How was your experience with Shannel Adams at ORM Fertility?
I appreciated being seen as a human and not rushed when I had questions. She explained things quickly which I liked, but also would explain something again if I didn't quite understand. She was patient with us and was positive and caring.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shannel Adams at ORM Fertility?
I would say don't hesitate to say you don't understand something, because she is more than happy to explain something again.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shannel Adams at ORM Fertility?
Dr Adams would ask us about our drive up and how we were doing before going into the clinical side of things which was much appreciated.
Describe the protocols Shannel Adams used in your cycles at ORM Fertility and their degree of success.
The infertility reason to use IVF is from male side, so going into IVF I assumed they're be no problem on my end. The test results showed things looked good. Dr Adams started me on birth control and then my estrogen was too high to start injections so we had to postpone it, which I'd rather do since medications are so expensive. The protocol she started me on is the one that majority of women respond to, but not me. This was our first time so not knowing what to expect, but then having set backs I learned that every step of IVF is unknown. When we tried again I did not take birth control & we did proceed with injections for egg retrieval. I had 11 follicles, 9 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized, 3 embryos, 1 made it to blastocysts stage then we did genetic testing and results showed it was not viable for transfer. When we met with Dr Adams after our failed IVF she went over why she chose the protocol she did and why she was surprised we didn't have a viable embryo due to my test results during the baseline testing. This was helpful because it would be easy to blame the doctor for a failed IVF.
She explained if we are able to afford another round of IVF she would add a medication to our protocol to help all follicles mature at the same rate so we could have a better percentage of mature eggs retrieved.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ORM Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Josie Smith)
Our RN coordinator Josie Smith was amazing! The Nurse Manager Roxanne Buckmaster was very helpful as well. I couldn't be more thrilled to have them apart of the team that helped us through such a difficult journey.
Describe your experience with ORM Fertility.
We were mainly at the downtown ORM clinic for our treatment. The building decor is clean and stylish. They always had bottled water available. The parking lot was small & sometimes fitting our vehicle was tricky. The only thing I didn't like was at the beginning when everything was new and overwhelming it was confusing where to check in and it seemed like the front desk person on the main floor didn't know either.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shannel Adams at ORM Fertility.
We had to have sperm retrieval surgery with our IVF and we opted for genetic testing, so our total cost was $30,000.