Ryan Steward

Houston Fertility Institute

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Medical SchoolU. of Texas
ResidencyU. of Texas Mem Hermann
FellowshipDuke
Houston - Womans Hospital
7400 Fannin, Suite 730
Houston, TX 77054
713-796-9888
The Woodlands
9200 Pinecroft
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-681-0480
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Ryan Steward to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 45%Neutral: 33%Don't recommend: 22%8.1
15 assessments
  • 45% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 33% Neutral (7-8)
  • 22% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
8.8
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
9.2
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
6.2
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
OK
Responsiveness

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent," and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to see or speak to them.

On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Houston Fertility Institute to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 69%Neutral: 20%Don't recommend: 11%8.7
99 assessments
  • 69% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 20% Neutral (7-8)
  • 11% Don't recommend (0-6)
15 assessments
10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
My protocol for egg retrieval [with Dr. Steward] included Gonal-F 225 IU, Menopur 150 IU, and Cetrotide 0.25 mg. My trigger shot was Ovidrel. The protocol produced 14 eggs, 9 mature. We did PGS testing, which resulted in 3 normal embryos. For the first FET, we used estrogen tablets, Minivelle patches, and progesterone in oil shots, which resulted in a negative pregnancy test. For the second FET, Dr. Steward revised the protocol to have the PIO shots in the morning (instead of the evening) and a daily baby aspirin. The protocol resulted in a pregnancy with surprise identical twins. The pregnancy ended at 8.5 weeks in miscarriage.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is caring and compassionate, but also honest and open. He has been very optimistic with respect to the likelihood of success with treatment. However, he provided statistics and risks, and made adjustments based on data. Dr. Steward called personally following a negative pregnancy test to check on me, and was very comforting during a miscarriage. I would recommend him to anyone because even through very difficult times, he made us feel comfortable and hopeful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Do not be afraid to ask questions or call outside of office hours.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is caring and compassionate. I truly believe he is as hopeful as his clients that treatment will be successful.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
My protocol for egg retrieval included Gonal-F 225 IU, Menopur 150 IU, and Cetrotide 0.25 mg. My trigger shot was Ovidrel. The protocol produced 14 eggs, 9 mature. We did PGS testing, which resulted in 3 normal embryos. For the first FET, we used estrogen tablets, Minivelle patches, and progesterone in oil shots, which resulted in a negative pregnancy test. For the second FET, Dr. Steward revised the protocol to have the PIO shots in the morning (instead of the evening) and a daily baby aspirin. The protocol resulted in a pregnancy with surprise identical twins. The pregnancy ended at 8.5 weeks in miscarriage.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The first nurse I had was brand new and required a lot of prompting and support from the other staff. However, they were all compassionate and caring overall. Additionally, I always received a message in my portal and a phone call (if protocols changed).
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
Strengths of the clinic include the experience of the doctors, variety of doctors and staff, level of expertise, and high success rates. In addition, they value their patients as humans and are encouraging. One weakness was that there were sometimes long waits to be seen for appointments. I found that scheduling appointments right away in the morning (eg., 8 am) resulted in less wait time than later day appointments (11 am).
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Houston Fertility Institute.
Monitoring appointments were always conducted in the mornings, which worked well with my work schedule. Unfortunately, the pregnancy ultrasound appointments were also in the mornings which did not fit my husband's schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
Egg retrieval and first FET: $13,000 Medication for egg retrieval: $5,000 PGS testing: $5000 Additional FETs: $5,000 plus medications
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
We were encouraged to do eSET, but the ultimate decision was ours. We scheduled a consultation with Dr. Steward to discuss this issue, and he provided data and suggestions.
10
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Ryan Steward
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
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9
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
9
Dr Steward is incredibly knowledgeable about his field. He explains everything in detail, leaving nothing out (which is what I like). He is not afraid to be honest about expectations and I have never felt like he has been misleading with what to expect with our treatments. He is also not afraid to combine both Eastern and Western approaches to treatment (though he made sure to ask if I was open to it). His bedside manner is a little bit rough, but I have always appreciated his honesty. At first I think our treatments were a little too "cookie cutter" and not specialized for our specific needs, but he has since adjusted and I think our current treatment protocol is absolutely catered to our needs and with our history in mind. We are definitely on the same page and I am confident he is in my corner rooting us on
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
9
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr Steward is incredibly knowledgeable about his field. He explains everything in detail, leaving nothing out (which is what I like). He is not afraid to be honest about expectations and I have never felt like he has been misleading with what to expect with our treatments. He is also not afraid to combine both Eastern and Western approaches to treatment (though he made sure to ask if I was open to it). His bedside manner is a little bit rough, but I have always appreciated his honesty. At first I think our treatments were a little too "cookie cutter" and not specialized for our specific needs, but he has since adjusted and I think our current treatment protocol is absolutely catered to our needs and with our history in mind. We are definitely on the same page and I am confident he is in my corner rooting us on.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Be open, honest, and not afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
The nurses and all doctors that I saw were incredibly kind and also knowledgeable. But they are a very busy clinic, so most of them do not know me by name and aren't familiar with my case or treatment protocol without accessing my patient history.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
First two rounds were medicated cycles with timed intercourse. First round used 300 iu of Gonal-F, 2nd round was 200 iu of Gonal-F. Third round was IVF with 225 Gonal-F and 225 Menopur. Currently IVF with 225 Gonal-F, microdose Lupron, 225 Menopur, Omnitrope and viagra. We have also incorporated acupuncture this cycle and did androgen priming while preparing for stims.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Most of them are absolutely wonderful. Very knowledgeable, patient, and always willing to get answers to your questions, even if that means waiting to discuss it with the doctor. I wish I had been assigned a single nurse so they are more familiar with my case.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
They are very organized and use the patient portal very effectively. Weakness is that they seem to overbook patients because afternoon appoints ALWAYS run behind. Once we had to wait two hours past our appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
We were completely out of pocket. Our medicated cycles (including all medication) was approximately $4K each cycle. IVF was around $25K (including medication, transfer and retrieval costs).
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
Dr Steward definitely encourages single embryo transfer most. He seems to want to avoid pregnancy with multiples if possible.
9
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Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
Nursing
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10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
Whenever I was in Dr. Stewards presence, I felt like a person...Be prepared for very cut and dry black and white approach. He is warm with more visits and he does have a great bedside manner. I felt I was in extremely competent hands with someone who is very confident in his skills...After suffering 3 miscarriages in 2017 and the work up was done from oct 2017-dec 2017 and was essentially negative and no causes found for miscarriages
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
My obgyn gave me two options in The Woodlands. Dr. Steward or Dr. Griffith. In doing research, I chose Dr. Steward because he was younger, native Texan, trained at Duke , had personal experience with multiple miscarriages with his wife (At the time of the appt I had three miscarriages in a row and was desperate for answers) and had a kind, empathetic face. I just had a second d and c three days prior to my appt with him, so I was very fragile at that time. At our first meeting he set out an exact plan for us to complete at our pace and never pressured us to rush through the work up. Everything he hypothesized was happening with us came true. He said this is not a sperm issue, no need to even do a sperm test, we have gotten pregnant three times on the first try on our own, sperm could not be involved. And of course I forced my husband to do the SA and it came back with off the chart stellar numbers. He hypothesized I may have some lackadaisical hormones and mild "garden variety ovulatory dysfunction" which does not fit in any type of diagnosis and because of that, I ovulate late and can't ramp up the hormone supply needed with pregnancy. Since my AMH levels were great (5) and age was 33, we could build my entire family at the age of 33 with PGS tested embryos and give ample hormone support as well as aspirin and lovenox to prevent miscarriage with a frozen embryo cycle. Well all the testing was normal including sperm, uterus, etc and my hormones were exactly as he said. We elected to proceed with IVF instead of an assisted monitoring cycle so we could build our family NOW and take off any pressure to have more kids in a rapid succession later. As he predicted, I did not need a ton of medication due to the great AMH at 5. with embryo retrieval we got 13 total. 12 mature. 12 fertilized. 8 have been sent to PGS testing as day 6 blastocysts and we are currently waiting on these results. The process has gone exactly as he said it would. He nailed the medications. I did not have ANY left over. I did NOT hyper stimulate. I feel like we got the most "bang for our buck" with the 8 embryos for pgs testing (the max amount allowed without paying extra) and spent 4k on meds without wasting/having leftovers. He has been blunt with delivery but so kind and warm and most importantly has been 100% accurate thus far. I am in the medical field and it's VERY difficult for me to be the patient and I have surrendered and trust him with every decision here on out. no questions asked. I highly recommend him!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He knows his stuff. If you bring research he will review it with you and weigh in. He does listen and consider what you have to say but without a doubt every question I had, or concern I had, his knowledge prevailed and he was right. Be prepared for very cut and dry black and white approach. He is warm with more visits and he does have a great bedside manner. I felt I was in extremely competent hands with someone who is very confident in his skills.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Whenever I was in Dr. Stewards presence, I felt like a person. He remembered specific stories we have shared or remembered to ask about recent vacations. When I was going through the actual monitoring appts at the clinic without interaction with him, I Felt more like a number
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
After suffering 3 miscarriages in 2017 and the work up was done from oct 2017-dec 2017 and was essentially negative and no causes found for miscarriages, I was presented with three options. 1) do what he have been doing and call when pregnant for hormone support 2)assisted cycle with Timed intercourse to really nail ovulation time and with climid maybe producing more than 1 follicle with more options for sperm to find egg and also use hormonal support with progerstone or do 3)IVF with PGS testing and build our entire family at 33 years old. He said he would leave it to us. We ultimately decided to skip to IVF as 2017 was a long hard year with three losses and we were ready to be parents and surrender a little bit of control bc what he had been doing had not yet produced a live birth. So in january after a much needed vacation, I downregulated with birth control for 2 weeks, stimulated with Gonal F 150 and Menopur 150 for 10 days (with ceteotride for ovulation prevention added in when my follicles got to 13). He stated I did not need many meds as I have a garden variety ovulatory dysfunction in the pcos family but not severe enough to be pcos with an AMH of 5. He nailed the medications. I did not have any left over so there was no money wasted. I only had two monitoring appts week one and two appts week 2, so 4 total and it was not a disruption to my life or full time work schedule. I got 13 retrieved, 12 mature, 12 fertilized, 8 made it to 6day blastocyst and we have sent those for PGS and waiting on results. I consider this very successful at this point.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Houston Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Jennice)
Jennice was super intelligent. She gave us a one on one IV injections class. Always called me in addition to sending messages to my portal and was caring and compassionate at appts. I had a few other ladies do some random monitoring on me during cycle and Jennice was by far the best.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
HFI strengths: VOLUME. They do this so much they know their stuff and have seen it all and can handle it all. Their embryologist communication was excellent post retrieval. they do retrievals on weekends. I was so pleased that they did not accelerate my cycle or downregulate my cycle to make it more convenient for them. Weaknesses: you do not get one on one time with your doctor at every monitoring appt unless you have some particularly unusual case. So get comfortable with nurses giving you answers and not doctors. Get the first AM appt at the woodlands office or else you will be waiting for a while. they use the portal a lot so get used to it. You may not have your doctor for every procedure. I had a hysteroscopy with another doctor but she truly was wonderful so I did not mind. I also wanted to keep on a schedule and not wait until my doctor had an available operating slot, so I am sure I Could have had him if I wanted to. They have call doctors for weekends so you may not have your retrieval with your exact doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
workup, including hysteroscopy, was billed under Recurrent pregnancy loss and was covered under insurance without any out of pocket cost, except for Sperm analysis which was 100$ doctor fee/cycle monitoring 6900$ anesthesia for retrieval 250$ surgery center cost for retrieval 2800$ pgs testing and other lab fees 7,750$ medications 4,100$ have not ordered medications for transfer yet but I think about 1,000$ FIRST transfer is included in the original costs. subsequent transfers of frozen embryos will be around 2,000$
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
Dr. Steward only recommended FET after PGS testing for me given that our goal was to not have any more miscarriages (we already had 3).
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Ryan Steward
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
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8
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
Dr. Steward was very thorough in reading blood work and ultrasound results after each monitoring appointment. He made many adjustments, such as changing injection spot and upping dosages. (It turns out that we were affected by a recall of one of the medicines, which is why we constantly had to use more.) I give him so much credit for having to change our course of action so often and doing it so accurately that we still had such a successful cycle.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is very confident. Our treatment went exactly as planned, even as far as having extra embryos to freeze to come back to for more children down the road. My husband loved his confidence, whereas I felt put-off by it. Sometimes I felt Dr. Steward was dismissive of my concerns (like in a discussion of how many embryos to transfer) or even placed blame upon me over miscommunications (Asking if I "misunderstood" instructions over post-transfer bed rest, as if someone would forget to request 3 days off from work.) Generally, Dr. Steward was kind, warm, encouraging and always had a smile on his face, which really put my at ease despite what may have been a minor personality conflict.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
As a lot of questions, document answers, request clarification if needed, but trust that he is very good at his job.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
The over-reliance on the patient portal was the in,y thing that made me "feel like a number," though whenever I called the office to speak someone, they were there to help.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I was started off on two different stim medications; Dr. Steward was very thorough in reading blood work and ultrasound results after each monitoring appointment. He made many adjustments, such as changing injection spot and upping dosages. (It turns out that we were affected by a recall of one of the medicines, which is why we constantly had to use more.) I give him so much credit for having to change our course of action so often and doing it so accurately that we still had such a successful cycle. Another interesting aspect was that Dr. Steward insisted upon a frozen transfer, not fresh. While it was frustrating to go through so much pain and stress only to take a month off before transfer, he was totally right. Taking a month off gave my body time to regulate and for me to fully recover from the retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Houston Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Juli and Veronica)
These women were such an important aspect of my treatment; they were compassionate, encouraging, and knew exactly the right thing to say at the right time. When we were exited from the office at 12 weeks, after seeing them 1-3x per week for 4 months, I was sad to leave these ladies.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
My only complaint with HFI was an over-reliance on the Patient Portal, though I understand that a clinic as big as HFI needs a communication tool such as this. Everything else. From staff to facilities was superb and probably a huge reason for our first cycle being successful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
$6000 for course-of-treatment only; all procedures and medication was additional.
What specific things went wrong at Houston Fertility Institute?
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Ryan Steward
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Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Womans Hospital
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10
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
He [Dr Ryan Steward] is young but extremely bright and current on research and new techniques (which is very important in fertility medicine). While with some patients his confidence may be a turn-off, I found that the more we worked with him the warmer he became. His bedside manner improved significantly throughout the course of our treatments. If we need to do fertility treatments again I will 100% go back to him.
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
I generally prefer my doctors/surgeons to be near retirement age. Experience is so important in medicine. Dr. Steward was an exception. He is young but extremely bright and current on research and new techniques (which is very important in fertility medicine). While with some patients his confidence may be a turn-off, I found that the more we worked with him the warmer he became. His bedside manner improved significantly throughout the course of our treatments. If we need to do fertility treatments again I will 100% go back to him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Do not be afraid to push back or ask for more clarification on your treatment plan or progress. Dr. Steward knows his stuff and if you have informed and thoughtful questions he is more than eager to answer them with as much detail as you might want.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
The support staff at HFI is amazing, caring, and warm. All were eager to answer all my questions and were incredibly patient. Frankly you spend a lot more time with them than the doctor so I think the nurses are what most positively affected my experience at HFI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Dr. Steward's nursing staff deserves an A+. They are compassionate, kind, patient, and warm. They actually answer the phone to answer questions and are quick to respond on the patient portal.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
This clinic is busy- schedule your appointments as far in advance as you can and very early in the day if possible. They tend to run late once it gets closer to lunch time. The patient portal provides quick access to your test and lab results and provides instructions for all your procedures.
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Doctor
Ryan Steward
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Hous
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10
Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
I have a low AMH, I only grew 5 eggs. Only 1 of my eggs fertilized. Now I am waiting to transfer my one embryo...Dr. Steward and the nurses are very warm and friendly. They answer all of my questions without making me feel as if I am bothering them. He is honest with what he plans to do and ensures I am informed...He is very intelligent and educated in RE. He told me what I could expect and any problems that could arise. He is always warm and friendly when communicating with me. I always feel comfortable discussing my fertility treatment options with him.
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Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He is very intelligent and educated in RE. He told me what I could expect and any problems that could arise. He is always warm and friendly when communicating with me. I always feel comfortable discussing my fertility treatment options with him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Just be open and honest with any questions or concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward and the nurses are very warm and friendly. They answer all of my questions without making me feel as if I am bothering them. He is honest with what he plans to do and ensures I am informed.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I have only had a stimulation cycle for retrieval so far. I am about to begin stimulation meds for transfer. All of the medications prescribed were to help increase the number and quality of eggs retrieved. Because I have a low AMH, I only grew 5 eggs. Only 1 of my eggs fertilized. Now I am waiting to transfer my one embryo.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Houston Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Kelly)
They are wonderful! They are available to answer any questions or concerns I have. I am welcomed when I go in for an appointment.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
They are very organized and communicate in a timely manner. They also get me in and out for my appointments quickly, but also take the time to talk with me. I never feel rushed. They draw labs in-office and I receive my results usually within a few hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
The costs cover the fees associated with egg retrieval, embryo transfer, and all monitoring appointments.
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
None
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Ryan Steward
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Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Womans Hospital
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8
Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
8
He [Dr. Ryan Steward] always takes the time needed to make sure that we understand exactly what he means. He explains the options and procedures in a way that make you feel comfortable. He never made us feel like we asked dumb questions!... ou can tell that this is he passion and that he has put in the work to stay current in this area of medicine. He never made us feel dumb for asking questions big or small. He took the time needed to explain and make sure we understood what he was telling us. Very personable, friendly and knowledgeable.
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Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
8
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He seems very well trained. You can tell that this is he passion and that he has put in the work to stay current in this area of medicine. He never made us feel dumb for asking questions big or small. He took the time needed to explain and make sure we understood what he was telling us. Very personable, friendly and knowledgeable.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Be ready to hear the truth about your situation. He doesn't want to waste your time or money on treatments that aren't effective.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He always takes the time needed to make sure that we understand exactly what he means. He explains the options and procedures in a way that make you feel comfortable. He never made us feel like we asked dumb questions!
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
HFI - The Woodlands was in the process of moving locations when we first came in. The wait time at the appointment was significant, but understandable considering the move. Depending on the type of appointment the wait time can vary quite a bit. Again, the move seems to be a factor. I would also recommend parking in the garage. Parking can be very hard to find outside of the garage!
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Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
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7
Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
7
Dr. Steward is caring and knowledgeable. He took all the time we needed to answer questions and provide information. I did feel like I still needed to be my own advocate and come prepared with my own research and information to be an educated patient and active participant in my treatment.... My first retrieval cycle revealed poor egg quality which was completely unexpected. We adjusted my medication protocol and added a number of supplements and are currently in the middle of a second retrieval cycle.
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Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
7
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is caring and knowledgeable. He took all the time we needed to answer questions and provide information. I did feel like I still needed to be my own advocate and come prepared with my own research and information to be an educated patient and active participant in my treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Continue to be your own advocate and don't be afraid to be skeptical and ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Office staff knows me by name and seems to truly be invested in my care.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
My first retrieval cycle revealed poor egg quality which was completely unexpected. We adjusted my medication protocol and added a number of supplements and are currently in the middle of a second retrieval cycle.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
Great communication, great portal, efficient. Almost all the staff know me by name which is a nice gesture when you are going through such an emotional process. The portal is helpful for receiving detailed information and communicating with the office staff.
7
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
Nursing
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
Dr. Steward actually took the time to listen to me. I never once felt like I had to hurry up with any of my appointments. He is a very calm and understanding doctor.... He is a very intelligent doctor. From my first appointment he has always been straight forward with me about everything that is going on with my infertility. I am very happy with him as my doctor because he has an awesome bed side manner.... He is very compassionate and understanding of all of your needs.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He is a very intelligent doctor. From my first appointment he has always been straight forward with me about everything that is going on with my infertility. I am very happy with him as my doctor because he has an awesome bed side manner.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Ryan steward will take care of you to the fullest. He is very compassionate and understanding of all of your needs.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward actually took the time to listen to me. I never once felt like I had to hurry up with any of my appointments. He is a very calm and understanding doctor.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I don't remember the actual protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Houston Fertility Institute.
The nurses at Houston fertility institute are vey nice. They definitely take care of you and help you out in everyway.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
At hfi they are always on top of their patients. Anytime I had an appointment I never had to wait. If you have any questions or concerns you can always ask the staff and they will let you know what's going on.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
the ivf cost right ast 13,000
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
He prefers one embryo to be transferred at a time but he will do two.
10
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
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8
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
Dr. Steward was thorough in getting to the bottom of our infertility. HE ran multiple tests on myself and my husband to pinpoint the issue. He honestly told us that IUI would not be a viable option and that IVF was the only course. I appreciated him being honest and not just taking our money for a failed IUI...Dr. Steward is very personable, he took the time to explain the situation and the option that we had available.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward was thorough in getting to the bottom of our infertility. HE ran multiple tests on myself and my husband to pinpoint the issue. He honestly told us that IUI would not be a viable option and that IVF was the only course. I appreciated him being honest and not just taking our money for a failed IUI
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Be open and honest, he wants to know it all in order to better support you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is very personable, he took the time to explain the situation and the option that we had available.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
We have not moved forward with IVF because we cannot afford it.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are all helpful and informative. No one ever seemed annoyed at needing to help or answer questions repeatedly.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
The clinic is clean, well run and organized, and very personable.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
For all of the tests run on myself and my husband, we spent about $1,000
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
We have not experienced this.
8
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
The Woodlands
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
He [Dr. Steward] was very blunt and straight to the point which we did not like at first but later understood that he did not like to waste time and his end goal was to make us a family. He was very direct.... He actively listened to my concerns. He was straight forward and told us exactly as it was. He showed concern and consoled us when we thought we lost one of the twins.... He told us that he would not do more than 2 embryos at a time
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He was very blunt and straight to the point which we did not like at first but later understood that he did not like to waste time and his end goal was to make us a family. He was very direct. He showed compassion when we thought we lost a twin.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He tells it like it is.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He actively listened to my concerns. He was straight forward and told us exactly as it was. He showed concern and consoled us when we thought we lost one of the twins.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I don’t remember
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very sweet. Seemed excited for me as a friend not a patient.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
Small clinic but very warm. Was not very busy which I liked because I never felt rushed. With every appointment they took the time to do my check up and monitor the babies. I was always able to take pictures home with me if my twins from the feral monitor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
Do not remember
Describe Ryan Steward's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Houston Fertility Institute.
He told us that he would not do more than 2 embryos at a time. That was his policy. He gave us the percentage for both as gave us enough information so we could decide on our own if we wanted to do single or multiple
10
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Ryan Steward
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6
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
6
I felt like dr steward was definitely accessible when we needed to talk to him but he never felt overly invested in our situation. At times we wished he would have taken a little bit more time to get to know us but still he seemed like a very nice guy... He’s a very nice and knowledgeable man. He was thorough in explaining many of the features of our treatment but he wasn’t the most personable doctor. He was very accessible but never felt overly invested in us personally
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Age
26 - 27
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
6
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He’s a very nice and knowledgeable man. He was thorough in explaining many of the features of our treatment but he wasn’t the most personable doctor. He was very accessible but never felt overly invested in us personally
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
I felt like dr steward was definitely accessible when we needed to talk to him but he never felt overly invested in our situation. At times we wished he would have taken a little bit more time to get to know us but still he seemed like a very nice guy
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very on top of things
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
Very nice clinic. They seemed very professional and able to help us. We never had to wait for very long for our appointments and we felt that they were always well organized. Whenever we didn’t get to see our doctor we still felt well taken care of
6
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Hous
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6
Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
6
He [Dr. Ryan Steward] was a very kind and personable doctor. When we asked questions he was honest and open. However, he did want to push more aggressive treatment than we wanted and it felt like we had to ask things to understand...The wait time in my office was usually very short.
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Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
6
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He was a very kind and personable doctor. When we asked questions he was honest and open. However, he did want to push more aggressive treatment than we wanted and it felt like we had to ask things to understand.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
He was caring and personable, but did push IVF.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
The clinic is very efficient, well organized, professional, and high quality. The wait time in my office was usually very short. However, whenever I had to have a procedure I had to go to the Piney Point office and the wait time was usually pretty long. I got good care wherever I went.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
IUI with clomid - $1500 IUI with injectables - $2600 IVF - $12,900
6
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Womans Hospital
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3
Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
3
Although Dr. Steward was very informative when you do see him, most of the time you just see the nurses.... When I am able to speak to Dr. Steward then I get plenty of information that I need. He explains everything very well. He is honest with what my #s were like. The complaint I mainly have is that I don't see him at every visit so if I had any questions, I would ask the nurse... I would ask how often you would see the Dr out of all the visits once you start treatment.
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Age
39
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
South Asian
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
3
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
When I am able to speak to Dr. Steward then I get plenty of information that I need. He explains everything very well. He is honest with what my #s were like. The complaint I mainly have is that I don't see him at every visit so if I had any questions, I would ask the nurse.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
I would ask how often you would see the Dr out of all the visits once you start treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Although Dr. Steward was very informative when you do see him, most of the time you just see the nurses.
Describe the protocols Ryan Steward used in your cycles at Houston Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I just remember after the initial blood drawing, and when the injections started..there were visits every other day thereafter. I didn't make it to egg retrieval as my #s weren't looking good.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Some were really nice and some were nice as well but just not as nice.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
You have to pay for parking each time you visit. Keep in mind that once you start your injections, that's every other day. The good thing is that they really dont make you wait that long each visit but cost can add up. No, they don't validate either.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute.
If I mad made it to egg retrieval then the total cost would have been about 27k. Since I didn't make it to that point, the medication and pre-pay to Dr was about 17k which I believe I still have a credit (nurse mentioned) with the Dr since the treatment was not completed. I haven't heard anything about that yet.
What specific things went wrong at Houston Fertility Institute?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
3
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Hous
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8
Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
8
Dr. Steward is very well-spoken, kind, and encouraging. He was very thorough in his explanations and our conversations. I didn’t feel pressured or coerced toward any particular treatment. I felt comfortable at all times and was very satisfied with my care. We have decided to take a break from treatment to reduce stress, but plan to return to see Dr. Steward if we do not become pregnant on our own.
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Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
8
How was your experience with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward is very well-spoken, kind, and encouraging. He was very thorough in his explanations and our conversations. I didn’t feel pressured or coerced toward any particular treatment. I felt comfortable at all times and was very satisfied with my care. We have decided to take a break from treatment to reduce stress, but plan to return to see Dr. Steward if we do not become pregnant on our own. I highly recommend his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Be prepared to ask questions, because he will spend as much time as you need answering them! Definitely advocate for yourself through the process- he listens to your concerns and needs.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ryan Steward at Houston Fertility Institute?
Dr. Steward was incredibly kind and attentive to our needs and opinions.
Describe your experience with Houston Fertility Institute.
The clinic is very clean and the staff are friendly. I enjoyed the messaging system and portal they use to stay organized. They were responsive to any questions I may have had and were kind throughout our process
8
Doctor
Ryan Steward
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
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Houston Fertility Institute
Houston - Hous
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