How was your experience with Natalia Grindler at Conceptions Reproductive Associates?
I was devastated to learn at 33-years-old, I had diminished ovarian reserve. When my husband and I didn't get any good embryos after our first round of IVF (due to my poor egg quality), Dr. Grindler didn't throw out the word "donor eggs", as most fertility doctors quickly would. She believed in my body, at a time when I wasn't sure I entirely did. She prescribed me a steroid and we ended up getting two perfect embryos :-)
When it came time for transfer, Dr. Grindler knew how bumpy of a road it was to get our embryos and made sure the stars aligned perfectly, so I could be pregnant. I've heard at other fertility clinics, they just transfer all the embryos back in you and "hope for the best" - not at Conceptions. When polyps were found in my uterus, Dr. Grindler made sure they were removed, so the embryo wouldn't implant on one. When my thyroid level elevated, she pushed back my transfer to make sure our baby would have the perfect environment and that I wouldn't miscarry. We trusted Dr. Grindler every step of the way and so glad we did! It took a lot of patience, but then the big day for transfer finally came! Dr. Grindler couldn't do my transfer, as the date got pushed back a few days to give my uterine lining more time to grow, but she made sure I was in good hands.
Now, my husband and I are beyond ecstatic to welcome a baby girl later this summer!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalia Grindler at Conceptions Reproductive Associates?
Trust her! I know you wish you could've had a baby yesterday, but she truly wants you to have the best result - a perfect, healthy baby.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalia Grindler at Conceptions Reproductive Associates?
Dr. Grindler listened to my crazy questions and dealt with my anxiety. She also always handed me a tissue when I shed many tears in her office. When we found out we had two perfect embryos, she came out to the waiting room and gave us the biggest hug! This journey was not easy, and Dr. Grindler put both me and my husband at ease through this whole process.
Describe the protocols Natalia Grindler used in your cycles at Conceptions Reproductive Associates and their degree of success.
My first IVF cycle was tricky, as no one knew how my body would react to the medications. My husband and I didn't receive any good embryos from our first round (due to my poor egg quality), but this helped Dr. Grindler get a better idea of how to approach round 2. This time, she put me on Estrogen pills instead of birth control, as the birth control shut my body down, and I wasn't making the necessary hormones. Then she added Omnitrope to the mix to improve my egg quality. She also increased my dosage of Menopur and Follistom. It all worked, as we ended up getting two perfect embryos!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Conceptions Reproductive Associates. (Assigned nurse: Nancy Guin (during the IVF cycle) and Jessica Rico (during the transfer cycle))
They were great at answering all my emails (I had a lot of crazy questions!) When they called, I always felt like they generally cared. One piece of advice - perhaps work on their "email voice"? Sometimes it would take a few emails going back and forth before getting more of an answer. Overall though, they were great!
Describe your experience with Conceptions Reproductive Associates.
There are a lot of fertility clinics you could go to in the Denver-area, but Conceptions is the best of the best! There's a reason why people from all over the world go there for IVF treatment. They are very thorough. I like how they give you a break between the IVF cycle and the transfer cycle. It gives you time to get all those medications out of your system. I also like how they only transfer one embryo at a time. Most fertility clinics my friends have gone to just put a bunch of embryos back in you and "hope for the best" - not a good approach. It's not like we're still doing IVF treatment circa 1990. Conceptions has the latest and greatest innovative technologies to help your dream of having a baby become a reality.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalia Grindler at Conceptions Reproductive Associates.
My husband's insurance covered $10,000 lifetime for IVF, but we still paid tens of thousands of dollars, as we did the package that includes chromosome testing.
Describe Natalia Grindler's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Conceptions Reproductive Associates.
Conceptions always recommends one embryo, as their success rates are so high and multiple pregnancies are complicated.