How was your experience with Kathleen Hoeger at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester)?
I had decided to get a second opinion and scheduled an appt with Dr. Hoeger before deciding to proceed with IVF. She was realistic about our options and chances. She took her time with us and she talked about the differences between her clinic (larger/sees more ppl) vs our previous clinic that was much smaller. She was professional and I honestly feel like I have had more compassion and attention at this clinic that 'sees more ppl' than our previous one. I didn't know what to expect during that consultation but both my husband and I were immediately ready to continue with Dr. Hoeger by the end of our meeting. We switched clinics that day and while I'm still waiting to continue treatment, I feel confident in my decision and thankful we decided to get that original second opinion.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathleen Hoeger at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester)?
She is willing to take her time with you and answer any/all questions. I would recommend writing down all your questions prior to meeting and bringing a notepad to write down answers.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathleen Hoeger at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester)?
Dr. Hoeger is so genuine in nice. She listened to all our concerns asking questions along the way. She was direct in explaining our situation to us, what she thought about our odds, and what she would recommend for us to do all while having a super warm presence. During my procedures to date, she's been a force of super calm when I've been extremely nervous!
Describe the protocols Kathleen Hoeger used in your cycles at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester) and their degree of success.
We are currently awaiting to start treatment for IVF. Prior to starting we both had full work ups including bloodwork, genetic testing, sperm analysis, HSG, SSH, day 3 hormones. We are being recommended to use IVF with ICSI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff has been incredibly friendly. They have answered all my questions in a timely manner and never made me feel stupid for asking them. They've also chatted with me on the phone longer than necessary when I needed to 'vent' or wasn't understanding a situation. Every nurse I've encountered has been this way.
Describe your experience with Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester).
This clinic works like a well oiled machine. They are super responsive through their portal. You typically get a call back and answer within 24 hours. They are also set-up so that all procedures are done onsite at their office (i.e. no need to travel anywhere else for blood work, imaging, transfers, retrievals, etc). They are extremely busy so it can be a bit of a wait in order to get an appt. Otherwise, they truly cover all the needs of a patient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathleen Hoeger at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester).
All costs are clearly listed on their website. $6500 Includes 1 oocyte retrieval and up to 2 transfers (one fresh transfer and one frozen transfer, or 2 frozen transfers). Subsequent Cycles $4300 Includes 1 oocyte retrieval and 1 transfer (either fresh or frozen), plus any unused transfer from cycle #1. My medicine costs were estimated at $3900. Embryo Storage First full year of storage: $300 per year that is prorated. Single Frozen Embryo Transfer Cycle (FET)
$2500. Cryopreservation of embryos ($650).
Describe Kathleen Hoeger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Strong Fertility Center (U of Rochester).
Our Dr. recommends, based on our age and situation, to transfer a single embryo for the safest, healthiest pregnancy.