How was your experience with Spencer Richlin at RMA of Connecticut?
Dr. Richlin loves his job and loves helping people. I like that he's very open and honest. He's extremely positive, which is nice, even though when I first started I was totally depressed and in shock that I was having trouble getting pregnant at all (I have unexplained infertility, so wasn't expecting that) and I didn't always cheer up from it, but being on the other side (my son is now 2.5), I appreciate his attitude. Whenever I would do my own "research," I would get so nervous about potential side effects or negative outcomes, and Dr. Richlin would always discuss them, and he was ALWAYS right about what to expect and the true likeliness that something bad would happen. I didn't tend to experience a lot of side effects from anything (even pregnancy), so others may have had different experiences, but that's what happened with me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Spencer Richlin at RMA of Connecticut?
Get ready to get used to talking about all those intimate details and explore your reproductive system (did I mention I was traumatized at first? I had never seen a transvaginal ultrasound before...nor did I prefer male doctors)--he makes it totally normal and comfortable, and I really appreciate that. And he is just so positive, so let it lift you up in what can be a really stressful time!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Spencer Richlin at RMA of Connecticut?
Dr. Richlin is passionate about his work, and interactions felt personal with him. While they have a large number of patients, they do know you and treat you with a lot of respect and positivity.
Describe the protocols Spencer Richlin used in your cycles at RMA of Connecticut and their degree of success.
Antagonist protocol: Follistim 150iu + Menopur 75iu, Ganirelix .25mg
I was put on very low doses and ended up being a high responder: 22 eggs retrieved, I think 21 were mature, almost all fertilized, but many arrested between days 3 and 5, so possible egg quality issue--the cycle resulted in 4 embryos. We did not do PGS. First fresh transfer was eSet with negative pregnancy test. Next month did FET with two embryos and my son was born from that cycle :) About a year after that we transferred our last remaining embryo, which resulted in a miscarriage--HCG levels were not rising appropriately, I think it was the 5 week ultrasound that showed a strong heartbeat, but unfortunately the following week ultrasound showed a miscarriage. I'm looking to begin a new cycle in a few months, but I don't know what protocol he will put me on this time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of Connecticut.
My nurse was an excellent clinician--she was knowledgeable and explained things well, but she worked part-time, so sometimes it was hard when I needed to talk to her only to find out she wasn't there that day. I have been reassigned to a new nurse, Cathie, who is awesome.
Describe your experience with RMA of Connecticut.
Clinic has a lot of patients, but they do a great job managing morning monitoring and being on time for appointments. Never be afraid to reach out to your patient navigator or nurse if you have questions. I have met others going through the infertility process and we ask questions of each other, but I ALWAYS recommend being completely transparent with the clinic--they are there for you and often do a great job of making you feel better or informing you what to expect in terms of procedures or side effects.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of Connecticut.
It was well-run. The early morning hours were never a problem to get to, and I've seen them when I was an online/working-from-home student and working full time. If you can't make the morning hours, I hear they can fit you in during the day, but still might not be convenient depending on your work. Infertility is just not that convenient, though...
Describe the costs associated with your care under Spencer Richlin at RMA of Connecticut.
Most was covered through CT fertility mandate (covers diagnosis and 2 cycles), but I was unclear about what counted as a cycle (both egg retrieval AND frozen transfer do...I know that now), so I ran out of coverage pretty quickly. Was also on a different insurance for a little while that didn't provide as much coverage.
Describe Spencer Richlin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of Connecticut.
I believe their goal is to use eSET as much as possible. For my situation--30yo with unexplained infertility/no big red flags--it made sense to do for our first transfer. After a negative result, and judging by my embryo grades (very average), they decided to put two in. Yes, they explained the risks.