How was your experience with Carolyn Kubik at Reproductive Health Specialists?
Very intelligent and knowledgeable about the ivf process she uses but not willing to try anything outside of her general treatment plan. Dismissive of any research you might do yourself... nice and calming to speak to, but it kind of feels forced.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Carolyn Kubik at Reproductive Health Specialists?
Ask a lot of questions and more important be your own advocate. Do your own research so that you know what to ask bc if you don’t ask questions you won’t get answers. Also so you can get as much information as possible.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Carolyn Kubik at Reproductive Health Specialists?
Felt like treatment was not individualized, and that things were not always discussed in a way that made me feel like my specific situation was important. I received “generalized” email responses that contained incorrect/opposing information from what I was verbally told in the office, and when I questioned it, I was made to feel like I was annoying or a bother to them.
Describe the protocols Carolyn Kubik used in your cycles at Reproductive Health Specialists and their degree of success.
I have pcos and complex atypical Endometrial hyperplasia. We Started with ovulation induction. Had a polypectomy and then at the suggestion on my oncologist, an inserted to keep the hyperplasia reversed for ivf. Stims meds were menopur, Ganirelix, and lupron trigger shot. Doses were super low, trying to avoid ovarian hyper stimulation bc of pcos and high levels of unopposed estrogen.We did a freeze all cycle as the iud was in place for the stim cycle. Retrieved 32 eggs, and had 10 embryos, 6 made it to freeze. We waited about 4 weeks, biopsied the endometrium. When the biopsy showed negative results, we removed the iud and started b.c. To prepare for the frozen embryo transfer. Used Lupron injections and the progesterone suppositories. Transferred 2 embryos each time over 3 Transfers. All failed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Reproductive Health Specialists. (Assigned nurse: Annette)
Again, I felt that my concerns were dismissed. We didn’t know anything about ivf when we started, and I was scared. I felt like I was bothering them, and felt like I was meant with attitude.
Describe your experience with Reproductive Health Specialists.
The lab techs (blood draws, ultrasound) are the nicest people I encountered at the clinic. You see them the most, sometimes everyday...and they were so friendly and compassionate and easy to talk to. They were caring and reassuring and professional at the same time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Carolyn Kubik at Reproductive Health Specialists.
Approx 20k, before meds
Describe Carolyn Kubik's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Health Specialists.
She explained the risks and benefits of both.
What specific things went wrong at Reproductive Health Specialists?
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Reproductive Health Specialists.
Was on a freeze all schedule, and received an email that I needed to be back at the clinic for my transfer in a few days. I called and was told that was a “general” response. Billing was messed up multiple times, which I had to basically argue to fix... luckily I kept all of my receipts. Our 2nd transfer failed and instead of a phone call, I received an email about it, not even a phone call. The email said that the dr would call in a couple days. We had to stop mid cycle due to my limit mot being tri-laminar, but I didn’t understand what that was. Received that info via the portal too... but I wanted to talk to someone about it bc I didn’t understand. No phone call, it was only discussed through email which was very frustrating and scary considering the history or endometrial issues. Also was asked multiple times about my gestational carrier, which we weren’t using, but made me feel like maybe they knew something i didn’t... or didn’t know my case at all.