How was your experience with Geraldine Ekpo at Laurel Fertility Care?
I am about to start my first transfer cycle with Dr. Ekpo, and I feel really well prepared. She was willing to hear end answer all my questions - I never felt rushed or dismissed. She was also very candid about the risks and potential outcomes, while maintaining a positive outlook.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Geraldine Ekpo at Laurel Fertility Care?
Embrace her candor as a positive. If you want to be an informed patient, great - because she probably won't sugar coat things.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Geraldine Ekpo at Laurel Fertility Care?
From the very beginning, Dr. Ekpo has made me feel like she is genuinely interested in my case. when I called the clinic to get more information about receiving care, I was able to speak with Dr. Ekpo directly. When I came in for a first patient appointment a couple months later (life gets in the way, you know how it is), she remembered and referenced specific l details from our previous conversation. Her way of speaking to patients, which some may find quite blunt, makes me feel respected - like she trusts my ability to understand and handle the more complicated or unsavory details of my care.
Describe the protocols Geraldine Ekpo used in your cycles at Laurel Fertility Care and their degree of success.
Prep for a Donor FET Cycle: oral estradiol, PIO injections 6 days before transfer depending on lining thickness. Mock transfer cycle to take place before actual transfer. As this is my first cycle, she's starting from the basics - nothing out of the box yet. No outcomes to share yet, but she estimated I have a 40-50% chance of success on this cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Laurel Fertility Care. (Assigned nurse: Francesca)
The nurse coordinator has actually changed since I started my care - the new nurse's name is Donna, and while I haven't been working with her long, she seems to be organized and take her job seriously. In the past, I needed to pester the office a bit to get answers to my questions, and I'm hoping that won't be the case moving forward!
Describe your experience with Laurel Fertility Care.
I had a bit of a snafu with the billing department that really shook me up at the beginning of my treatment here (a misunderstanding about insurance that seemed to indicate a lack of communication between office staff). However, after some follow up, the issue was reasoned, and be confidence mostly restored. I'm also using donor embryos, and while the process is a little complicated / the staff isn't always sure how to handle it, they always seem have to do the research and follow up. Any of my complaints about the clinic are complaints I've heard about every fertility clinic - basically, you have to do a lot of the legwork, but ultimately the MEDICAL care you receive should be worth it. In addition, my spouse and I have had a very positive experience as a same sex couple. I did get the occasional 'husband' question at first - but once corrected, staff adjusted without batting an eye (and it hasn't come up since). It's been a refreshing change from other medical environments, and is one of the things that I would consider when recommending Laurel to a friend.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Geraldine Ekpo at Laurel Fertility Care.
Costs are very transparent! Total costs for my upcoming FET Cycle will be $3590, plus $550 for MET, plus meds. They recommend that patients plan on $250-600 for medication.
Describe Geraldine Ekpo's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Laurel Fertility Care.
She recommends a single transfer to avoid twin pregnancy. She was pretty firm about this because I and my egg donor are both quite young - but didn't make me feel judged for asking about multiple transfers