How was your experience with Robert Homm at Fertility and Endocrine Associates?
Dr Homm doesn't have the best bedside manor, but that's why I usually see Dr Divine in the office. Dr Homm does seem to be very knowledgeable and he did manage to give me the baby I wanted. I've not been as successful at having a second, though.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Robert Homm at Fertility and Endocrine Associates?
Know that though his demeanor can seem somewhat off putting, he's still a good doctor. If bedside manor is important to you, see Dr Divine for your visits.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Robert Homm at Fertility and Endocrine Associates?
I mostly saw Dr Divine while under the care of their office and I loved her. I really only dealt with Dr Homm during actual procedures. He did make me feel comfortable during those, though.
Describe the protocols Robert Homm used in your cycles at Fertility and Endocrine Associates and their degree of success.
I do not have a good memory for these types of things. I do not recall the specific meds that I was on for the original IVF cycle. I just know that there were injections and pills and creams. The retrieval surgery was done under general anesthesia. Then more meds to build my lining, and the transfer was done in the office. I also had a lap and D&C before we started, after a uterine fibroid was found. That was when I was also diagnosed with endometriosis.
My two subsequent unsuccessful FETs included Lupron injections (I don't think that I used this for the original cycle), estrogen pills and gel, antibiotics, steroids, and crinone vaginal cream. The transfers both also took place in the office. They thawed the frozen embryos that morning I believe, made sure they expanded, and then implanted them.
There were always ultrasounds done before each transfer was scheduled to check the uterus and ovaries, and then another one done a week before transfer to check the lining.
Nothing was done after each failure. We still have one more embryo to transfer, and I was advised at my last appointment that they've started to also include a uterine "scrape" before each transfer now. It's a procedure done in the office that's like a mini D&C, to increase the likelihood that the embryo will stick. But I haven't had that procedure previously.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are all very friendly and compassionate, and they all seem to have a real connection with their patients, or at least with me.
Describe your experience with Fertility and Endocrine Associates.
The only weakness I've found has to do with billing. They switched systems, and started sending me a bill for $120, when I know that I paid in full up front, because they required me to. They can't tell me what the bill is for, because it's from their old system and they can't look it up. Other than that, I've never had a problem with anyone there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Robert Homm at Fertility and Endocrine Associates.
The original IVF cycle cost us around $20,000 including the meds and the ICSI procedure.