How was your experience with Stephen Collins at Yale University?
Dr Collins was always available for me to meet with him with questions. He would sit and give me time to explain my thoughts and feelings. He described all the processes very well. I wouldn’t change my doctor no matter how many rounds we’d have to do to get to a miracle baby.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephen Collins at Yale University?
This is a doctor you can trust. He will treat you like the patient who deserves the best and most up to date information. He’s constantly referencing the most recent research and providing me with articles to review for my own knowledge!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephen Collins at Yale University?
Every time I walked into their office they knew my DOB, asked how I was doing, and took the time to listen.
Describe the protocols Stephen Collins used in your cycles at Yale University and their degree of success.
Ivf retrieval 1- we went light on gonal and had to cancel this round. Ivf retrieval 2- increased gonal and menopur. Ended up with 12 eggs retrieved, 5 mature and fertilized, 1 barely made it to blast. We transferred that one of poor quality and it didn’t work. Ivf retrieval 3- we did a priming with Estrace 2 weeks before my period. We increased gonal and menopur again. We retrieved 24 eggs, 16 mature and fertilized, 5 made it to blast. My final retrieval I had OHSS, but I wouldn’t have changed this at all because of the success of the retrieval. My doctors always kept me updating them with my health and I never felt nervous. I had my first frozen egg transfer (letrozole, gonal, pio shots and endometrin inserts) and am currently going through a chemical pregnancy and waiting for my hcg levels to lower.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Yale University. (Assigned nurse: Maureen, Vanessa, Patrick)
Couldn’t say enough good things. Always there for me, smiled, sent me great messages to make me feel supported. Love them!
Describe your experience with Yale University.
The doctors and people are amazing, but the main office where you go for procedures has you wait in a line to get seen. It’s a little odd there’s not a better system in place but hopefully this can be improved.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Yale University.
I always got there first thing and never waited. I’d be first or second to get there and it was relatively quick! Loved that I’d get to chat with the doctors with what they were seeing and how things were progressing
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephen Collins at Yale University.
A lot was covered by insurance, however we paid for all medications and will pay for our next transfer.
Describe Stephen Collins's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Yale University.
It makes sense and it’s hard to agree with but I do. For someone in my situation, a one embryo transfer is preferred.