How was your experience with Isela Robertshaw at Bethesda Fertility Center?
She was very kind and understanding. She answered all my questions but when it came down to doing the things she said she was going to do, that just didn't happen. She told me to email her anytime but I never got responses.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isela Robertshaw at Bethesda Fertility Center?
Make sure you go into it knowing all the possible outcomes. I didn't know there was something called a guarentee program and I feel like I got screwed. I took out a personal loan to afford 1 round of IVF and now that that didn't work I have to figure out how to come up with a ton more money.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isela Robertshaw at Bethesda Fertility Center?
She took the time to answer any questions and showed compassion during emotional times.
Describe the protocols Isela Robertshaw used in your cycles at Bethesda Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I started with taking birth control. Then had my baseline ultrasound. Things looked good so I started my injectable medications and did that for 9 days. I wasn't growing very many follicles about half way in so she upped my dosage and I started to respond better. I triggered on day 10 and then had my retrieval on day 12. Another doctor completed that procedure as Robertshaw was out of town. I was updated the day after retrieval, day 3 and day 5 as to how everything was progressing. I had a 5 day fresh transfer of 2 embryos. And then found out that none of my other embryos made it to freeze. I did not get pregnant and was left heartbroken and broke.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had quite a few different nurses. Most were very kind and communicated well.
Describe your experience with Bethesda Fertility Center.
They are friendly and welcoming. They really need to do better with getting back with their patients. Especially when a patient has just had an incredibly devastating experience. They said nice things and promised to help but then didn't get back to me for months.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isela Robertshaw at Bethesda Fertility Center.
Each IUI was about $300. And the IVF all together was about $13,000. That's minus the meds for the IUI's and the donor sperm that I was using.
Describe Isela Robertshaw's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Bethesda Fertility Center.
My dr wanted to just do 1 embryo because I was young and healthy but we ended up doing 2. First because it was a different doctor that did my transfer and secondly, because I only had 2 good looking embryos.