Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 7%8.8
68% strongly recommend
64 reviews
Humanity
8.5
8.5
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
8.8
8.8
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.4
7.4
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
5
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Medical School
U of Cincinnati
Residency
U of New Mexico
Fellowship
Ohio St

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Sherif Awadalla works at

Institute for Reproductive Health
Strongly recommend: 76%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 8%9

At 3 offices

Florence
6900 Houston Rd.
Florence, KY 41042
513.924.5550
Cincinnati
3805 Edwards Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209
513.924.5550
West Chester
7242 Tylers Corner
West Chester, OH 45069
513.924.5550
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64 patient reviews

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8
Age 31 - 32
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc No
7 IUI
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Dr. Awadalla was kind during each treatment. He was realistic about outcomes and what to expect. Prior to diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy, he explained the process of lab work and the possible results. He was honest about what may happen before, during, and after surgery...I would tell a prospective patient to be patient. You may not get the results you are hoping for right away...During an IUI treatment, the first step is to take an ovulation medication (such as Femara) to stimulate ovulation. Next, an ultrasound is scheduled to view potential mature eggs. An injection (such as Ovidrel) is scheduled to be given to release a mature egg. Within 24-48 hours the patient returns for the insemination. Then the 2 week wait begins before a pregnancy test is taken to determine if the patient is pregnant.
The nursing staff [at Institute for Reproductive Health] were friendly, kind, and understanding. They supported us each step along the way...without insurance an IUI and sperm wash is around $900...All staff in the clinic were friendly and honest with us throughout the entire process. They made us feel comfortable and respected our privacy. They were understanding and compassionate. I felt confident in decision making and well informed about the risks and benefits.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla was kind during each treatment. He was realistic about outcomes and what to expect. Prior to diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy, he explained the process of lab work and the possible results. He was honest about what may happen before, during, and after surgery.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
I would tell a prospective patient to be patient. You may not get the results you are hoping for right away.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
During an IUI treatment, the first step is to take an ovulation medication (such as Femara) to stimulate ovulation. Next, an ultrasound is scheduled to view potential mature eggs. An injection (such as Ovidrel) is scheduled to be given to release a mature egg. Within 24-48 hours the patient returns for the insemination. Then the 2 week wait begins before a pregnancy test is taken to determine if the patient is pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
The nursing staff were friendly, kind, and understanding. They supported us each step along the way.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
All staff in the clinic were friendly and honest with us throughout the entire process. They made us feel comfortable and respected our privacy. They were understanding and compassionate. I felt confident in decision making and well informed about the risks and benefits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Insurance paid for some of the costs but without insurance an IUI and sperm wash is around $900.
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Institute for Reproductive Health
Cincinnati
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10
Age 32 - 33
Treated 2015 - 2016
Success w/ Doc Yes
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
He [Dr. Awadalla] always appeared laid back and never in a rush, took time to get to known us, validated our feelings and was very proactive on giving us information... The whole team (all 3 MDs, nurses, financial department, front office) was compassionate, professional, thorough and we felt like old friends. Exactly what you need going through a vulnerable experience such as infertility
Beautiful facilities (cincy and florence offices [of IRH]) easy to navigate and access. We felt first class being there! Always clean, wonderful education materials were available (support group info, etc). Never a crowded wait room, which I felt more comfortable in for confidentiality reasons.... [the nurses were] Welcoming, compassionate and always called same day to answer questions or to clarify a process. Very thorough in details of how to administer meds, great educational approaches (verbally and wrote out detailed instructions) and allowed time for questions
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
The whole team (all 3 MDs, nurses, financial department, front office) was compassionate, professional, thorough and we felt like old friends. Exactly what you need going through a vulnerable experience such as infertility
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Don’t wait to make an appt! We tried 2 local doctors before considering this practice and it was night and day difference! Wish we had started with them from the beginning. Drs. Scheiber and Burwinkle were also top notch! Having a team is so important which wasn’t an option at the other locations.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He always appeared laid back and never in a rush, took time to get to known us, validated our feelings and was very proactive on giving us information
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Welcoming, compassionate and always called same day to answer questions or to clarify a process. Very thorough in details of how to administer meds, great educational approaches (verbally and wrote out detailed instructions) and allowed time for questions
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Beautiful facilities (cincy and florence offices) easy to navigate and access. We felt first class being there! Always clean, wonderful education materials were available (support group info, etc). Never a crowded wait room, which I felt more comfortable in for confidentiality reasons.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Very efficient and never had to wait
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Around $20k
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
My husband and I much appreciated the approach to reduce risk of multiples by using single embryo transfer. We appreciated The option to use multiples was always up for discussion if needed.
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Florence
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Age 29 - 33
Treated 2016 - 2020
Success w/ Doc Yes
IVF
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
I don’t think I have any complaints, this man has always been so amazing to us. Calling us when he wants to deliver news and always listening to our concerns. He’s personal and professional and I do recommend people going to him. ... Sherif would meet with us in his office if needed and he would always be professional and personal.
Don’t expect emotional support [from Institute for Reproductive Health] that is on you. They are professional and do their job but they are not psychologists. Please seek that on your own and go into this with that expectation. Other than that they are great. ... We had insurance so we just paid copay. Our last round was $4500 out of pocket the question here should be about cost of medicines
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
I don’t think I have any complaints, this man has always been so amazing to us. Calling us when he wants to deliver news and always listening to our concerns. He’s personal and professional and I do recommend people going to him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Don’t expect emotions support during ivf, instead seek your own and set it up yourself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Sherif would meet with us in his office if needed and he would always be professional and personal. When we recently went to him he asked to see a picture of Agnes and remembered our rounds.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
So we used birth control during the first 2 rounds but in the third skipped it and that’s when I got pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
They are always professional
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Don’t expect emotional support that is on you. They are professional and do their job but they are not psychologists. Please seek that on your own and go into this with that expectation. Other than that they are great.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
We had insurance so we just paid copay. Our last round was $4500 out of pocket the question here should be about cost of medicines.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
None
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Institute for Reproductive Health
Cincinnati
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10
Age 33 - 34
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc No
6 IUI
1 IVF
1 Embryo Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Poor Egg Quality
Tubal Blockage
Uterine Fibroids
Immunological
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
He [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] was great from start to finish, we knew every step what was happening and he always answered all our questions. He was prompt and never kept us waiting long. We were able to talk with him anytime we needed even when out of the clinic. ... He would transfer just one if it looked perfect, two if the first one was anything but perfect.
Strength of the clinic [Institute for Reproductive Health] clean, calming and comfortable. Weakness of the clinic we had to travel over an hour to get there but that is not the clinics fault. Prompt service from everyone at all times. ... They called to check on me, I could call anytime with questions and they would return my call very quickly. They made sure I knew everything going on.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He was great from start to finish, we knew every step what was happening and he always answered all our questions. He was prompt and never kept us waiting long. We were able to talk with him anytime we needed even when out of the clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Don’t wait, just go and see him!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
They called to check on me, I could call anytime with questions and they would return my call very quickly. They made sure I knew everything going on.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Strength of the clinic clean, calming and comfortable. Weakness of the clinic we had to travel over an hour to get there but that is not the clinics fault. Prompt service from everyone at all times.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Egg retrieval and one round approx $15,000 including medications.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
He would transfer just one if it looked perfect, two if the first one was anything but perfect.
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Institute for Reproductive Health
Cincinnati
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Age 35 - 38
Treated 2011 - 2014
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
3 IVF
Unexplained
European
East Asian
Native American
Income $200K - $499K
Engineer
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
We drove two hours to see Dr Awadalla. He was highly recommended by friends and lived up to all of our expectations. He worked on a specific plan and continued to tweak it to get us pregnant. We couldn’t be happier with our three IRH kids! We recommend our friends that struggle with infertility to his office. We also saw Dr Scheiber and can’t say enough about his care also.
[IRH's] Strengths: knowledge and ability to change treatment if a transfer fails. Keeps at it until you do get pregnant. They are flexible with patients that live out of town. I was able to get blood work done in the city I live in. I cannot think of weaknesses.... We drove two hours to see Dr Awadalla. He was highly recommended by friends and lived up to all of our expectations. He worked on a specific plan and continued to tweak it to get us pregnant. We couldn’t be happier with our three IRH kids! We recommend our friends that struggle with infertility to his office. We also saw Dr Scheiber and can’t say enough about his care also.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
We drove two hours to see Dr Awadalla. He was highly recommended by friends and lived up to all of our expectations. He worked on a specific plan and continued to tweak it to get us pregnant. We couldn’t be happier with our three IRH kids! We recommend our friends that struggle with infertility to his office. We also saw Dr Scheiber and can’t say enough about his care also.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Ask as many questions as you desire. He is patient and takes his time to answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr Awadalla was very sensitive to our situation and was straight with us.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Strengths: knowledge and ability to change treatment if a transfer fails. Keeps at it until you do get pregnant. They are flexible with patients that live out of town. I was able to get blood work done in the city I live in. I cannot think of weaknesses.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Our insurance covered 90% of the cost.
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Cincinnati
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10
Age 37
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc No
4 IUI
1 IVF
Embryo Freezing
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
He [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] made my husband and I feel comfortable immediately. He made sure both myself and my husband understood everything, and made us feel comfortable asking questions. He is honest and to the point, and has incredible bedside manner. We did one round of ivf with no eggs that survived to freeze and did not get a positive pregnancy test. He was so kind and called to check on us and offered an updated treatment plan. He is amazing.
[IRH-Cincinnati is a] Huge clinic with many locations and years of experience. The only weakness is that the physician who did my transfer did not follow Dr. Awadalla’s plan in how many embryos to transfer, so i feel that consistency in situations that you must see multiple MDs is imperative.... Penny is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. Her bedside manner is great. Our educator, i can’t remember her name, but she was an ARNP, was equally as incredible. She was excited to teach, patient, and very knowledgeable. You can tell she loves her job.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He made my husband and I feel comfortable immediately. He made sure both myself and my husband understood everything, and made us feel comfortable asking questions. He is honest and to the point, and has incredible bedside manner. We did one round of ivf with no eggs that survived to freeze and did not get a positive pregnancy test. He was so kind and called to check on us and offered an updated treatment plan. He is amazing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He is great and they will love him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr Awadalla is amazing! He is funny and kind, honest, and really takes the time to get to know his patients on a personal level.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
After 4 failed IUIs his recommendation was to go straight to IVF with ICSI. His plan was to transfer 2 embryos however we went in over the weekend and another physician was on call and only transferred one. Unfortunately it did not result in a positive pregnancy and our other 2 embryos degraded before they were able to be frozen. Dr. Awadalla called and discussed a plan for higher stim with drugs next cycle to hopefully get more embryos and with a plan to do assisted hatching as well.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Institute for Reproductive Health. (Assigned nurse: I spoke with several RNs. Penny, and an ARNP who educated us)
Penny is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. Her bedside manner is great. Our educator, i can’t remember her name, but she was an ARNP, was equally as incredible. She was excited to teach, patient, and very knowledgeable. You can tell she loves her job.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Huge clinic with many locations and years of experience. The only weakness is that the physician who did my transfer did not follow Dr. Awadalla’s plan in how many embryos to transfer, so i feel that consistency in situations that you must see multiple MDs is imperative.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
One cycle with ICSI that included a self pay discount was around $10,000 not including meds. My insurance covered visits and labs.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Due to my age, he wanted to transfer two.
What specific things went wrong at Institute for Reproductive Health?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Institute for Reproductive Health.
As I stated earlier, the plan to transfer 2 embryos did not happen as the physician who did my transfer only wanted to do 1. We only had a total of 3. The one transferred failed and the remaining 2 degraded before being able to freeze. I feel some regret in not having fought for Dr. Awadalla’s initial plan in the moment since we lost all of our embryos.
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Institute for Reproductive Health
Cincinnati
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10
Age 30 - 34
Treated 2014 - 2018
Success w/ Doc Yes
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Entrepreneur
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Even though he [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] was always honest with us about our chances, he still was positive and optimistic. Ie he would say that even if this cycle didn't work we'd keep trying until we had success. He acknowledged how hard it was when we had failed cycle... We were advised to do ESET for our first (fresh) transfer due to the quality of the embryos and my response to the meds. It was a success! After a failed frozen transfer a few years later we have now been encouraged to consider transferring 2 next time
Staff [at Institute for Reproductive Health- Cincinnati] is great. They have multiple locations which is nice--you don't have to go all the way into the city for the frequent appointments during ivf cycles. They have good success rates without pushing multiple embryo transfer or irresponsible levels of ovary stimulation.... We were advised to do ESET for our first (fresh) transfer due to the quality of the embryos and my response to the meds. It was a success! After a failed frozen transfer a few years later we have now been encouraged to consider transferring 2 next time
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
I've always been treated with compassion and respect. He has always acted professional and I'm confident in his expertise. He manages a good balance of realism (he never mislead us about our chances of success) and optimism.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Be prepared to try a few cycles before giving up, even when everything goes "right" it can still take a few cycles to get pregnant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Even though he was always honest with us about our chances, he still was positive and optimistic. Ie he would say that even if this cycle didn't work we'd keep trying until we had success. He acknowledged how hard it was when we had failed cycle
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
I've always been treated with respect and compassion. My only complaint is that it can be hard to reach a nurse or doctor when I have questions--you have to leave a message and wait for a call back. Sometimes they don't call back the same day and that can be stressful when you are in the middle of a medicated cycle when running is important.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Staff is great. They have multiple locations which is nice--you don't have to go all the way into the city for the frequent appointments during ivf cycles. They have good success rates without pushing multiple embryo transfer or irresponsible levels of ovary stimulation.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
17,000 for the IVF package, 4500 per round for frozen transfer
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
We were advised to do ESET for our first (fresh) transfer due to the quality of the embryos and my response to the meds. It was a success! After a failed frozen transfer a few years later we have now been encouraged to consider transferring 2 next time
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Cincinnati
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Age 28 - 29
Treated 2016 - 2017
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Other
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
I didn’t get to spend as much time with him as I wanted ... He is to the point but his beside manners are compassionate. He’s direct without being discouraging. He offers insight to best practices and doesn’t compare you to others. He often would make me laugh and smile during the most difficult time of our life. ... Dr. A [Awadalla] started me on a low dose of Follistem and we quickly jumped to the highway to get my eggs to react.
The clinic [Institute for Reproductive Health] is an A+ rating for me. The cleanliness and yearly protocol is above industry standards. There are private rooms to discuss treatments and each room feels comfortable rather than a dark black hole. ... They [nursing staff] were compassionate, caring and patient. As a first timer they answered all my million questions and were honest with feedback. After our failed cycle I wa a broken but they counseled us through it providing hope and faith this would all work our.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He is to the point but his beside manners are compassionate. He’s direct without being discouraging. He offers insight to best practices and doesn’t compare you to others. He often would make me laugh and smile during the most difficult time of our life.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Be prepared with questions when you arrive to ask him because when put on the spot, we often forgot and would have to get answers from his staff rather than him. Visits with him were VERY quick.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
I drove 2 hours multiple times a week to see Dr Awadala. I didn’t get to spend as much time with him as I wanted and I was frustrated that I had driven so far for about 3 minutes with him. However, it was his staff that really made me feel human. They were patient as I asked many questions, they were quick to return calls, and always honest with me. They weren’t brutal but encouraging with the devastating news that our first embryo transfer of the twins was not successful. While it was difficult, they counseled me through the pain with enlightenment and positivity.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
Dr. A started me on a low dose of Follistem and we quickly jumped to the highway to get my eggs to react. He monitored them 3x a week leading up to retrieval and has blood work drawn in our local clinic a couple times as well to monitor levels. Once retrieval was complete we asked to do icsi to which he replied that it was necessary because nothing was showing it would be an issue for my eggs to fertilize and it wasn’t worth the extra cost associated. Looking back I wish he would have honored our request as we only had 3 viable embryos. He did a 3 days fresh transfer of our best looking embryos which we call “the twins”. This was unsuccessful and crushing. We prevailed and jumped into our next treatment the next cycle. During this frozen 5 day transfer we asked to do assisted hatching to which he agreed. This resulted in our miracle son.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Institute for Reproductive Health. (Assigned nurse: Bridget)
I posted briefly earlier on this bit anticipate this question but the staff deserves their own review. FIVE STARS! They were compassionate, caring and patient. As a first timer they answered all my million questions and were honest with feedback. After our failed cycle I wa a broken but they counseled us through it providing hope and faith this would all work our.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
The clinic is an A+ rating for me. The cleanliness and yearly protocol is above industry standards. There are private rooms to discuss treatments and each room feels comfortable rather than a dark black hole.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
I don’t recall 100% but know we ended up spending 16k. They process was clearly lined out during our finance walk through which made preparing for this much easier.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
He was open to whatever we wanted to do. Advised 1 but ended up transferring 2.
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Cincinnati
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Age 30
Treated 2017
Success w/ Doc No
3 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
He [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] hits the ground running. On your first consultation, be prepared with questions because he is ready to get your treatment started!...Dr. A. told me that since I was young, and seemed to be healthy, with 4 embryos, we should do single transfers for my fresh IVF transfer and my FET. He explained during our last conversation that he would like to transfer the remaining two frozen embryos for my next treatment since the first two treatments were unsuccessful.
I felt comfortable with all aspects of the clinic [Institute for Reproductive Health]. As a patient of a previous fertility clinic, this one is clean, modern, and very welcoming, as opposed to the first clinic my husband and I visited. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable...I had a couple of nurses and they were all fantastic! My primary nurse coordinator was Sarah, and she was incredible! She was so sweet and patient with me during my egg retrieval (which resulted in a funny story), and she cried with me when I got my period (TWICE!), and subsequent negative pregnancy tests.
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
I loved Dr. Awadalla. From the very first consultation, I could tell that he loved his job and wanted to help couples get pregnant and have a baby. After both negative pregnancy tests, he personally called me and was encouraging and shared what he would like next steps to be. When we are able to afford another treatment, we will definitely be seeing Dr. A. again!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He hits the ground running. On your first consultation, be prepared with questions because he is ready to get your treatment started!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. A. was always so kind and answered any and all questions I had. He seemed to genuinely care about my case and was always compassionate when we didn’t get the news we hoped for.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
I used two injectable medicines as my follicle stimulations as well as an injectable trigger shot during my fresh IVF cycle. During both my IVF and FET, I used progesterone suppositories. I used estrogen supplements during my FET cycle. I was also prescribed pre-natal vitamins to take for the duration of all treatments.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Institute for Reproductive Health. (Assigned nurse: Sarah)
I had a couple of nurses and they were all fantastic! My primary nurse coordinator was Sarah, and she was incredible! She was so sweet and patient with me during my egg retrieval (which resulted in a funny story), and she cried with me when I got my period (TWICE!), and subsequent negative pregnancy tests.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
I felt comfortable with all aspects of the clinic. As a patient of a previous fertility clinic, this one is clean, modern, and very welcoming, as opposed to the first clinic my husband and I visited. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
For our IVF cycle, we got a loan for $13,500 with $12,000 going toward the treatment and $1,500 going toward medication. We did spend more than what we were loaned, probably close to $3,000 for medication during this cycle. For our FET, we were charged $4,500 for the cycle, not including medication. We also pay a frozen embryo fee, but I am not sure what the cost is.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Dr. A. told me that since I was young, and seemed to be healthy, with 4 embryos, we should do single transfers for my fresh IVF transfer and my FET. He explained during our last conversation that he would like to transfer the remaining two frozen embryos for my next treatment since the first two treatments were unsuccessful.
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Cincinnati
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Age 36 - 37
Treated 2015 - 2016
Success w/ Doc Yes
6 IUI
Unexplained
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Income $100K - $199K
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He [Dr. Awadalla] understands that most of his patients aren't as exposed to the ups and downs of the infertility world as he and his practice partners, so he never takes any lost pregnancy, negative test result, patient fear, etc for granted...was very warm. Understood that my husband is stand offish and that Im an information junky. Spent time, explained gently, listened to our needs...did almost all of my iuis, did my exploratory laparoscopy, and my d&c. A few iuis were done by a practice partner if Dr. Awadalla was in surgery that day.
[Institute for Reproductive Health] Has multiple locations but the cincinnati location in rookwood is the best. The other offices are so-so. At least they were in 2016. Most of my treatments were done in rookwood, one in the florence ky office. Used Christ hospital for all of my procedures. The clinic is well organized, the sperm collection clinic is in the same hallway. Billing in the same lobby. Private...[nurses were] Friendly, warm, quick to return calls
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla did almost all of my iuis, did my exploratory laparoscopy, and my d&c. A few iuis were done by a practice partner if Dr. Awadalla was in surgery that day. Remember, we are working with incredibly tight windows :) Dr. Awadalla is a family man, a people person, an expert in his field, compassionate. He understands that most of his patients aren't as exposed to the ups and downs of the infertility world as he and his practice partners, so he never takes any lost pregnancy, negative test result, patient fear, etc for granted.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
If it's on your heart to be a parent, trust that. Then trust the process. And even if it seems bleak, keep showing up and keep going. Speak openly, find support, ask questions. Try to live a healthy lifestyle.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla was very warm. Understood that my husband is stand offish and that Im an information junky. Spent time, explained gently, listened to our needs.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
1. Tested sperm 2. Gave husband Clomid 3. Husband became a jerk 4. Took husband off clomid 5. Gave me Clomid, edu fertility windows 6. Started iuis including ovulation trigger injection 7. Had tubes flushed and flouroscopy uterus 8. Started follistim injections alongside Clomid, ovulation trigger and iuis 9. Exploratory laproscopy, rule out anatomical abnormality, cyst, cancer, or endometriosis 10. Cont current regimen 9. Got pregnant, miscarried 10. D&c 11. Added progesterone 12. got pregnant. Gave birth to my wonderful daughter Dec 2016!! She is the light of my life!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Friendly, warm, quick to return calls
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Has multiple locations but the cincinnati location in rookwood is the best. The other offices are so-so. At least they were in 2016. Most of my treatments were done in rookwood, one in the florence ky office. Used Christ hospital for all of my procedures. The clinic is well organized, the sperm collection clinic is in the same hallway. Billing in the same lobby. Private.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
I don't really remember, we spanned over a year and I switched insurances part way through. It gets very complicated. Some meds are $8, some are $500, surgery is very itemized and expensive, etc. My husband's sperm collection and cleaning was billed to his insurance, the iuis to mine, etc. They will council you through the billing dept if you get confused.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Does not apply to me
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Cincinnati
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Age 29
Treated 2016
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IVF
European
Income $100K - $199K
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Dr. Awadalla was kind, and encouraging. I had Heard so many horror stories about plus sized women attempting IVF, but he never mentioned my weight or made me feel like I wasn’t a good candidate, and I appreciate that more than he will ever know...met with my partner and I and discussed our options after his vasectomy. He shared opinions and provided a plan. It took us about a year and a half before we decided to follow through with the IVF process, but he was welcoming and encouraging. He laughed with me and celebrated when we found success.
Every nurse that worked with Dr. Awadalla [at Institute for Reproductive Health] was patient, kind, and encouraging. I always Had great visits to the clinic...I was surprised that we were transferring two, because I had no fertility issues that we had known of prior to transfer, since this was the first time we had tried to get pregnant, but had to go with IVF because of a prior vasectomy. But, I am thankful for both of my wonderful boys and glad that we transferred two!
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla met with my partner and I and discussed our options after his vasectomy. He shared opinions and provided a plan. It took us about a year and a half before we decided to follow through with the IVF process, but he was welcoming and encouraging. He laughed with me and celebrated when we found success. I would not choose another doctor. I will continue to recommend him to any friend in need of IVF as long as he continues to practice.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Trust the process!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla was kind, and encouraging. I had Heard so many horror stories about plus sized women attempting IVF, but he never mentioned my weight or made me feel like I wasn’t a good candidate, and I appreciate that more than he will ever know.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
I dont remember all of the details.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Every nurse that worked with Dr. Awadalla was patient, kind, and encouraging. I always Had great visits to the clinic.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
I dont have a single complaint. The communication was great, the expectations, and plans of action. The doctor was willing to do what he could to help my family grow, and I really don’t know what my life would be like without my children.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
I had help from my employer, however I think we ended up paying about $5000 out of pocket for everything. But, I would do it all again.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
I was surprised that we were transferring two, because I had no fertility issues that we had known of prior to transfer, since this was the first time we had tried to get pregnant, but had to go with IVF because of a prior vasectomy. But, I am thankful for both of my wonderful boys and glad that we transferred two!
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Cincinnati
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Age 33 - 34
Treated 2016 - 2017
Success w/ Doc No
5 IUI
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Other
Income $50K - $99K
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He [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] was great at being optimistic and enthusiastic but he it became just a process. The emotional side of things needed to be addressed. I’m sure to them it’s all very routine but for me it was a major set back when things were negative... We started off assuming things would work quickly. Clomid was our first try. Next we moved to IUI with clomid. After two rounds we moved onto IUI clomid with the shot.
The office [Institute for Reproductive Health- Florence] was great as a whole but I wish they did more things in the KY office. We had to drive to OH for all IUIs. Also I wish the lab was open longer hours to accommodate those that work. To afford the treatment we had to work but I would often have to miss work for my appointments... The nurses weren’t very personalable. They seemed more focused on the paperwork and things than us
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He was great at being optimistic and enthusiastic but he it became just a process. The emotional side of things needed to be addressed. I’m sure to them it’s all very routine but for me it was a major set back when things were negative
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Go into things with an open mind and know that things may be different than expected. Speak up and ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
The process was a bit cold but I think it was the process verses the doctor
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
We started off assuming things would work quickly. Clomid was our first try. Next we moved to IUI with clomid. After two rounds we moved onto IUI clomid with the shot.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
The nurses weren’t very personalable. They seemed more focused on the paperwork and things than us
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
The office was great as a whole but I wish they did more things in the KY office. We had to drive to OH for all IUIs. Also I wish the lab was open longer hours to accommodate those that work. To afford the treatment we had to work but I would often have to miss work for my appointments
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
It was all out of pocket expenses.
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Age 30 - 35
Treated 2012 - 2017
Success w/ Doc Yes
5 IUI
PCOS
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Income $50K - $99K
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Dr. Awadalla was so nice reviewed my file and knew who Inwas before he spoke to me. He was very caring and professional at all times. My husband and I were very pleased. He was very knowledgable in my entire time at the clinic...He is kind and friendly. Be prepared to loose weight though before you begin any cycle...He always took time with us. Explained everything and answered any questions we had...First I had to loose 20% of my. Jody weight. He kept me in Metformin. Then we used Famara for a couple cycles. I know I used Bravelle on one cycle. I also had to use an injection to help mature eggs it started with an m. I used progesterone as well. For my second child I used Gonal F. I’m sure I have all my medicine written down somewhere but not sure where. At the moment.
You will always have someone call you back [at Institute for Reproductive Health]. The staff is always nice. Most of the time you are on the room within 5 minutes of arrival and are seeing the doctor right after. The staff also try to help you find a pharmacy that will deliver medicine at a cheaper rate...The nurses were well prepared. However you had to leave messages and one would call you back which was very inconvenient if you work...
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Awadalla was so nice reviewed my file and knew who Inwas before he spoke to me. He was very caring and professional at all times. My husband and I were very pleased. He was very knowledgable in my entire time at the clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Don’t be nervous. He is kind and friendly. Be prepared to loose weight though before you begin any cycle.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
He always took time with us. Explained everything and answered any questions we had.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
First I had to loose 20% of my. Jody weight. He kept me in Metformin. Then we used Famara for a couple cycles. I know I used Bravelle on one cycle. I also had to use an injection to help mature eggs it started with an m. I used progesterone as well. For my second child I used Gonal F. I’m sure I have all my medicine written down somewhere but not sure where. At the moment.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
The nurses were well prepared. However you had to leave messages and one would call you back which was very inconvenient if you work.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
You will always have someone call you back. The staff is always nice. Most of the time you are on the room within 5 minutes of arrival and are seeing the doctor right after. The staff also try to help you find a pharmacy that will deliver medicine at a cheaper rate.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
It was less than $2000 for my second baby. My first child costed more but we tried different things.
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
N/a
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Institute for Reproductive Health
Cincinnati
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Age 37
Treated 2017
Success w/ Doc No
3 IUI
Other
Income $100K - $199K
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I had an IUI, he [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] was very thorough. I don't remember the specifics due to having to take xanax to calm my anxiety...The way he talked to me made me feel important. He was down to earth...was awesome, told me everything was doing, when he was doing it. I have issues with anxiety and he didn't let that be a problem. Made me relax more then the other two doctors we saw. I heard an IUI and was in and out of the with no problems
Strength is they [Institute for Reproductive Health] are very helpful, caring and passionate about their job. Not sure of any weaknesses...All of them [nurses] were great very caring...Cleaning my husband's sperm cost about $650 and the IUI procedure cost about$450...I had an IUI, he [Dr. Sherif Awadalla] was very thorough. I don't remember the specifics due to having to take xanax to calm my anxiety...The way he talked to me made me feel important. He was down to earth...was awesome, told me everything was doing, when he was doing it. I have issues with anxiety and he didn't let that be a problem. Made me relax more then the other two doctors we saw. I heard an IUI and was in and out of the with no problems
How was your experience with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Awadalla was awesome, told me everything was doing, when he was doing it. I have issues with anxiety and he didn't let that be a problem. Made me relax more then the other two doctors we saw. I heard an IUI and was in and out of the with no problems
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Don't be nervous, he's great
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health?
The way he talked to me made me feel important. He was down to earth.
Describe the protocols Sherif Awadalla used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
I had an IUI, he was very thorough. I don't remember the specifics due to having to take xanax to calm my anxiety
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Institute for Reproductive Health.
All of them were great very caring
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Strength is they are very helpful, caring and passionate about their job. Not sure of any weaknesses.....................................................................................................................
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sherif Awadalla at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Cleaning my husband's sperm cost about $650 and the IUI procedure cost about$450
Describe Sherif Awadalla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
N/a had an IUI
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