How was your experience with Michael Edelstein at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Edelstein was very detailed and showed us the statistics of the clinic and current overall success with IVF. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive. I love the atmosphere and because they were the very first doctors I went too and felt comfortable with. I have no complaints. We went over pros and cons on what ever decision we were leaning towards and we tried them. So he was supportive but made sure we knew all risks.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Edelstein at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be open, clear, and stick to what you would like to happen or try first before making any life altering decisions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Edelstein at Shady Grove Fertility?
He has taken the time with us to go over options but it’s just hard hearing what may have to happen with my tubes. I wanted to try different avenues first before having my tubes removed. We did try different approaches but some things still just didn’t work out.
Describe the protocols Michael Edelstein used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I had multiple HSG’s to verify that my tubes were indeed blocked. I then had the tubes cleaned out and as they healed, one side partially closed while the other remained open. I was told that I have hydrospalnix. I wanted to try different options before going with his plan, which was to remove the tubes to increase the chance of success. So I decided to try a few IUIs using clomid, lextrazole, and both used a trigger shot. None of the IUIs were successful. We went onto another clinic due to us being military and that’s where we had a fresh IVF cycle completed and lost the baby about 4weeks.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had great experiences with the nurses. If I had questions, they would assist. If I had to call in, before the close of business I would have a answer or the very next morning.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Be prepared to come in with a strong and positive attitude up front. It will be very tough going forward but be sure your comfort and care is taken care of. Become acquainted, be open, go over several options and think about it. Don’t make a decision right away. You can make some decisions that cannot be reversed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Edelstein at Shady Grove Fertility.
For what we could afford while using federal insurance, each IUI was 350, plus 100 for the semen wash plus cost of meds. Copay only for clomid and lextrazole. The tubal reconstruction, I had to pay about 300. Each visit had a copay roughly of about 40. ( for the second doctor with Walter Reed, we had to pay 5,500 for the whole process; start to finish. This was only because I was lucky enough to land active duty orders. This is only temporary and can be cut at any time due to my change in status.
Describe Michael Edelstein's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
If I had a choice, I would do multiple. At shady grove we could but because of my change in service, I can not be seen at shady Grove unless we pay out of pocket for everything. So Walter Reed has a protocol and it’s very strict. One embryo under the age of 35.