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.