How was your experience with Michael Edelstein at Fertility Institute of Virginia?
He is extremely good at what he does, very responsive, and honest. His skills are excellent. He is not brusque and has a decent bedside manner. My only complaint, and this is simply due to my own personality and not due to any deficit or issue on his part, is that at times I felt like he was not taking potential concerns I had seriously and didn't explain in enough detail why my concerns were invalid. When I researched potential reasons for my infertility online, he would say that the reason I was interested in was not applicable, but didn't go into any great detail as to why. He was at times willing to dig into the science with me and discuss specifics, but not always. He's also not extremely warm and fuzzy, but he's also not cold or unempathic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Edelstein at Fertility Institute of Virginia?
Have your questions written out in advance and know what your goals are. He's very direct.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Edelstein at Fertility Institute of Virginia?
He was responsive to my needs and always willing to explain things. He answered my questions, joked with me, and was respectful.
Describe the protocols Michael Edelstein used in your cycles at Fertility Institute of Virginia and their degree of success.
We started with Clomid as I'd already had other hormonal regulation with my previous RE that had failed. Then we did Clomid with a trigger. Then we did Clomid with an IUI. Then we did IUIs with injectables and a trigger. Then we finally moved to IVF with ICSI, and we did a freeze all of our 5 day blastos so that we could have then biopsies and genetically tested. Our testing showed chromosomal abnormalities on 10 of our 11 blastos and we transferred our one remaining embryo the following month. She is now 5 weeks old.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Institute of Virginia. (Assigned nurse: Beth)
She is wonderful.
Describe your experience with Fertility Institute of Virginia.
All the doctors are highly skilled, so seeing the on call doc on weekends was not an issue for me. I never had to use the after hours emergency line, but they do have one. I saw 3 other doctors for ultrasounds on weekends and was pleased with all of them. Good bedside manner and very good at their work.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Edelstein at Fertility Institute of Virginia.
The entire IVF cost was roughly $15,000 I believe, not including genetic testing done through an outside company but that did include the biopsy to send to the genetic testing. Costs of IUIs were about $500.
Describe Michael Edelstein's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Institute of Virginia.
He would have recommended transferring two embryos since my infertility was unexplained, but left it up to us. In the end, we only had 1 to transfer.