both of my IUIs, I was prescribed Letrozole 5mg (2.5mg twice a day) taken days 2-6 of my cycle and a trigger shot, Ovidrel taken around the 14th day. I had to go in for bloodwork and ultrasounds between days 8-10 to see if I had any follicles maturing. They like them to be around 18mm before you take your trigger shot. They also checked my bloodwork at virtually every appointment. They are very thorough. They contact you through the portal and by phone calls to inform you of when to take your shot and specific directions about what to do after the IUI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are very informative, and they answer all of your questions very quickly. I message them frequently through the portal and they are quick to get back with me. They showed compassion when I let them know that the IUIs had failed. They want to you to get pregnant. A lot of them have the same issues as the patients, dealing with PCOS and infertility, so they relate to you and are very compassionate.
Describe your experience with Premier Fertility Centers.
The clinic is very clean and basically brand new. I’ve not had to wait very long at any appointment before being seen. The rooms are big, they offer a lot of hospitality (pads, tampons, cleaning wipes in each room.) They cater to your privacy. The front staff is always very nice. They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the lobby. You feel welcome. I’ve not really ran into any problems with them. The Covid-19 crisis has delayed my treatments, but they informed me, made telephone appointments so that our treatments aren’t slowed down any further. Offering an online classes for treatments. I really appreciate their adaptive measures.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Bruce Lessey at Premier Fertility Centers.
So far, we have had to pay $267 per IUI because my husband’s insurance covers his half of it. However, with the upcoming IVF, we were counseled over finances that are coming up. But we have not been given a definitive yet. I’ve paid around $700 so far for two IUIs after insurance.
Describe Bruce Lessey's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Premier Fertility Centers.
I asked in my consult for IVF, and they only do eSET at this clinic. I would like to do multiple, but Dr. Lessey explained that if you transfer two at a time and lost that pregnancy, you’ve lost two embryos, not just one. I understand the reasoning behind it. I wouldn’t be against doing two at a time.