How was your experience with Linda Giudice at UCSF?
Dr. Giudice is very knowledgeable and was always willing to answer all the questions I had for her. She was very patient and really talked through all options with us for as long as needed. She performed one of my first surgeries to remove a uterine septum and was very caring throughout the whole process. She was also supportive when I suffered a miscarriage and really seemed to care about my husband and me as people.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Linda Giudice at UCSF?
Don't be afraid to ask questions to make sure you are clear about everything that is going to happen. She is very knowledgeable and is always willing to take the time to make sure everything is clear.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Linda Giudice at UCSF?
The office staff was very caring, my lead nurse was very caring and very responsive throughout the whole process, and Dr. Giudice was always kind and took the time to answer all the questions we had. Also I suffered a miscarriage during the process - not as a result of the IVF process - and the team called to check-in and see if I was ok. The whole process was difficult but everyone at UCSF made it a bit more manageable.
Describe the protocols Linda Giudice used in your cycles at UCSF and their degree of success.
I cannot remember details at this time. The protocol was built around my endometriosis and previous experiences with other medications. The IVF cycle was successful the first time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at UCSF. (Assigned nurse: Allison Chamberlaine)
Allison was very kind throughout the whole process. She was very responsive over email and phone whenever I had any questions. She was very supportive and showed lots of compassion when I had a miscarriage.
Describe your experience with UCSF.
Getting the first appointment is the hardest part. Once you are in and have met with your doctor, the process moves quickly. The set up for the IVF cycle is wonderful - they have it down to an art form. This is especially important when you need to go in every other day or daily. Their early hours are great for working professionals. Also everyone on staff is very friendly and supportive. Also the classes to get you ready for IVF are very well done and helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Linda Giudice at UCSF.
All procedures were covered by my insurance. I had a $25 copay for each appointment (excluding IVF monitoring appointments). I had a $8000 medication coverage limit so we had to pay out of pocket after we hit that total. I believe those out of pocket costs were $1000-2000.