How was your experience with Francis Polansky at Bay IVF?
The best part about Dr. Polansky is that he's done this a million times. He is extremely careful and conscientious. I would recommend him because his output and success ratio (live birth!) is amazing. That being said, if you need hand-holding, compassion, or tailored guidance, this is not the doctor for you. When things didn't seem to progress well in my cycle and I asked if we should cancel that round, he had a very generic (and frankly cold) response about success rates and helped me evaluate my situation from a numbers basis. That was a fine approach for me; I like the data. But I can see how it would be challenging for others, and the lack of tailored advice was troubling. It also seemed that he wasn't as well prepared for variables in treatment. My body didn't respond as he expected, but my medications changed very little as a result. I've since learned that his medical approach was quite conservative, particularly given my age at the time (mid/late 20s).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Francis Polansky at Bay IVF?
Don't expect hugs, but do expect top-notch risk analysis and expectation-setting. You may never have answers about your particular fertility concerns, but you will also never leave with questions about Dr. Polansky's next steps.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Francis Polansky at Bay IVF?
It seemed to be a challenge for Dr. Polansky to provide me with personalized guidance and advice during my egg maturation and retrieval. He relied on numbers to diagnose me with PCOS (which it turned out I did not have, at all), and when the cycle was progressing poorly with limited ovarian response, he couldn't provide any hypothesis as to why. We received very generic, canned responses about 3 potential reasons why this could be the case but nothing substantive. That was tough for me, as I am a highly involved patient who wanted to have more details about my cycle. It felt both from his treatment and most of his staff that I was just another patient in line.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There's a bit of nurse roulette here. Some are warm and kind and more willing to offer personalized advice; others respond to any question at all with, "It depends." The front desk staff is lovely and incredibly on-the-ball.
Describe your experience with Bay IVF.
The clinic overall has excellent organization and clear communications. It's clear that the lab is one of the best available. Approach was overall conservative but extremely data-driven. Feedback was blunt and not necessarily personalized, but their methods are definitely effective!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Francis Polansky at Bay IVF.
Total cost was about $24,000. If I remember correctly, I believe we chose a plan that allowed for up to three transfers for one locked-in clinic price (perhaps $17K?). The rest was meds and bloodwork cost. The only frustrating cost item was that initial bloodwork and ultrasound work after a confirmed pregnancy from a fresh transfer was included in that original number, but because we ended up doing a frozen transfer, none of the post-pregnancy ultrasounds or bloodwork were included, even though they were the exact same procedures.
Describe Francis Polansky's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Bay IVF.
Excellent communication regarding percentage chance of implantation based on multiple embryo transfer.