How was your experience with Mick Abae at Fertility & Genetics?
Dr. Abae may not be super blunt at time. He seemed nice and approachable and wanting his patients to succeed. I felt that at times he was too nice and masked the true reality of a situation. Maybe he didn't want to hurt my feelings and perhaps say how poor the situation may be. For example, if you don't have a heartbeat by a certain week in the first trimester, tell the patient that 99 percent of the time the pregnancy is doomed and you can either wait for a miscarriage or have a D&C.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mick Abae at Fertility & Genetics?
Ask questions, be aware his clinic is very expensive because it is a private boutique clinic, and get prices from the financial person. He may not have enough staff at all times, which can be a big problem and hurt communication.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mick Abae at Fertility & Genetics?
His clinic is a boutique clinic. He works hard, seven days a week, but sometimes I felt like the two nurses he had at the time were overwhelmed. Communication was good in person, emailing or calling was sometimes frustrating. You would call, email, and call, call, call to get the answers you need. I felt like Dr. Abae listened, and he was patient because I always came with a lot of questions and research studies to find out if he agreed with them being applicable for my situation.
Describe the protocols Mick Abae used in your cycles at Fertility & Genetics and their degree of success.
My protocol was a micro dose flair protocol with HGH
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility & Genetics. (Assigned nurse: Rachel)
Rachel was very caring and compassionate. She was a real nurse! I was sad that she left the practice.
Describe your experience with Fertility & Genetics.
After about a year with the clinic, it seems like the clinic suddenly started rotating with new people? I feel like looking back perhaps some of the staff felt overworked and overwhelmed by the amount of patients and work. The deal breaker for me was the price. I could not do another IVF cycle for financial reasons after getting surprised. After the primary billing/insurance person left, it seems billing was not being done properly/or correctly, or maybe at all? I was being billed both in and out of network fees and both were quite high for comparable clinics.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility & Genetics.
I felt that monitoring in the morning worked well, I was usually in at 7:30 am and make it to work on time most of the time. My clinic was about an hour away from my job in the rush hour traffic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mick Abae at Fertility & Genetics.
I spent a lot of money. I purchased a 3 cycle IVF package with PGS screening. I got a refund on the screening because the embryos did not grow to day 5/6. Apart from that fee, which changes, so ask and get it in writing! I elected to pay for 1st trimester monitoring three times after spontaneous pregnancies, one of which we had to stop my IVF cycle for and had to have 3 D&C procedures for missed miscarriages. The fees for the 1st trimester monitoring and D&C's were more that the IVF package! I think the cost of my out of pocket treatment with Dr. Abae's treatment would be about the same as 1 or maybe 2 luxury suv's!
Describe Mick Abae's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility & Genetics.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility & Genetics?
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility & Genetics.
I was given a handout regarding my IVF protocol. It started what supplements to take and what injections to do; however, when I did not see some supplements like DHEA on my list, I stopped them. I emailed and called the clinic, but I wasn't given an answer about continuing all of my supplements again until my next ultrasound. Therefore, I lost a day or two. Maybe it would have helped, and perhaps maybe not.....