How was your experience with Stephen Greenhouse at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Greenhouse is very personable. He takes the time to check on his patients, even when it may be inconvenient to him. He is a bit technical when it comes to explaining cycles and treatments. I have no complaints about the treatment I've received with him as my primary doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephen Greenhouse at Shady Grove Fertility?
Make an appointment early.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephen Greenhouse at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Greenhouse is a fantastic doctor. He is the only doctor I've seen, in recent memory, to have made personal calls to me on the weekend to check and see how I was doing - twice! - in my earlier cycles with an ovarian cyst, and in my most recent cycles with a miscarriage. I don't get that kind of personalized care from any of my other physicians. Also, the staff at Shady Grove are generally warm and friendly when I go to any of the offices. I've had some billing issues, and have had to wait what seemed like a long time for an appointment (only once, though), but when there are issues, the staff are very understanding and have worked hard to resolve the situation to my satisfaction.
Describe the protocols Stephen Greenhouse used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My first three IUI cycles were unmedicated, using a trigger HCG shot (ovidrel). Fourth cycle was with clomid and ovidrel, fifth, successful, cycle was using injectable meds (gonal-f) and ovidrel. The strategy was to go from cycles requiring the least assistance, to those requiring just a bit more assistance, since I was relatively young (37)
My latest round of donor egg/donor sperm cycles have included the use of Lupron (for two fresh cycles), birth control pills, and delestrogen and progesterone in oil IM shots. My donor egg cycles have included more meds, because I'm older, and the chances of obtaining normal pregnancy with OE is much, much slimmer. I didn't want to risk an abnormal pregnancy, so we went right to donor eggs, and the protocols that go along with fresh transfer and FET cycles.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a large enough practice to offer all types of options. Some think it's too large, and everyone is treated like a number, but I have never received treatment like that. I appreciate that such a huge practice is available to me, basically in my backyard.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephen Greenhouse at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was self pay for treatments for my IUI cycles, so there were generally no problems. My insurance at the time paid for most of my meds. My total out of pocket for treatment in 2007/2008 was $13,000.
For my recent DE/DS cycles, I'm using Shady Grove's shared risk program - out of pocket was $30,500, plus various co-pays through insurance for meds. Lupron was $400, delestrogen was either $12 or $50, depending on generic, PIO was $12, and then minor amounts (less than $10) for needles and syringes.
Describe Stephen Greenhouse's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We agreed on eSET. There was never really a discussion about transferring multiple embryos. I was adamant about only wanting a singleton pregnancy, and the risks of eSET resulting in multiples were the highest I would tolerate.