How was your experience with Sonia Elguero at Boston IVF - The Albany Center?
Dr. Sonia seems to be knowledgable and polite, but her results in my case were complete disappointmnet and complete failure. She is not available to answer any questions during cycle and only nurses communicated with me, despite my request to talk to her on phone. I saw her only on my 2nd consultation appointment and then on day of egg retrieval and IVf transfer with a bad news that out of 9 embyos , only 2 are surviving and further before the frozen embro transfer that our only embryo ( A plus quality ) was found to be completely damaged during faulty thaw process and you are left with nothing, but loss of hope, emotions and over 15,000 $ complete wastage.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero at Boston IVF - The Albany Center?
Being knowledgable alone is not everything, she should be available for her patients and she needs to make sure that her results are good. She need to keep an eye on her lab tech etc and the results with embryo storage and thaw etc. It seems there are many lacunas in her system, her embryologist was not even aware about type of cryopreservation media and was cooking information that embryo got PGD, which never happened, embryologist was just making up stuff and there was no communication among embryologist and tech freezing the embryo
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sonia Elguero at Boston IVF - The Albany Center?
Dr. Sonia seems to be a good doctor, but my 2 cycles with her were complete failure, she is very busy and has no time to talk to patients during the cycle and only nurses are dealing with you during the cycle. You get to see her only on day of procedure or if you are getting a bad news that out of 9 embyos , only 2 are surviving and further before the frozen embro transfer that our only embryo ( A plus quality ) was found to be completely damaged during faulty thaw process and you are left with nothing, but loss of hope, emotions and over 15,000 $ complete wastage.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles at Boston IVF - The Albany Center and their degree of success.
I was prepared for IVF, I got injectables for ovulation induction, later egg retrieval and progesterone etc after first fresh embryo transfer.
My 2nd transfer was supposed to be 8 months after first failed transfer, it was frozen grade AAA embro. Unfortunately, I recieved a call on day of my transfer that my embryo just disintegrated on day of thaw, which seems most likely due to faulty freezing techniques or poor thaw techniques as embryologist was just cooking information without even looking at my file. Total dissappointment !!!!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Boston IVF - The Albany Center. (Assigned nurse: Michelle)
She was assertive and I was afraid to ask her questions without hesitation. Overall she was knowledgable, but probably she was too busy with lot of work at practice
Describe your experience with Boston IVF - The Albany Center.
Clinic was clean, front desk staff was good
Boston IVF practice is more of money making strategy. We bought cash package for monitoring visits during cycle, however, after end of cycle , we recieved additional bills stating that first day of monitoring visit is not included in cycle. They have their own techniques to charge extra bucks. Our 2nd frozen embryo transfer was failed, thaw process was faulty and embryo was destroyed during thaw process, for frozen transfer we paid 2000 $ upfront and despite failed thaw process, we were charged for thaw and we got 617 $ refund.
They call prescriptions to pharmacies with unusually large number of medicines and I ended up paying for lot of extra fertility medicines, which are now lying with me. Pharmacy refused to take it back and I can just see over 1000 $ medicines getting wasted , good for nothing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero at Boston IVF - The Albany Center.
I paid 360 $ for first visit to establish care with clinic, next visit with Dr. Sonia Elguero was almost same. Paid initial testing and then 6000 for cycle with 2000 $ for monitoring and additional 250 $ for testing on first day of monitoring.
I had to purchase medicines for approximate 5000 $ .
Additional 1000 $for storing frozen embryo.
Further for 2nd cycle 2000 for cycle, although I got refunded 617 $ on failure of transfer. Had to but medicines approximate 1000 $ for this cycle as well.
Describe Sonia Elguero's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Boston IVF - The Albany Center.
She needs to make sure that her standards for embryo storage after egg retrieval and thaw procedures after frozen embro are planned for transfer are up to the mark, since our results were completely disappointing and complete failure on both occasions.
What specific things went wrong at Boston IVF - The Albany Center?
- Provided conflicting information
- Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Boston IVF - The Albany Center.
I will not reccomend Boston IVF Albany to anyone. Dr. Sonia Elgueoro is young , energetic and knowlegable , but she is too busy to give adequate time to patients and things are falling apart with undesirable results. I saw see her on 2nd consultation after I paid 340 $ for a NP initial visit and then on day of my fresh transfer procedure with a bad news that out of my 22 retrieved eggs, we had 9 embryos , only 2 embryo survived. My first fresh IVF transfer cycle failed, doctor was not available to talk on phone or in person. I planned my 2nd frozen embryo to be transferred after 8 months of first failed cycle. I got a call from her on day of trasfer with another bad news that my frozen embro transfer ( AA plus quality ) was found to be completely damaged during faulty thaw process and I left with nothing, but loss of hope, emotions and over 15,000 $ complete wastage.
I was driving from 1 hour away and I was told, not to come to clinic, since I was in mid way, I requested to see doctor and embryologist. They were generous to meet us in person, we discussed with Dr. Elguero and her embryologist. To our surprise embryologist had probably not even read our file, she told that PGD was done on embro, which was not done and confirmed by doctor. She was unaware about the media used for cryopreservation and thaw process and was speculating that probably embryo did not take up the initial freezing media well, if that was the case, why we were charged 1000 $ for frozen embro storage fee.
If embryo was stored well, why thaw process was complete failure, we were told that embryo just disintegrated on contact with thaw media ( which causes embro to be unfrreeze before transfer). Which seems likely due to faulty storage or faulty technique at thaw process. Later, Dr. Sonia offered that she can talk to us on phone and explain more. But now its all gone, I lost my both embryos, lots of hope and emotions and over 15 K $. All I have tears and memories of my both failed cycles. I was given high dose progesterone as part of frozen embryo transfer, which causes mood changes and emotional lability as well and when I was informed that I cannot get transfer due to damaged embryo, it was a big shock. I was informed that it happened in less than 2 % of cases and it is hard to believe that I am so unlucky to be part of those 2 %.
If you notice that there is no bad reviews on boston ivf website, as there is no place to add reviews and probably only successful cases are offered a chance to write review to show everything five start. Which is not appropiate and everyone should be offered a chance to write their own reviews based on their own experience.