How was your experience with Richard Grazi at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Grazi is an exceptional doctor. He went above and beyond with caring for us during our time doing IVF. I always felt cared for and never rushed during our appointments with him. Dr. Grazi would personally call me with both good and bad results and to check in with me to see how I was feeling after set backs or disappointments. He was always a ray of hope and encouragement, even when I felt the most doubt. He has truly been a blessing in our journey with trying to conceive,
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Grazi at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Don't hesitate to see Dr. Grazi and book your appointment sooner than later for two reasons: 1. time is everything when it comes to fertility so with all of the tests and procedures you may need to go through prior to starting treatment, it's always better to start sooner than later. And 2. Dr. Grazi and the other doctors at Genesis book up quickly so setting an appt in advance is advisable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Grazi at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Grazi was always very caring and kind during each of our appointments. We knew we were in good hands with Dr. Grazi from the very beginning. The first consultation we had with him, he started off by asking my husband and I how we met and how long we've known each other. He took the time to thoroughly explain the process of what we were going through, what the potential outcomes could be, and the reasoning behind medication decisions and other decisions along each step through IVF. He is a very compassionate doctor whose heart is truly in his job.
Describe the protocols Richard Grazi used in your cycles at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
My husband and I did IVF with ICSI and this was recommended due to male factor infertility (low count, poor motility and poor morphology). Because the count of sperm was so low plus quality and motility being an issue, ICSI was necessary to ensure the best results. I knew this would be advised and would yield the best outcome (based on my own research) so it was a good feeling when that was confirmed. It was recommended we freeze the sperm (which is something our previous IVF doctor outside of Genesis never informed us of as an option). Since my husband and I chose to do PGS genetic testing (it was discussed w us by Dr. Grazi but never forced on us and rather just presented as a personal choice of ours), this meant that we had to go with a frozen transfer instead of a fresh transfer. During the first egg retrieval in May, we retrieved 11 eggs, 9 of which fertilized initially but then only having one become a blastocyst on day 6. This embryo was tested and came back genetically abnormal (i.e.,VERY likely to result in a miscarriage if transferred). The second retrieval in July yielded better results with 11 eggs, 8 of which fertilized initially, and then 3 day 5 blastocysts and 1 day 7 embryo. Out of the 4 embryos tested all 4 came back as genetically normal. We transferred our best quality embryo (6AA) in August and I am now pregnant with our baby girl!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Overall, I had a positive experience with the nursing staff at Genesis. They were always precise with when they had to call me about medication procedures and were detailed in their messages. They were there and on call at any time when I had questions about medications or how I was feeling. They are professional and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
I love that Genesis has multiple satellite locations. The one I went to in Queens was convenient and the monitoring work was always quick and efficient. Although on the weekends, when I had to go to the main Bay Ridge location, there was more of an extensive wait time which I wish there wasn't. Sometimes I would wait over an hour just to have my blood drawn.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Monitoring was very early in the morning between 5:30-6:30am at the Queens location. This was great for me getting to work on time or actually very early on monitoring days, but I do wish that the monitoring hours there extended a little later. On weekends, it was always dreadful to wait around at the Bay Parkway location.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Grazi at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Luckily for us, GHI covered 75% of our IVF treatment. A small military discount was also applied, as my husband has served and is currently a reservist, which helped with the out of pocket expense.
Describe Richard Grazi's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
I believe going with what the research shows is best practice which is why I agree with Genesis' approach to eSET.