How was your experience with Gregory Neal at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
Very knowledgeable and professional. Kind and caring. Very evidence based. Friendly and reassuring. Definitely working hard for his patient’s success. He loves what he does and has many many babies that have been born that are thanks to his expertise.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Neal at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
Be patient with the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Neal at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
They knew me well and related to me in a personal level.
Describe the protocols Gregory Neal used in your cycles at Fertility Center of San Antonio and their degree of success.
We did three retrieval’s with him and each one I got a lot of follicles on fairly low doses of medication. I was 29. I’m not sure if it was my husband’s sperm (he did take supplements!) or my eggs but even after retrieving 22 eggs or around there most times, we ended up with 4 embryos, 1 embryo, and 2 embryos. This doesn’t count the one three day embryo transfer and one 5 day blast we transferred. Because of my uterus shape, he would only transfer one embryo and I think that’s part of why it didn’t work. I also think an FET was the best course for me because I always had negatives with fresh transfers but I at least got a chemical with the FET.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Center of San Antonio. (Assigned nurse: Elena)
Elena isn’t there anymore but I loved her. Her spirit and drive and positivity and encouraging attitude. When she had to call me to say it was negative, she was genuinely sad. And I needed help with a shot one morning when I had an ultrasound, she was ready to assist and with a sweet helpful attitude. The rest of the nursing staff seemed great too. But she made it feel comfortable to really know someone there who cared.
Describe your experience with Fertility Center of San Antonio.
The nursing staff is great the physicians are excellent. I feel that they all work together really well. I believe they have meetings each morning to discuss patient cases (with all of the doctors and the nursing lead staff) so that everyone can thoughtfully brainstorm or troubleshoot together. And so that they all know their patients well. I really thought I would get pregnant here; their expertise is fabulous. The embryologist, Dr. Poole is incredible. He is top tier. He even discussed all of my questions and concerns about embryos a couple years later. He was scientific and pragmatic, with speaking compassionately (or not too harshly anyway).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Neal at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Our insurance covered most of everything (Starbucks!) But our deductible or meds or something ended up costing I think about $1500 a cycle.
Describe Gregory Neal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Due to my uterus shape he would only transfer one which I think was smart as far as the risks for twins with my uterus (bicornuate uterus). But we didn’t have success with one embryo and we did have two positive pregnancy tests in later years (though they were FET) when another doctor put in two embryos.