How was your experience with Galina Karpenko at New York Reproductive?
Dr. Karpenko was lovely, but I often felt rushed through the process, without having enough information about what I had to do next and when. She also didn't take as much time to explain the reasoning behind her treatment decisions, but to be fair this was my first round and I feel it was somewhat diagnostic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Galina Karpenko at New York Reproductive?
Write everything down and ask lots of questions, because the doctor may not lay everything out for you ahead of time.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Galina Karpenko at New York Reproductive?
Dr. Karpenko was very kind and warm, she really cared about my treatment.
Describe the protocols Galina Karpenko used in your cycles at New York Reproductive and their degree of success.
I started with a low dose of Femara, which created regular cycles, but no natural pregnancy. Then we did one IUI before doing IVF. I had a very low dose of Gonal-F, because I was producing a lot of follicles, but when we did the egg retrieval we got many fewer than expected. I moved across the country after this cycle, so I can't say how she may have adjusted treatment for the next round.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All of the nursing staff were great, but I did not have a nurse coordinator at this practice, and now that I have one I can see how helpful it's been.
Describe your experience with New York Reproductive.
This clinic uses Rockefeller Labs for their procedures, and while the staff there was great, it made for occasional confusion about where to go for which tests/procedures. NY Reproductive is also a small clinic. It was very easy to get in and see the doctor or the nurse practitioner and you feel like a real person, but now having been at a larger practice I see the appeal of having more in house infrastructure.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Galina Karpenko at New York Reproductive.
This was covered by insurance, so I had a $50 co-pay that I paid at each visit, plus embryo storage fees.
Describe Galina Karpenko's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York Reproductive.
We agreed together to transfer single embryos, although she was very willing to do two at once.
What specific things went wrong at New York Reproductive?
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