Michelle Catenacci

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

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Medical SchoolWayne State
ResidencyMetrohealth Med / Clev Clinic
FellowshipCleveland Clinic
Chicago
4920 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 794-1818
Crystal Lake
820 East Terra Cotta Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 356-1818
Gurnee
30 Tower Court
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 662-1818
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Michelle Catenacci to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 71%Neutral: 6%Don't recommend: 22%8.6
18 assessments
  • 71% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 6% Neutral (7-8)
  • 22% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
9.1
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
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8.3
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
4.1
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 78%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 10%9
59 assessments
  • 78% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 12% Neutral (7-8)
  • 10% Don't recommend (0-6)
18 assessments
7
8
Age
34
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
I have only seen her [Dr. Catenacci] once as you do the consult and then she dictates to her staff. You only see her again if you request an appointment or if you need to change protocol. The appointment we had was informative but it didnt seem like she had reviewed my case much before the appointment. ... She used clomid because I was not ovulating.
They [Advanced Fert Ctr of Chicago] are very upfront about costs and BMI restrictions. They have always tried to work with our employment to schedule the procedures and will take me early if they are able. ... They [nursing staff] are super responsive to my calls and emails and explain things both during the procedures as well as for next steps. They genuinely care about us being successful and our failures are their failures too. They are always so optimistic.
Age
34
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I have only seen her once as you do the consult and then she dictates to her staff. You only see her again if you request an appointment or if you need to change protocol. The appointment we had was informative but it didnt seem like she had reviewed my case much before the appointment. It was a better meeting than my other RE meetings.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Bring all of your medical information with you and be familiar with it so you can fill in any gaps to get the best treatment plan
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She took the time to answer my questions and considered my verbal and nonverbal in how she responded
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
She used clomid because I was not ovulating. The clomid worked to ovulate according to blood work and I was given a trigger shot. She recommended IUI as it would be sure that we timed it right and that we would be using the best sperm for most success. Our 1st 2 rounds were not successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Sue but worked with many other)
They are super responsive to my calls and emails and explain things both during the procedures as well as for next steps. They genuinely care about us being successful and our failures are their failures too. They are always so optimistic.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
They are very upfront about costs and BMI restrictions. They have always tried to work with our employment to schedule the procedures and will take me early if they are able. I do sometimes wish the doctor was more visibly involved in treatment, but the nurses do a great job in communicating. If you have an FSA, you wont be able to get a receipt to be reimbursed for the services until the whole treatment cycle is complete. We have no insurance coverage and I have found their pricing to be reasonable paying out of pocket.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
A monitored IUI cycle is $1100. I also paid for clomid and a trigger shot ($120) for each round.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Not discussed.
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Michelle Catenacci
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Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee
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5
7
Age
39
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
7
I had to ask questions for conversation [with Dr. Catenacci]. She seemed knowledge of my medical history, demonstrating good recall. She smiled a lot and was friendly. Overall I had a good experience but I wouldn't say it was above and beyond... I ended up with 15 eggs retrieved and 13 fertilized with ICSI. I transferred one fresh embryo and sent the rest for PGS testing...She gave us the option of transferring 1 or 2 fresh. She didn't provide a whole lot of insight or guide us towards a decision. I wish she would have given more support in either direction.
They [Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] are easy to get in touch with and quick to respond. They called with monitoring results when they said they would. It was quick and easy to schedule appointments. They didnt provide as much in writing as I would have liked. They would just call with med changes and I prefer to have a completed calendar on hand...The nurses were very kind and patient. They were quick to respond and answered all my questions. They were easy to get a hold of.
Age
39
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
7
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She seemed kind. She answered all my questions but was also yo the point and didn't expand the conversation. I had to ask questions for conversation. She seemed knowledge of my medical history, demonstrating good recall. She smiled a lot and was friendly. Overall I had a good experience but I wouldn't say it was above and beyond.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Be sure to ask questions to get all the information you seek.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
The nurses were very kind and patient. They were quick to respond and answered all my questions. They were easy to get a hold of.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I printed with estrogen due to a low AFC of 7. For stims I used low dose HCG, gonal F, cetrotide, and triggered with 5,000 units HCG. I ended up with 15 eggs retrieved and 13 fertilized with ICSI. I transferred one fresh embryo and sent the rest for PGS testing. I am still waiting to find out how many made it to blast for testing, the results of testing, and results of the fresh embryo transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Sue)
I mainly dealt with 2 nurses (Sue out of the main Gurnee clinic, and Ashley at the Crystal Lake clinic where I went for monitoring). They were both great. They were very responsive, kind, supportive, understanding, answered all my questions, were quick to respond.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
They are a much smaller clinic then I previously went to so they took getting used to. They are easy to get in touch with and quick to respond. They called with monitoring results when they said they would. It was quick and easy to schedule appointments. They didnt provide as much in writing as I would have liked. They would just call with med changes and I prefer to have a completed calendar on hand.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
We opted for the no refund package that includes 2 Fresh and 2 Frozen Transfers with ICSI for $20k. We spent an additional $3800 for PGS testing on up to 8 embryos.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
She gave us the option of transferring 1 or 2 fresh. She didn't provide a whole lot of insight or guide us towards a decision. I wish she would have given more support in either direction.
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Michelle Catenacci
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Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
Dr. Michelle was wonderful. She sat down and did not make us feel rushed. She explained IVF perfectly and not in “doctor” terms. She had me go through each cycle we have done in detail. She answered all of our questions we had and just was overall gentle to our feelings. She did not try to force IVF on since because it’s more money- she simply let us choose our route.
Strengths- they [Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] are very thorough. They go into detail about everything and let you know what to expect. ... Weaknesses- Before I even scheduled a consult- I had reached out to them a couple times via email and they took a really long time to respond or no response at all. I highly suggest calling ... The nurses were compassionate- and during my hysteroscopy, one nurse even held my hand through the whole process- they were all wonderful
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She is compassionate & understanding. She was not forceful with what our treatment would be should be. She simply let us choose how we wanted to move forward. She described everything in detail and she described it in a way both my husband and I could understand. She was gentle and I just knew from the second we met with her- she was going to get me pregnant
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Tell her exactly how you feel & and ask as many questions as you’d like.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Michelle was wonderful. She sat down and did not make us feel rushed. She explained IVF perfectly and not in “doctor” terms. She had me go through each cycle we have done in detail. She answered all of our questions we had and just was overall gentle to our feelings. She did not try to force IVF on since because it’s more money- she simply let us choose our route. That day, we decided we wanted to do IVF - it is the best choice & I trust Dr. Michelle.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I only met with Dr. Michelle once. She performed my hysteroscopy and the met with us for a consultation. She was very specific about the results in the hysteroscopy & in the consult- let us know what to expect in our upcoming IVF cycle
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
Everyone was gentle and welcoming from the second i called to schedule a consultation. The nurses were compassionate- and during my hysteroscopy, one nurse even held my hand through the whole process- they were all wonderful
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Strengths- they are very thorough. They go into detail about everything and let you know what to expect. They also are able to get you in pretty quickly for a consultation which is amazing and they were able to schedule a IVF to start mid March!! Weaknesses- Before I even scheduled a consult- I had reached out to them a couple times via email and they took a really long time to respond or no response at all. I highly suggest calling
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Very reasonable
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Dr. Michelle told us the success rates of one and two embryo transfers. She explained the risk of multiples and the likely hood of it happening.
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Michelle Catenacci
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
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10
10
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
10
She [Dr. Catenacci] is extremely knowledgeable and was right up to speed with my history with our initial appointment. She makes the room feel less stressful when she enters with her smile and contagious laughter. She is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. She noticed a c section scar defect and was able to refer me to a top surgeon right away to get it fixed.
They [Advanced Fertility] do monitoring appointments from 6-10am even on the weekends. It was never crowded. ... The website has all the costs listed. Nothing has hidden fees. ... You normally only see the MD for consult and procedures, which is fine because the nurses are on top of everything. ... They work every single day, so if your cycle falls on the weekend or holiday, they still come and do labs or procedures.
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
My MD that did my initial IVF with my first TWO sets of twins retired and I was terrified to find a new MD. She is extremely knowledgeable and was right up to speed with my history with our initial appointment. She makes the room feel less stressful when she enters with her smile and contagious laughter. She is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. She noticed a c section scar defect and was able to refer me to a top surgeon right away to get it fixed. I appreciate that she knew when I needed outside care and guided me in the right direction. I’m looking forward to transferring more embryos in the future with her as my MD.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
she’s the total package. She smart, highly skilled in IVF and surgery, and has a great personality.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She wants a baby for us just as much as we do. She laughs with us and is open and honest when it comes to making those difficult decisions.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I have 2 sets of twins from IVF and FET with another MD from her group that retired. I met Dr. Catenacci when we consulted with her for a FET of our last embryo. First, I had a hysteroscopy which found a polyp. The polyp was surgically removed by Dr. Catenacci. We did a FET that did not result in pregnancy. I did a cycle of IVF with follistim, HCG and Ganirelex. Eggs were retrieved on day 14. 21 eggs were retrieved. 16 mature. We chose to freeze 10 eggs and fertilize 5 with ICSI (male factor). We transferred 1, 5 day blastocyst and froze 3, 5 day blastocysts. During the cycle, I had fluid in my uterus and cervix that was not going away. Dr. Catenacci reached out to Dr. Charles Miller and discussed my case. They realized I had an isthmocele (c section scar defect) that may be causing the fluid. They recommended to cancel the transfer and fix the isthmocele prior to transferring. I chose not to, and transferred one embryo. That did not result in pregnancy. I have since had a surgery with Dr. Miller and will return to Dr. Catenacci for additional FET.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Deena)
Deena is organized, is extremely knowledgeable, and very compassionate. When I got the horrible phone calls that I wasn’t pregnant, I felt a little better when it came from her. I know she wants me to have a baby just as much as I do. Whenever I have questions, she is quick to get back to me whether phone or email. She is fantastic at what she does and I know the mds depend on her in the procedure room.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
They are quick to respond to any questions by phone or email. They have a streamlined process that really works. The labs are always done in the mornings. The nurse will call you in the afternoon. You normally only see the MD for consult and procedures, which is fine because the nurses are on top of everything. They are highly skilled and knowledgeable. They work every single day, so if your cycle falls on the weekend or holiday, they still come and do labs or procedures. They are miracle workers!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
They do monitoring appointments from 6-10am even on the weekends. It was never crowded. I never had to wait more than 15mins. It was easy and convenient before work. They have a great system in place to make it easy for everyone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
The website has all the costs listed. Nothing has hidden fees. They double check insurance.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I’ve transferred two embryos, twice with another MD and successfully had two sets of twins. They recommend transferring one embryo from this point on.
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Michelle Catenacci
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
10
10
She [Dr. Catenacci] was the first doctor who actually listened to me, and genuinely wanted to help ease my fears and anxieties. She is patient, kind and empathetic. She takes the time to answer questions and explain things until I completely understand and I’m comfortable with the plan/procedure. Something I hadn’t experienced from the other specialist I have seen...is very thorough, confident and trustworthy. She is also very personable. When things haven’t gone as planned she calls me to talk about results, answer questions and explains upcoming procedures and expectations. My only regret is not switching to her sooner. She is the best and being under her care is helping us get closer to achieving our dream of a family.
I have done two embryo transfers with dr. Sherbahn [at Advanced Fertility Centers of Chicago]. Both resulting in miscarriages. 6 weeks and 13weeks. I wanted to transfer two dr. Sherbahn strongly suggested one, but we did it Sherbahn’s way Dr. Catenacci is ok with transferring 2 and I’m very happy about that... Once I was told by the receptionist that she was struggling to keep up because someone had left on maternity leave and I would have to be patient....probably not the most sensitive thing to say to a patient at a fertility clinic.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci is very thorough, confident and trustworthy. She is also very personable. When things haven’t gone as planned she calls me to talk about results, answer questions and explains upcoming procedures and expectations. My only regret is not switching to her sooner. She is the best and being under her care is helping us get closer to achieving our dream of a family.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or express feelings/fears.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She was the first doctor who actually listened to me, and genuinely wanted to help ease my fears and anxieties. She is patient, kind and empathetic. She takes the time to answer questions and explain things until I completely understand and I’m comfortable with the plan/procedure. Something I hadn’t experienced from the other specialist I have seen.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I have yet to do a cycle with her. I have frozen embryos we were getting ready to prep for transfer and she found (precancerous) polyps in my uterus. Which her then removed and sent to the lab. So we are working on getting my uterus healthy before moving on to transfer
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Aminty )
She is kind and compassionate. We communicate mostly via email and she is good at responding in a timely fashion.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
The only weakness AFCC has is the front desk/receptionist. I have had to call serval times to have records faxed, leave of absence papers signed, been placed on hold for long periods of time and overall treated as if I’m a burden. Once I was told by the receptionist that she was struggling to keep up because someone had left on maternity leave and I would have to be patient....probably not the most sensitive thing to say to a patient at a fertility clinic.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I have done two embryo transfers with dr. Sherbahn. Both resulting in miscarriages. 6 weeks and 13weeks. I wanted to transfer two dr. Sherbahn strongly suggested one, but we did it Sherbahn’s way Dr. Catenacci is ok with transferring 2 and I’m very happy about that.
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Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
10
10
Dr. Catenacci is very good about explaining EVERYTHING then really leaving it to the patient to decide what they want to do with their choices and odds... I am a very anxiety ridden person and she makes me feel so much better... After the third loss we decided to do a karyotype on my husband. He had a balanced translocation. We tried IUI with climid then as a couple decided we liked the odds of using donor eggs via IVF much better than trying and maybe getting our cycle canceled with my own.
AFCC has treated me with kindness, compassion and HOPE throughout my journey. I currently am almost six weeks pregnant after my first round of donor eggs AND a sperm donor...I have nothing but AMAZING things to say about the staff I worked with. I even asked my husband if he thought it would be weird if I invite them to my baby shower! They are caring and compassionate people and on top of that are always available. You wouldn’t know they work with so many other patients too because they never make you feel like it.
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci is a kind and compassionate human being. She is humble yet straight forward. She knows how hard this journey is and from the first day I met her she had an action PLAN. I am a very anxiety ridden person and she makes me feel so much better. The entire office staff is amazing as well. If I win this grant I will either donate it or use it in the future for the IVF transfer of the one frozen embryo we have.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I would say keep the faith. In times of trouble and loss it’s hard to be positive but with Dr. Catenacci and her staff they will get you through it. They will not give up on you. They want make you feel annoying if you email 10x a day with worry or questions. They treat you like a member of their family at the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
This has been a very hard journey for me. I come from a HUGE family (my mom is one of 11) and each person has had no fertility issues and many kids of their own. AFCC has treated me with kindness, compassion and HOPE throughout my journey. I currently am almost six weeks pregnant after my first round of donor eggs AND a sperm donor.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I am 27 and diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve/ more than one loss. After the third loss we decided to do a karyotype on my husband. He had a balanced translocation. We tried IUI with climid then as a couple decided we liked the odds of using donor eggs via IVF much better than trying and maybe getting our cycle canceled with my own. Our babies will come from donors and we are completely OK with that.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Ashley, RN and Aminty, RN and Kathy, RN (she might be an ultrasound tech))
I have nothing but AMAZING things to say about the staff I worked with. I even asked my husband if he thought it would be weird if I invite them to my baby shower! They are caring and compassionate people and on top of that are always available. You wouldn’t know they work with so many other patients too because they never make you feel like it.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Their strengths are their compassion and their knowledge. I also never felt like I was just a number being a patient there. They cry with you and smile with you. I hate to sound cliche but I have not experienced one miscommunication or misstep with this clinic so I have not one weakness to describe. The individuals I work with I would recommend to anyone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Our insurance covers nothing so of course the price was extreme. We did require help of family members to afford our treatment.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Dr. Catenacci is very good about explaining EVERYTHING then really leaving it to the patient to decide what they want to do with their choices and odds.
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Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee
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4
7
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
4
7
I never saw Dr. Catenacci besides our very firs consultation appointment. She had me under go 3 rounds of IUI and each one came back negative. After my 3rd failed IUI, she then had the nurse call me (per usual) and tell me that the doctor thinks we should check to see if my tubes are open if we want to move forward with another IUI. I feel, that should have been done my very FIRST appointment, because if they are blocked.. I just wasted a lot of time and a lot of our hard earned money.
the nursing staff [at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago-Gurnee] is great! They all seem very knowledgeable, always answer any questions you may have to the best of there ability, and all made me feel very comfortable during each ultrasound, and iui procedure. if you're going with Dr.C don't plan on seeing her or communicating with her at all.... I was on Femara/Clomid each cycle.. 3 pills for 5 days. Ultrasound to check follicles, trigger point shot when ovulating, husband would collect sperm and the IUI would be done an hour later.
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
4
7
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I never saw Dr. Catenacci besides our very firs consultation appointment. She had me under go 3 rounds of IUI and each one came back negative. After my 3rd failed IUI, she then had the nurse call me (per usual) and tell me that the doctor thinks we should check to see if my tubes are open if we want to move forward with another IUI. I feel, that should have been done my very FIRST appointment, because if they are blocked.. I just wasted a lot of time and a lot of our hard earned money. That's when I left and got a 2nd opinion.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Make sure you are knowledgeable about treatments and what needs to be done before hand.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Our first initial appointment with Dr. C was good. She explained everything thoroughly, answered all of our questions, and gave us a step by step of what procedures we would be doing and how long we would try them. That was the ONLY time I've ever seen her. Everything IUI procedure was done by a different nurse, the nurses would be the ones to contact me and tell me my next steps. She didn't exceed in the patient care in my eyes.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I was on Femara/Clomid each cycle.. 3 pills for 5 days. Ultrasound to check follicles, trigger point shot when ovulating, husband would collect sperm and the IUI would be done an hour later.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
the nursing staff is awesome. Each nurse I had was very knowledgeable and showed compassion each and every time.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
the nursing staff is great! They all seem very knowledgeable, always answer any questions you may have to the best of there ability, and all made me feel very comfortable during each ultrasound, and iui procedure. if you're going with Dr.C don't plan on seeing her or communicating with her at all.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Each IUI cost me about 1600
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
n/a
4
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
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7
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Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
30 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
Dr. Catenacci is very knowledgeable and truly cares for her patients and wants the best for them. I was never afraid to contact her directly and she always got back to me in a timely manner. If my husband and I saw something different or intriguing in treatment on the Internet, she was always open to listening and suggesting her thoughts and new ways to see what would work....Each cycle was pretty much the same. We did five egg retrievals and all of them were about the same dosage of Follistem/Gonal F (300iu-450iu).
Ashley in the Crystal Lake office was incredible. She answered any and all questions or concerns we had via phone or email almost instantly. The nursing staff in general at AFCC are extremely compassionate and I'm forever thankful for how I was treated by them....Our surrogacy coordinator didn't show a ton of compassion and could be rude at times...I was actually happy with them doing their monitoring appointments in the early mornings. It meant that we would have results sooner.
Age
30 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci is very knowledgeable and truly cares for her patients and wants the best for them. I was never afraid to contact her directly and she always got back to me in a timely manner. If my husband and I saw something different or intriguing in treatment on the Internet, she was always open to listening and suggesting her thoughts and new ways to see what would work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I wouldn't say this with just Dr. Catenacci, but to RE's in general, I wish they would better accept the fact that sometimes there are immune issues that are working against the patient to carry a pregnancy. I would always say you need to be your own advocate. You know your body more than anyone.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci was always there for me through EVERYTHING we have been through. When we had a miscarriage, she would call me personally to check on me. If we ever had any questions or concerns, she genuinely took the time with us to answer them.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
Each cycle was pretty much the same. We did five egg retrievals and all of them were about the same dosage of Follistem/Gonal F (300iu-450iu). I'd stim for about 10-11 days with retrieval on days 12 or 13. She paid close attention to my estrogen levels and was very careful to avoid OHSS - which I greatly appreciated. The clinic uses the patients weight when prescribing PIO so I was usually on 2.4cc of PIO. I was on 2-3 pills a day of Estradiol and also baby aspirin.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
Ashley in the Crystal Lake office was incredible. She answered any and all questions or concerns we had via phone or email almost instantly. The nursing staff in general at AFCC are extremely compassionate and I'm forever thankful for how I was treated by them. Def as a patient and not a number.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
AFCC def has a lot of strengths and I think their success rates prove that. I'm thrilled that over 98% of their staff truly show compassion and care towards the patient and truly want the end result - a child - for everyone. Our surrogacy coordinator didn't show a ton of compassion and could be rude at times, but overall, I love AFCC.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I was actually happy with them doing their monitoring appointments in the early mornings. It meant that we would have results sooner. The only frustrating thing was that monitoring was done in their Gurnee office, which was a lot farther for me on the weekends.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I had insurance coverage for 85% of our treatments, so it is hard to say. But for our surrogate cycle, we paid $4000 for our frozen transfer and $800 for each time we froze embryos.
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Chicago
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10
10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
10
Dr Catenacci has a great personality, she is fun to talk to and she will give it to you straight. She is my second doctor and what a difference she is compared to my first doctor! She told me things that I was diagnosed with that the other clinic had me guessing, never told me outright, so then she set up a plan for us and we’re working on it. She has great bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable even when there are times you wouldn’t. I don’t know what else to say, except that she’s amazing!... She helps with your specific needs and strategizes accordingly. She is very helpful and makes sure you are at your best health before proceeding.
Any of Dr Catenacci’s staff [at Advanced Fertility] that I have dealt with are always super nice and very helpful and very compassionate...Very easy to work with especially with schedules and appointments. Always have someone ready to treat you or check you when you come in, never wait long. They are always on top of calling you in the afternoon with results from that day. Only one time did I have to call myself, but that was the lab that failed to get back to me....She and her staff are super into you and your needs they don’t schedule so many people at one time so you feel like a person and not a number.
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr Catenacci has a great personality, she is fun to talk to and she will give it to you straight. She is my second doctor and what a difference she is compared to my first doctor! She told me things that I was diagnosed with that the other clinic had me guessing, never told me outright, so then she set up a plan for us and we’re working on it. She has great bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable even when there are times you wouldn’t. I don’t know what else to say, except that she’s amazing!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Ask all questions. She will have answers for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She and her staff are super into you and your needs they don’t schedule so many people at one time so you feel like a person and not a number. Previous clinic I did feel like a number and it was disheartening.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
I don’t remember super specifics, but the strategies and protocols are right in line with what I hear from others. She helps with your specific needs and strategizes accordingly. She is very helpful and makes sure you are at your best health before proceeding.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Deena)
Any of Dr Catenacci’s staff that I have dealt with are always super nice and very helpful and very compassionate.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Very easy to work with especially with schedules and appointments. Always have someone ready to treat you or check you when you come in, never wait long. They are always on top of calling you in the afternoon with results from that day. Only one time did I have to call myself, but that was the lab that failed to get back to me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
It’s hard to tell because I have insurance and deductibles to meet for procedures and meds.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
All approaches from my doctor have been on point.
What specific things went wrong at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
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Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee
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6
8
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
6
8
My first round of IVF [with Dr. Michelle Catenacci] was a typical IVF however it didn't produce enough eggs so it was converted. After that, we became very aggressive and did the Microdose Lupron flare. This produced 11 eggs but only two were retrieved. Additionally, I took Coq10 and DHEA on a daily basis...I appreciated that she personally called me when my eggs did not make it to Day 2; however that was my only interaction with her. All other interactions was with her nurse which was frustrating. I would have liked her to at least check in with me during the cycles
The clinic [Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] has multiple locations, is clean and all of the staff (even technicians) are super friendly and inviting. The doctors are extremely knowledgeable. The weakness is lack of direct communication with the doctors...Cathy [nurse] was absolutely amazing. She was beyond supportive and would spend as much time with me as I needed. There is literally nothing negative I could say about her. I would recommend her to anyone!
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
6
8
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci is great to meet in person; however, the only time I spoke with her was our initial consultation, another consultation that I specifically requested and when she called to tell me that my embryos did not make it. It is very disappointing that she never calls me to discuss next steps or even to check-in as this is a very expensive, stressful process. I honestly thought about leaving her office after my first failed IVF but I stayed because of her nurses. It is disheartening that everything is run by the staff and not Dr. Catenacci.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Don't expect to hear from Dr. Catenacci except for initial meeting and failed IVF embryos.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I appreciated that she personally called me when my eggs did not make it to Day 2; however that was my only interaction with her. All other interactions was with her nurse which was frustrating. I would have liked her to at least check in with me during the cycles
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
My first round of IVF was a typical IVF however it didn't produce enough eggs so it was converted. After that, we became very aggressive and did the Microdose Lupron flare. This produced 11 eggs but only two were retrieved. Additionally, I took Coq10 and DHEA on a daily basis.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Cathy)
Cathy was absolutely amazing. She was beyond supportive and would spend as much time with me as I needed. There is literally nothing negative I could say about her. I would recommend her to anyone!
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
The clinic has multiple locations, is clean and all of the staff (even technicians) are super friendly and inviting. The doctors are extremely knowledgeable. The weakness is lack of direct communication with the doctors (it is my understanding that all of the doctors are like this).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
My insurance covered a lot of the expenses - we ended up paying out of pocket around $15,000
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
For my case, she recommended that I transfer 2 embryos (assuming there were 2 embryos) due to my low quality
6
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
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Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Chicago
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10
10
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
Dr. Catenacci was fantastic. She presented us with all our options and let us drive our treatment considering her recommendations. She presented all the information and then let us decide, which we greatly appreciated. After our miscarriage, she was reassuring and encouraging. She made sure we had all our bases covered before trying again....First, we had a consultation that showed PCOS. I was referred to have a glucose test to confirm and then start metformin to help with insulin resistance. We started with ovulation induction with clomid and a trigger with timed intercourse. My lining was too thin after 2 rounds and I had a slow response, so we moved on to letrozole and trigger with timed intercourse
Every person [at Advanced Fert] has nurse assigned to their personal case, and it my situation it was Ashley. She was wonderful and knew everything about my situation. She answered all my questions with compassion...I enjoyed the small feel of the clinic. I always recognized nurses and they take time to get to know you. It was always easy to get appointments and the staff is wonderful. I felt we were really able to make our own decisions about how agressive our care was, so make sure to ask questions to understand your options....Each IUI cost us 550 out of pocket. Ultrasounds were 300
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci was fantastic. She presented us with all our options and let us drive our treatment considering her recommendations. She presented all the information and then let us decide, which we greatly appreciated. After our miscarriage, she was reassuring and encouraging. She made sure we had all our bases covered before trying again.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci is wonderful. She will talk you through everything, but make sure to have questions so you understand all your options as you will drive your treatment plan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I personally enjoyed the level of personal care under Dr. Catennacci. Especially the care provided by the nurses. Every person has nurse assigned to their personal case, and it my situation it was Ashley. She was wonderful and knew everything about my situation. She answered all my questions with compassion and I felt Ashley wanted our pregnancy as much as we did. Dr. Catennacci has a great bedside manner. I appreciate her giving all the information and answering my questions directly, but still with compassion. After our miscarriage, both Dr. Catennacci and Ashley were immensely supportive.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
First, we had a consultation that showed PCOS. I was referred to have a glucose test to confirm and then start metformin to help with insulin resistance. We started with ovulation induction with clomid and a trigger with timed intercourse. My lining was too thin after 2 rounds and I had a slow response, so we moved on to letrozole and trigger with timed intercourse. We started with the highest dose of letrozole since it took me a dose of 150 with clomid to ovulate. After 5 unsuccessful rounds of ovulation induction with timed intercourse, we moved on to IUI. Our IUI cycles used the highest dose of letrozole and a trigger shot. We had 2 successful IUIs. The first resulting in a miscarriage and the second in a live birth.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
Ashley was amazing. Absolutely amazing. This journey is so hard. Having someone like Ashley there for support and guidance was invaluable. She answered all my questions, no matter how silly, and was always patient and compassionate. Even if I hadn't liked Dr. Catenacci, I would have stayed at the clinic for Ashley.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I enjoyed the small feel of the clinic. I always recognized nurses and they take time to get to know you. It was always easy to get appointments and the staff is wonderful. I felt we were really able to make our own decisions about how agressive our care was, so make sure to ask questions to understand your options.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Each IUI cost us 550 out of pocket. Ultrasounds were 300 but covered by insurance.
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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5
5
Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
5
Dr. Catenacci was always nice, but I didn't interact with her that much...Dr. Catenachi is personable, friendly and easy to talk to... I decided to change clinics after my first cycle was cancelled and my second one only resulted in 1 embryo. I do have lower reserve, but i was given a 40% chance of success based on my AFC during the initial consult. I decided to change doctors because I didn't feel she was that invested in achieving success for me.
AFCC uses their nursing staff to do all the communication, even for big decisions like cancelling a cycle or calling with a negative pregnancy test result. While the nurses were kind, I would have appreciate more communication from the doctor directly...Nurses were all friendly and usually pretty prompt in responding to calls and emails. They do seem to have a high caseload and be extremely busy.
Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
5
5
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci was always nice, but I didn't interact with her that much. I decided to change clinics after my first cycle was cancelled and my second one only resulted in 1 embryo. I do have lower reserve, but i was given a 40% chance of success based on my AFC during the initial consult. I decided to change doctors because I didn't feel she was that invested in achieving success for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Expect the communication to be only through the nurses unless she is the doctor performing procedures the day of your procedures or if you schedule a meeting with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenachi is personable, friendly and easy to talk to. However AFCC uses their nursing staff to do all the communication, even for big decisions like cancelling a cycle or calling with a negative pregnancy test result. While the nurses were kind, I would have appreciate more communication from the doctor directly. I believe they see alot of patients, so the communication style did make me feel like a number.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
While my AMH and AFC are somewhat lower for my age, they never expected for the cycles to go as badly as they did. My first cycle was birth control and then antagonist. It was cancelled due to poor response and converted to IUI. Given my lower reserve, I don't think we should have ever tried birth control suppression. The second cycle we did estrogen priming with microdose lupron and HGH. Results were somewhat better, but we only retrieved 2 eggs and got 1 embryo. I know the doctors can't be blamed for poor response, but on my third IVF (at a different clinic), I was able to get 12 eggs (8 mature) from an estrogen priming and antagonist protocol with max stims. So the protocol and the administration of the cycle (doses, triggering, etc) can make all the difference.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Donna)
Nurses were all friendly and usually pretty prompt in responding to calls and emails. They do seem to have a high caseload and be extremely busy.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I was drawn to AFCC due to their transparency in pricing and success rates on their website. I also found their success rates to be very good. As previously mentioned, I didn't like the communication style of all communication through nurses, even for important decisions like cancelling cycles and negative pregnancy test results.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I have some insurance up to a lifetime max, so things were covered once we hit deductible and OOP max.
5
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Chicago
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9
10
Age
37
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
10
Dr. Catenacci was very warm and informational. She asked for all the tests and results from previous IVF. ... One thing I wish would be different is to see her and consult with her during the whole process. Instead we saw her only once on the first visit and second time on the egg retrieval day. She not even schedule to do our transfer. For this much money and such a stressful process, you for sure would wish for your doctor to take care of you from the beginning till the very end
Great service. I for sure learned that Tiffany from the front desk [Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] most of the times is a nice person but when something will go wrong because of the bad communication on their end, she is not the one to apologize or act sorry. Other than that appts are very quick, you are in and out with no time and the rest of the personnel is always very nice.
Age
37
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Please see previous explanation. Like I said before I like everything about the doctor besides not being able to see her and consult with her more often. Other thank that I would recommend her to my friends, for sure.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Don’t expect to see her or talk to her often. You will be consulting everything with nurses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Catenacci was very warm and informational. She asked for all the tests and results from previous IVF. She took us under her wing with professionalisms. One thing I wish would be different is to see her and consult with her during the whole process. Instead we saw her only once on the first visit and second time on the egg retrieval day. She not even schedule to do our transfer. For this much money and such a stressful process, you for sure would wish for your doctor to take care of you from the beginning till the very end.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Deena)
Deena is an excellent nurse and communicator. She always stands on the top of everything, is VERY helpful, informational and has a great eye to details.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Great service. I for sure learned that Tiffany from the front desk most of the times is a nice person but when something will go wrong because of the bad communication on their end, she is not the one to apologize or act sorry. Other than that appts are very quick, you are in and out with no time and the rest of the personnel is always very nice. One thing they could do is to update their bathrooms (for one, hand dryer is very old and extra noisy).
What specific things went wrong at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
  • Failed to convey critical information
9
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
She took the time to understand my history and go over detailed results from testing of my past loss and all the tests I had done on myself and my partner. She is so knowledgable about all of this and I learned so much from her. When I saw her for bigger procedures she always remembered me. I felt I was in the best hands!
And a large staff meant they could always fit me in, but I never felt like a number....[The nurses at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] were amazing, spent a lot of time on the phone with me answering questions. I also loved being able to email with my nurse....The staff were all so patient to answer all questions and provide any support I needed. Dr C [Michelle Catenacci] sees so many women and always remembered my case specifically.
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She took the time to understand my history and go over detailed results from testing of my past loss and all the tests I had done on myself and my partner. She is so knowledgable about all of this and I learned so much from her. When I saw her for bigger procedures she always remembered me. I felt I was in the best hands!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She is wonderful!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
The staff were all so patient to answer all questions and provide any support I needed. Dr C sees so many women and always remembered my case specifically.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
Every medicated cycle was closely monitored and customized along the way on Dr C's direction after reviewing ultrasound and bloodwork results. We did several cycles with clomid and IUI with no success, and decided to move onto IVF which had much higher chances. The next step was always my call, she never pressured me to get more aggressive with the treatment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
They were amazing, spent a lot of time on the phone with me answering questions. I also loved being able to email with my nurse.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Several locations was great. And a large staff meant they could always fit me in, but I never felt like a number.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Cash IUI cycles were around 1400 (?) incl all the monitoring required. They had seperate prices for those paying out of pocket. Also a risk-sharing package that included a few cycles guaranteeing a pregnancy or your money back
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
She [Dr. Catenacci] had me start least invasive with clomid and IUI. The next step was injections and the final step would be IVF. I have not been able to continue treatment because I don’t have medical insurance that covers these treatments. In the meantime she also encourage me to try and lose weight as that should help with pcos...I feel like She really cared about my needs and what was/is best for me. When I called with questions or concerns they were quick to respond back.
I love Dina [nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago]! She is very compassionate and would answer any questions I had. She never seemed irritated or annoyed with me. I have spoke primarily to her so I feel like she truly cares about patients...Love that they open early but wish they were open later in the day. I love that they are open on Saturdays. Staff truly cares for their patients and takes the time to call me back. They are great at answering questions in a timely manner.
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Michelle took time to sit down with me and explain different treatments and a plan of action. I felt like she really cared about my concerns and needs. She was honest about best treatment for my Pcos and was very honest about possible risks.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Explain your wants, needs, concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I feel like She really cared about my needs and what was/is best for me. When I called with questions or concerns they were quick to respond back.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
She had me start least invasive with clomid and IUI. The next step was injections and the final step would be IVF. I have not been able to continue treatment because I don’t have medical insurance that covers these treatments. In the meantime she also encourage me to try and lose weight as that should help with pcos.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Dina)
I love Dina! She is very compassionate and would answer any questions I had. She never seemed irritated or annoyed with me. I have spoke primarily to her so I feel like she truly cares about patients.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Love that they open early but wish they were open later in the day. I love that they are open on Saturdays. Staff truly cares for their patients and takes the time to call me back. They are great at answering questions in a timely manner.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
$2,000
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
She did not discuss this with me yet as we didn’t process with IVF yet for financial reasons.
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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Nursing
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10
10
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
[Dr. Michelle Carenacci had a] Great bedside manner. Direct in approach but yet caring and informative. Perfect mix for what i need. Gave us hope but yet set realistic expectations...Takes time to answer questions. Always extremely friendly demeanor. Always on time for appointments. When having my "freak out" and "anxiety" filled moments as a patient she was always there to help me through it.
[Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] Gave payment plan to help for cash payment. Very flexible and understanding with cost. Paid for "package" for iui and ivf...Appointments always on time. Always get as soon as walk in and say good bye when you leave. Get excited for you when things workout and showed empathy when they didnt. Truly felt like they cared from the very first phone call to make the 1st appt.
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Direct but yet compassionate. Provides hope but also sets realistic expectations. Takes time to answer questions. Always extremely friendly demeanor. Always on time for appointments. When having my "freak out" and "anxiety" filled moments as a patient she was always there to help me through it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Be open and honest with your feelings and concerns. Dr Catenacci will walk you through all of them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Great bedside manner. Direct in approach but yet caring and informative. Perfect mix for what i need. Gave us hope but yet set realistic expectations.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Sue)
Puts patients at ease. Extremely friendly. Has all the answers. In high anxiety moment kept mood light.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Appointments always on time. Always get as soon as walk in and say good bye when you leave. Get excited for you when things workout and showed empathy when they didnt. Truly felt like they cared from the very first phone call to make the 1st appt.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Didnt have insurance coverage for majority of stuff but clinic billed what they could under it. Gave payment plan to help for cash payment. Very flexible and understanding with cost. Paid for "package" for iui and ivf.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Doctor left decision to us. Shared risks and factors to multiple transfer. Due to history made recommendation but not overly pushy. Left option of 1 or 2 to us. Had more available but did not provide as option.
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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10
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
I went to see Catanacci between doctors. I was planning to continue with her when a desired doctor closer to where I lived switched over to my insurance so I moved forward with her. I thought Catanacci was outstanding and if it was not for the lengthy drive I would continue with her. ... She seemed as though she was my peer. ... The plan was: low dose HCG interchangeably with Menopur
They charged a $400 for a cancelled cycle on my part. I understood that going in. ... I thought it was a great and clean clinic. I would recommend to others. They were very attentive. ... Deena was amazing. She worked closely with me and my insurance agency to make sure that we had everything we needed. ... She [Dr. Catenacci] suggested 1 I believe [eSET}
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 4 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
I went to see Catanacci between doctors. I was planning to continue with her when a desired doctor closer to where I lived switched over to my insurance so I moved forward with her. I thought Catanacci was outstanding and if it was not for the lengthy drive I would continue with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She is very familiar and personable. Make sure to tell her what you are comfortable with.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Catennaci was very amazing and had wonderful bedside manner. She seemed as though she was my peer.
Describe the protocols Michelle Catenacci used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
The plan was: low dose HCG interchangeably with Menopur. It is what we typically use as the "LH" for your cycle. Menopur is LH and FSH together. with estrogen patches and Lupron
Describe your experience with your nurse at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Deena)
Deena was amazing. She worked closely with me and my insurance agency to make sure that we had everything we needed.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
They charged a $400 for a cancelled cycle on my part. I understood that going in. I cannot think of anything additional. I thought it was a great and clean clinic. I would recommend to others. They were very attentive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I think most was covered under insurance.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
She suggested 1 I believe
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Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee
Nursing
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10
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
Dr Catenacci was very compassionate when it came to getting me pregnant. she met with me and my husband at our initial consult and completed all the IVF procedures. During my procedures I never felt uncomfortable and she made sure I knew what was going on. ... Dr was strong on only transferring 1 PGS tested embryo at a time. We were trying to avoid multiples as much as possible so we were ok with this approach
All procedures done in house [Advanced Fertility Centers of Chicago] which was local to me no need to drive to the city. Staff was kind and professional and always on time. Making appointments was a breeze. They were very friendly. ... Dr [Catenacci] was strong on only transferring 1 PGS tested embryo at a time. We were trying to avoid multiples as much as possible so we were ok with this approach
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michelle Catenacci at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr Catenacci was very compassionate when it came to getting me pregnant. she met with me and my husband at our initial consult and completed all the IVF procedures. During my procedures I never felt uncomfortable and she made sure I knew what was going on.
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
All procedures done in house which was local to me no need to drive to the city. Staff was kind and professional and always on time. Making appointments was a breeze. They were very friendly.
Describe Michelle Catenacci's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Dr was strong on only transferring 1 PGS tested embryo at a time. We were trying to avoid multiples as much as possible so we were ok with this approach
10
Doctor
Michelle Catenacci
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
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