How was your experience with Frank Wittmaack at Aurora Fertility Services?
Dr. Wittmaack truly has your best interest at heart! He will give it to you straight, but he is also warm and friendly. If you are someone who has a lot of “why” questions or wants a lot of detail about treatment and cycle progression, ASK QUESTIONS. Dr. W may assume you don’t want all those details otherwise. I was much happier once I started asking for the info I wanted to know at the start of each appointment (especially at monitoring). Overall, Dr. W was very knowledgeable about my diagnosis and prescribed the right protocol for me. Putting my full trust in him during our IVF cycle was the best decision I’ve ever made!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Frank Wittmaack at Aurora Fertility Services?
Again, ask questions. Advocate for yourself, but also try to relinquish some control and trust the doctor. He is great at making adjustments as needed and I would highly recommend him for anyone considering IVF.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Frank Wittmaack at Aurora Fertility Services?
Dr. Wittmaack, Dr. Strawn, the nurses, and all the other staff were so kind and friendly. They recognized us at every visit and knew where we were at in our treatment. They were excited with us at all the biggest steps - celebrating with us at retrieval, transfer, and when we finally got our BFP!
Describe the protocols Frank Wittmaack used in your cycles at Aurora Fertility Services and their degree of success.
Because I have Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Dr. W put me on a mini-Lupron flare protocol. The dosages of Menopur and follistim were pretty high - so if you find yourself in the same boat, brace yourself for an expensive prescription cost! We shopped around and applied for a couple discount programs that greatly reduced our cost. Dr. W also had me take DHEA and CoQ10 for the 3 months leading up to IVF. When we started, I had the most antral follicles yet - 8! They all grew with the protocol prescribed and we got 5 mature eggs. I had hoped for more, but somehow we ended up 3 beautiful embryos. One resulted in our current pregnancy, while the other two are on ice!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
This nursing staff rocks! They are all so friendly and easy to talk to. Also great at drawing blood - which is a huge plus for how many times you get poked!
Describe your experience with Aurora Fertility Services.
Strengths are that you can typically get started pretty fast. We had our first IUI less than two months after our initial testing. This was due in part to having completed a few tests outside the clinic through my OB beforehand. The staff are also very friendly and do a good job of helping you feel supported. The nurses are always available to answer questions when you have them, including on the weekends. Weaknesses are that communication from the doctor can be a little light at times. Appointments go pretty quick, but if you ask questions it never felt like the doctor or nurses were annoyed or too busy. Overall an excellent experience.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Aurora Fertility Services.
Monitoring appointments were sometimes conducted by Dr. Strawn. He was typically the one I would see the second week of any month if that’s when monitoring fell. I believe this is because Dr. W splits time in Oshkosh. Dr. Strawn definitely seemed to take his time more during monitoring, while Dr. W was pretty quick about it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Frank Wittmaack at Aurora Fertility Services.
I’d say we spent around $30-35k when all was said and done. However, the clinic offers an IVF payment plan so we are still paying a lot of it off without interest. The monthly payments are high, but o my last a year or two depending on the plan you select. They also offer Sharec Success plans that will reimburse you if you don’t get pregnant. I didn’t qualify for those since I have DOR, but was still able to do a multi-cycle plan at a greatly reduced price. We ended up not needing more than one retrieval/transfer, but it was worth paying more for the extra reassurance of knowing we’d have more chances if the first protocol didn’t work. Prescriptions were sent to Mandell’s. I ended up applying for various discount programs and taking out a loan to cover my medications through Future Family. Our initial med cost of $8,000 went down to $5,500 by taking these extra steps! Do yourself a favor and shop around. You could save a LOT of money.