How was your experience with Carolyn Alexander at Southern California Reproductive Center?
As I previously stated, the one on one attention from Dr. Alexander is wonderful. She is extremely busy but never made me feel as though I wasn't important. She made time to call me from her family vacation after a negative pregnancy test just to see how I was. Her positive attitude is contagious and so necessary when going through IUI and IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Carolyn Alexander at Southern California Reproductive Center?
As with any doctor, come prepared with ALL the questions. She will take her time to answer everything and put your mind at ease.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Carolyn Alexander at Southern California Reproductive Center?
Dr. Alexander sat down with me prior to beginning treatment and wanted to learn about us, not just about our fertility issues but who we were as people. She is accessible at all hours, even called me late on a Friday night (and multiple times over the weekend) from her personal cell to give me embryo updates. When I started to spiral (as one does during infertility) she talked me of the proverbial ledge and helped guide me in the right direction.
Describe the protocols Carolyn Alexander used in your cycles at Southern California Reproductive Center and their degree of success.
IUI 3 (1st Alexander Cycle): Letrozole, 1 IUI donor vial
IUI 4 (2nd Alexander Cycle): Letrozole, Gonal F, and a steroid that I cannot remember, 2 IUI donor vials
IUI 5 (3rd Alexander Cycle): Letrozole and Gonal F, 2 IUI vials
IUI 6 (4th Alexander Cycle): Gonal F, 2 IUI Vials
IVF 1: Menopur, Gonal F, Omnitrop, Cabergoline, Dexamethasone, Ganirelix, Novarel, Doxycycline, Lupron
Describe your experience with your nurse at Southern California Reproductive Center. (Assigned nurse: Natasha)
90% of the time Dr Alexander's staff is on it, responding to calls and emails quickly and always in a friendly manner. Nathalie was my main point of contact and she was wonderful. She was thorough and friendly, always responded to me quickly even when my requests were annoying. Natasha was my main nurse the week before my egg retrieval and her insight was so valuable. She sat with me at each visit and laid out everything to expect and how to prepare for the side effects after the retrieval was over.
Describe your experience with Southern California Reproductive Center.
The clinic is gorgeous but it is always busy which I am sure can make many people feel overwhelmed. It never bothered me, the clinic has many doctors so of course the lobby would be full, but I am sure many people would find it daunting.
The front desk staff is wonderful, they learn your name quickly and remember you at future visits.
Both Phlebotomists are friendly and patient which each person, especially when you have to get multiple vials drawn.
The guys in the lab/IUI are the best, always happy to help and wishing you luck.
All of the ultra sound technicians take their time to make sure they put you at ease and they all do a thorough job without taking forever.
Each visit is usually really easy, in and out. They understand that most of the women and men have careers that they can't be away from for long so they make sure to not keep you waiting, and they'll customize all communication as to what works best for you (in person, email, phone, etc).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Carolyn Alexander at Southern California Reproductive Center.
The IVF can cost upwards of $30,000 if you get all of the bells and whistles (concierge, embryoscope, etc). For just the egg retrieval cycle it was over $16,000 not including medications, the FET cycle is about $4000, not including medications.
Describe Carolyn Alexander's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Southern California Reproductive Center.
We have not gotten to the FET cycle yet, but per our earlier conversations I believe we will do an ERA cycle followed by a multi embryo transfer.