How was your experience with Stephanie Singleton at Fertility Center of Charleston?
I would likely not be alive if not for Dr. Singleton. During my first (and only) egg retrieval she could not get to my right ovary and most of my left ovary without puncturing my bowels. As a result she sent me for a GI consult and during surgery it was discovered my endometriosis was eating through my colon. Had this not been discovered there is not telling what would have happened. I may not like the answers she gives me (such as I don't recommend an egg retrieval with your newly discovered clotting disease, I would prefer you use donor eggs for your safety), but she has always been honest about my chances and what to expect. While I am only focusing on getting pregnant, she makes sure to also focus on keeping me healthy and that is important. In addition to being thorough and honest, she is also very compassionate which helps a lot when dealing with infertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephanie Singleton at Fertility Center of Charleston?
Don't expect overnight results no matter which doctor you choose. As hard as it is, be patient but don't be afraid to ask questions and speak up.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephanie Singleton at Fertility Center of Charleston?
Every time I called or sent an e-mail, I always received a prompt and knowledgeable response. I have had a number of health problems since I began seeing Dr. Singleton, including 3 unplanned medically necessary surgeries, so my case is not "normal", yet despite the issues, Dr. Singleton and her staff have always been able to provide me with an answer or a referral. But even more important than answering my questions, Dr. Singleton took the time out to call my primary doctors and specialist to make sure she was well versed in all of my medical conditions and could proceed in a safe manner.
Describe the protocols Stephanie Singleton used in your cycles at Fertility Center of Charleston and their degree of success.
My egg retrieval cycle was done with progesterone (I think), gonal f, ganilrelix. Could not retrieve all follicles because of obstruction. For my donor egg cycle we are using progesterone, estrace, and Lupron. The donor egg cycle is still ongoing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Center of Charleston. (Assigned nurse: Pat (retired) and now Krysta)
I love both of my nursing care coordinators as well as the rest of the staff! Everyone is always so nice and never makes you feel like you are crazy when you inevitably ask the same question for the 15th time. Plus they are always easy to get in touch with and always respond within 24 hours.
Describe your experience with Fertility Center of Charleston.
I love everything about the clinic. It is clean and welcoming (both in Savannah and Charleston). The only weakness I can think of is sometimes you have to wait a while if you are visiting the primary location in Charleston.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephanie Singleton at Fertility Center of Charleston.
My IVF cycle was approximately $15,000 plus $5,000 for medication. The egg donor cycle is approximately $19,000, including the eggs (I had a credit from the IVF cycle, so we did not pay an additional $19,000) and $800 in medication.
Describe Stephanie Singleton's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Center of Charleston.
Because of the health risks involved in multiples to both the mother and the babies, Dr. Singleton only does single embryo transfers unless you have a history of failed implantation.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Center of Charleston?