How was your experience with Kat Lin at Sound Fertility Care?
Dr Lin is terrific! I never felt like I was in a baby making factory, like I've heard my friends describe their clinics. She was warm and friendly, candid, honest, and full of information. We were treated like humans who were dealing with a sensitive topic. I always felt like she took my opinions seriously as well, which was really important to me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kat Lin at Sound Fertility Care?
Make sure to ask lots of questions if there is anything you don't understand!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kat Lin at Sound Fertility Care?
Dr Lin's clinic is small- it's just her! She was at all of our appointments, took the time to answer every single question we ever had, without ever rushing us out the door. She sat through plenty of tears and freak outs and always treated us compassionately
Describe the protocols Kat Lin used in your cycles at Sound Fertility Care and their degree of success.
We started with a typical antagonist protocol, as on the surface I seemed like a straightforward patient. Young, no obvious problems, etc. Our first IVf cycle was kind of a disaster, because all our embryos dropped off after Day 3, after having had a good start. The second cycle, we tweaked things to deal with that Day 3 drop off. We did a long lupron protocol, and froze all Day 1. Later, we transferred on Day 3 and were able to save some additional embryos on Day 5. After a second failed transfer, we started to investigate my uterus and found inflammation. Our next transfer was a chemical. But, now we were out of embryos. This time, we decided to do a little embryos banking as we finally had insurance. For our 3rd egg retrieval, we went back to an antagonist protocol but added in human growth Hormone, and we were able to freeze 6 embryos! The following cycle, we did the same thing and froze an additional 5 embryos. We were able to do PGS testing this time because of that insurance, and we found that only 3 were normal, which is pretty typical of endometriosis patients. Now that we finally had some quality tested embryos, we did a course of Lupron to quiet any endometriosis before attempting another transfer- this time which was successful!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I absolutely loved each and every nurse that I dealt with at Sound Fertility. I went there for a long time, so I got to know all of them! My only real complaint about the clinic as a whole was there was sometimes a lack of communication between the Dr and the nurse staff, and I sometimes felt like I was needing to follow up and remind people of new plans. I know that this is often the nature of this branch of medicine, because you have to change things daily to deal with peoples bodies, and, Dr Lin wants to help everyone when one person can only do so much. I'm a really anal person anyways, so it wasn't a big deal as I was constantly going over my own treatments plans, but I could see this becoming a problem for someone else.
Describe your experience with Sound Fertility Care.
I think I answered this more under the nurse section, but, this clinic was rather new when I started going to them, so it took some time to find their grove and get communication going smoothly. The billing department was having trouble when we started going, so we often never had any financial counseling. Thankfully, we eventually got insurance and didn't need to deal with the billing department anymore, but it looks like they have a great person in there now!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kat Lin at Sound Fertility Care.
The billing was murky in the beginning because of changing staff, but I believe I paid roughly $35k for two egg retrievals, 2 or 3 transfers, one IUI, and initial testing. The rest of my treatments were under insurance. Also, my medications were roughly $5k per egg retrieval, and $2k per FET.