How was your experience with Mark Amols at New Direction Fertility Centers?
I greatly like Dr. Mark Amols. He understood immediately the sort of financial challenges I was facing becoming a single parent, and took that into account when recommending a course of treatment. He set realistic goals and explained everything to me. He even insisted on going over all my fertility options at this point (beyond what I'd chosen), just to make sure I was fully educated about my options. His rates made it possible for me to undergo treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Amols at New Direction Fertility Centers?
Once you get in to see him, be ready to hit the ground running. He's ready to start ordering tests and start treatment immediately.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mark Amols at New Direction Fertility Centers?
He really cares about his patients, and wants them to succeed in becoming parents. He and his wife went through infertility themselves, as did some of the nurses, so the people working there really get it. Everyone is very kind and accommodating.
Describe the protocols Mark Amols used in your cycles at New Direction Fertility Centers and their degree of success.
I was put on an antagonist protocol (likely due to prior diagnosis of PCOS) and my results were good. I took:
75 IU of Menopur in the morning (constant throughout treatment)
225 IU of Gonal-F in the evening (constant throughout treatment)
25 mg Cetrotide in the morning (started day 6 of stims; this was early due to my follicles growing quicker than expected)
5,000 IU Pregnyl trigger shot
I got 24 eggs at retrieval, 15 of which were mature. All 15 fertilized via ICSI, and 9 reached blastocyst stage (two at day 5, six on day 6, and one on day 7). I did PGS testing (PGT-A) and 6 of those nine were euploid, no mosaics.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at New Direction Fertility Centers.
All the nurses were very kind and helpful. There was some confusion regarding FET scheduling, but overall I'm happy with them.
Describe your experience with New Direction Fertility Centers.
Strengths: Compassionate providers, speed of getting ahold of someone in the office, no coercion to choose single embryo transfer, convenient location, and affordable prices.
Weaknesses: Getting ahold of the *right* person via Klara is sometimes tricky, FET coordinator leaves things unclear, outside of Dr. Amols himself, most of the staff seems to assume you're an expert at IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Amols at New Direction Fertility Centers.
I paid $8500 for one IVF cycle with PGS testing, and $3115 for fertility medications:
~$5000 for the IVF cycle itself, plus one transfer and one year storage (embryo storage $500/yr afterward). Some of this they were able to put through my insurance (ultrasounds, etc) so I paid a little less than the full $5000 out of pocket.
$1200 embryo biopsy (up to 8 embryos, more billed individually, less and it carries over to next cycle)
~$2000 PGS testing at third-party lab (up to 8 embryos, more billed individually, less and it carries over to next cycle)
$500 ICSI fertilization
Describe Mark Amols's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New Direction Fertility Centers.
He educated me on the trade-offs, but does not push SET when the mother would be capable of carrying twins safely. The decision to transfer one or two embryos is left up to the patient.
What specific things went wrong at New Direction Fertility Centers?
Describe the specific things that went wrong at New Direction Fertility Centers.
My appointment to meet with the FET coordinator wasn't conveyed to the coordinator herself, and she was unable to see me that day. I was told she would message me on the app, but that was not conveyed to her as well. I still have unanswered questions. All other appointments have gone smoothly.