How was your experience with Halina Wiczyk at Baystate Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Wiczyk is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of doctor, but in a process that is emotionally and physically draining, I found that refreshing. Thanks to her I went into the process with hope, but realistic expectations. From day 1 she recommended that we consider donor eggs but didn't push us in that direction. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and when she felt she had exhausted the options for treatment using my own eggs, she referred us to a top specialist. In the end, we decided to continue our treatment with her using donor eggs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Halina Wiczyk at Baystate Reproductive Medicine?
Be prepared not to have things sugar coated. It's a good thing, trust me!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Halina Wiczyk at Baystate Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Wiczyk was upfront with me at all times, never gave me false hope and yet was sensitive to my concerns and fears.
Describe the protocols Halina Wiczyk used in your cycles at Baystate Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
My first protocol was a microdose lupron protocol, which is what they use for woman expected to be poor responders. This wasn't wildly successful, we got two eggs and one resulted in a good blast and a transfer, which didn't take. She decided to mix it up for round two and I did the patch protocol with the addition of HGH. This cycle was a disappointment resulted in two more eggs, but none survived for transfer. My third protocol, which was the most successful, was back to the microdose lupron with the addition of HGH and we got 7 eggs, three of which made it to blast. We transfered 2 fresh and 1 frozen. None of these resulted in pregnancy. I did not have any genetic testing done on any of the embryos.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I love all of the nurses at Baystate. Most of them have been doing this a long time and have great advice and reassure you when you need it. They are patient and answer all of your questions, even when you might think they seem silly. You can tell that they feel the emotions that go with this grueling process right along with you - they pray and hope for your success right along with you. I worked most closely with Ellen and Tina and they were fantastic!
Describe your experience with Baystate Reproductive Medicine.
I have been very happy with Baystate Reproductive. As with all offices, there can be delays, but they are mostly on time with appointments and I found it very easy to get in and out quickly when I was doing the daily monitoring of bloodwork and ultrasounds, which was important because I live 1.5 hours away from the facility.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Baystate Reproductive Medicine.
It was very easy to get in and out. I usually showed up right when the opened so I was first on the list. There was one ultrasound technician who was more gentle than the other, but everyone was kind and efficient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Halina Wiczyk at Baystate Reproductive Medicine.
I am lucky that my IVF cycles were covered by insurance. The only out of pocket costs I incurred were co-payments, storage fees and HGH was not covered because it was considered experimental by the insurance company. This was about $1,000 per round. I am currently in the middle of a donor cycle, which is not covered by insurance because of my age, but the meds are. I have paid $15,000 for a frozen egg cohort from Fairfax Egg Bank, which is their partner organization and I anticipate about $10-12K in expenses for the procedures.
Describe Halina Wiczyk's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Baystate Reproductive Medicine.
We had so few embryos available to us that we didn't have much discussion of this, but we did decide to transfer two fresh embryos, which was recommended for someone my age.
What specific things went wrong at Baystate Reproductive Medicine?
- Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Baystate Reproductive Medicine.
Once when I had my pregnancy test, I didn't get a call from the lab, but I called and found out before the office closed for the day so it wasn't the end of the world. Everyone makes mistakes now and then and I sort of knew it would be negative anyway...