How was your experience with Joseph Martin at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
Dr. Martin is extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. He is thorough to explain procedures and treatments and does his very best to ensure that I have an understanding of my options. He is a very caring person and it shows in how he treats me and all in his clinic. My husband and I have appreciated his kindness and expertise in our time there. After receiving an upsetting diagnosis, He provided me with a cell phone number I can contact him at if I have questions out of office hours. He has invested in my “story” and truly exhibits care and concern. I would recommend his care and his clinic 1000 times over.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Martin at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or mention something you don’t understand. Dr. Martin is extremely thorough and does not make you feel dumb for asking questions you don’t have an understanding of. Unlike most doctors, he is “like you” when consulting with you or regrouping for options. He is extremely knowledgeable and gives you facts and information clearly. Ask what’s on your heart and mind!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Martin at Fertility Center of San Antonio?
Dr. Martin, and all doctors in his practice, never hesitated to take time to explain procedures, treatments, and options to me. I can’t tell you how many hour-long meetings I have had to get a better understanding of my diagnosis. On the financial stand point, I have been given an array of options in treatment to help me make an informed financial decision. The doctors have all taken time to invest in me, my process, and my situation. They remember me and have genuinely connected with me on a personal level.
Describe the protocols Joseph Martin used in your cycles at Fertility Center of San Antonio and their degree of success.
I started my fertility treatments at a different clinic. My first consultation with Dr. Martin was different than most because I had already come with 5 clomid cycles and surgery in my history. We were shopping for the best IVF doctor and landed in Dr. Martin’s Office. Because our intention was to try IVF next, we specifically began working towards that. After a very successful first fresh cycle, we decided to continue with a fresh transfer. Unfortunately the transfer did not result in pregnancy, but with 5 frozen embryos left over, it was easy to keep moving forward. In our re-consultation after my first failed transfer, Dr. Martin recommended genetic testing and chromosome karyotype as next tests to run. My husband and I had been very against genetic testing and through a 2 hour consultation, Dr. Martin gave us a perspective that we hadn’t considered. I never thought these genetic tests would tell me why I wasn’t conceiving. A few weeks after receiving our results, I found out that I am a Balanced Translocation carrier. When I received the call, Dr. Martin informed me that he was not comfortable proceeding with my FET hat was to occur in 3 days. He wanted another reconsult with him and the clinics embryologist so we could know what our options were. In our next Re-consult, we discussed the need for PGT. My husband and I agreed that a fresh cycle and PGT on fresh eggs would be more worthwhile for the overall cost of the genetic test. Because of the time frame to receive genetic results on embryos we did not plan a transfer for the second fresh cycle. Our genetic results on 9 embryos came back and only 1 was normal. At our next Re-consult, We decided to try one last fresh cycle with PGT. We agreed to send fresh eggs from cycle 3 and our 5 frozen from cycle 1. After the treatment, we decided to transfer my 1 normal from cycle 2 as well. In the end, we sent 12 blasts for genetic testing and had 2 normal embryos. Unfortunately, this transfer was not a positive pregnancy. At another re-consult, Dr. Martin gave us the information to consider an ERA, biopsy of the endometrial lining, to test chemistry and window of implantation so we can best predict the transfer window. Currently I am working towards an ERA cycle that mimics FET stimulation and hormones.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All the nurses are amazing. They are knowledgeable and friendly. I have enjoyed the empathy they demonstrate and the information they all take the time to share. They always put together very informative calendars and directions that make it easy for me to step out of the clinic and remember what to do.
Describe your experience with Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Strengths - everything!!! What I love most is that everything is done in the office. I get blood drawn, sonograms performed, retrievals done, and transfer completed in the same place. The embryos do not leave the facility until you receive positive test and the only material that leaves is genetic testing that is done in different lab. They are extremely tech friendly and allow you to access all records, communication, and lab results on their online system.
Weakness - something they cannot control, I drive over an hour to get to their clinic! Location is not a fault of theirs, but the drive is WELL worth it for the care I have received.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Martin at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
My insurance covered my first fresh cycle. Each fresh cycle after that costs $7500 with my insurance maximum. FET was $3000. The medications were most costly expense, but was processed through out of office pharmacy. Same with genetic testing.
Describe Joseph Martin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
My doctor has been supportive of our decisions to transfer our embryos - we have not had the opportunity to transfer more than 1 at a time. When discussing transferring 2 in my next FET, he gave me facts and support for both positions of transferring 2 or 1. Overall supports what my husband and I decide.