How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg at Michigan Reproductive Medicine?
I feel like Dr. Mersol-Barg was kind, patient & personable. I also love how he has a support group open to patients in his office or not & that he attends every one. With that being said, out initial consultation was really led by him with what seemed like a routinely rehearsed “skit” of what he tells every patient for treatment if he believes they have PCOS. This entailed a lot of reading, talking, & watching of videos. I had brought a full list of questions & things from my history I wanted to go over & he didn’t really take the time to listen, we were kind of shuffled off to the NP after he said everything he wanted to say. He also didn’t leave any room for variation. It seemed like he uses the same protocol on every PCOS patient. I also noticed that in the support groups I would attend, everyone suspected of PCOS was immediately put on Metformin & had adverse effects from it. It felt kind of like “herd treating” instead of individualized care. There were multiple times in my cycle when I brought up concerns or adjustments I wanted made & they were ignored by the doctor. The protocol was to do 3 medicated cycles w/ trigger shot & times intercourse then move to IUI/IVF from there if needed. After the 1st cycle failed & I didn’t feel like I was being heard, we decided not to move forward with this doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg at Michigan Reproductive Medicine?
He’s nice & a little quirky. He does do a decent job of putting your mind at ease. His office runs well & is usually on time which is nice. I would probably highly recommend this doctor to people who have more routine, straight forward infertility who may not need as much tweaking & interventions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Mersol-Barg at Michigan Reproductive Medicine?
I felt like all of the staff at MI Reproductive Medicine, aside from a few front desk workers & 1 ultrasound tech did a great job of making me feel comfortable & more like a human than a number.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles at Michigan Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Our protocol was to try 3 rounds of monitored, medicated cycles with a trigger shot & timed intercourse. I used 7.5mg of Letrozole CD 3-7 & had bloodwork & ultrasound monitoring to check follicular development & uterine lining anywhere from every 2-3 days. After 3 medicated cycles, our plan was to move onto IVF as they didn’t think IUI would help us very much due to my husband having good sperm. I also had a saline sonohysterogram done prior to starting 1st medicated cycles to check uterus & if tubes were open. Husband has a sperm analysis done. Everything came back normal.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I thought the nursing staff were very efficient & kind. Also, there was a younger, pregnant ultrasound tech (can’t remember her name) who I would pray I had each appointment because she was so good, thorough, & would explain results to me. The other tech barely spoke.
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic is very nice. It is clean, up to date, ran well by the office staff. The nurses, ultrsound techs, & people who draw blood are all very friendly for the most part. The front desk workers seemed kind most of the time but I did have not so good experiences with the finance team upon checkout after my appointments once or twice. Sometimes they just seemed moody.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg at Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
I believe when all said & done we spent close to $1,500-$2,000 total for 1 round of medicated, monitored cycle w/ trigger shot. That’s including our initial consultation which I believe was around $250. After that, medication came to around $100 total & every monitoring / bloodwork appointment cost between $60-$80 & we had a lot of those. Plus, my SHG & Husband’s SA which probably totaled around $300-$350..
What specific things went wrong at Michigan Reproductive Medicine?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
My prolactin & thyroid levels were coming back a little higher than they should have been for while trying to conceive & the doctor & NP’s really didn’t seem too concerned. When my 1st cycle failed, I felt like that could have been a contributing factor & would have liked to at least had my levels investigated more & possibly be put on low dose medication to treat prolactin and/or TSH levels.