How was your experience with David Cohen at Institute for Human Reproduction?
My experience with Dr. Cohen was and continues to be top notch. I was a tricky case when trying to get pregnant with my daughter and had three failed transfers before finally getting pregnant. Each time, he would call me, give me encouragement, and help me get back into the game. After two failed attempts, he counseled my husband and I to try a new test that might tell us why the transfers had failed. The test worked and on the fourth try we had success. We’re trying again for another baby and there isn’t anyone else I would trust to help us conceive than Dr. Cohen. He is truly the best at what he does!!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Cohen at Institute for Human Reproduction?
While I have nothing but the best to say about Dr. Cohen and my time at IHR, it’s always best to be your own advocate and know what’s going on with your care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Cohen at Institute for Human Reproduction?
Everyone from the front desk, to lab and ultrasound, to nursing staff, all take the time to make you feel as if you’re the only person in the practice. They know me by name when I call and always have something good to say. Dr. Cohen does an excellent job of explaining the process in layman’s terms to you. Throughout my time at IHR, I have never felt like it was too big or that I was just a number. It truly seems as if they’re your friends. When my nurse found out I was pregnant with my daughter, she was so excited to call and give me the news. I have always felt special here and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.
Describe the protocols David Cohen used in your cycles at Institute for Human Reproduction and their degree of success.
I’m not sure of the particular protocol I did for my retrievals, nor the dosages, but I do recall being on Menopur, Follostim, and Ganirelix. I triggered with Lupron for all of the cycles. For my frozen transfers, it was estrogen pills and Crinone for the first two transfers, then patches and Crinone for the second two. My body did stop responding to the pills so we had to switch to the patches. For my positive cycle I was also supplemented with progesterone in oil due to spotting.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had a wonderful experience with my previous coordinator, Joseline, who left the practice shortly after I got pregnant. This time around I have had some trouble with communication, but it is improving. Still, everyone I have dealt with is as nice and friendly as can be. For the most part, I think they prefer to communicate via email.
Describe your experience with Institute for Human Reproduction.
I really only have good things to say about the clinic and Dr. Cohen. The only thing I will say is that you should keep on top of your cycles here. Know what is going on and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Sometimes the communication isn’t very good but I do think they’re really working on this. If you’re looking for a compassionate, caring practice, this is the place for you!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Institute for Human Reproduction.
For the most past the monitoring hours don’t bother me. I am a stay at home mom now and don’t have anywhere to be. There are times I will show up and be called right back, and other times I will have to wait more than an hour to be called. It just depends on how busy the clinic is.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Cohen at Institute for Human Reproduction.
Most of our costs have been covered by our insurance. The genetic testing was not, nor the embryo storage fees. They did, however, offer us the option to do back to back cycles and test all the embryos up to a certain amount. It was much cheaper than doing two separate cycles with testing.
Describe David Cohen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Human Reproduction.
Dr. Cohen felt very strongly that having one baby was better than transferring two and ending up with multiples. Since we chose to screen the embryos he recommended only transferring one. We did decide to transfer two on the fourth attempt, but there was a miscommunication with the lab and only one was thawed. It turned out wonderful though because I got my beautiful little girl from that cycle.
What specific things went wrong at Institute for Human Reproduction?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Institute for Human Reproduction.
On the day of my fourth transfer, we were supposed to transfer two embryos and there was only one thawed. There had been a miscommunication between the office and the lab. As it happened though, it all worked out because that was my positive cycle.
This cycle I have had trouble with scripts not being ready when the nurse said they had been called in and the office was already closed. Thankfully, the nurse had emailed me with the dosage, and my husband (who is a doctor) wrote the script for me. Twice I was told a medication would be called in for me and when I went to pick it up, it was a different medication than what I was instructed to take. Both times, I couldn’t reach anyone at the office or have them return my calls. I ended up just taking the medications. The lab caught an error in my orders when I went in for day 3 testing and needed to draw all new labs. This time around has not been as smooth as my experience with the staff from 2016.