How was your experience with Michele Evans at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles?
We switched clinics and chose Dr. Evans based on her stellar reviews from other patients. After our first consultation, my husband and I agreed that she was the most compassionate and professional RE we had seen. She was incredibly smart and up to date with the research in her field and she never treated us as just another number (our experience with our first clinic). She took the time to review our case, make adjustments to our protocol, and in addition, she was flexible when I asked to add certain drugs, etc to our protocol. She informed us of all risks, outcomes, percentages, etc and never sugar coated the information in a way that made false promises, however, she has *always* been hopeful and optimistic for us (after having two failed FETs with PGS embryos at our first clinic). Furthermore, she is incredibly attentive and responds to all questions via email in a very prompt manner, which is not my experience with our first RE. It is obvious she truly cares for her patients and their wellbeing, and we are so so happy to have made the switch to Dr. Evans and her clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michele Evans at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles?
Don't be afraid to ask her any and all questions about your treatment. She breaks down all the information in a palatable way and will be upfront about your case while also being very supportive. If you need an RE who provides personalized care AND excellent professional medical treatment, she is the RE for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michele Evans at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles?
Dr. Evans and her staff and incredibly professional and provide personalized, attentive care with me and her other patients. She takes the time to answer all of my questions, concerns and does not sugar coat anything but rather provides information in a professional yet caring, supportive manner. I have seen 4 REs and she is by far the most incredible one. She has a perfect blend of professionalism and expertise in her field with personalized care and human quality.
Describe the protocols Michele Evans used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles and their degree of success.
I did not do a retrieval with Dr. Evans because I brought my frozen embryos to her clinic, so I can only assess her treatment for a frozen embryo transfer cycle and an ERA cycle.
After 2 failed FETs with PGS normal embryos at our first clinic, we felt frustrated and needed a better RE who would examine our case carefully. Dr. Evans came up with a plan and we proceeded to do an ERA cycle and added a biopsy to test for endometriosis and endometritis. The biopsies came back normal and the ERA showed I needed just 4 more hours of progesterone.
We then prepared for our first FET cycle with Dr. Evans (third one overall) and she decided to change our protocol a bit to address any potential immune or blood clotting issues. She added dexamethasone, lovenox, and claritin/pepcid on top of daily estrogen pills. She also timed my transfer *perfectly* to 124 hours, which is where I tested receptive based on the ERA results.
I am happy to report that I am pregnant from the first FET with Dr. Evans! I truly believe that she made all the difference in our ability to get pregnant. We know we still have to pass a few tests but this is a huge milestone for us and our very first positive pregnancy. I am convinced Dr. Evans was the reason why I am pregnant my first FET with her (and 3rd FET overall)!! :)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles. (Assigned nurse: Amada Hernandez)
Amada and the other members of the staff are all kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly. They promptly return phone calls and emails about any/all concerns and I never feel rushed with them at the clinic.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles.
PFCLA Glendale is the satellite office for PFCLA in Westwood so the only downside (if you dont live near Westwood) is you have to go to the Westwood office for transfers and retrievals. However, these are not frequent visits so it is 100% worth enduring the traffic! The Glendale office is small, clean, quiet, and very lovely. It's very convenient location to folks in the northeast/downtown area of LA.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michele Evans at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles.
Dr. Evans' costs were comparable to other fertility clinics in the area. Luckily we receive a discount as Kaiser patients so it saves us some money.
Describe Michele Evans's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles.
Dr. Evans was against transferring 2 PGS embryos, and thank goodness we listened to her. After 2 failed FETS at our previous clinic, we wanted to increase our pregnancy odds by transferring 2 pgs embryos. Dr. Evans cautioned against this and gave us all the statistics of high risk pregnancy that twins can pose. Thank goodness we followed her recommendations because we ended up pregnant with one pgs embryo! :)
What specific things went wrong at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Pacific Fertility Center Los Angeles.
There was just one minor incident with my progesterone instructions - Dr. Evans and the nurses mixed up the appropriate dosage for progesterone during my ERA cycle but it was not a major mix up and I was still able to continue my ERA cycle. It was only one minor incident and thankfully it did not affect our treatment! It was a human error!