Kristin Bendikson

USC

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Medical SchoolNYU
ResidencyHarvard
FellowshipCornell
Los Angeles
1127 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.975.9990
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Kristin Bendikson to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 75%Neutral: 15%Don't recommend: 10%8.7
13 assessments
  • 75% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 15% Neutral (7-8)
  • 10% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
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Communication
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Frequency Seen
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Responsiveness
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend USC to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 81%Neutral: 14%Don't recommend: 5%9.1
36 assessments
  • 81% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 14% Neutral (7-8)
  • 5% Don't recommend (0-6)
13 assessments
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Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Dr. B [Bendikson] was great at first, during our initial consultation taking a lot of time to explain things to me. But was not always the one conducting my US's and the US's themselves were extremely painful. After about 5 of them she mentions off-hand DURING the US that I might have endometriosis, something she had never mentioned before and is not part of my medical history.... It was also traumatic to have such devastating news imparted to me DURING a vaginal ultrasound.
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Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Income
$500K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. B was great at first, during our initial consultation taking a lot of time to explain things to me. But was not always the one conducting my US's and the US's themselves were extremely painful. After about 5 of them she mentions off-hand DURING the US that I might have endometriosis, something she had never mentioned before and is not part of my medical history. When my ovaries did not seem active after only about 3 months off of OCP (after 20 years on them) she wanted to start me on Clomid and just plow forward with a cycle. After leaving her and seeing my current RE, I realized that that course of action would have been completely wrong and ineffective given my hormone levels. I am very happy that I left then and did not waste any more time. Because she was ultimately totally incorrect about the course of treatment that was right for me and her abrupt manner and painful US's, I would never recommend her to anyone.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Find someone else.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
There were different medical residents or fellows seeing me every time I went in for monitoring. But Dr. B's nurse was pretty good.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
Her strategy was to let my ovaries recover after years of OCP, and then administer Clomid which would have had NO effect given my hormone levels. I had zero results.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicky)
The nurse was good and very cheerful, but a little overworked and not always very responsive.
Describe your experience with USC.
Clinic was crowded and only had walk-in hours for monitoring which led to hours and hours of waiting if you showed up too late. It was conveniently located for me. We had a billing issue that was difficult to resolve and entirely avoidable on their part.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
Costs were pretty similar to other providers in this area.
What specific things went wrong at USC?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Kristin Bendikson
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Trustworthiness
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0
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
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Dr. Bendikson is a very thorough doctor. She is very knowledgeable as well and I would describe her as a top doctor in her field. She is caring and kind. She is very understanding of how emotional this situation is. She is very blunt and up front with what is going on and what she thinks of it which I think is good because she doesn't set false hope. On the flip side of it, if something is good she doesn't hesitate to say that either. I think this just makes her trustworthy. I prefer a doctor who just tells me the truth. She is good about answering emails from patients as well. On rare occasions she has been a little rushed with us so we haven't felt able to take our time and ask questions but calling or sending an email solves that.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is a very thorough doctor. She is very knowledgeable as well and I would describe her as a top doctor in her field. She is caring and kind. She is very understanding of how emotional this situation is. She is very blunt and up front with what is going on and what she thinks of it which I think is good because she doesn't set false hope. On the flip side of it, if something is good she doesn't hesitate to say that either. I think this just makes her trustworthy. I prefer a doctor who just tells me the truth. She is good about answering emails from patients as well. On rare occasions she has been a little rushed with us so we haven't felt able to take our time and ask questions but calling or sending an email solves that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Definitely go with Dr. B. You will not be sorry you did. And of course, if you are a prospective patient for infertility, I wish you lots of baby dust and hope.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is a very caring doctor. When we suffered our miscarriage she was quick to give me a hug and say how sorry she was. Along the way if we were concerned she answered our questions and was very empathetic. I feel she truly understands (as much as she is able) what we are going through. She also makes it so easy to trust her as she is so knowledgeable. Being able to trust your doctor is key in your treatment.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
I was prescribed 2 estradiol 2mg tablets per day and 2 microprogesterone inserted vaginally morning and night initially to thicken my lining. I did not experience any side effects from these medicines. My lining thickened very quickly and early on. My dosage of progesterone was increased to 3 a day, morning, noon, and evening. This was sufficient hormones to support a pregnancy according to Dr. B. I had a transfer of a single fresh embryo using a donor egg. I did get pregnant but sadly the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage due to blighted ovum. We did the genetic testing on all embryos so it is unclear what happened to cause the blighted ovum. I had frequent blood work and ultrasounds done to check progress.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicki)
Our nurse Vicki has been amazing in communicating with us. She is very available and explains everything. She has a great personality and makes you feel very comfortable. She gets back via email very quickly. She is good at explaining things as well. But of course, she has days off. When Vicki was not there I called the clinic to ask a question on two separate occasions and was told the head nurse would call me back. On both of these occasions no one called me back which was very disappointing. But I emailed Vicki and she answered on her next available day.
Describe your experience with USC.
The clinic has "clinic hours" in which you show up whenever during a window of time and get seen. It sounds unorganized but I love it. It is flexible and you rarely have to wait long for whatever service you are there for. My husband didn't love the atmosphere of the "donation room" as it was just a bathroom and felt a little gross for what he needed to do. The waiting room is comfortable and they offer a keurig with options and water. The rooms are clean and all but one have plenty of space. They work well on scheduling especially if you want to bring in an acupuncturist.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
The clinic gives you a price sheet up front with all associated costs at your very first consultation. The consultation does cost $350 but you get so much information. You meet with the doctor, nurse, and billing personnel. We paid roughly 20k to the clinic for the egg retrieval from our donor, icsi and fertilization of our eggs, transfer, follow up ultrasounds and blood work.
Describe Kristin Bendikson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
Dr. B recommended a single embryo transfer due to my age and size. She felt I could carry a singleton fine and it would make delivery easier to have one. I expressed my desire to have a natural birth and she agreed a single was the way to do this.
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Kristin Bendikson
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Other
10
My first impression was this sweet doctor who truly cared about her profession and each person who came into her office. She [Dr. Kristin Bendikson] was genuinely interested in my well being and how to help us with our goal. She went out of her way, gave me her cell phone number, and when I was hospitalized with OHSS, she drove 25 miles to visit me in the hospital and worked with the doctors on staff to manage my care. LOVE HER!
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Other
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is truly a Godsend. She took it upon herself to befriend me, while helping us to achieve our dream. She is compassionate and loving and it shows with her care. She hurt when I hurt and helped in every way possible. She communicated everything to me, and when my husband was unable to attend an apt, she made herself available to him to explain treatment. She listened to all of my ideas and considered them in my treatment. When I was hospitalized she made herself available to the doctors on staff to help manage treatment. She also made the trek 25 miles to the hospital and visited me. She goes above and beyond. I'm not sure if this was just for me, but believe this is the type of person she is. She engages other doctors when she needs a second opinion and bounces ideas off them for the best course of treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Know that she will go out of her way (for you) to ensure the best possible care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
My first impression was this sweet doctor who truly cared about her profession and each person who came into her office. She was genuinely interested in my well being and how to help us with our goal. She went out of her way, gave me her cell phone number, and when I was hospitalized with OHSS, she drove 25 miles to visit me in the hospital and worked with the doctors on staff to manage my care. LOVE HER!
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
I underwent my first IVF with Dr. Bendikson June 2015 due to severe endometriosis, as a result, hydronephrosis and multiple endometriomas. Medications used: Gonal f, Menopur, Ganirelix. I responded very well and opted for a freeze all - 38 eggs retrieved, 25 fertilized, 15 frozen blasts [13 PGS tested (9NL, 4ABNL) and two untested]. Although we froze all embryos, I overstimulated and was admitted due to pain management and hydronephrosis. Retrospectively, performed NGS and mitochondrial levels screening of embryos (I had an extremely high number of embryos with abnormal mitochondrial levels). AUG'15 we transferred one normal embryo and suffered a chemical pregnancy. The following three cycles results in negative results. During monitoring, my uterus appeared enlarged and globular and Dr. Bendikson recommended an MRI to look for adenomyosis. MRI showed endometriosis and adhesions from pelvis to diaphragm, adenomyosis and hematosalpingx. On Lupron depot from August to February. Underwent surgery in February to remove tubes (tubes were open and did not need to be removed), remove as much endometriosis as possible, remove adenomyoma (this was done outside of RE). Moving forward in May'17, will undergo a mock transfer and ERA.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicki Paddock)
Vicki Paddock is a wonderful nurse care coordinator. She communicated well, and her disposition is one of love and support. The nursing staff was amazing, calming, and supportive (Allison in particular was the best, though I don't believe she works there anymore).
Describe your experience with USC.
Clinic was amazing, warm and friendly. The waiting room/lobby was nice as well; we spend so much time waiting, it helps that the environment is welcoming and soothing. It appears as though everyone involved loves their job and it shows in the way they treat their patients. I also appreciated the time in which you wait is not astronomical and they give you updates, (I've experienced LONG wait times elsewhere).
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
Monitoring occurs within a time frame by physician, which works great for those of us who work. This was we are in and out. This also means that we get results mid afternoon and don't have to wait until the next day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
$27,185 excluding meds
Describe Kristin Bendikson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
Based on my medical history, initially it was determined that due to acute renal failure, we would only transfer one embryo. After the second failed transfer, we discussed the possibility of transferring one normal embryo and one untested embryo. While the decision was ultimately in our hands, we trusted Dr. Bendikson to help us make the decision based on optimal health.
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Doctor
Kristin Bendikson
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
Operations
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor
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She [Dr. Bendikson] was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel completely at ease with her management of our cycle...She did have me do an endometrial receptivity assay, which I understand is not common, but it did come back showing our best day for implantation was 1 day later than expected. She also had me use progesterone suppositories instead of injections...We used a donor egg. There was a mock cycle to assess my response to estrogen patches and progesterone suppositories. T
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Middle Eastern
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
She was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel completely at ease with her management of our cycle. She also came well recommended. She did have me do an endometrial receptivity assay, which I understand is not common, but it did come back showing our best day for implantation was 1 day later than expected. She also had me use progesterone suppositories instead of injections, which I greatly appreciated. I'm not sure if these things affected our success but so far so good.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson and her nurse Vickie were extremely helpful, caring, and knowledgeable.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
We used a donor egg. There was a mock cycle to assess my response to estrogen patches and progesterone suppositories. This included several ultrasounds and 2 endometrial receptivity biopsies. We also did a genetic screening for my husband and our egg donor. My cycle was started based on timing with the donor and my biopsy results. I've stayed on 2 estrogen patches and progesterone suppositories until 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicky)
Very responsive 99% of the time, though they do take Tuesdays off. She often had detailed answers to questions I thought only the doctor might be able to answer. Most of my interaction with the clinic was through Vicky and she was excellent.
Describe your experience with USC.
The clinic was nice. The financial coordinator was easy to work with. No concerns overall. .........................................................................................................................................................................
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
$1600 for IVF cycle with a donor, around $3500 for meds.
Describe Kristin Bendikson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
She gave us the opportunity to decide and we opted for single transfer due to lower risk of prematurity and better outcomes than multiple gestation.
What specific things went wrong at USC?
  • Failed to call with results
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Kristin Bendikson
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
I only saw Dr. Kristin Bendikson for my initial consultation and initial appointment. The rest of the time I saw different doctors for monitoring and treatments. My impression of her is that she's intelligent, thoughtful, competent, and warm. She was recommended to me and I'd recommend her to others. I also particularly liked one of the other doctors I saw a bit more often...My only complaint is that it seemed like I saw someone different every time I went in...
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
I only saw Dr. Kristin Bendikson for my initial consultation and initial appointment. The rest of the time I saw different doctors for monitoring and treatments. My impression of her is that she's intelligent, thoughtful, competent, and warm. She was recommended to me and I'd recommend her to others. I also particularly liked one of the other doctors I saw a bit more often.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
If it is important to you to consistently receive most of your treatments from the same doctor, I would ask about how that is handled at this clinic. I'm not sure that it's standard.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
My only complaint is that it seemed like I saw someone different every time I went in. Granted, all the doctors I saw were great, but it was quite a rotation. Primary doctor didn't perform the procedure because she was with another patient. It could be more consistent if someone is doing a more intensive treatment like IVF, but I can't speak to that.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
1st, lots of diagnostic tests. Then, because of financial considerations (was unemployed at the time), I started with trying Clomid + timed intercourse without monitoring: 50mg a day. She actually prescribed 100mg but I didn't follow it (I Know - bad patient!). I am usually really sensitive to meds and had a feeling it would be rough. Sure enough, I had a strong negative emotional reaction to the 50mg of Clomid (the horror to imagine what 100 would have done!). Having twice as much in hand, I stretched it over 2 cycles. No luck. Decided to go for IUI + full monitoring for the 3rd cycle and she recommended I switch to Letrozole which was much better for me (no side effects - modest dose). Only got 1 decent follicle and no one was super optimistic about it, but the 1st IUI worked! I feel EXTREMELY lucky. I think we would only have been able to afford one more IUI and probably not IVF, so were on the verge of giving up.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Victoria Paddock )
Victoria was very friendly, bubbly and upbeat, almost so much so that it made me uncomfortable, but that's just me. I'm a bit shy, low key. She's really nice and was quick to respond to emails. Really can't complain.
Describe your experience with USC.
Everyone I encountered was friendly and professional and seemed competent. Usually had to wait 20 - 50 minutes during the morning open clinic rush hour for monitoring. Saw different doctors every time, which was off-putting/unexpected at first. Maybe all clinics are like that? Not sure. They were all good doctors, but would have preferred the consistency of the same person on dildo-cam duty or what-have-you. I didn't feel like I really got to know any of them or that they got to know me. At the same time, I got the results I wanted, which is what matters most, so I would recommend this clinic and use it again. I was pretty upfront about my financial situation (which wasn't so hot at the time - between jobs), and appreciated that they were willing to scale down treatments accordingly and didn't push me straight to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
Letrozole, Bloodtests, 3 monitoring ultrasounds, HCG trigger shot, 1 IUI treatment = about $1600
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Kristin Bendikson
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
Operations
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF, 5 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Dr. Bendikson has an amazing bedside manner. She is warm and makes me feel like she really cares about helping us succeed. She gave me a hug after my last transfer, which was very much appreciated. i can ask her any question and she takes the time to respond. I can email her any time and she is so responsive. I feel like she really cares so much about all of her patients...
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF, 5 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is extremely smart and warm at the same time. I trust her completely. I feel like she looks at my specific conditions and thinks about a strategy/protocol specific to me. She is well versed on the newest research. I am extremely happy with her care and cannot recommend her enough.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
I can't recommend her enough. Please see her if you need help with fertility. She is beyond amazing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson has an amazing bedside manner. She is warm and makes me feel like she really cares about helping us succeed. She gave me a hug after my last transfer, which was very much appreciated. i can ask her any question and she takes the time to respond. I can email her any time and she is so responsive. I feel like she really cares so much about all of her patients.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
I went to Dr. Bendikson after a horrible experience with another clinic. She looks at the records from my three previous IVF cycles and the prior clinic and I felt like she took the time to figure out what went wrong and what to do differently. She used an entirely different protocol and added hcg boost and human growth hormone. I'm still not pregnant, but the results have been better under her care.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicky)
Vicky is a ray of sunshine! She is very knowledgeable and it looks like she has a very good working relationship with Dr. Bendikson. She calls exactly when she says she will call and she is very responsive.
Describe your experience with USC.
Amazing clinic. Everyone seems to care about each patient. Very organized. Can't recommend it enough.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
Monitoring hours are convenient and there usually isn't a very long wait.
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Kristin Bendikson
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
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Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
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Dr. Bendikson is professional, very knowledgeable and generous with her time. I appreciate her candor and what we've learned while in her care. Her approach plus the team she works with make visits feel productive and like we are taking the right steps toward our goals.... She is wonderful about explaining and giving info.... Dr. Bendikson and the staff at the office [USC - Fertility] always gave us their full attention any time when my fiance and I had visits with them. We had what felt like a hundred questions and the entire staff was accommodating and patient and informative at all times.
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Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is professional, very knowledgeable and generous with her time. I appreciate her candor and what we've learned while in her care. Her approach plus the team she works with make visits feel productive and like we are taking the right steps toward our goals.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Ask questions and don't be afraid to get additional clarification if you need it. She is wonderful about explaining and giving info.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson and the staff at the office always gave us their full attention any time when my fiance and I had visits with them. We had what felt like a hundred questions and the entire staff was accommodating and patient and informative at all times.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Victoria)
Victoria is exactly what you need after having any treatment or care. She is so patient, sweet, and polite.
Describe your experience with USC.
One weakness is the parking :-) its L.A. I had to mention that--you will need to pay for parking, metered or they do have a garage. Also, you might have an appnt. with Dr. Bendikson and in the examination room an intern could be present or be the one providing the hands-on care. This isn't unusual in Dr.'s offices and the staff are all amazing but just an FYI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
The prices seemed right in line with those for clinics that provide similar higher-levels of care. It wasn't "cheap" but not overly expensive.
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Kristin Bendikson
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
Nursing
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10
Age
42 - 43
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Dr. Bendikson was wonderful to work with. She was very caring and non-judgemental about my somewhat unorthodox circumstances (single mother by choice). She was also very helpful when I needed to make a decision about whether to do another round of IVF or to explore embryo adoption, providing pros and cons of both. I've been meaning to bring my gorgeous 6 week old daughter to meet her and Vicki. I'll probably do that in the next couple of weeks.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson was wonderful to work with. She was very caring and non-judgemental about my somewhat unorthodox circumstances (single mother by choice). She was also very helpful when I needed to make a decision about whether to do another round of IVF or to explore embryo adoption, providing pros and cons of both. I've been meaning to bring my gorgeous 6 week old daughter to meet her and Vicki. I'll probably do that in the next couple of weeks.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Best of luck - you're in very good hands.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson was warm and caring throughout the testing and treatment process. It felt as though she was genuinely invested in my feelings and the outcome of the treatments. She was direct, but without the coldness friends have described who went to other clinics.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicki)
Vicki was amazing to work with - very thoughtful and compassionate. I had a lovely experience with all of the nursing staff at the clinic.
Describe your experience with USC.
The clinic hours were convenient for me, as a single woman who works full-time. The waiting area is comfortable and the wait times for appointments and monitoring visits were not typically long (usually 10-20 minutes). All of the staff were warm and caring.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
Monitoring visits were convenient. They have early morning hours, so I was able to go in before work. Wait times were generally fairly short (10-20 minutes).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
$23,000
Describe Kristin Bendikson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
For both the IVF fresh transfer and the embryo adoption (frozen transfer), Dr. B and I had candid conversations about the best number of embryos to transfer to optimize chances of success while minimizing the chance of multiples. We decided to transfer the maximum number of embryos (day 3) because of my age, which led to a chemical pregnancy. For the embryo adoption frozen transfer, we decided to transfer 1 embryo. I got pregnant with my daughter as a result!
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Kristin Bendikson
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USC
Los Angeles
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Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Dr Bendickson took time to listen to my complicated pregnancy history. She took time to examine my utuerus via ultrasound and suggested a plan of action I could start immediately. She was compassionate and kind... She put me on progesterone to see if I could possibly get pregnant on my own in the next couple cycles before starting IVF... She will go through your history and suggest the best corse of action . She is very detailed and caring
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Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr Bendickson took time to listen to my complicated pregnancy history. She took time to examine my utuerus via ultrasound and suggested a plan of action I could start immediately. She was compassionate and kind
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
She will go through your history and suggest the best corse of action . She is very detailed and caring
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr Bendickson was kind and explained everything well. She took the time to examine my uterus by ultrasound and careful go over the results. She took time to listen and go over my complicated pregnancy history and presented a clear plan.
Describe the protocols Kristin Bendikson used in your cycles at USC and their degree of success.
She put me on progesterone to see if I could possibly get pregnant on my own in the next couple cycles before starting IVF
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were so friendly and explained everything in great detail.
Describe your experience with USC.
It seems like a very nice well run facility. It is easy to get to. Everyone I spoke to was super friendly and explained things in great detail. I felt very comfortable and not just a number. I didn’t feel pressured to pursue treatment but was given all the information and resources I needed if I choose to
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
It cost $350 for my visit and I paid the pharmacy for my meds $107
Describe Kristin Bendikson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USC.
She told me not to do any procedure that could result in twins because of my history of neural tube defects
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Kristin Bendikson
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USC
Los Angeles
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Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
13 Eggs Frozen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Dr Bendikson knew who I was, always addressed my questions, and was very present through the whole process...I'm very grateful for Dr Bendikson - I had a very short time frame to get my eggs frozen before I had to leave the country, and my system was pretty suppressed due to decades of birth control. Dr Bendikson was patient, energetic and factual - kept me optimistic but realistic about the situation. We ended up getting pretty good results, and I cannot thank Dr Bendikson and all her partners enough for their professionalism throughout my process.
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Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
13 Eggs Frozen
Race
East Asian
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
I'm very grateful for Dr Bendikson - I had a very short time frame to get my eggs frozen before I had to leave the country, and my system was pretty suppressed due to decades of birth control. Dr Bendikson was patient, energetic and factual - kept me optimistic but realistic about the situation. We ended up getting pretty good results, and I cannot thank Dr Bendikson and all her partners enough for their professionalism throughout my process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Be open minded to the operating model at USC Fertility - you won't see Dr Bendikson at every appointment, but all the doctors are great and they are all in a close partnership. Also the rotating schedules of all the doctors mean that monitoring appointments are very available, which is incredibly valuable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr Bendikson knew who I was, always addressed my questions, and was very present through the whole process. I also really appreciated the partnership among all the doctors at USC Fertility...I felt like at any given time I had multiple resources to go to.
Describe your experience with USC.
Just a great experience overall - very professional staff and efficient operations. Highly recommended!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
Not a terrible wait in general, staff was very friendly and helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
About $10K total for egg retrieval
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Kristin Bendikson
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Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
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Dr. Bendikson is very competent, knowledgable, and professional. At the same time, she is warm and caring. I trust her completely, feel that she is very up to date on the field, and never feel like she is pushing unnecessary procedures. She always answers any questions I have without making me feel like it is a silly question or that she is rushed. I am very happy with the care she has given me...
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is very competent, knowledgable, and professional. At the same time, she is warm and caring. I trust her completely, feel that she is very up to date on the field, and never feel like she is pushing unnecessary procedures. She always answers any questions I have without making me feel like it is a silly question or that she is rushed. I am very happy with the care she has given me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. She is very knowledgeable and open to educating.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson and her entire office treated me very well. They were always warm and caring and made the process as easy as possible.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicky)
Vicky always had a smile on her face, was very prompt with emails, and went out of her way to accommodate me.
Describe your experience with USC.
I was always seen in a timely manner, the front staff and nursing staff were always very pleasant, and I felt like the entire clinic was taking good care of me. I never felt like their goal was to make money off of me which is very important to me and differed from another REI office where I had a consultation. As an academic center, I know they hire smart, ethical, up to date physicians.
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Kristin Bendikson
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Trustworthiness
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Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
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Age
43
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Dr. Bendikson is incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate. She works with an amazing team, and I would recommend USC Fertility to anyone... The entire team of doctors and nurses all know and care about my treatment. I didn't realize how much I needed that connection until I had it.
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Age
43
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Dr. Bendikson is incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate. She works with an amazing team, and I would recommend USC Fertility to anyone.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Ask all the questions you want. She'll answer them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
USC Fertility is amazing. The entire team of doctors and nurses all know and care about my treatment. I didn't realize how much I needed that connection until I had it. My previous doctor's office was super busy, and I never saw or spoke with my doctor until my egg retrieval. At USC Fertility, it's always a doctor who does the ultrasounds, and they all know where I am in the cycle and how I'm doing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Vicki)
Vicki is dedicated to her job in such a wonderful way. She gives me her full attention and is very thorough.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
It's a well-oiled machine at USC; however, the clinic is not as big as others & the doctors meet with you in person every time, so sometimes the wait for ultrasounds can be longer.
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Kristin Bendikson
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Trustworthiness
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Clinic
USC
Los Angeles
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Age
36
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
19 Eggs Frozen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
8
Dr. Bendikson did all of my ultrasounds and of course the procedure, and I appreciated her candid, matter of fact nature...Will be totally upfront with you about what to expect from the procedure, and adjusts the dosages of he medications as necessary.
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Age
36
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
19 Eggs Frozen
Race
South Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
8
How was your experience with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
She's very pleasant but not overly saccharine. Will be totally upfront with you about what to expect from the procedure, and adjusts the dosages of he medications as necessary.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kristin Bendikson at USC?
Don't expect someone super touchy feely.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kristin Bendikson at USC?
The care was generally good, though most of my in person treatment was with my RN, who was terrific. Dr. Bendickson did all of my ultrasounds and of course the procedure, and I appreciated her candid, matter of fact nature.
Describe your experience with your nurse at USC. (Assigned nurse: Victoria )
Warm, kind and always kept me up to date on my test results.
Describe your experience with USC.
Usc fertility handles a variety of fertility related issues.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at USC.
Very easy - I went in during the monitoring hours and never waited longer than 30 minutes to be seen.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kristin Bendikson at USC.
About 12,000 for the entire egg freezing regimen and retrieval.
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Kristin Bendikson
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USC
Los Angeles
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