How was your experience with Ryan Riggs at Blue Sky Fertility?
Our experience with Dr. Riggs has been wonderful - I wouldn't choose another RE in Kansas City for our fertility treatment. Our initial consult was over an hour long and he discussed all of our options with us (he had reviewed our blood work and semen analysis results before meeting). Dr. Riggs wants to get to know you and your family, so sometimes the conversations go off topic but every question we had was answered. We met with him again a couple months before starting stimulation medications for IVF and we met for 45 minutes. On day 9 of stims, he called and suggested to think about cancelling the cycle because my response was not what he had expected with the amh level I had (only had 5-6 follicles in range). I was an emotional mess after the call but we decided to carry on with the retrieval and ended up getting 7 eggs. Dr. Riggs was not pushy about his suggestion to cancel and told me we had a couple days to think about it. I asked him what he would recommend if it was his daughter and he said to go for the retrieval. I appreciated his honesty. Our first frozen embryo transfer failed and he met with us again for about 45 minutes. He was compassionate and explained he didn't know why it failed and went through all of the hormone levels, results etc. Of course we were upset but saw that he was too, which meant a lot to us. Every meeting we have had with him has been 30+ minutes and he is thorough and answers any questions you may have. He also remembers details about your life outside of fertility which is really nice. I have never felt rushed out of his office, which I appreciate especially because I always did research before meetings and had many questions to ask him.
*Takes time to answer every question you have and provides honest feedback
*Providing current/knowledgeable options based on his expertise
*Keeps up with latest fertility treatment options (ie intralipid infusion recommended before our next FET)
*Educates but does not try to sell his opinion
*Treats you like family when it comes to cost/options/health/next steps
*Sociable and goes off on tangents sometimes (this wasn't a weakness for me but I can see it being one for someone else)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs at Blue Sky Fertility?
Dr. Riggs can come off as overwhelming but once you see that's his personality, you understand it's his passion for helping his patients succeed in their goals and he's really just excited/honored you chose him to be your doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Riggs at Blue Sky Fertility?
My husband and I have always felt like a human throughout the entire process with Blue Sky Fertility - everyone you interact with is always welcoming and almost every single person there knows your name!
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles at Blue Sky Fertility and their degree of success.
For egg stimulation, Dr. Riggs used the Antagonist-Rome protocol with PGS testing for my IVF cycle. He chose this protocol based on my AMH level being 2.1 and to get as many eggs as possible.
For stims, I took vitamin D, Prenatal, birth control pills, Menopur, Dexamethasone, Cetrotide, Gonal-F, Pregnyl, Lupron, Doxycycline. My response rate was lower than expected based on the aggressive protocol and resulted in 7 eggs. 5 fertilized and 3 embryos made it to day 5 for PGS testing. 2 embryos passed PGS testing.
For frozen embryo transfer preparation, I took low dose Aspirin, Progesterone in Oil, Estrace/Estradiol, Estrogen patches, Viagra Suppositories, Trental, Lupron, Medrol, and Novarel hCG. One PGS tested embryo was transferred and failed. Implantation occurred with low beta.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Blue Sky Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Bre)
Bre is organized, prompt and caring! Also, there were no dumb questions, which I really appreciated. There was an occasion where I didn't want to do an IM injection at home and she did it in the office for me. Bre was empathetic during the tough moments and always cheered us on!
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
The wait time to get in an IVF cycle is long - but worth it! Every single person at the clinic is professional and provides compassionate care throughout the entire process. One weakness would be the lack communication about IVF class date/options (found out about the date/time a week out).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs at Blue Sky Fertility.
Estimated $20,000 with medications for one IVF cycle.
Describe Ryan Riggs's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Blue Sky Fertility.
Dr. Riggs prefers eSET but was open to doing a multiple embryo transfer if that is what we wanted to do. He did educate us on the trade offs of both options.
What specific things went wrong at Blue Sky Fertility?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy