Sinem Karipcin

Columbia University

Rated 9.5
Strongly recommend: 82%Neutral: 18%9.5
82% strongly recommend
50 reviews
Humanity
9.9
9.9
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
9.5
9.5
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.2
7.2
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.

LGBTQ Care
10
10
LGBTQ Care

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Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent LGBTQ care.

Responsiveness
7.7
Good
Responsiveness

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Education

Medical School
Ankara U (Turkey)
Residency
U of Texas - Galveston
Fellowship
Cornell

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
doctor, nurse available by directline
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doctor available by personal cell phone
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Sinem Karipcin works at

Columbia University
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 77%Neutral: 14%Don't recommend: 9%8.8

At 1 office

New York
5 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(646) 756-8282
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2020, Successful
10
10
Age 32
3 IUI
IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Other
South Asian
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr. Karipcin] is very efficient and knows what she is doing...She understood my anxiety issues caused due to infertility and understood my physical pain caused by severe endometriosis...we knew she would never take any shorts or do conventional practice, her plan was tailor only for me...Dr K helped us find the right surgeon [for diagnostic laparoscopy] and worked very closely with our surgeon to maximize our chances of successful transfer....
[nurse at Columbia University] was very polite and thorough and explained all instructions very well. she never minded taking follow up questions from me and always returned my calls the same day...Zaria( care coordinator) was very efficient in making changes to accommodate me. She made sure everyone was in sync. I never had to send a single reminder to anyone in the staff.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
After 2 failed embryo transfer of chromosomally normal embryos and a panic attack we met with Dr K. During our 1st consult she was very patient, professional and proactive- she took notes of my medical history, went through all my scan and reports, asked us abt our fertility goal ( which I had completely given up on), and also gave us an egg retrieval protocol. She knew exactly what I needed for good results. she was very positive abt my case and had a plan- we decided to do 2 egg retrievals as I have DOR and want 2 kids and she strongly suggested me to take Lupron for 2 cycles- due to endometriosis and adenomyosis- clearly it was long journey but she was totally on our side and knew how to get us the results. very next cycle we started ER protocol and despite low follicular count and DOR got 3 embryos. we took a break of 2 cycles, while we were figuring out a possible Infectious disease issue. Then we did 2nd ER and again got 3 embryos. the very same cycle I took first lupron shot. by then my endo pain was getting worse so we decided to diagnostic laparoscopy. Again Dr K helped us find the right surgeon and worked very closely with our surgeon to maximize our chances of successful transfer. Dr K was always more positive abt our case then us. She is very efficient and knows what she is doing. Every second I was in her care I was her number one priority. She decided to do a Mock transfer due to the position of my uterus and made a decision to do my transfer under anesthesia, by this point we trusted Dr K blindly and did what she said- we knew she would never take any shorts or do conventional practice, her plan was tailor only for me. I was vey nervous for the transfer but when I saw Dr K I could relax and calm down my nerves went in the transfer room the whole experience was very positive and I we got pregnant the same cycle. I know only Dr K could have got me pregnant because she understood how my case was different and was willing to think out of box.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
plz trust her. she knows what she is doing. plz let her know your expectations and tell her how you feel abt your struggles. She will go out of her way to make your journey easy. Her positive vibes will make you believe in your dream to become a mother.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr K is like a very kind and understanding friend. She understood my anxiety issues caused due to infertility and understood my physical pain caused by severe endometriosis. she was well aware of my history and knew what hell of a journey I had been through. she always considered my comfort and pain levels before any treatment. I was truly taken care of under her practice. Dr K and Varda ( Nurse) would call me multiple times to make sure all my questions and concerns were addressed.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
Dr K suggested Estrogen priming for my case she was right that cycle I did not get a lead follicle. For stimulation we used menopur and follistim. I think I took ovidrel for trigger shot. Although we got only 9 eggs( due to DOR) we got 3 embryos on day5. protocol was the same for both cycles and resulted in total 6 embryos. when I took lupron she strongly suggested me to take add back with it and that was blessing, without add back my lupron days were not livable. Infact with lupron + add back I was very energetic and productive. for transfer I took estrogen vaginally and progesteron in oil.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda )
Varda( nurse) was a blessing. I actually looked forward to her call after every monitoring appointment. she was very understanding and had an effect of a tranquillizer on my anxious infertility struck nerves. She was very polite and thorough and explained all instructions very well. she never minded taking follow up questions from me and always returned my calls the same day. I knew she genuinely cared for me and cheered me up whenever needed. Zaria( care coordinator) was very efficient in making changes to accommodate me. She made sure everyone was in sync. I never had to send a single reminder to anyone in the staff.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
strength- best staff. they know they have the best people. everyone is in business of providing care, best medical services and nothing else. very high ethical standards- I never experienced negligence or carelessness from anyone or any department. After every appointment I got a feedback notification from clinic admin. weakness- none
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
our first ER was covered by insurance 100%. 2nd ER was completely out of pocket- abt 10 k and transfer was covered by insurance.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
she preferred single embryo transfer.
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Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 37
4 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Professor
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Because of my diminished ovarian reserve, we planned to do all three retrievals [with Dr. Karipcin] back to back for batching before moving on to a transfer...has a wonderful way of making you feel seen and known. She knows your case inside and out, and is able to talk about it on the fly during appointments and procedures. She is quite genuine and makes you feel like she cares about you and is rooting for your success.
We had a very positive experience with Columbia Fertility Center. Everyone from the front desk, to the phlebotomists, to the sonographers, to the nursing staff and care coordinators were attentive, efficient, and extremely friendly. We had dozens of appointments over the course of a year and rarely, if ever, had to wait (even in the midst of the covid pandemic). The space is bright, friendly, and soothing and extremely clean. The OR is the back of the office which makes it a one stop shop. It truly came to feel like a second home (for better or for worse). There is a 24-7 emergency help line that we made use of several times. It is probably important to know that you will not see your doctor during most of your monitoring appointments and they may not be on call when you have procedures (IUI/IVF). Our case was complicated in certain ways (e.g., I have a tilted cervix which made my IUIs and some additional tests hellish) and as such Dr. K made a special effort to be there for most of our big appointments.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
We have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. K. Not only is she an attentive and compassionate person but she is also extremely competent as a doctor. We never felt rushed during our appointments and she was responsive and thorough when we had questions. She knew our case inside and out. We ran into a variety of obstacles due to my diminished ovarian reserve and egg quality issues and she adjusted our protocol accordingly - at each stage we had better outcomes than the last. Throughout our travails, she was consistently positive/optimistic yet also realistic about the possible outcomes. If we decide to have more children in the future, we absolutely plan to continue on with Dr. K and in the interim we will highly recommend her to friends and family who encounter their own struggles with infertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Our advice is not anything specific about Dr. K - we would advise new patients that this process is very likely to take longer than you anticipate and to adjust your expectations accordingly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin (aka Dr. K) has a wonderful way of making you feel seen and known. She knows your case inside and out, and is able to talk about it on the fly during appointments and procedures. She is quite genuine and makes you feel like she cares about you and is rooting for your success.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
We tried for 6 months before seeking out a reproductive endocrinologist (by that point I was age 36). During that period, I had two miscarriages. I was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve and Dr. K also suspected that I had some endometriosis. My husband had low sperm morphology (2%). Our sequence of treatments was in part based on our insurance coverage which required at least three rounds of IUI before moving on to IVF. As such, we did three IUI cycles – the first one natural (no additional drugs) and the second two medicated – one with clomid and one with letrazole. We had a chemical pregnancy with the first and the second two were unsuccessful. From there we moved on to IVF. Thankfully, our insurance covers three retrievals/transfers (what luck/privilege as we could not go forward otherwise). Because of my diminished ovarian reserve, we planned to do all three retrievals back to back for batching before moving on to a transfer. 1) First Cycle: Meds: 225 gonal; 225 menopur; cetrotide starting day 9 of treatment. Unfortunately, I was unresponsive. I only produced 2 follicles and Dr. K switched us to IUI instead of a retrieval. The IUI was unsuccessful. 2) Second Cycle: Meds: 150 gonal days 1-8 --> 225 gonal starting day 9; 150 menopur; clomid days 1-5; cetrotide starting day 7 of treatment. This cycle I produced more eggs and went forward with the retrieval. 8 were retrieved, 7 mature. Unfortunately, most of the eggs had empty zona pellucida (which is the outside shell). As such, only 1-2 were able to be fertilized with ICSI. None made it past day 3. 3) Third Cycle: Meds: 150 gonal days 1-5 --> 225 gonal days 6-8 --> 300 gonal days 9-11; 150 menopur; letrazole days 1-5; cetrotide starting day 9. This cycle 10 were retrieved, 7 were mature, and 5 were fertilized with ICSI. Of those, 2 became day 5 blastocysts and 3 became day 7 blastocysts. We sent them out for genetic testing and the first two tested normal. We planned to take a month off before our final retrieval and somehow, by some miracle, I got pregnant naturally and am just starting my second trimester (fingers crossed). We have one more retrieval covered by our insurance and tentatively plan to go forward in the future (with Dr. K). In the meantime, our two “good” blastocysts are on ice for the future.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda Souverain)
Varda trained me on the injections and communicated with us about our medication protocol throughout our IUI and IVF cycles. She was always available through email/the phone and was quite responsive to our questions/needs.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
We had a very positive experience with Columbia Fertility Center. Everyone from the front desk, to the phlebotomists, to the sonographers, to the nursing staff and care coordinators were attentive, efficient, and extremely friendly. We had dozens of appointments over the course of a year and rarely, if ever, had to wait (even in the midst of the covid pandemic). The space is bright, friendly, and soothing and extremely clean. The OR is the back of the office which makes it a one stop shop. It truly came to feel like a second home (for better or for worse). There is a 24-7 emergency help line that we made use of several times. It is probably important to know that you will not see your doctor during most of your monitoring appointments and they may not be on call when you have procedures (IUI/IVF). Our case was complicated in certain ways (e.g., I have a tilted cervix which made my IUIs and some additional tests hellish) and as such Dr. K made a special effort to be there for most of our big appointments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
We had incredible insurance coverage (IUIs and IVF meds were fully covered, IVF was covered at 75%). We are waiting on bills for our second IVF retrieval but I believe that we ended up paying $1,300 out of pocket for our first retrieval as well as a handful of $20 copays here and there. I believe we will be paying approximately $100/month for frozen embryo storage.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
We have yet to get to the transfer phase with Dr. K.
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 37
2 IVF
Uterine Fibroids
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Sinem Karipcin] was personable, optimistic and realistic at the same time. I wrote that she treated me like a human because she always remember my name, my husband's name and even the purse I brought to each appointment...I felt like I was in excellent hands because she would tell me all of the statistics and even mentioned how some of the statistics were slightly different for African-American women (I'm African-American). At each appointment, Dr. Karipcin would explain next steps, remind me to stay optimistic. She didn't shy away from explaining potential complications that might arise due to my endometriosis and fibroids, but she would always remind me to focus on the positive and that we would deal with any complications as they might arise.
Columbia University Fertility is clean, the staff is professional and they are very good at providing information upfront. Once you decide to work with them, you are matched with a Care team, given their contact information and clear understand of the procedures and protocols. The New York, NY location is also very accessible by public transportation, which was important to me. The biggest bonus is that Columbia Fertility offers a monthly support group for women undergoing fertility treatments (it was also open to non-Columbia patients), which I found helpful.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K always welcomed me with a warm smile. She has a very strong bedside manner. In fact, I noticed that she greets everyone in the clinic by name when she comes in each morning. I felt like I was in excellent hands because she would tell me all of the statistics and even mentioned how some of the statistics were slightly different for African-American women (I'm African-American). At each appointment, Dr. Karipcin would explain next steps, remind me to stay optimistic. She didn't shy away from explaining potential complications that might arise due to my endometriosis and fibroids, but she would always remind me to focus on the positive and that we would deal with any complications as they might arise.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Be sure to share all of your concerns. Dr. Karipcin will address each and every one of them. At one of our first appointments, I came in with a list of questions and concerns. She didn't let me leave until I'd written down notes/answers to each one of them. At one particular appointment, I cried while waiting to get my blood drawn. Dr. Karipcin and Nurse Varda set with me to alleviate my fears while in between patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was personable, optimistic and realistic at the same time. I wrote that she treated me like a human because she always remember my name, my husband's name and even the purse I brought to each appointment. When scheduling me for morning monitoring, Dr. K and her team (Nurse Varda and Zaria) were always mindful to get me in as early as possible because I'm a teacher.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
We did two round of IVF. Our regime consisted of was Gonal F, Menopur and then Centrotide. The trigger injection was Ovidrel and Lupron. Our first retrieval yielded about 8 eggs. The second retrieval yielded 15 eggs. Our IVF rounds were relatively close together (Oct/Nov 2019 & Dec 2019), the insurance company approved it and we wanted to complete them before Christmas. We did the recommended genetic testings for the embryos. So, now we have a total of 6 chromosomally strong embryos that can be transferred. Our original transfer date was postponed due to Covid. So, we did a transfer in May 2020. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Nurse Varda)
Nurse Varda and Care Coordinator Zaria were extremely helpful to me. Varda was patient and answered every question in the emails I sent her. I would send emails with like 8 items and she would be sure to answer each question/concern. Zaria was thoughtful enough to call me for scheduling during my teacher breaks or lunchtime, because she knew those were the only times I was free to talk. The nursing staff, including ultrasound technician Rachel, Denaisha and Tanisha who took my blood during morning monitoring were also very welcoming, comforting, professional and funny. There was one appointment (in which we noticed that one of my fibroids was slightly bigger and this absolutely crushed me) and they reminded me to be positive, to pray and then got me focused on sports or some other topic so that I would stop crying, before heading to work. I was very thankful for them and their conversation.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Columbia University Fertility is clean, the staff is professional and they are very good at providing information upfront. Once you decide to work with them, you are matched with a Care team, given their contact information and clear understand of the procedures and protocols. The New York, NY location is also very accessible by public transportation, which was important to me. The biggest bonus is that Columbia Fertility offers a monthly support group for women undergoing fertility treatments (it was also open to non-Columbia patients), which I found helpful.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Columbia University.
The morning monitoring hours worked well with my teaching schedule. It was very organized as well.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
The majority of our treatment was covered by insurance. In fact, we didn't proceed until we knew it would be covered as "in-network." I usually only had to pay the co-payment. The cost of the IVF medications were not fully covered by insurance but they are now covered in New York State.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
Columbia University Fertility does not do multiple embryo transfers. This is very clearly explained in the paperwork that you have to sign prior to embarking on the IVF journey. They are also clear to reiterate this around the retrieval dates. I agreed with Dr. K's approach. Due to my age at the time (36), fibroids and endometriosis, multiple embryo transfers were not recommended. Neither my OB/GYN, Fibroid surgeon, nor Dr. Karipcin recommended multiple embryo transfers.
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Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 35 - 36
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $50K - $99K
Writer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We went straight to IVF due to my Diminished Ovarian Reserve. Dr. Karipcin said this would help us get the best results in the most time efficient manner (with DOR you don't want to waste time). I was nervous about the drugs and she took my concerns to heart, starting with low doses of most drugs and increasing only when necessary (with my approval)...Dr. Karipcin recommended only transferring 1 frozen embryo because the of splitting and miscarriage risk and we are glad we listened because it did split
This clinic [Conceptions Florida] is excellent. The only weaknesses I could see were the organization of the front desk staff. I got a few confusing phone calls over the year about appointment times. Another time I waited for an hour and a half in the waiting room because my Dr. hadn't been notified I had arrived. The wait times could also be frustrating...The nursing team was excellent and made the experience actually enjoyable.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karpicin is the doctor you actually look forward to seeing, even though you would rather not be going through fertility issues. We initially saw another doctor where we felt like we didn't matter at all, and seeing Dr. Karipcin was a breath of fresh air - it was a huge difference. She is warm and caring but also extremely intelligent and informed. She has a wonderful bedside manner but is also straightforward.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Don't hesitate to see her if you are questioning your fertility. Write down your questions/concerns before going - she will answer them all.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karpicin always made us feel like a human rather than a number. She took the time to get to know us personally and ease our fears. She took an interest in our lives and called us by name.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Conceptions Florida and their degree of success.
We went straight to IVF due to my Diminished Ovarian Reserve. Dr. Karipcin said this would help us get the best results in the most time efficient manner (with DOR you don't want to waste time). I was nervous about the drugs and she took my concerns to heart, starting with low doses of most drugs and increasing only when necessary (with my approval). The first retrieval, we only got 1 truly good embryo (out of 13 eggs, using ICSI) which we fresh transferred on day 5 (resulting in a chemical pregnancy). A few months later we did another retrieval, slightly adjusting my medications so I would stimulate less but yield higher quality eggs hopefully - it seemed to work because we got 8 eggs but 5 were A and B quality (we did not use ICSI this time per the Dr's recommendation which paid off). Froze all. Transferred 1 A quality Day 5 embryo 3 months after retrieval. This embryo split and we saw 2 heartbeats, but about 7 weeks in, 1 failed. Currently 10+ weeks pregnant with surviving baby.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Conceptions Florida. (Assigned nurse: Chelsea Grey)
The nursing team was excellent and made the experience actually enjoyable. I always looked forward to seeing the whole team. They are professional, organized, responsive and they truly care.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Florida.
This clinic is excellent. The only weaknesses I could see were the organization of the front desk staff. I got a few confusing phone calls over the year about appointment times. Another time I waited for an hour and a half in the waiting room because my Dr. hadn't been notified I had arrived. The wait times could also be frustrating - mostly it was inconsistent. Sometimes I would wait 15 minutes and other times an hour - even for a blood draw. However, once you see the Dr or nurses, they give you their undivided attention, so I think that's the trade-off. I never felt rushed. My advice for a new patient would be, if you have long wait times, just know that when it's your turn, you will feel like their #1 patient.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Conceptions Florida.
Monitoring appointments are scheduled for all patients from 8-10am. It was usually pretty busy and I would end up waiting or being in the office from 1-2 hours for ultrasound and blood draw. Some days were better than others. I would have loved a specific time to come in, but as mentioned before, once you saw the Dr and nurses, you felt like a VIP.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida.
For 2 egg retrievals, we paid for a package that cost approximately $23,000. We also paid about $6,000 for a frozen transfer. Medications were separate.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Conceptions Florida.
Dr. Karipcin recommended only transferring 1 frozen embryo because the of splitting and miscarriage risk and we are glad we listened because it did split (but 1 failed so currently pregnant with the singleton).
What specific things went wrong at Conceptions Florida?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Conceptions Florida.
The only confusing thing that happened was someone from the front desk cancelled my phone meeting with the Dr. without telling me. That particular person often seemed confused/rude and I think she may have been fired because there is a new front desk staff now.
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Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Conceptions Florida
Coral Gables
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 37
2 IVF
2 Embryo Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $50K - $99K
Doctor
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. K [Karipcin] made us feel like her only patients! She was extremely compassionate, personalized care to our needs and expectations, and always helped us understand and make decisions. She is personable, friendly, and professional...She not only made sure we understood her plan and reasoning, but it was clear that she understood the nuance of our case, listened to us made adjustments according to our goals and how my wife felt, and gave us sage advice. She even considered various ways to help us financially.
The clinic [Conceptions Florida] is clean, up-to-date, with nice facilities. The staff is professional. The site is easy to get to with several transportation options... Everything is done on site...This nursing staff could run the world. They are extremely knowledgeable about the entire process, are passionate about what they are doing, and are completely organized. I was very impressed with the level of commitment and personalized care they provided.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
My wife and I had a tough time at another clinic prior to finding Dr. K. Everything changed for us after meeting her. She is kind and compassionate, and an extremely intelligent and professional doctor. She not only made sure we understood her plan and reasoning, but it was clear that she understood the nuance of our case, listened to us made adjustments according to our goals and how my wife felt, and gave us sage advice. She even considered various ways to help us financially. The course wasn't easy, and we went through two retrievals and two implantations, but we had no hesitation ever, knowing that we were with the right doctor. She was with us every step of the way! Now we are expecting later this year. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. K to anyone, and have recommended her to several friends and colleagues. We are lucky we found her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Know you are in good hands! Don't hesitate to ask questions and make sure you are satisfied with your plan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. K made us feel like her only patients! She was extremely compassionate, personalized care to our needs and expectations, and always helped us understand and make decisions. She is personable, friendly, and professional. She really made us feel comfortable after having a bad experience at another clinic.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Conceptions Florida and their degree of success.
During the first round of stimulation, my wife was feeling the side effects of the medication. Dr. K made adjustments during the second round and the treatments were much easier to tolerate.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Conceptions Florida.
This nursing staff could run the world. They are extremely knowledgeable about the entire process, are passionate about what they are doing, and are completely organized. I was very impressed with the level of commitment and personalized care they provided.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Florida.
The clinic is clean, up-to-date, with nice facilities. The staff is professional. The site is easy to get to with several transportation options. The other physicians there are also fantastic. Everything is done on site.
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Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Conceptions Florida
Coral Gables
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021 - 2022, Unknown Success
7
8
Age 40 - 41
2 IUI
3 IVF
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Although [Dr. Karipcin] is very caring and compassionate, she does not take the time to fully discuss IVF as a whole, what the treatment entails and the success rates. She also did not pivot when I had an unsuccessful transfer, but did the same protocol that resulted in another failure...At beginning of treatment we discussed transferring two fresh embryos, but at time of transfer only one was chosen. I was not explained clearly the difference between the two transfer options for my age range.
The clinic [at Columbia University] is great. Morning monitoring was fast, the bedside manner is wonderful best clinic I have been to. The nurse staff is very friendly, the doctors are compassionate and the place is bright and clean...The nursing staff was at times responsive and at other times not as much via online communication. In person visits were always excellent...Towards the end of my treatment I had to become more of an advocate for myself, and ask a lot of questions
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin immediately prescribed a treatment plan for an IVF with ICSI. She strongly recommended to do PGS testing on the first retrieval, which I chose to forfeit and go with a fresh single embryo transfer, although initially we spoke of a double embryo transfer. I have been unsuccessful with three egg retrieval cycles, I wish the doctor explained clearly the success rate per cycle. Towards the end of my treatment I had to become more of an advocate for myself, and ask a lot of questions. Although the doctor is very caring and compassionate, she does not take the time to fully discuss IVF as a whole, what the treatment entails and the success rates. She also did not pivot when I had an unsuccessful transfer, but did the same protocol that resulted in another failure.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Do your research, join a fertility support group and become and advocate for yourself. Ask a lot of questions!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin has a very compassionate, caring and thoughtful approach to her treatments. I did not feel like just another number, but an actual patient.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
IVF with ICSI and PGS testing on embryos due to my age at start of IVF treatment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University.
The nursing staff was at times responsive and at other times not as much via online communication. In person visits were always excellent.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic is great. Morning monitoring was fast, the bedside manner is wonderful best clinic I have been to. The nurse staff is very friendly, the doctors are compassionate and the place is bright and clean.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
My costs were accrued due to certain parts of the treatment plan that are not covered by health insurance, this includes biopsy, cryopreservation, PGS testing and ERA panel.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
At beginning of treatment we discussed transferring two fresh embryos, but at time of transfer only one was chosen. I was not explained clearly the difference between the two transfer options for my age range.
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2021, Successful
10
9
Age 35
2 IVF
Male Factor
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Professor
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr K [Dr. Karipcin] had a wonderful, warm bedside manner, and always remembered details about our lives...the way she approached treatment–adjusting everything to our particular circumstances and how I responded to treatment. We did a non-medicated embryo transfer and she waited for EXACTLY the right moment to transfer until the hormone levels were perfect. She was very responsive if I had concerns, and we felt like she was truly invested in the success of our treatment...
She [nurse at Columbia University] was compassionate and organized, though she wasn't very clear in written communication which sometimes caused problems over email. The rest of the nursing staff I interacted with were all kind, extremely competent and organized. I always felt well looked after...The financial office was the only aspect of the clinic we had problems with...it was an extremely stressful and annoying situation...most mornings I was done within 15 minutes, very efficient! We felt very comfortable with the clinic and overall had a great experience...
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr K was wonderful. She was kind, warm, and exacting in the way she approached treatment–adjusting everything to our particular circumstances and how I responded to treatment. We did a non-medicated embryo transfer and she waited for EXACTLY the right moment to transfer until the hormone levels were perfect. She was very responsive if I had concerns, and we felt like she was truly invested in the success of our treatment. She was positive all the way through the journey which was exactly what I needed when we faced setbacks, such as when more embryos than expected tested positive for the genetic disease we were screening for. She responded the same day if I had an email message for her, and made the effort to see me at morning monitoring at least once per egg retrieval cycle, as well as making sure she was there to do our embryo transfer. She always remembered details about my and my husband's life which made us feel like she really cared. I could not have asked for a better fertility doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
She's fantastic, go for it!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr K had a wonderful, warm bedside manner, and always remembered details about our lives. She seemed invested in the success of the treatment and responded very quickly to messages.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
We did 2 egg retrieval cycles with PGT-M for embryo banking and to screen for genetic disease. I had no fertility problems and high ovarian reserve. First cycle I was on standard antagonist protocol of 150 Menopur and 150 Gonal-F, with 2mg estrogen for two weeks beforehand to suppress the ovaries. Suppression did not work very well and I responded extremely strongly to the gonadotropins, so follicles were poorly synchronized–egg retrieval produced 13 mature eggs and all fertilized, but just 3 good-quality day 5/6 blasts resulted. The second retrieval Dr K adjusted the protocol for a luteal phase start for better suppression, and switched me to 75 Menopur and 225 Gonal-F. This worked MUCH better and 28 eggs were retrieved! 22 mature, 16 fertilized (probably a sperm quality issue) and 7 good-quality day 5/6 blasts. After genetic testing we were left 4 good-quality, genetically normal blasts from the two egg retrievals, which was at the high end of what Dr K had predicted, so we were very satisfied. For transfer Dr K recommended a non-medicated cycle since I had no fertility issues, and was very careful to explain clearly to me why she thought that was the better option over medicated. It took first time and we are currently 6 months pregnant with a very healthy-looking and active baby!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda)
Our primary nurse was Varda, although we didn't have much contact with her. She was compassionate and organized, though she wasn't very clear in written communication which sometimes caused problems over email. The rest of the nursing staff I interacted with were all kind, extremely competent and organized. I always felt well looked after.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic was clean, modern, comfortable, and very easy to reach at Columbus Circle. Pandemic restrictions were in effect while we were being treated so you had to book a slot for morning monitoring–this was super easy to do online and meant the waiting room was never very crowded, and most mornings I was done within 15 minutes, very efficient! We felt very comfortable with the clinic and overall had a great experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
Our second egg retrieval with PGT-M cost around $16,500 OOP, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle about $4250. The lab they recommended for genetic testing charged $3000 "set-up" fee for the genetic assay, plus $400 p/embryo. Anesthesia for egg retrieval was a separate $500 charge.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
Dr K strongly prefers eSET and explained why.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia University?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Columbia University.
The financial office was the only aspect of the clinic we had problems with. We paid for our second round of egg retrieval out-of-pocket, but my pharmacy plan still covered the medications. Our financial coordinator was unable to understand these circumstances for some reason and so had the medication coordinator order the medications to a completely different pharmacy which wasn't covered by my plan and which I hadn't requested or approved–and then refused to respond to my emails or talk to me on the phone about it. Although I eventually fixed the problem and had the prescription re-ordered to the correct, covered pharmacy, it was an extremely stressful and annoying situation.
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2021, 17 Eggs Frozen
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0
Age 28
1 Egg Freezing
Prefer not to answer
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Dr. K [Karipcin] is kind and has great bed side manner. She was adequately responsive to my concerns during my egg retrieval and was open to patient feedback. I liked her personally, but the program at Columbia failed to have adequate communication systems set up, so I felt in the dark and confused during a very stressful process....
they [Columbia University] have failed to invest in a working patient portal or technology to communicate with their patients successfully and reliably during treatment. They use an outdated portal system with no general queue for patient questions. So if you have a time sensitive question, good luck knowing who to send it to, if they are working that day, and when you'll get a response. They also use templated email instructions that leaves too much room for human error...
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K is kind and has great bed side manner. She was adequately responsive to my concerns during my egg retrieval and was open to patient feedback. I liked her personally, but the program at Columbia failed to have adequate communication systems set up, so I felt in the dark and confused during a very stressful process. I lost trust in the care team right before my procedure due to them sending me templated emails with the wrong medication doses and instructions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K is lovely, but I would advise you to ask questions about the method and style of communication that Dr. K will be using during your treatment cycle so you don't have the same experience that I had.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K took the time to get to know me personally, professionally before we started the consultation
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
Dr. K led me through an egg retrieval cycle. She had me administer hormones for 7 days before my trigger and retrieved 22 eggs, successfully froze 17.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Sam )
Although my care coordinator stayed the same throughout my egg freezing cycle, my nursing team changed 4 times. Which caused confusion as to who I should be communicating with. One of the nurses instructed me to take the wrong dose of medication, but thankfully, I caught the mistake on my own and the mistake didn't throw off my timing or procedure. I experienced 2 days of unresponsiveness from the nursing team right at my trigger time due to there not being a general nursing queue for emails from patients. If you happened to email a nurse that was off duty, then you went unanswered until you could figure out who was staffed for that day. I would not go through this procedure again with Columbia due to the lack of communication and stress their failing systems caused me.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Columbia Fertility has a beautiful facility and was always fast to get me in and out for ultrasounds and bloodwork during my egg retrieval. The weaknesses are that they have failed to invest in a working patient portal or technology to communicate with their patients successfully and reliably during treatment. They use an outdated portal system with no general queue for patient questions. So if you have a time sensitive question, good luck knowing who to send it to, if they are working that day, and when you'll get a response. They also use templated email instructions that leaves too much room for human error, which I was on the receiving end of when a nurse told me the wrong hormone dose to take because the daily instructions were copy / pasted. Although Dr. K is lovely, and tried to get the Director of the Program on the phone with me for feedback, we never successfully spoke and the email thread went cold after the Director, Sophia, was supposed to call me. Another example of failed communication by them. I lost trust in this clinic during my treatment and did not feel safe going into my surgery. This first time experience with IVF was a brutal wake up call that left me questioning our healthcare system, but on the flip side taught me to advocate for myself more often when I feel like something is not right. I would not refer any of my friends, family, or colleagues to Columbia based on my experience.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia University?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Columbia University.
Columbia failed to call in an antibiotic on time before my egg retrieval procedure, and at one point during the cycle, told me the wrong hormone dose to take.
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2020, Unknown Success
10
9
Age 35
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Karipcin was empathetic, supportive, and encouraging. She kept reminding me to think positive thoughts first. She went out of her way to make it to my transfer, even though she wasn't scheduled to be in the office. She was caring and compassionate at every interaction that I had with her...She was very responsive to my emails and when needed we would have a phone call that same day that I sent the question
Columbia Fertility center did a great job of having an on-time appointment, communicating results in a timely manner, friendly technicians and nurses. during my egg retrieval, the staff was very compassionate, I had a lot of pain and they kept me longer than the typical discharge time. They checked on me, gave me warm pads, and extra medication to ensure I am well before releasing me. I felt cared for and comfortable during both retrieval and embryo transfer.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I saw Dr. Karipcin during COVID, which made the whole process a bit more difficult, but Dr. Karipcin did everything she could to make it more personable. She was very responsive to my emails and when needed we would have a phone call that same day that I sent the question. I really like how thoughtful she is about reviewing all my medical information and taking the time to explain to me and my husband her analysis and recommendations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
As with any doctor, make sure you stay on top of your treatment and timing. There are so many moving pieces when it comes to IVF and various staff involved, that you have to be your own advocate when it comes to treatment, the timing of treatment, and financial clearance.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin was empathetic, supportive, and encouraging. She kept reminding me to think positive thoughts first. She went out of her way to make it to my transfer, even though she wasn't scheduled to be in the office. She was caring and compassionate at every interaction that I had with her.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Zaria)
Zaria, my care coordinator, might have had a hard time during COVID to stay on top of digital communication, but I had a very hard time tracking her down or getting responses. It gave me anxiety and caused confusion when it could have been avoided. The rest of the staff was responsive and great.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Columbia Fertility center did a great job of having an on-time appointment, communicating results in a timely manner, friendly technicians and nurses. during my egg retrieval, the staff was very compassionate, I had a lot of pain and they kept me longer than the typical discharge time. They checked on me, gave me warm pads, and extra medication to ensure I am well before releasing me. I felt cared for and comfortable during both retrieval and embryo transfer.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
Medication, PCG testing, anesthesia, blood work, ultrasounds, retrieval, embryo transfer
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
We only had one healthy embryo
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2020, Successful
9
9
Age 41
2 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
For my 1st IVF cycle [with Dr. Karipcin] I used gonal-f, menopur and cetrotide injections leading up to an egg retrieval which produced 14 eggs and 2 embryos. Neither embryo passed pgs testing (which was recommended due to my age). For my 2nd IVF cycle I used gonal-f, menopur and cetrotide again, however the doses were tweaked by Dr. Karipcin which resulted in 25 eggs and 1 embryo that passed pgs testing. After this I had a frozen embryo transfer using estrace pills and progesterone injections which resulted in a current pregnancy.
The nursing staff [at Columbia University] was always accommodating with appointments and appointments tended to be efficient. For example, as a teacher I often needed 7am appointments. I was able to make it to school on time after my morning appointments which was very helpful...Scheduling and appointments tend to be smooth and overall the staff is friendly and responsive to questions. Always be sure to clarify any information in emails regarding treatment as there are many patients being seen. In general all staff respond in a timely manner to any questions or concerns.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin is clear and thoughtful when explaining her course of treatment. For example, we had a setback in our 1st round of IVF and she was ready to talk about the adjustments she would make in the course of treatment for the 2nd round. This made us feel confident in our next steps and resulted in a successful 2nd round of IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I would advise a prospective patient to never hesitate to ask Dr. Karipcin any questions that you have throughout treatment- even if you just need clarification or reassurance about where you are in your treatment process. As a patient you need to advocate for yourself and make sure that your voice is heard. Always communicate your questions and concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipicin provided both a compassionate and pragmatic approach throughout my IVF treatment. She responds quickly and thoughtfully to questions and concerns and has a genuine interest in your wellbeing and success as a patient.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
For my 1st IVF cycle I used gonal-f, menopur and cetrotide injections leading up to an egg retrieval which produced 14 eggs and 2 embryos. Neither embryo passed pgs testing (which was recommended due to my age). For my 2nd IVF cycle I used gonal-f, menopur and cetrotide again, however the doses were tweaked by Dr. Karipcin which resulted in 25 eggs and 1 embryo that passed pgs testing. After this I had a frozen embryo transfer using estrace pills and progesterone injections which resulted in a current pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda Souverain)
The nursing staff was always accommodating with appointments and appointments tended to be efficient. For example, as a teacher I often needed 7am appointments. I was able to make it to school on time after my morning appointments which was very helpful.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Scheduling and appointments tend to be smooth and overall the staff is friendly and responsive to questions. Always be sure to clarify any information in emails regarding treatment as there are many patients being seen. In general all staff respond in a timely manner to any questions or concerns.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
My insurance paid for a portion of each IVF cycle as well as the frozen embryo transfer. The out of pocket expenses for both IVF cycles, inlcuding pgs testing of a total of 3 embryos was about $10,000.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
The approach that was used during my treatment was to use a single embryo that passed pgs testing (euploid embryo).
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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LGBTQ
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2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 43 - 44
IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Karipcin expressed genuine concern with our level of comfort at each stage of the process. She was beyond patient with our countless questions and had a terrific knack for distilling complicated medical processes using easy to understand analogies. She was always available, and quick to respond when spur of the moment questions came up. She made us feel supported every step of the way, and we really couldn't have dreamed of better care.
we did a natural FET cycle [at Columbia University] so as to avoid using additional hormone treatment when there was no empirical evidence that it would be beneficial given our circumstances. And for us: it worked...The staff was friendly and the facilities modern and clean at every visit. We consistently felt well cared for when we visited (which was often). No weaknesses stand out.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
She was always honest with us about the chances for success while also explaining things in such a way that we knew she was setting us up for a positive outcome in every way possible. Dr. Karipcin exuded a genuine concern for us and our comfort level and made us feel cared for and human- not just "another patient." We went in expecting it to be a stressful process but having her in our court made it all so much easier than expected (because we trusted her and knew she had our best interests at heart at every turn).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don't hesitate to ask your questions- she really wants you to feel comfortable, even if it means explaining something in multiple ways on multiple occasions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin expressed genuine concern with our level of comfort at each stage of the process. She was beyond patient with our countless questions and had a terrific knack for distilling complicated medical processes using easy to understand analogies. She was always available, and quick to respond when spur of the moment questions came up. She made us feel supported every step of the way, and we really couldn't have dreamed of better care.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
I know that we did a natural FET cycle so as to avoid using additional hormone treatment when there was no empirical evidence that it would be beneficial given our circumstances. And for us: it worked.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia University.
They were excellent and also made us feel cared about throughout the process.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The Columbia clinic was excellent. The staff was friendly and the facilities modern and clean at every visit. We consistently felt well cared for when we visited (which was often). No weaknesses stand out.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
We had good insurance coverage so this didn't stand out. They were great about handling the billing with the insurer.
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2020, Successful
10
10
Age 36
2 IVF
Endometriosis
European
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Karipcin made an effort to know me and my husband as well as our journey. She was warm and caring every time we met with her...When my first transferred failed, she immediately came up with a solution that proved successful...[she] will always let the course of action be your choice. However, she will give you her recommendation on all options depending on your situation.
The whole team was great to work with at Columbia. Between Zaria, Varda, and Magda, I always got quick emails on my results and always knew how to reach them...The clinic would only transfer 1 embryo. I took that recommendation and didn't ask about multiple...They also always accommodated my request to lay down for blood draws. The doctors who I saw outside of mine were just as informed and warm.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin had a wealth of knowledge. She always let us know every decision point was ours but gave great facts and figures for her recommendations. When my first transferred failed, she immediately came up with a solution (Lurpon Depot for my endometriosis) that proved successful. I always trusted her instincts and felt like she was invested in the success of our journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Be able to make a decision. Dr. K will always let the course of action be your choice. However, she will give you her recommendation on all options depending on your situation.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin made an effort to know me and my husband as well as our journey. She was warm and caring every time we met with her. I always had great comfort in knowing she was just as invested in our success as we were.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
Egg retrievals were: Gonal F, Menopur then added in Cetrotide with a trigger of HCG. Cycle 1 Frozen embryo transfer was fully natural. Only ovidrel for trigger and progesterone supplements. Negative pregnancy test. Took two months off for Lupron depot treatment (on estridol, provera and norethindrone to counter act the symptoms). 2nd FET cycle was natural but body stopped respond. Switched to a medicated cycle with Estrace and PIO 1ml. The progesterone was injected up through 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda Souverain)
The whole team was great to work with at Columbia. Between Zaria, Varda, and Magda, I always got quick emails on my results and always knew how to reach them. During the pandemic, Varda even did a video chat with me through my first injections.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic is clean and efficient. I never waited too long for appointments and they could do most procedures in the same clinic. I liked having a one stop shop. They also always accommodated my request to lay down for blood draws. The doctors who I saw outside of mine were just as informed and warm.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
The clinic would only transfer 1 embryo. I took that recommendation and didn't ask about multiple
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Sinem Karipcin
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New York
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2020, Successful
10
10
Age 31
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Income $500K+
Sales Representative
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr. Karipcin] can't be at every single monitoring appointment, so if you have questions afterwards, speak up and reach out. She's great at communicating and she will get back to you!...had a strong preference of only transferring one embryo...consistently made me feel well taken care of during the entire IVF Process, even during Covid, where most of our big meetings were over zoom. She would email me after big procedures (egg retrieval, transfer), just to see how I was feeling.
I absolutely loved Columbia, and I love that they have a "Team" for each doctor. While I think the teams overall could use some work, the concept is great and I think it will only get better and better. I loved having a care coordinator, a nurse, and a financial coordinator I could go to and ask questions to at anytime. The facility is extremely clean and nice. I never waited very long in the waiting room before my appointments. It was an overall great experience.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Sinem Karipcin. We started working with her during the Covid pandemic, so a lot of our large appointments were over zoom. Dr. K consistently checked in with me over email, and was a great communicator throughout the IVF process. There were two times in particular where we were very nervous about a specific protocol, and she called my husband and I after hours (7PM) to talk us through it and ensure we felt comfortable moving forward. From our very first meeting with her, she made us feel confident that this could and would be a success - which was so important for my mental health. She was absolutely wonderful to work with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don't be scared to email her if you're not getting what you need from your monitoring appointments. She can't be at every single monitoring appointment, so if you have questions afterwards, speak up and reach out. She's great at communicating and she will get back to you!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K consistently made me feel well taken care of during the entire IVF Process, even during Covid, where most of our big meetings were over zoom. She would email me after big procedures (egg retrieval, transfer), just to see how I was feeling.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
For my egg retrieval, I started taking Gonal F (150 Units) and Menopur (1 vial) for days 1-4. On Day 5 she added in .25 in the AM and PM for days 8-10. I then did my trigger shot on day 8, with the egg retrieval on day 10. We then had 3 day 5 embryos, and 3 day 6 embryos. We did PGT testing, and had 3 normal embryos come back, which we froze. The next month I did a saline sonogram, and then the month following, we did our transfer. I did a natural transfer, meaning we had no medications until the trigger shot + vaginal progesterone suppositories. Our first transfer was successful. I am currently pregnant. For my
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Zaria )
While Dr. K is amazing, her team needs a bit of work. My care coordinator was Zaria, who took quite a while to get back to me. I have a feeling this was due to Covid, and the fact that a lot of them were working from home for the first time. My nurse was Varda and I didn't work with her very often, but she did help us over zoom the first night of our IVF shots which was SO HELPFUL! I actually video-taped it so I could go back and watch it the next night. She completely calmed us down and made us feel so much better about the process.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
I absolutely loved Columbia, and I love that they have a "Team" for each doctor. While I think the teams overall could use some work, the concept is great and I think it will only get better and better. I loved having a care coordinator, a nurse, and a financial coordinator I could go to and ask questions to at anytime. The facility is extremely clean and nice. I never waited very long in the waiting room before my appointments. It was an overall great experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
My insurance paid for a majority of the costs, but they did not cover some things (like PGT testing).
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
My doctor had a strong preference of only transferring one embryo.
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019, Successful
10
10
Age 40
3 IVF
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Don't rush to conclusions if she [Dr. Sinem Karipcin] appears very clinical. She is a very warm and sweet person. She is dedicated and competent...Dr. K. decided to change my treatment and drugs from what my previous doctor had done, so that my eggs would grow at an equal rate and there wouldn't be a variety of mature and not mature eggs during the retrieval. After that cycle of IVF rendered no good embryos, she changed things up again. Then we got 1 good embryo from that. Dr. K performed the embryo transfer and we are currently in our 5th month of pregnancy.
Everyone at Columbia was extremely friendly and compassionate, from the front desk receptionists to the technicians taking blood, to the nurses and care coordinators...When we tallied all the costs, after insurance we spent about 15K out of pocket. During our very first appointment, we talked to a financial adviser who clearly outlined the costs of all the procedures, ones covered and ones not covered, with our kind of insurance. We were satisfied with the outcome and the 15K was worth every penny.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
My husband and I met Dr. K after our previous doctor at the practice moved to California. We liked our previous doctor and were a little apprehensive about have to switch doctors, after we had successfully produced 2 embryos with our other doctor. Dr. K was very clinical when we first met her. She went over and explained some of the lab results that the previous doctor had done, which he hadn't seen before. She appeared very knowledgeable and while we might not have completely understood everything she was talking about, she definitely knew what she was talking about and that made us feel secure. Once treatment started, Dr. K was much more personable and human. She was very much invested in my treatment. She answered my emails promptly and was there during the major events in the treatment. By the end of the treatment, Dr. K was a trusted ally. My mother even came to our last appointment to thank her in person for all her help.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don't rush to conclusions if she appears very clinical. She is a very warm and sweet person. She is dedicated and competent and that is what you want during a time like this.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I felt like a human. Dr. K at first was very clinical when we first met her. I think she was trying to be reassuring that we were in competent hands and that she knew a lot. We definitely felt like she knew what she was talking about. She went over the work ups and the previous egg retrievals we had undergone with the doctor she was taking over from. As the treatment progressed, she warmed up much more and I got to know her better at every blood or ultrasound appointment. If she wasn't the one doing the ultrasound, she would go out of her way to come in and look at the results before I left. She was very invested in my treatment. Once we graduated from the IVF treatment, my mother came to see her to thank her in person. We all hugged and took pictures. She is a special person and an amazing doctor.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
I can't remember everything but I do remember that Dr. K. decided to change my treatment and drugs from what my previous doctor had done, so that my eggs would grow at an equal rate and there wouldn't be a variety of mature and not mature eggs during the retrieval. After that cycle of IVF rendered no good embryos, she changed things up again. Then we got 1 good embryo from that. Dr. K performed the embryo transfer and we are currently in our 5th month of pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda Souverain)
Everyone at Columbia was extremely friendly and compassionate, from the front desk receptionists to the technicians taking blood, to the nurses and care coordinators. Varda was very personable and sweet. At times she was a little difficult to follow. Her emails sometimes contained typos or odd sentence structure which required follow up phone calls to make sure I understood what she was talking about. She was always available for clarifications.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
When my husband and I arrived at Columbia University, we were impressed with the offices and suites. It is a bright, clean, and welcoming place. The running of the office is very efficient. You never wait too long for routine blood work and ultrasounds. The hours were convenient (7am appointments). They are also open 365 days a year even on New Year's day. The nurses call or email you with next steps within the day. The medication orders are sent to the specialty pharmacy seamlessly. It's really a wonderful place.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
When we tallied all the costs, after insurance we spent about 15K out of pocket. During our very first appointment, we talked to a financial adviser who clearly outlined the costs of all the procedures, ones covered and ones not covered, with our kind of insurance. We were satisfied with the outcome and the 15K was worth every penny.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
I believe her approach was to lean towards single embryo vs. multiple embryo, which was what we wanted too. She was very up front when we asked her about our chances of conceiving after the transfer was done. She offered to do an exam that would test my uterus to see if there was anything that might impede the transfer from being successful. We ended up not going with it. We just did the transfer and it worked.
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019, Successful
10
10
Age 30
2 IVF
Other
European
East Asian
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Before doing another transfer, she [Dr. Sinem Karipcin] decided to test my uterine lining a step that felt like it was delaying us further and felt unnecessary. They discovered that I had endometritis which can take months to treat...When I finally tested negative for endometritis we got the green light from her that we could move forward with our 3rd embryo transfer. the day before our transfer Dr. Karipcin was nearly giddy telling us that she had chosen the best embryo for tomorrows transfer and she seemed as excited as we were!...She asked me and my husband personal questions about our travel plans, life, family. She took the time to get to know me and then REMEMBERED my answers and asked followup questions on later visits!
[Costs at Columbia University] Egg retrieval ~$17K...embryo transfer ~$5K...storage / freezing ~ $2K a year...Very clean, professional, efficient. It's like a beautiful well oiled machine. For first time patients, I would speak up if you have questions about the morning monitoring process! It can be daunting and overwhelming to start fertility treatment, and it is easy to forget what the next step is! They are always a call / email away to help...Nursing staff was attentive, organized and never made me feel like a "number" . Even something as routine as getting my blood drawn over and over, they always referred to my by name, complimented me, asked me personal questions, and gave me tips / tricks to make my blood drawing experience more enjoyable (which I always appreciated because I was usually tense!)
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin is from Turkey and English is her second language. I was honestly biased at first and hesitant to try her. These were my own prejudices in my head, and once I was able to overcome that - I came to really appreciate and love her as my care provider. She made my husband and I laugh and never trivialized our process or journey (took up 4.5 years to get pregnant). She always respected our work / time constraints and never made us feel guilty about living very active and busy lives. Dr. K exuded confidence leading up to our transfer which definitely rubbed off on us! I believe it was Dr. Karipcin's positive and warm bedside manner that made our 3rd transfer more calm, positive, and successful than the previous two.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don't judge her by her accent. She is very capable, caring and knowledgable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
She asked me and my husband personal questions about our travel plans, life, family. She took the time to get to know me and then REMEMBERED my answers and asked followup questions on later visits!
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
When taking over my treatment from another Columbia doctor, Dr. Karipcin took the time to get to know me and my fertility past. She din't just rush in (even though I was impatient). Before doing another transfer, she decided to test my uterine lining a step that felt like it was delaying us further and felt unnecessary. They discovered that I had endometritis which can take months to treat. I was very frustrated and discouraged after this diagnosis. Following diagnosis I went through 4 rounds of antibiotics and uterine biopsies to try and get the inflammation of my uterus to go away. The process was long and daunting. When I finally tested negative for endometritis we got the green light from her that we could move forward with our 3rd embryo transfer. the day before our transfer Dr. Karipcin was nearly giddy telling us that she had chosen the best embryo for tomorrows transfer and she seemed as excited as we were! During the transfer my retroverted uterus was hard to see/ find on the monitor, so rather than guiding the catheter with the visual help of the ultrasound, she did unaided transfers off of feel and her past training at Cornell! We are now 8 weeks pregnant and going strong!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda Souverain)
Nursing staff was attentive, organized and never made me feel like a "number" . Even something as routine as getting my blood drawn over and over, they always referred to my by name, complimented me, asked me personal questions, and gave me tips / tricks to make my blood drawing experience more enjoyable (which I always appreciated because I was usually tense!)
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Very clean, professional, efficient. It's like a beautiful well oiled machine. For first time patients, I would speak up if you have questions about the morning monitoring process! It can be daunting and overwhelming to start fertility treatment, and it is easy to forget what the next step is! They are always a call / email away to help.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
Egg retrieval ~$17K embryo transfer ~$5K storage / freezing ~ $2K a year medications ~$500 - $2K depending on stage
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
Dr. Karipcin said that due to my age, general health and past transfer success (none thus far) she wanted to continue to transfer one egg vs two.
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2017 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 35 - 37
3 IUI
European
Business Executive
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I know Dr.Karipcin strongly recommends transferring just one embryo. She briefly explained the reasons and seemed very passionate about the topic....Dr. Karipcin always called us by first name, had our medical history on mind, was willing to spend as much time as needed explaining next steps and answering questions and she seemed to be genuinely happy or sad about the news we got each cycle...
This clinic [Conceptions Florida] has a great reputation. The nursing staff is really the best in terms of kindness and efficient communication. The worst part is that they have too many patients now and the waiting time is really long every time...Even though I had Alexandra assigned as the primary contact for coordination, I talked to many of the nursing staff. They were all very caring and efficient in their communications...
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
My experience with Dr.Sinem Karipcin exceeded my expectations, which were based on experiences with all the rest of doctors in different medical specialities. From the first moment, she showed genuine interest in helping us understand the situation and alternatives resulting in lowering our anxiety. She was always warm and welcoming, as well as very knowledgeable, which made me trust her immediately. My experience was so good with her (and successful) that when I wanted to have a second child, I went straight back to her to ask for her help and guidance.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Ask her not only about all the possible alternatives, but also her recommendation. I think she is really good at reading the patient's emotional and physical status and suggesting the treatment that, considering all things, has the highest probability of success.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karipcin always called us by first name, had our medical history on mind, was willing to spend as much time as needed explaining next steps and answering questions and she seemed to be genuinely happy or sad about the news we got each cycle.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Conceptions Florida and their degree of success.
I don't remember all details, but until now I have tried the same treatment strategy, based on letrozole for 5 days and a trigger shot. This proved successful the first time and I am still in the process this second time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Conceptions Florida. (Assigned nurse: Alexandra Aviles)
Even though I had Alexandra assigned as the primary contact for coordination, I talked to many of the nursing staff. They were all very caring and efficient in their communications. In particular Alexandra was great too.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Florida.
This clinic has a great reputation. The nursing staff is really the best in terms of kindness and efficient communication. The worst part is that they have too many patients now and the waiting time is really long every time.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Conceptions Florida.
I know Dr.Karipcin strongly recommends transferring just one embryo. She briefly explained the reasons and seemed very passionate about the topic. I was not questioning this specific aspect, so we didn't talk much about it.
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Conceptions Florida
Coral Gables
Operations
Scheduling
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2018, 6 Eggs Frozen
10
7
Age 35
2 Egg Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Latinx
Income $100K - $199K
Lawyer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
I felt I could really trust her [Dr. Sinem Karipcin]. I felt safe during treatment and egg retrieval. She did the egg retrieval herself and saw me before the procedure and after, which I thought was very thoughtful. My experience with her could not have been better...I decided to freeze my eggs because I have a very busy professional life. I was a bit scared of going through that process alone (without a partner) but Dr. Karipcin made it easier. She was supportive, understanding, helpful with her medical opinions. I felt blessed for having her as my doctor. She is the best and I was sad to see her go. Her new patients will be very lucky to have her.
My insurance covered all the costs of treatment at Conceptions Florida...a very busy clinic but everyone in the medical team is very attentive and responsive. I did 2 cycles of egg freezing and both times the experience was good. The billing/accounting department, however, was not as clear and responsive as the doctors. The practice administrator at the time (2018) was not very responsive. I always had to email her several times before getting a response from her.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I decided to freeze my eggs because I have a very busy professional life. I was a bit scared of going through that process alone (without a partner) but Dr. Karipcin made it easier. She was supportive, understanding, helpful with her medical opinions. I felt blessed for having her as my doctor. She is the best and I was sad to see her go. Her new patients will be very lucky to have her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Trust her. She will really do what is best for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin not only is extremely knowledgeable in her field, which was something very important for me, but also very personal and respectful. She always carefully and patiently listened to all my concerns about treatment, procedure, and what to do during and after. She answered every single question I had (which were a lot) in simple terms to make sure I understood, which I greatly appreciated. I felt I could really trust her. I felt safe during treatment and egg retrieval. She did the egg retrieval herself and saw me before the procedure and after, which I thought was very thoughtful. My experience with her could not have been better. She is a great doctor and a great person.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia University.
They were very personable, responsive, accomodating, and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
Conceptions Florida is a very busy clinic but everyone in the medical team is very attentive and responsive. I did 2 cycles of egg freezing and both times the experience was good. The billing/accounting department, however, was not as clear and responsive as the doctors. The practice administrator at the time (2018) was not very responsive. I always had to email her several times before getting a response from her.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
My insurance covered all the costs of treatment at Conceptions Florida
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Nursing Staff
Verified

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2016 - 2018, Unknown Success
9
8
Age 29 - 31
3 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr. Karipcin’s passion and intelligence regarding her job is evident. Not only does she help to make my understanding of my diagnosis and treatment clear, but she also shows personal regard for my emotions....Dr. Karipcin has a genuine and realistic approach that feels intimate when working with me as a patient. She is personable and heartfelt and always makes the time without rushing....From the very start of treatment, I was treated aggressively because of my DOR diagnosis and my husband’s MIF.
The flexibility of scheduling is also a plus. Everyone [at Conceptions] is overall friendly and has great bedside manner. The office is very cleanly. In terms of coordinating my everchanging needs it is sometimes a challenge to keep track and work with so many people on the team, billing staff, insurance, front desk, nurses, etc. However, I have learned it is easiest to communicate via email. Wait time to be seen in the office is usually not too bad, except for the few times during peak IVF cycles when it has been quite long.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karipcin’s passion and intelligence regarding her job is evident. Not only does she help to make my understanding of my diagnosis and treatment clear, but she also shows personal regard for my emotions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Ask questions if you want something explained in a different way or you simply want more information.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karipcin has a genuine and realistic approach that feels intimate when working with me as a patient. She is personable and heartfelt and always makes the time without rushing.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Conceptions Florida and their degree of success.
From the very start of treatment, I was treated aggressively because of my DOR diagnosis and my husband’s MIF. Injectables were used for both IUI and of course, IVF egg retrieval prep. 150 menopur daily for IUI and 300 menopur/300 Follistim daily for IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Conceptions Florida.
There are many nurses, some of which handle IVF, IUI, or basic functions in the clinic. As our treatments have adjusted we have been passed around quite a bit’ and it is difficult to build a comfortable relationship with the nursing staff.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Florida.
Dr. Karipcin is amazing! The flexibility of scheduling is also a plus. Everyone is overall friendly and has great bedside manner. The office is very cleanly. In terms of coordinating my everchanging needs it is sometimes a challenge to keep track and work with so many people on the team, billing staff, insurance, front desk, nurses, etc. However, I have learned it is easiest to communicate via email. Wait time to be seen in the office is usually not too bad, except for the few times during peak IVF cycles when it has been quite long.
What specific things went wrong at Conceptions Florida?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
9
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Conceptions Florida
Coral Gables
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2021 - 2022, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 43 - 44
1 IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
She [Dr. Sinem Karipcin] is very knowledgeable in genetics, that's why we chose her, and she gave us the best options to be successful in our endeavours. She responded to emails late at night and always tried to get us responses to our many questions...SHe is very caring and personable. She makes you feel like you are going to be successful and gives you hope.
I like their [Columbia University] punctuality and efficiency of the team, for bloodwork and ultrasounds, it was usually pretty fast and easy. Booking your own appointments through Mychart is a plus,so you don't have to deal with long phone calls...I specifically wanted two embryos implanted and they didn't allow us to do it.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
She is very knowledgeable in genetics, that's why we chose her, and she gave us the best options to be successful in our endeavours. She responded to emails late at night and always tried to get us responses to our many questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Ask everything you want to know. they work step by step and that was hard for me, I need to see a bigger picture in order to focus on each step of the way.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
SHe is very caring and personable. She makes you feel like you are going to be successful and gives you hope.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
We did a round of IVF resulting in only 1 egg retrieved after 2 months of different treatments to see if the egg production improved but id didn't.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda)
They were invested in the process and called me with any updates. Always answered my emails on a timely manner.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
I like their punctuality and efficiency of the team, for bloodwork and ultrasounds, it was usually pretty fast and easy. Booking your own appointments through Mychart is a plus,so you don't have to deal with long phone calls.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
the IVF cycle was covered by my insurance. The fresh egg donor was about $40,000
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
I wanted to transfer 2 and they denied my request only implanting one. That really bothered us, because they never said that was going to be the case.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia University?
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Columbia University.
I specifically wanted two embryos implanted and they didn't allow us to do it.
7
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2021 - 2022, Successful
10
10
Age 37 - 38
1 IVF
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Karipcin] was very understandable, she took the time to understand my situation, during our first consultation, we lasted about 45 minutes or more going through my history. From the first date she made me feel that everything was going to work. She gave me hope and she was right as I am now 7 weeks pregnant...She explained what it would be best to do an eSET and explained the risk of multiple transfer and i was very happy with the results
I love everything about the clinic and the location [of Columbia University]. The clinic was very clean and everyone was super nice. They always took me in right away. I don't think there are any weaknesses as my overall experience was perfect...My care coordinator was always helpful and she always answered my questions right away...The monitoring visits were very easy. They were very specific and detailed with the date and time and the appointment reason.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was very understandable, she took the time to understand my situation, during our first consultation, we lasted about 45 minutes or more going through my history. From the first date she made me feel that everything was going to work. She gave me hope and she was right as I am now 7 weeks pregnant
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
To be honest, i think she did everything right. I have no complaint
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K took the time to explain everything to me, she is very kind and treated me really nice. Her team were also nice.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
We started with blood work and sonograms to be what is really going on. After the results were in she explained her recommendation for IVF and how it would work step by step.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Coordinator is Sam and nurse is Varda)
My care coordinator was always helpful and she always answered my questions right away
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
I love everything about the clinic and the location. The clinic was very clean and everyone was super nice. They always took me in right away. I don't think there are any weaknesses as my overall experience was perfect
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Columbia University.
The monitoring visits were very easy. They were very specific and detailed with the date and time and the appointment reason.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
The cost was about 18K and my insurance covered about 80% of it
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
She explained what it would be best to do an eSET and explained the risk of multiple transfer and i was very happy with the results
10
Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2020, Successful
10
10
Age 27
3 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We only discussed single embryo transfer due to my young age...Despite her incredibly busy schedule, Dr. K has always found time to personally respond to all my questions and concerns, in person, via email and on the phone...we have a healthy ongoing pregnancy, and even upon leaving the clinic, she is always there to address any of my concerns
All the care stuff was great and responded to emails very timely...the [Columbia University] retrieval recovery room looks like spa. All the staff is very attentive and kind. I couldn't have wished for a better environment. I rarely had to wait for more than 5-10 minutes which is huge for me! More importantly, most of nurses were well trained and didn't leave huge bruises when drawing blood.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
I was very impressed with Dr. K and her approach. She set the right expectations and was there for us whenever we needed up. More importantly, we have a healthy ongoing pregnancy, and even upon leaving the clinic, she is always there to address any of my concerns
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Trust your doctor, she knows what she is doing!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Despite her incredibly busy schedule, Dr. K has always found time to personally respond to all my questions and concerns, in person, via email and on the phone.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
First cycle: 225 menopour, 250 Gonal, cetrotide later in the process. Not successful, follicles grew too quicky Second cycle: 150 menopour, 150 gonal, later cetrotide - successful Third cycle: 150 menopour, 150 gonal, later cetrotide - successful
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda)
All the care stuff was great and responded to emails very timely
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic is beautiful. The retrieval recovery room looks like spa. All the staff is very attentive and kind. I couldn't have wished for a better environment. I rarely had to wait for more than 5-10 minutes which is huge for me! More importantly, most of nurses were well trained and didn't leave huge bruises when drawing blood.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
I had progyny insurance which covered 99% of the process, outside of medication and out of pocket maximum
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
We only discussed single embryo transfer due to my young age
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Doctor
Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
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Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
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2020, Successful
10
10
Age 35
6 IUI
2 IVF
Unexplained
Middle Eastern
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
From my first zoom consultation with Dr. Karipcin in June of 2020 I felt heard and understood. When our first IVF cycle failed and none of embryos matured, Dr. Karipcin was both compassionate and created a plan that addressed every possible failure. She collaborated with my husband's urologist and together they came up with a plan that ultimately worked for us. I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and we are forever grateful to Dr. K and the entire team at Columbia.
Coming from a different practice where I felt unheard and like a number, Columbia was a breath of fresh air...With my first round of IVF I was on a higher dose of Gonal and a lower dose of Menopaur. When none of the eggs matured my Dr. adjusted it for the second round. We also used TESE to get the sperm as that was thought to be a second factor for the embryos not maturing...All of the nurses are attentive, efficient, and caring and it is evident in their care
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Coming from a different practice where I felt unheard and like a number, Columbia was a breath of fresh air. From my first zoom consultation with Dr. Karipcin in June of 2020 I felt heard and understood. When our first IVF cycle failed and none of embryos matured, Dr. Karipcin was both compassionate and created a plan that addressed every possible failure. She collaborated with my husband's urologist and together they came up with a plan that ultimately worked for us. I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and we are forever grateful to Dr. K and the entire team at Columbia.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don't be afraid to voice or concerns or ask questions about your treatment plan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. Karipcin makes you feel heard. She presents all the factors, gives you her plan of action and listens to how you feel before finalizing the plan.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
With my first round of IVF I was on a higher dose of Gonal and a lower dose of Menopaur. When none of the eggs matured my Dr. adjusted it for the second round. We also used TESE to get the sperm as that was thought to be a second factor for the embryos not maturing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda)
All of the nurses are attentive, efficient, and caring and it is evident in their care
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The front desk receptionists are organized and efficient. Appointments are spaced out in order to adhere to co-vid restrictions. The back-end of the office, specifically billing and communication is weak. The office is not able to give you invoices, you need to email someone and it takes a long time to receive it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
Approximately 20k
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Sinem Karipcin
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Columbia University
New York
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2019, Successful
10
10
Age 34
Fertility Medications
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Karipcin is one of a kind. She was extremely knowledgeable and always answered all of my questions and concerns, while also managing to be warm, empathetic and understanding throughout the process. She worked with me to develop a plan that was personalized and addressed all of my needs and concerns. ..She understood my history in trying to conceive and worked with me to find a plan that suited my particular needs and concerns. She was always very thorough and direct. She has a warmth and compassion to her that was refreshing to see in the medical field
This clinic [Conceptions Florida] has been great. They are extremely organized and proactive. Rather than you having to chase them down to schedule appointments, bloodwork, procedures, etc., they follow up with you to ensure you understand the next steps and that you are on target for complying with them...Dr. Karipcin is a partner throughout your journey and will help you understand what is going on and develop a plan for you to gain control of the situation.
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karipcin is one of a kind. She was extremely knowledgeable and always answered all of my questions and concerns, while also managing to be warm, empathetic and understanding throughout the process. She worked with me to develop a plan that was personalized and addressed all of my needs and concerns. I am so fortunate to have found Dr. Karipcin and know that I am in good hands with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Don't wait to go see her. If you are having fertility issues, don't go it alone. Dr. Karipcin is a partner throughout your journey and will help you understand what is going on and develop a plan for you to gain control of the situation.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Conceptions Florida?
Dr. Karipcin has been fantastic. She understood my history in trying to conceive and worked with me to find a plan that suited my particular needs and concerns. She was always very thorough and direct. She has a warmth and compassion to her that was refreshing to see in the medical field. I would highly recommend her!
Describe your experience with Conceptions Florida.
This clinic has been great. They are extremely organized and proactive. Rather than you having to chase them down to schedule appointments, bloodwork, procedures, etc., they follow up with you to ensure you understand the next steps and that you are on target for complying with them.
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Sinem Karipcin
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10
Clinic
Conceptions Florida
Coral Gables
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2020 - 2021, Successful
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10
Age 31 - 32
1 IVF
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. K [Karipcin] was always extremely responsive and willing to answer questions...She is extremely knowledgeable and gives you all the information on the process and the realities of the timeline (which can feel long). I always felt I was in extremely capable hands and getting the best treatment possible...Ask questions and discuss timeline ahead of time so you are completely aware of what’s going on...
The clinic [Columbia University] is extremely organized and efficient, the office space is clean and modern. I always felt good after my visits and had all my questions answered...Varda [nurse] is amazing - she would even video call me to go through how to take the fertility shots late at night...Columbia is a single embryo transfer clinic...My husband could never attend visits with me (until our transfer) and the clinic did a great job making me feel comfortable despite being there alone...
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was amazing from my first appointment through embryo transfer and our final visit before switching back to my regular OB at 14 weeks pregnant. She is extremely knowledgeable and gives you all the information on the process and the realities of the timeline (which can feel long). I always felt I was in extremely capable hands and getting the best treatment possible - I cant recommend Dr. K enough.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Ask questions and discuss timeline ahead of time so you are completely aware of what’s going on
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was always extremely responsive and willing to answer questions
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia University. (Assigned nurse: Varda )
Varda is amazing - she would even video call me to go through how to take the fertility shots late at night!
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic is extremely organized and efficient, the office space is clean and modern. I always felt good after my visits and had all my questions answered. My treatment occurred during Fall 2020 and the clinic did an amazing job handling the pandemic and keeping everyone safe. My husband could never attend visits with me (until our transfer) and the clinic did a great job making me feel comfortable despite being there alone.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
Columbia is a single embryo transfer clinic
What specific things went wrong at Columbia University?
  • Lost appointments
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Sinem Karipcin
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Clinic
Columbia University
New York
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2020, Successful
10
10
Age 42
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. K was very open and positive, she made me feel in control throughout the whole process. She presented all options to me and allowed me space and time to make the best decision for me. She answered all my questions in a straight forward yet supporting manner...Dr. K was warm and friendly. She was hopeful yet realistic about my chances of conceiving...It is my understanding that single transfer was my only option plus I was not open to the possibility of multiple births...
The whole team [nurses at Columbia University] was organized and warm and friendly. They made the process stress-free and smooth...The clinic was well organized and I appreciated the short wait time and the efficient procedure time...I would have like to see more of my results in MyChart....
How was your experience with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was very open and positive, she made me feel in control throughout the whole process. She presented all options to me and allowed me space and time to make the best decision for me. She answered all my questions in a straight forward yet supporting manner.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you feel confident to make your own decisions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University?
Dr. K was warm and friendly. She was hopeful yet realistic about my chances of conceiving.
Describe the protocols Sinem Karipcin used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
My first round was the egg retrieval with donor sperm, second was a donor embryo with medication and the third and last was another donor embryo but timed without medication.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia University.
The whole team was organized and warm and friendly. They made the process stress-free and smooth. Okay
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
The clinic was well organized and I appreciated the short wait time and the efficient procedure time. This was helpful since I was still working, to be able to go in and out quickly. I would have like to see more of my results in MyChart.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Columbia University.
These appointments were easy and didn’t disrupt my work hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sinem Karipcin at Columbia University.
I paid $5000 per cycle and insurance covered the rest.
Describe Sinem Karipcin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
It is my understanding that single transfer was my only option plus I was not open to the possibility of multiple births.
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Sinem Karipcin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
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Clinic
Columbia University
New York
Operations
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