How was your experience with Michael Murray at Northern California Fertility Medical Center?
Dr. Murray is great at working with you to make sure you understand what is going on with your treatment - explaining in terms that both partners understand.
That said, I don't feel like they have always been great at adjusting treatment as things change - when I didn't react as expected to the progesterone suppositories during my IUI, they still used the same progesterone suppository protocol during my FET, which I really feel contributed to the failure of that cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Murray at Northern California Fertility Medical Center?
Be prepared to advocate for yourself, and request repeat tests of anything that hasn't been done in the last six months. We wasted time on an IUI that was based on an out-dated semen analysis that showed we didn't have MFI, when in reality we do.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Murray at Northern California Fertility Medical Center?
Dr. Murray has always done a very good job of discussing our treatment with BOTH of us, rather than just with me, which hasn't been the case with all the doctors at the clinic. He makes my partner feel very much part of the equation.
That said, it does feel like treatment there is "one size fits all," which obviously isn't always the case.
Describe the protocols Michael Murray used in your cycles at Northern California Fertility Medical Center and their degree of success.
IVF retrieval cycle was gonal-f and menopur, then cetrotide. Transfer cycle was letrozole days 3-7, gonal-f days 7-12, trigger day 12, transfer the following week, with antibiotics and prednisone before transfer, with progesterone suppositories after transfer. I've always ovulated on my own and had a good lining so that part was never a concern, but as I'd stated, I was very disappointed with the recommendation of using suppositories again when they didn't work well for me during my IUI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Northern California Fertility Medical Center. (Assigned nurse: Alyssa)
The medical assistants aren't always amazing but Alyssa, my nurse, has always been super communicative and very on top of any of my questions (which...I've had a lot of them). I appreciate how she answers my questions using scientific terms rather than dumbing things down - she understands that I am fairly knowledgeable about the whole process and speaks to me accordingly.
Describe your experience with Northern California Fertility Medical Center.
I like that the clinic is open early - I can regularly get 7:30 appointments - which is important since I live quite a ways out of town. They aren't super clear about when things like payment is due - you really have to manage that part on your own. It hasn't been an issue, because I've tried to stay super diligent about it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Murray at Northern California Fertility Medical Center.
$13350 for the IVF retrieval cycle. $1750 for the first transfer, I think it is $3500 for any subsequent transfer. Retrieval cycles are cheaper after the first one (second retrieval is $12350, third is $10350?). IUI was REALLY expensive compared to what I've seen elsewhere - $2500 or something.
Describe Michael Murray's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Northern California Fertility Medical Center.
Dr. Murray was adamant that we transfer one embryo because it was tested as PGS normal and because of my age (33). They don't do multiple transfers unless you are much older and haven't tested the embryos.
What specific things went wrong at Northern California Fertility Medical Center?
- Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Northern California Fertility Medical Center.
There were a couple of times when the doctors didn't really talk to BOTH of us during appointments, which I didn't appreciate - they treated my partner like some kind of afterthought.
There was also the day where we took in a semen sample, and the medical assistant took it out of the bag, and viewed it and was very judgmental about the size of the sample in the middle of the hallway in front of other patients.