How was your experience with Randle Corfman at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Corfman is an intelligent, experienced reproductive endocrinologist. He clearly explained the likely underlying cause of our issues - from consult to failed transfer - and we felt confident in his knowledge. He also has the best bedside manner of any of the REs with whom we've worked (2 treatment REs and 1 consult RE). I felt he was personally invested in our success. He spoke to me like a human, rather than a patient, and treated me as I imagine he would treat his own family during consults and procedures.
Unfortunately, our fresh transfer was not successful. And our stimming and retrieval also did not go as planned. When we consulted with Dr. Corfman after the failed transfer, it appeared there was information available at the time of the egg retrieval and fertilization regarding the quality of my eggs/embryos that was not shared with us throughout the process. Given what we know now (after consulting with other REs and embryologists), we would have liked to know the reality of our situation prior to the transfer. It may not have changed our course, but it would have more realistically managed our expectations.
Dr. Corfman also indicated at our post-transfer consult that there would be no changes to our protocol, should we move forward with another round of IVF. He recommended donor eggs and possibly donor sperm. After consulting with another RE, we learned there are potential changes to make to the protocol and are in the process of a second round right now.
It took time for me to be able to write this review of Dr. Corfman, as I have tremendous respect and admiration for him. My greatest hope was that our first round had worked in his clinic. That being said, I think it's also important to share that the recommendations he made for us (no changes to protocol and donor eggs/sperm) varied greatly from what another RE has recommended.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Randle Corfman at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health?
If your round of treatment is unsuccessful, definitely consider consulting with another RE.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Randle Corfman at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Corfman and his staff are phenomenal. Throughout the entire process, I NEVER felt like a number. Dr. Corfman, his nurses, and his front desk staff knew us by name and treated us warmly and with kindness during every visit. After our failed transfer, we received a handwritten note from one of the nurses. I could go on and on with the ways Dr. Corfman and his entire staff helped us to feel human and respected during this process.
Describe the protocols Randle Corfman used in your cycles at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
While working with Dr. Corfman, we utilized the following:
Pretreament: endometrial scratch
Treatment: IVF with ICSI; Gonal F and Menopur; Ganirelix; Lupron and Pregnyl
Rationale for treatment: male factor infertility and PCOS
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff at Dr. Corfman's clinic are amazing. They knew us by name and treated us as such. I have a fear of needles, and they often brought in their "best" needle nurse to perform my blood draws. They held my hand, cared for me when the egg retrieval drugs made me sick, and sent a handwritten note when our transfer failed.
The nurses are also incredibly organized. A nurse spoke with me for an hour to introduce me to the process. Another nurse spent an hour with my husband and I during to teach injections (just us - no other couples). Nurses called after every blood draw to review next steps. They were available for emergency calls and never made us feel our questions were unreasonable or a bother.
There were ZERO mistakes made by the nursing staff during our entire process. Or at least none that weren't fixed!
We've since moved on to a different clinic, and we miss the nurses from Dr. Corfman's office. They are SO on top of their game and the best we've worked with throughout our infertility treatments.
Describe your experience with Midwest Center for Reproductive Health.
Dr. Corfman, his nurses, and his front desk staff provide organized, knowledgeable care with excellent bedside manner.
If your particular fertility circumstances fit Dr. Corfman's methods of treatment, this is the place to go. Unfortunately, our circumstances did not result in a successful transfer, and Dr. Corfman felt we had limited chances with our own eggs and sperm. As a result, we consulted with another clinic and are in the middle of a second round with another doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Randle Corfman at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health.
We paid approximately $20,000 for a round of IVF with ICSI and fresh transfer.
Describe Randle Corfman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Center for Reproductive Health.
Our doctor recommended single embryo transfer (based on grade of embryo. genetic testing was not recommended). This was recommended due to my age and the high risks associated with multiples.