How was your experience with Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
I was very nervous at first with all of the initial questions and paperwork. But once meeting Dr. Smith, she calmed me down and broke things down for both my husband and myself. She explained the process and the tests and referred me to two other specialists to get cleared and informed about my condition and risks.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
Be patient. It is a process, and you might not get the immediate results you want. Take a breath or break when needed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
She was down to earth, told it like it was, but told me also that there was hope. She was complete and made you feel comfortable and explained things in a manner that was easily understood.
Describe the protocols Laura Smith used in your cycles at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia and their degree of success.
I was tested for PCOS. I had all of the characteristics of this, but it was never diagnosed. Dr. Smith completed an ultrasound, bloodwork, and a dye test to make sure my tubes were open. We talked about my age and risk factors as well as genetic screening. My husband was not so happy about having to provide his information and do his testing, but we were able to complete that at my local Ob/gyn. After receiving the diagnosis, I asked what are my chances of getting pregnant at my age with my health problems...and she was supportive but also told me the truth that it was a process and it takes time. We started with metformin, then moved to metformin and clomid. We are now looking at other medications and talking about IUI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were welcoming and supportive and helped get information when needed and sent records where they needed to go.
Describe your experience with Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
They are warm, supportive and welcoming. They knew their information and if you had a question they didn't know the answer to, they found it out for you. They also helped fill out forms, sent the forms I advance and were very professional about the whole thing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
I had to pay everything out of pocket. The genetic testing was around 500 dollars, the lab work was around 200 dollars, the ultrasound was around 300 dollars and I do not remember the cost of the dye test. I also had to pay copays not only at the center for Dr. Smith, but then also the two specialists she referred me to. Infertility is not covered under my insurance plan, so I even had to pay out of pocket for medication.
Describe Laura Smith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
None at this time.