How was your experience with Farah Chuong at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami?
I usually leave with negatives. But I don’t have many. Dr. Chuong is truly in the thick of it with you. I’m very direct and she’s always given me the straight details and as much information as I ask for. I’m a high information person so the level of detail she has to go into with me is likely well beyond what other patients ask for. We are well let’s try it all type of couple and our treatment has reflected that. Dr Chuong’s ability to change tracks when something isn’t working is greatly appreciated
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Farah Chuong at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami?
Be upfront and honest with her. I think many patients don’t want to be perceived as high maintenance. But she’s always there for you
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Farah Chuong at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami?
Dr Chuong was my second RE. We were treated like a number by our previous dr. He knew nothing about us by sight he only knew what was on a file in front of him. We never got to speak to him only to nurses.
We went in for a consult with Dr. Chuong and she was the total opposite. She knows us as people and now knows us as a family. She is very personable and personal. She communicates directly, efficiently and with compassion. We had success our first fresh cycle but subsequent transfers have all yielded frustrating results. Having Dr Chuong clearly share my frustration has made all the difference.
Describe the protocols Farah Chuong used in your cycles at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami and their degree of success.
My first cycle was an antagonist protocol. I was on stims for 8 days 33 eggs retrieved 21 made it to day 3. I did a fresh transfer and froze six. My daughter resulted from the fresh transfer. We have done every drug protocol for FET. Two transfers implanted but resulted in chemical pregnancy. The natural no drug, progesterone only cycle did not implant. It’s important to note these embryos did not undergo PGS. But fair to presume 60% of them were genetically fine. We participated in a study and underwent a dramatically different fresh cycle. It was not the right protocol for me, but worth a try given participating in the study allowed for a no cost cycle. It was more of a “mini” IVF with only 13 eggs retrieved, resulting in one day five blastocyst and one day six blast. We froze the day six and transferred the day five. The embryo did not implant.
We plan to undergo another fresh cycle with Dr. Chuong in the fall.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami. (Assigned nurse: Denise Williams )
We love Denise. I do not live near the clinic at all. I travel a great distance for appointments and Denise has always worked with me regarding the challenges of this.
Describe your experience with Fertility & IVF Center of Miami.
My only complaint about the clinic is the accounting department. They are not terribly responsive and often times you will get bills that don’t reflect your account accurately. The practice has a policy to not discuss your account in the office (I was told) and they ask you to call to resolve issues. Often times you do not receive a call back resulting in many months of back and forth.
The doctors and nurses, will keep you coming back. I considered moving to a clinic closer to my home once my daughter was born but in the end, no other clinic had the feeling that Dr. Chuong and her team have where they’re care about YOU and really want you to achieve the family you want.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami.
I was always given specific times but given I was making a four hour drive they would see me when I arrived. Usually no more than a ten minute wait whether I was an hour early, an hour late or right on time
Describe the costs associated with your care under Farah Chuong at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami.
We spent just about 11k on our fresh cycle in 2016. We were fortunate that while we did not have insurance we did have a discount program and our drugs cost less than 250. Two years later when we wanted to do the frozen cycles those cost just over 4000. Our insurance has changed and the discount program for the drugs had ended so we spent close to 1500 each cycle in drugs.
Describe Farah Chuong's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility & IVF Center of Miami.
I did not feel pressured to eSET. The practice has a policy that we are comfortable with.