Marie Menke

UPMC Magee

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Doctor, Nurse available by emailDoctor, Nurse available by direct lineNot available by cell phone
Medical SchoolCol. of Virginia
ResidencyCol. of Virginia
FellowshipAlbert Einstein
Youngstown
900 Sahara Trail
Youngstown, OH 44514
412-641-1000
Bower Hill
1082 Bower Hill Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
(412) 641-1600
Magee
300 Halket St., Suite 5150
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 641-1600
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Marie Menke to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 32%Don't recommend: 28%7.3
11 assessments
  • 40% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 32% Neutral (7-8)
  • 28% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend UPMC Magee to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 48%Neutral: 20%Don't recommend: 32%6.9
36 assessments
  • 48% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 20% Neutral (7-8)
  • 32% Don't recommend (0-6)
11 assessments
10
Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
10
From our very first visit she [Dr. Menke] was very down to earth. It was like sitting there talking to a friend. She was very warm and answered all of our questions. We told her to be as blunt and up front as she can and she did exactly that. She throughly explained the testing process for me, she even came in unexpectedly when one of the tests they were doing were not going well with two of the other PA’s. She made sure I was ok and asked if I was ok to get home/back to work. She’s very considerate and very through and she makes sure you understand the process before leaving her office.
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Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, South Asian
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
From our very first visit she was very down to earth. It was like sitting there talking to a friend. She was very warm and answered all of our questions. We told her to be as blunt and up front as she can and she did exactly that. She throughly explained the testing process for me, she even came in unexpectedly when one of the tests they were doing were not going well with two of the other PA’s. She made sure I was ok and asked if I was ok to get home/back to work. She’s very considerate and very through and she makes sure you understand the process before leaving her office.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Go with an open mind and heart. She can either beat around the bush and be soft but we asked her to be brutally honest and she was- as an RE should be in my opinion.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
The entire staff was very kind and considerate of my feelings. Speaking with Dr.Menke was like sitting down talking to a friend. I wasn’t just another number.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
I used clomid 100mg from cycle days 3-7. Ovulation kits starting day 9. They had me come in for an ultrasound on day 12 to see how my follicles were. If I had a surge when I tested on day 12 or before I was to come in for bloodwork. Unfortunately I didn’t have a surge the first 2 times so they did Ovidrel on day 12 or 13 and did the IUI 48 hours after that and used progesterone 100mg suppositories until my next period. My 3rd IUI they waited until cycle day 17 ( I surged later in my cycle than most women) but I still had a negative pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very compassionate and kind. They know you are going through something so hard and are mindful of that.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
Strengths would be how through they are and how they explain the journey you will go on. A weakness would be how long it actually takes to get an appointment (months). But it was so worth the wait. They make you feel so comfortable in very uncomfortable situations.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Each cycle was about 1,300. A visit with her was only 40.00 (my copay) And my preliminary testing was not covered by my insurance, which I had to pay my deductible (1,200)
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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5
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
Dr. Marie Menke was caring and compassionate. She was also professional, she offered hope but didn't offer false hope. She always remained professional. Dr. Menke was easy to talk to and have difficult conversations with....Dr. Menke doesn't sugar coat odds, however she does give you hope.... I had various blood work and ultrasounds, including a sonohystergram in January 2018. All bloodwork and US's came back normal, providing no answers to why we are not able to conceive on our own. We decided to move forward with IUI/Clomid cycles.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Marie Menke was caring and compassionate. She was also professional, she offered hope but didn't offer false hope. She always remained professional. Dr. Menke was easy to talk to and have difficult conversations with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
I would advise them to go in with an open mind. Dr. Menke doesn't sugar coat odds, however she does give you hope.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
There were times I felt treated like a number and times I felt treated like a human. When being taken back for the IUI, the nurses would ask (all four times I did IUI), "this is your first IUI, right?". Talk about rubbing salt in a wound. The staff for the most part was amazing with the exception of being asked questions that should be avoided when they have access to your medical charts.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
I had various blood work and ultrasounds, including a sonohystergram in January 2018. All bloodwork and US's came back normal, providing no answers to why we are not able to conceive on our own. We decided to move forward with IUI/Clomid cycles. After each IUI I also used vaginal progesterone. During my second round of IUI I got severe headaches from the Clomid, the headaches were solid all day for over a month. For the third and fourth cycles I was switched to letrozole. After 4 failed IUI cycles, we re-evaluated and decided to move forward with IVF. After deciding to move forward with IVF we switched Dr's.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff asked me each time I went in for an IUI if this was my first IUI. I never understood why they asked that. There was a moment of awkward silence and then a no from me. Questions like that really rub salt in the wound, certainly they could check medical charts before asking questions like at about such a sensitive subject. The nursing staff however was always compassionate and caring.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
Strength- small flexibility with scheduling. Weakness- answering services. When calling to schedule and appointment you never get ahold of a human. You get a voicemail for the nurse line. They do call you back in a timely manner. However, you have to leave a detailed message (which isn't easy to call and say "I'm calling because I got my period and this round of IUI didn't work so I need to do this all over again". When they call you back, you have to restate everything you just said on the voicemail in more detail. IUI failures are hard enough to talk about, much less have to leave a voicemail about them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
My insurance covered office appointments and some testing/diagnostics. It did not cover the IUI rounds themselves, which were $485 each.
Describe Marie Menke's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UPMC Magee.
Although we discussed moving forward with IVF with Dr. Menke, we did not discuss in details the IVF procedure.
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
27 - 29
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
10 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
7
Dr. Menke has a very pleasant bedside manner. She was very open with what her expectations were. She listened to our questions and answered appropriately. The only negative thing I can say is she was not very open when I suggested other options. I questioned possibly adding a new medication to the regime multiple times after researching success with other patients in our situation. She quickly shut it down and told us it wouldn't work.
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Age
27 - 29
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
10 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke has a very pleasant bedside manner. She was very open with what her expectations were. She listened to our questions and answered appropriately. The only negative thing I can say is she was not very open when I suggested other options. I questioned possibly adding a new medication to the regime multiple times after researching success with other patients in our situation. She quickly shut it down and told us it wouldn't work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Stand your ground. You need to sometimes be your own advocate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
I feel that Dr. Menke took her time while explaining with my husband and I what her plan was. She answered every question we had in detail and then some.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
I have tried Clomid unsuccessfully for many cycles with a previous doctor. Due to that, Dr. Menke decided that we should try 7.5mg of Letrozole to bring on ovulation. After roughly 4 cycles she suggested adding an Ovidrel trigger shot along with the 7.5mg of Letrozole. That cycle, I ovulated on my own without the trigger shot resulting in negative pregnancy test. We have unsuccessfully done two more cycles with 7.5mg of Letrozole alone. Dr. Menke suggests going to IUI next. I asked her to add Metformin to the regime, she refused. She stated that my levels were fine. When explaining the research I had found showing the success with women who have PCOS, she said that my case was different than those women.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was great. Very friendly.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
All scheduling is done through a outside central scheduling center. There is not a phone number to get a hold of someone directly in the office unless you call the nurse line but then you must leave a message and wait for a return call. The front desk staff is unapproachable. Very short while speaking with you and rude. Staff in back, nurses and medical assistants, are wonderful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Charged roughly $500 per ultrasound in a treatment cycle. Cost of Ovidrel through special pharmacy was approximately $100 without insurance.
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
When I first saw the doctor she [Dr. Marie Menke] was willing to move forward. She was not giving me a run around and was willing to help. I was ready to move forward and she was with me the whole time. She explained the process were going to try with the IUI and what to expect each time. She is very easy to talk to and I don't feel rushed during my appointments.
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Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
When I first saw the doctor she was willing to move forward. She was not giving me a run around and was willing to help. I was ready to move forward and she was with me the whole time. She explained the process were going to try with the IUI and what to expect each time. She is very easy to talk to and I don't feel rushed during my appointments. I'm hoping the second IUI will be a success!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
If you are ready to move forward so is she! She is willing to help you get to where you want to be!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
She takes her time and listens. She is very nice and understands what you are going through.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
My treatment was insemination with my husbands semin. To inject the semin with a cathador to help the sperm arrive close to an egg. I was told to take a pregnancy test the first day of my period to make sure I was not pregnant. They would call in Clomid and take for five days. I was told to have intercourse every other day starting day 9 of my cycle. I was told to use the ovulation predictor kits day 11 and when a positve ovulation test appeared I would have an IUI the next day. After my IUI they had me use Prometrium after until 15 days past insemination. Day 15 check pregnancy and report results to the nurse. If negative stop Prometrium and your cycle should start within a few days and start the procedure all over again. She was clear as to what each medication was for and why I need to take it.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff were all very caring and supportive. With my IUI my bladder was not full enough and they didn't give up trying with the procedure. They couldn't get the cathador in place and went and did an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay. They gave me water to full up my bladder and then had sucess with the cathador. They were very encouraging and made me feel comformatable about the whole procedure!
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
They are very quick about getting an appointment and the wait is not long at all. If you don't want to get blood work at the hospital they will send your paperwork to a Quest if it is closer to make it easier on you if the drive is long. The results from the blood work are very quick and they call you the same day. Also when you call to take to a nurse they get back to you very quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
My copays to meet with Doctor Menke were $50. It didn't matter if I was there for 5 minutes or an hour. I feel she could have emailed the information one time for a five minute conversation. My blood work I never had a copayment but received bills in the mail. My IUI is covered under insurance but was billed later for I believe $247.00 but it may be all the payments for bloodwork that they didn't know for my insurance.
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
33 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
She [Dr. Menke] laid out a clear plan and adjusted when necessary. She was very honest with us during each step of the process and gave us the ability to make decisions based on all information available, not just her recommendations...She's wonderful and even though you might not see her every time, she knows exactly what is going on and is always happy to give you a call and talk about it... For my donor cycle, we did a uterine scratch the month before.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
She was wonderful. She laid out a clear plan and adjusted when necessary. She was very honest with us during each step of the process and gave us the ability to make decisions based on all information available, not just her recommendations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
She's wonderful and even though you might not see her every time, she knows exactly what is going on and is always happy to give you a call and talk about it
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
She was open and honest with us. It was obvious she cared but didn't want us to be lead down a path that wouldn't work.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
Our first cycle together was planned by another doctor, so she followed through with the previously designed protocol. However our second cycle we did an long cycle with Lupron priming followed by 4 vials of menopur, two times a day (8 total) for stimulation. For my donor cycle, we did a uterine scratch the month before.
Describe your experience with your nurse at UPMC Magee. (Assigned nurse: Melissa )
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the nursing staff at this Clinic. They're wonderful nurses who care about their patients and want the best for them.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
We've been going to this Clinic for the last 4 years. Everybody there is amazing, there is relatively minimal turn around so there's a lot of continuity of care. The nurses and staff really get to know you and make what can sometimes feel like a terrible situation, actually be a pleasant one
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at UPMC Magee.
All monitoring appointments were done between when the clinic opened at 6:30 in the morning until 9:30 in the morning. This way doctors could discuss results at noon conference and call the patients with the results and update their plan of care if necessary. I never felt like a cattle call, it never felt rushed. It was great that the appointments were able to be scheduled before working hours so that it did not eat into my work day in any way, shape, or form
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
All of our procedures were covered by insurance however I did have a $10,000 deductible for medication that was met early on. I think we ended up spending an additional $12,000 on medication between all three cycles out of pocket
Describe Marie Menke's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UPMC Magee.
All transfers were recommended as one embry. Because I was under 35 and all embryos were excellent quality
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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0
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
I rarely saw Dr. Menke and when I did, my appointments always seemed rush and I never got answers on all my questions. Information that I needed for treatment was NEVER communicated, including pricing.... After my first visit and initial blood work, I was put on 50 mg of Clomid for 6 months unmonitored. Keep in my I already ovulate on my own. Then we moved to monitored clomid with IUI. After my first ultrasound, i had too many mature follicules. Therefore the first IUI was canceled and I was proscribed 25 mg of clomid. That dose allowed for an IUI but no pregnancy. I did one more cycle with Dr. Menke of 25 mg of clomid and IUI which resulted in no pregnancy
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke was the first fertility doctor I saw during my fertility journey. I didn't have an expectation or even know what to expect, but having been seen by another doctor, at a different clinic I can reflect on my visits as rushed, not thorough. I also felt like just another number, more money in their pocket. I also felt like there was nothing genuine about my interactions with her on what was the beginning of a very difficult journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Get to know your patients, take your time with them, have a general interests in their struggles, and help them understand their diagnosis and what will or can happen next. Also provide your patients with accurate cost information
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
I rarely saw Dr. Menke and when I did, my appointments always seemed rush and I never got answers on all my questions. Information that I needed for treatment was NEVER communicated, including pricing.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
After my first visit and initial blood work, I was put on 50 mg of Clomid for 6 months unmonitored. Keep in my I already ovulate on my own. Then we moved to monitored clomid with IUI. After my first ultrasound, i had too many mature follicules. Therefore the first IUI was canceled and I was proscribed 25 mg of clomid. That dose allowed for an IUI but no pregnancy. I did one more cycle with Dr. Menke of 25 mg of clomid and IUI which resulted in no pregnancy
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Rude, disingenuous, too busy to be bothered
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
Always running late, rude, not clean, just another number
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Nope, of fact she gave me the wrong code sheet to check with our insurance for IUI. I never met with a fianial advisor. This is the beginning of many financial issues
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
30 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
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The new protocol (estrogen priming) worked much better! We made it to retrieval, transfer, and even have 5 embryos that are frozen! I am cautiously expecting right now and Dr. Menke is following that until I can be released from their office. I really feel she went above and beyond my expectations - she seemed to anticipate my needs (emotionally and otherwise) and tailored her treatment to my specific case. I will be glad when I don't *have* to see her anymore but will miss her and the excellent care she provided me!
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Age
30 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
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How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke did two laparoscopies on me, multiple medicated cycles, IUIs, and eventually IVF. My first IVF cycle was cancelled before we ever made it to retrieval because I only had 3 mature eggs when expectations were for a lot more. She took the time to call and go over all of the details, talk about next steps and what we would do differently. I had been so upset that I really didn't absorb everything and had a lot more questions the next day - she called me back and went over everything again and answered all of my questions. She helped prepare me for the next cycle and was encouraging that we could get much better results with a different protocol, knowing how my body has reacted to medications in the past and with injectables. The new protocol (estrogen priming) worked much better! We made it to retrieval, transfer, and even have 5 embryos that are frozen! I am cautiously expecting right now and Dr. Menke is following that until I can be released from their office. I really feel she went above and beyond my expectations - she seemed to anticipate my needs (emotionally and otherwise) and tailored her treatment to my specific case. I will be glad when I don't *have* to see her anymore but will miss her and the excellent care she provided me!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Don't be afraid to ask questions or to have her explain things to you! She will, and she'll ensure that you understand.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke was so compassionate and treated me with kindness and understanding. It was obvious that she truly cared about my feelings throughout treatment, as well as my health and getting results. She was always very thorough in explaining things and took the time to answer every question.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
My successful IVF cycle used the estrogen priming protocol. She chose that for me as my previous IVF cycle (and previous medicated cycles) never produced more than 3 follicles. Since my antral follicle count suggested I should get many more she suspected that I may have premature ovarian aging. She didn't want to risk over suppression by using birth control pills or lupron, and so estrogen priming it was. That would allow receptors in the follicles to open up and basically "wake up" my sleepy ovaries so that they'd accept the hormones and actually grow. My follicles grew slower (which was a good thing!) and I required more medication at higher doses, but in the end it was very effective and I ended up with good quality embryos. Out of 11 mature, 9 fertilized, we transferred the best looking one on day 3, and 5 made it to day 5 to freeze. We are cautiously expecting our first child now.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
In the beginning I had a lot of issues with the nursing staff - scheduling appointments, knowing why I was there, having prescriptions called in, getting specifics of my results. It was very frustrating and if it hadn't been for Dr. Menke I would have switched to a different practice. Things seemed to have improved a lot in the past 4 months though. Everyone there seems in a better mood and they seem to be running a little smoother now.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
A weakness is that anytime you call in you get the voicemail. And if you're like me and can't take personal calls while you are working it ends up being unending phone tag with the nurses. If you want very specific questions answered be sure to ask otherwise they'll just tell you things "look okay" without giving you actual results/information. The nurses don't always know why you are there on a given day and there seems to be a lot of miscommunication at times. Be prepared to advocate for yourself. It is so very important for you to understand what you are doing and why, and what each visit is for, and what the expectations are for your cycle. You are your own best advocate! You need to take charge of your own care and be sure that you are being provided the best care possible. The strengths would be having Dr. Menke on their staff as she is wonderful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
I was fortunate that my insurance covered the cost of all diagnostics and IUIs. Medications were not covered, and everything associated with IVF was out of pocket. They provided a list of what everything would cost up front, some things were optional, so we were aware of what we were getting into with IVF.
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
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Dr Menke was open and honest with us. We were patients of Dr. Nayaks before she moved, and I was very nervous switching, as I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Nayak....he's warm and welcoming, but doesn't give a false sense of hope, and that is extremely important to me...The ONLY downside is that while she is always available via phone or email, she generally only sees scheduled patients one day a week. But even with that, when I was in a cycle, I heard from her regularly and she was at key ultrasounds.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
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How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
She's warm and welcoming, but doesn't give a false sense of hope, and that is extremely important to me. Coming into something as complex and emotional as IVF, my husband and I wanted to find a doctor who was caring and compassionate but who also was honest and upfront with the realities of our situation. And Dr. Menke is that person. The ONLY downside is that while she is always available via phone or email, she generally only sees scheduled patients one day a week. But even with that, when I was in a cycle, I heard from her regularly and she was at key ultrasounds.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Don't be discouraged if it takes a bit to get an appointment with her, it's worth the wait.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr Menke was open and honest with us. We were patients of Dr. Nayaks before she moved, and I was very nervous switching, as I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Nayak. Because of our issues, we know our chances of conceiving using my eggs are low, and while Dr. Menke doesn't sugar coat things, she is kind and warm and I really believe that she cares about us as people.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
My first cycle was designed by my previous doctor, Dr. Menke followed the protocols that she had laid out, I have diminished ovarian reserve, so they maxed me out on Menapur and Gonal F. My second cycle was designed by Dr. Menke. I was maxed out on Menapure and Gonal F in my first cycle and was only able to get 2 eggs. She suggested an experimental priming protocol. This time, she was hoping to increase my egg count (I was told it wouldn't be a miracle, that maybe we could get from 2 to 3 or 4) and slowly bring me up. She thought that maybe one follicle showed it was dominate and that stopped all others from growing. This second cycle was a long cycle, 10 days after I ovulated, I took estrogen for three days and then added cetrotide for another three days, then when I got my period, I began the stim medication on day two (I took menapur twice a day). My eggs did increase, they were able to get three
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They're wonderful. I was always greeted with a smile, and when I got my daily calls, they let me ask a million questions. I am so grateful for how caring they are, it really makes a difference.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
I would recommend Magee to anyone in the Pittsburgh area. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Insurance covered all of the procedures, however we maxed out on our drug coverage, so most of the medications during the second cycle were out of pocket.
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
33 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
She [Dr. Marie Menke] thoroughly looked into my chart and followed up with what she said she was going to. She actually called me 5 minutes after I left her office to update me on insurance coverage...I only had treatment with dr menke for one iui. She kindly gave me letrozole instead of clomid because I had such a bad experience with clomid in the past...Dr menke is very straightforward, she gives you the facts but she does it in a respectable and compassionate way. She comes across as a caring doctor.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr menke is very straightforward, she gives you the facts but she does it in a respectable and compassionate way. She comes across as a caring doctor. When I have an appointment with her it is in her office and not in an exam room where I have to see a med srudent while waiting for her. She thoroughly looked into my chart and followed up with what she said she was going to. She actually called me 5 minutes after I left her office to update me on insurance coverage
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Come prepared with questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr menke is very nice and personable. She is a very caring doctor
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
I only had treatment with dr menke for one iui. She kindly gave me letrozole instead of clomid because I had such a bad experience with clomid in the past
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Over the 3 years I have been going to this office I have not had a good experience with the nurses. With the exception of maybe 2-3 nurses, they were not very compassionate or considerate of me as a patient
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
The clinic has an Acupuncturist which is a great asset for them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Specialist copay for office visits and deductible for iui
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Pittsburgh
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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4
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
4
Dr. Menke is fantastic! She is attentive and compassionate. She is one of the only reasons we've stayed with the clinic. She explains things thoroughly and is also very aware of the expense of fertility treatments and does her best to minimize them...Dr. Menke utilized a very specific estrogen protocol to reduce fluid build up in my lining. She was very thorough in making sure we had a successful transfer...When I had a pregnancy I was not told that I was measuring a week behind. I learned this information after looking at my chart post miscarriage
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Age
31 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
4
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke is fantastic! She is attentive and compassionate. She is one of the only reasons we've stayed with the clinic. She explains things thoroughly and is also very aware of the expense of fertility treatments and does her best to minimize them.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Beware of the rest of the staff.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Dr. Menke isn't very attentive but the office itself is too large. I've been going there for well over a year and she is the only staff member that knows my name. They don't review my chart so despite being a lesbian I am asked questions like "are you doing timed intercourse" and the like.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
Dr. Menke utilized a very specific estrogen protocol to reduce fluid build up in my lining. She was very thorough in making sure we had a successful transfer
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are absolutely awful. We missed an entire cycle due to a nursing error. They frequently provided me with false information. I have access to my chart due to working in the same hospital system and their documentation was also inappropriate.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
Very disorganized and too large. Billing is not specific and hard to figure out. They also did not send any kind of notice before sending a bill for our year of storage.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
30k
Describe Marie Menke's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UPMC Magee.
She followed current guidelines with a preference for a more conservative approach.
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
2
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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I appreciated Dr Menke because when one of my tests got canceled she personally performed the procedure herself. She did not blame me for the cancellation and was very accommodating. She also offered to do phone consultations for follow up. This was very helpful because I did not need to drive to the hospital and I was not charged for the phone call.... I did 3 IUIs with 25mg Clomid, 12 day ultrasound and Ovidrel....
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Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
How was your experience with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
I appreciated Dr Menke because when one of my tests got canceled she personally performed the procedure herself. She did not blame me for the cancellation and was very accommodating. She also offered to do phone consultations for follow up. This was very helpful because I did not need to drive to the hospital and I was not charged for the phone call.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Ask lots of questions and bring someone with you to listen to the answers
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Marie Menke at UPMC Magee?
Spoke to me on a professional level that made me feel human. Was kind during procedures.
Describe the protocols Marie Menke used in your cycles at UPMC Magee and their degree of success.
I did 3 IUIs with 25mg Clomid, 12 day ultrasound and Ovidrel.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The office was not always organized. I had a test cancelled because I didn’t receive the instructions. I also showed up once for an appointment and they asked why I was there.
Describe your experience with UPMC Magee.
Stay organized yourself because they may not always be. Ask for written directions for any tests or procedures. Do not hesitate to call with any questions. The ultrasound staff are very kind and friendly
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marie Menke at UPMC Magee.
Ultrasounds were around $300. My initial consultation was $400.
What specific things went wrong at UPMC Magee?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Marie Menke
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
UPMC Magee
Magee
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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