How was your experience with Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
Dr. Smith did my initial consultation and I felt she was very thorough in everything she talked to me about. She stopped very frequently to ask if I had questions and to reassure me. I have seen her several times in the duration of my treatments and she has always treated me very well, shown great patience and knowledge of my particular situation. She seems to determine our next steps by carefully analyzing where we have already been and what could be deterring us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
You will find a trustworthy and knowledgeable doctor and you will feel cared for and respected under her care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia?
Dr. Smith has wonderful bedside manner and always generated conversation during appointments. She also took time to answer any questions I had.
Describe the protocols Laura Smith used in your cycles at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia and their degree of success.
Dr. Smith tried to utilize my summer off last year (I'm a teacher) to run through all of the initial fertility testing. She also prescribed me clomid both with and without IUIs early last fall. We also did a prescription of Letrazole with Follistim injections and an IUI last November. The rationale behind these procedures was a progressive approach to getting pregnant through the least aggressive means. Each time we were unsuccessful, she encouraged us to keep trying and change what we were doing somewhat. Unfortunately, none of these procedures resulted in pregnancy.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses at RMSCVA are absolutely wonderful. They are caring and go out of their way to answer your questions thoroughly, despite their busy days. I have made many phone calls to ask questions and have received prompt return calls and have never been made to feel badly for calling. They are always willing to listen and reassure you.
Describe your experience with Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
I believe RMSCVA's strengths are an excellent staff (doctors, nurses, and clerical). Everyone seems to be on the same team and works well together. They are all kind and treat patients with respect and care, especially given the emotional state most patients are in.
To date, I have only had positive experiences in this clinic and do not believe that they have any weaknesses.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Smith at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
At first, my treatments were not at all covered by insurance, so once I started doing IUIs and injectible medications, the cost went up drastically. Visits and ultrasounds were somewhere between $100-200. I believe an IUI is around $400. Medications are anywhere from $500-2500.
Describe Laura Smith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia.
Based on information I have been given alone (I have not yet gone through this), I believe that Dr. Smith and all of the other doctors at her clinic use single embryo transfer approach in hopes of reducing the health risks to mother and baby.