How was your experience with Marc Gualtieri at IVF Florida?
Dr. Gualtieri is qualified and knowledgeable in the field of IVF and female reproduction. He even helped me when I had a question about being induced, well after I had "graduated" from IVF to my regular Obstetrician. I feel like he truly cares about his patients, in them achieving their goals of parenthood, and he is willing to listen and allow you to take agency over your own care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marc Gualtieri at IVF Florida?
Make a list of questions before your appointment so you don't forget.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marc Gualtieri at IVF Florida?
Dr. Gualtieri is personable and eloquent and always made me feel like I mattered. I never felt like he had to check the chart to see who I was or what I was there for.
Describe the protocols Marc Gualtieri used in your cycles at IVF Florida and their degree of success.
We were diagnosed with unexplained infertility and tried several IUIs for budgetary reasons. When he finally recommended that we move to IVF, he explained the whole process and what the statistical odds were. My stim cycle was 75 of Menopur and 150 Gonal F in the morning and 75 Menopur with 75 Gonal F in the evening and wasn't changed during the cycle based on my follicular response. I then used Crinone after transfer. Our first cycle was successful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was always helpful and willing to answer my questions. Lynne was especially helpful with questions regarding how to give the shots and what to expect. She was also very compassionate with the emotional turmoil that occurs during this process.
Describe your experience with IVF Florida.
The clinic's strengths are its size, allowing it to utilize resources a smaller facility may not have available but this can also be a weakness. There is some inconsistency between the offices and I found my home office of Jupiter to be more amenable to me than the main office in Margate. In Jupiter I was a human, in Margate I was a number. I would want a new patient to understand that you'll spend more time with your home office than Margate so if you feel this way too, you should probably still stick with them if you like your home office.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at IVF Florida.
The monitoring appointments were pretty well run. You would start in the initial waiting room, then get called back to a smaller room outside of the ultrasound room, then be called in as the patient ahead of you was finished. I don't remember waiting more than an hour or so to finish a full monitoring appointment. Those appointments were always in the morning which was convenient for me but may cause an issue for others.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marc Gualtieri at IVF Florida.
I think each IUI was around $1,500.00 and the total cost for the IVF was about $15,000.00.
Describe Marc Gualtieri's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at IVF Florida.
When we first met for our consultation we discussed implanting 2 embryos due to my age (37 at the time) but by the time I had my fresh egg transfer the protocol had changed and only 1 was authorized. We had a discussion prior to the transfer (I was emotional because, you know, hormones) and he allowed us to implant two embryos based on our initial understanding and my acceptance of the risk of multiples. I don't know that he could even do this today due to the protocol change but the fact that he was open to my concerns and listened was most important.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Florida?
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at IVF Florida.
When I started at IVF Florida we discussed a 2 embryo transfer based on my age (37 at the time) but when it came time to do my transfer the facility's protocol had changed to only allow 1 embryo to be transferred in anyone younger than 40. This information wasn't conveyed to me until the morning of the transfer and caused some emotional turmoil. There was also a minor incident where a fee was not adequately explained but it was resolved.