How was your experience with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
I always felt like I had all the information from Dr. Timmreck. She gave us our odds, but did so in a way that was compassionate. She wasn't as warm as our nurse, but she was not cold by any means. I felt that she understood the significant emotional side of infertility and was patient and kind. When we were ready for treatment (before she recommended it), she supported our decision. When for financial and emotional reasons, we were ready to to move from one form of treatment to another (before she recommended it), she supported our decision.
I felt that she was rational, calm, and patient. I stress "patient" because it was very important to us that ALL of our questions were answered fully. I felt like she was fighting WITH us, and I never had a question about the next step that was not answered.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
She won't hold your hand, but she's honest, compassionate, kind, and patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
She was straight-forward, and she didn't "hand-hold," but she still answered every question we had patiently and kindly. She took the time to know our story and make recommendations based on what WE wanted.
Describe the protocols Lorna Timmreck used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
General Day 3 testing (AMH, prolactin, FSH, E2, etc.), HSG, semen analysis, repeat pregnancy loss panel (RPL).
No red flags--"unexplained infertility." No apparent reason for previous losses.
Timed intercourse for 1-2 cycles.
Clomid (100 mg for 5 days) + Ovidrel trigger+ IUI for 2 cycles. Progesterone suppositories (200 mg twice a day vaginally) until beta test.
(Clomid--hoping to get more than one egg during the IUI process to increase the chances of getting a "quality" egg.)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Kim Sorrentino)
Kim Sorrentino was extremely warm and friendly. She answered questions within the same day, and when she was not available (time off, etc.), my questions were answered by other staff members.
The woman who coordinated our IUI steps (Elaine?) was also kind and warm.
The nurses performing the blood draws were also friendly and warm.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strengths: Good infrastructure, competent and caring doctors and staff, a "no child" in the waiting room policy, and a high success rate.
Weaknesses: Some patients feel like the clinic is a "factory." I personally have not felt that way, but my case was fairly straightforward.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility.
I think an IUI (with medication and monitoring) cost around $2000.