How was your experience with Christina Lee at Family Fertility Center?
Dr. Lee has a very matter of fact and somehow calming demeanor. Dr. Lee has a sense of humor and made me feel at ease. She gave me confidence in our situation, but also didn’t get my hopes up. She was realistic and also optimistic.
Dr. Lee always explained the course of treatment in detail. She spoke in lay terms, but also spoke to me as an educated individual and taught me quite a bit.
I have full confidence in her skills as a doctor. I wish I could stay with her for the remainder of my pregnancy! I'm hoping we don't need help for our 2nd pregnancy, but if we do, I'll definitely go back to Dr. Lee.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christina Lee at Family Fertility Center?
She will lay down the facts and can sometimes come off as being blunt, but I found it somewhat refreshing to “hear it like it is.” It was surreal to be sitting there in the first place—I never thought I’d need fertility help!!—but she helped to tell me the facts. She immediately had a plan and it felt good to have someone else taking “control of the wheel”—so to speak.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christina Lee at Family Fertility Center?
Dr. Lee, nurse Erica, and the staff at Family Fertility Center are all very friendly, caring and knowledgeable.
Dr. Lee always went above and beyond to answer any and all questions my husband and I had. If I ever called with questions, Dr. Lee or Erica called me back that day to answer my questions.
They all seemed genuinely excited when I found out I was pregnant! :)
I’m pretty sure Dr. Lee works 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. She was there with me on days it was snowing, days near the holidays, until 6:00 PM some days...she seems to be always available to her patients and their unpredictable cycles.
Describe the protocols Christina Lee used in your cycles at Family Fertility Center and their degree of success.
-First we had a consultation and went over both of our medical histories. At that point, my husband had already had a semen analysis and I had been diagnosed with PCOS. I had already done 2 rounds of clomid without success. My progesterone numbers were not showing I was ovulating even with the clomid. That was all done through my OBGYN.
-Dr. Lee did an ultrasound after our consultation and confirmed PCOS. She reviewed the semen analysis results.
-I had bloodwork done offsite with a glucose test (people with PCOS are predisposed to diabetes).
-I had an HSG (I think that was the acronym...) done with Dr. Lee to check my Fallopian tubes. That was more painful than I thought it would be...results came back normal.
-I got my period normally (unlike me for having PCOS...) and called them (day 1 of my cycle). They scheduled me for an ultrasound in a few days.
-She monitored my cycle and confirmed I shed my lining during my period. I took Letrozole pills on days 5-9 of my cycle. Letrozole is usually meant for women to prevent breast cancer, but it is known in the fertility field to stimulate ovulation better than clomid.
-I was told to have intercourse every other day after Letrozole. After that, I had an ultrasound and it confirmed the Letrozole worked—I had 3 follicles ready to be released, but they hadn’t released yet.
-They unfortunately didn’t release on their own (due to a lack of Lutenizing hormone), so I needed a trigger shot to make me ovulate. That was the first thing not covered by my insurance—roughly $187 out of pocket.
-We were told to have intercourse 36 hrs after the trigger shot. We also did it extra times at about 48 hrs after, 60 hrs, 72 hrs...just to be sure!
-2 weeks later, I took a pregnancy test and it was positive!!!
-I went in the next day for bloodwork. Then I went every few days for a week or so for bloodwork to ensure my numbers were going up. I went for an ultrasound at 7 weeks, 9 weeks...and then she released me to my OBGYN!!!! I’m 12 weeks tomorrow :) (with one baby!! With the number of follicles, it could have been multiples)
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Erica was superb. She was kind and compassionate. She took the time to answer any and all questions. She responded to my voicemail questions in the same day. She was always very reassuring and optimistic in such an emotional time!
Describe your experience with Family Fertility Center.
The staff at the front desk was very nice, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. It is a smaller clinic and is discreet, which was important to me. It was easy to find. The facility was clean and parking was easy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christina Lee at Family Fertility Center.
Once my deductible was met, I paid a specialist visit for appointments ($35-40)and ultrasounds and a smaller fee when it was bloodwork only (~$22). Letrozole was covered by my insurance (less than $10), but the trigger shot was not (about $187).