How was your experience with Christian Perez at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine?
My experience with Dr Perez has been incredible. He took a holistic approach from the beginning - concentrating on the root of my issues. We have been working towards conception, but also focusing on my health and management of my PCOS and other issues. Because of this, I finally started ovulating on my own (after 11 years of trying to conceive). We got pregnant naturally between treatments, but it's because we worked on healing me. I'm so much healthier to carry this baby, and I have him to thank. He was candid about my health and that I needed to make life changes. He taught me how to work with my body. He diagnosed my issues, has treated them with medication and surgery. He cares and he works for you. But he asks you to do your part too. He also was always there for me when I was anxious or had a disappointing cycle. He never lost hope and his positive energy kept us moving forward.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christian Perez at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine?
Be open-minded and heed his advice. He cares about more than pregnancy; the physical and mental health of his patients are very important to him. Ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christian Perez at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine?
From surgery to IVF and everything in between, Dr Perez kept in constant contact with me. The time and care he has shown goes so far beyond what any physician has ever offered me. If I had a question or concern, he made it a priority. Plus he's warm, kind and capable.
Describe the protocols Christian Perez used in your cycles at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
PCOS, high AMH
IVF Freeze All - antagonist
Day 1-4: 200 Follistim + 1 vial Menopur
Day 5-6: 200 Follistim + 1 vial Menopur + Ganirelix
Day 7: 125 Follistim + 1 vial Menopur + Ganirelix
Day 8: 100 Follistim + 1 vial Menopur + Ganirelix
Day 9: no stim meds + Ganirelix
Day 10: Two Lupron triggers 12 hrs apart
Freeze all and Lupron triggers due to risk of OHSS. E2 levels extremely high.
19 retrieved, 11 fertilized with ICSI, 8 blasts at day 5/6 high enough quality to freeze
Transfer 1- 2 embryos, one took, m/c at 6 weeks
Transfer 2 - 2 embryos, negative
Now pregnant naturally
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff during procedures is great. They are caring and compassionate. I felt a little lost during my cycles though. I wasn't always given enough information. And one very important instruction from the physician was not relayed to me post op, very frustrating. I had some complications. Overall they were good.
Describe your experience with New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine.
It's a great clinic. I enjoyed working with both physicians. The reception staff, nurses etc have all been warm and helpful. The facility is beautiful, and they work hard to stay up to date with the latest technology. My only real issues were with communication and financial disclosure. I knew it would be a complicated process, and expensive, but I wasn't given accurate or timely information all the time. Overall, though, Dr Perez and staff make up for any negatives by treating me like I matter to them. I never felt like a number. I'm healthy, happy and pregnant. :)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christian Perez at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Prior to Dr Perez:
(2) Monitored Femara Cycles with IUI: 1995 each
IVF Freeze All with Dr Perez:
Approx $13K - included all ultrasounds, retrieval, anesthesia, ICSI, extended culture, vitrification of 8 embryos, 1 year storage
IVF meds were approx $3600 (discounted) paid to pharmacy
Frozen Embryo Transfer:
Approx $3500 each cycle, included ultrasounds, thawing, assisted hatching and transfer
Cryo cycle meds were approx $600 each cycle
Other procedures were billable to insurance and the prices varied.
What specific things went wrong at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at New Hope Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Clinical: medication instructions post retrieval were not complete. It was in the physician's notes to resume an important medication, but that information was not included in my post op orders. I didn't resume it until a follow up visit three days later when I saw the physician again.
Also, sometimes I had refill requests that were delayed.