How was your experience with George Kovalevsky at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware)?
Dr. Kovalevsky was amazing. I am sensitive and while I feel like he could be direct, it was never done in a hurtful way. He gave us all the facts we needed to make an informed decision. In the beginning, he told us that IVF was our best chance, but we wanted to try less invasive procedures. He turned out to be right, IVF ended up working for us. He also recommended genetic screening of our embryos and the testing identified the one embryo that would most likely be successful. That embryo turned out to be our son.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of George Kovalevsky at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware)?
Go in with lots of questions, he will answer them all.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with George Kovalevsky at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware)?
Dr. Kovalevsky treated us with kindness and empathy. He always took his time with us and answered all of our questions. When I was having a miscarriage, he took the time to call me and tell me about my blood work instead of having a nurse call me to tell me the bad news.
Describe the protocols George Kovalevsky used in your cycles at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware) and their degree of success.
Ovulation Induction- Gonal F 200/2 times of day, HCG 10/2 times a day
plus Doxycycline for 10 days
Retrieved 17 eggs, procedure went well.
Following Retrieval- Doxyclycline, Medrol (16 mg), Progesterone (50 mg.), Estrace (2mg). Continued Progesterone and Estrace until 12 weeks of pregnancy.
My lining was not conducive for a fresh transfer, so we decided to to do a frozen and do the PGS testing as well.
Frozen transfer- Estrace/Lupron Protocol
The PGS testing showed that 3/4 embryos were abnormal and not compatible with life. We transferred the 1 genetically normal embryo and got pregnant!
Our son is now 3 years old. Had a relatively uneventful pregnancy and he is healthy and intelligent.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware). (Assigned nurse: Dorri Purse)
The care coordinator, Dorri Purse was good at communicating with me. The rest of the nursing staff that I encountered (Rhonda Wright PA, Sue Carr MSN, CRNP) were excellent, down to the nurses that did my bloodwork- so gentle!
Describe your experience with RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware).
I would recommend this clinic to anyone. I've had the best experience there than any other doctor's office or hospital I've encountered. They hire the friendliest nurses, coordinators and receptionists. They are very caring and empathetic, which means the world when you're going through infertility.
The only downside is that they are not cheap. Standard IVF cycle is $12,900. Goes up to $18,700 for IVF with PGS. Medication then runs $4,000-$7,000.
Describe the costs associated with your care under George Kovalevsky at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware).
IVF with mini-PGS (testing of 4 embryos) $16,600.
Copay for medications- Low dose HCG -$70, Ganirelix $105.88, Gonal- F $1410.86
Describe George Kovalevsky's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RADfertility (formerly Reproductive Associates of Delaware).
He pushed a single embryo transfer and discussed all the risk of transferring multiple embryos. It helped change our mind from wanting to transfer 2 and instead just doing one.