How was your experience with Erika Munch at Texas Fertility Center?
Dr. Munch's strengths include being straightforward, professional, and an expert in this field. I always come in with a list of questions a mile long and have come to expect thoughtful, clear answers. I have been confident from day one that we have the best RE in the city and that she is 100% committed to doing everything she can to get us pregnant. Our results have been frustrating financially and emotionally, given negative pregnancy tests after all 6 unsuccessful IUIs (technically 8 given two cycles in which we did back to back inseminations). There is only so much an RE can control when it comes to IUIs, so my only complaint is that we did our first two cycles as "natural" IUI cycles. I do wish we had been advised to begin Clomid/Femara IUI cycles right away which could have spared us two months of heart ache and two very expensive vials of sperm.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Erika Munch at Texas Fertility Center?
I don't think you'll find an RE with more expertise (check out her CV!) in this city. She will be straightforward, honest, and professional. Know that she will likely be on the more conservative (safe, cautious) end in her approach to fertility treatments (namely, avoiding multiple pregnancies regardless of the treatment).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Erika Munch at Texas Fertility Center?
Dr. Munch was always well versed in my medical history, treatment history, and treatment plan before and during each appointment. I never had to remind her of the details of each IUI round. There were also a handful of times where it felt she acknowledged and took into account the extra financial hardship inherent in being a lesbian couple (for example, she outright acknowledged how expensive sperm is and for that reason, wanted to be as efficient as she could safely be in getting me pregnant.)
Describe the protocols Erika Munch used in your cycles at Texas Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Came to the clinic never having tried to get pregnant (same-sex female couple here). Diagnostic work up clear and no infertility or other diagnosis. We did 6 total IUI cycles. 2 "natural" (no meds), 2 with oral meds (Clomid, then Femara), and 2 with injectable meds (Menopur, then Follistim). No positive pregnancy tests. Given we cannot make a baby for free at home (we don't have the luxury of taking a break from treatments and hoping perhaps we'll just get lucky one month), financially, we felt it was in our best interest to stop IUIs and move onto IVF where the chances are so much higher. We hoped to begin ovulation suppression and stimulation in mid March of 2020, but alas...
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nursing staff was sweet and available for questions in clinic and via phone. There were times in which I did not receive a call back in a 24-business hour period which prompted me to make multiple calls. There were also a few times in which I felt nursing was not totally familiar with my case. I will say that they remain calm, kind, and professional even when the patient on the other end is stressed.
Describe your experience with Texas Fertility Center.
Strengths include it's two REs, Drs. Munch and Hudson. Total experts in the field. I appreciate that they are willing to change course quickly when things aren't working out and are honest about options and odds. I always felt well informed. Areas for growth are exclusively administrative in nature. Ex: I did not always get a prompt return call from nurses and some of their IVF informational paperwork was confusing, unclear, or out of date (ex: lab name had changed and not been updated). Overall though I highly recommend this clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Erika Munch at Texas Fertility Center.
Each clinic appointment was approximately $250. I would estimate we spent about $4500 in clinic appointments.
Describe Erika Munch's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Texas Fertility Center.
My understanding is that Dr Munch will insist on eSET in most circumstances.