How was your experience with Steven Williams at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
At the initial consultation, he went through his spiel very quickly. We could tell it was the same thing he said to all the new patients. Once we got into specifics, with my medical history, and plans, he slowed down a little, but he was still really brisk. He seems to know his stuff and I appreciate that he's closely connected with the OSU med school and up to date on the latest fertility studies.
Our first medicated cycle, at the first ultrasound to check for follicle growth, he told us my follicles weren't growing at the rate they should be and said that cycle wasn't optimal. Rather than continue with the IUI as planned, he let us make the decision to not move forward that cycle. I appreciated that, because it saved us money and the heartache of a negative. Then he modified the medications for the next cycle, and the next, and the next.
He's pretty good in the exam room. He's slower and pays more attention than in the initial consultation. He's honest and doesn't try to sugar coat bad news. And he seemed as disappointed as me when my follicles weren't measuring up for the IUIs.
I’m disappointed he put us through so many IUIs before we asked if we could move on to IVF. I know we are a two woman couple, but 12 IUIs, even split between 2 uteruses, was extreme.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Williams at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
Go in prepared, know your research and your body, have questions ready.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Williams at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
The doctor always treats me like a human when I'm in the office. Talking to the nurses is a different story. They specifically ask you to leave your chart number when leaving a voicemail. Once they call back, you're treated like a human again.
After 2+ years of IUI visits, I formed a close relationship with one of the nurses. I was sad to find out we would get a different team of nurses for the IVF process, And we went back to being just a code.
Describe the protocols Steven Williams used in your cycles at Ohio Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
I'm anovulary with PCOS, with very rare natural (unmedicated) cycles.
First try: Provera to induce a period, then 50mg Clomid cycle days 3-7 for the cycle that didn't produce growing follicles. We didn't proceed with the IUI
Second try: Provera, prescribed 100mg Clomid cycle days 3-7 and trigger shot, produced follicles around Cd22, IUI unsuccessful.
3rd cycle, very similar to the second cycle, 100mg Clomid with trigger shot
4th cycle moved to Letrozole with trigger shot, mature follicles showed up around cd12, IUI unsuccessful
5th IUI, sane protocol as the 4th
We did 7 IUIs with my wife, she did 3 unmedicated and 3 with 50mg Clomid, and 1 with 100mg clomid. All unsuccessful.
We moved on to IVF in May 2017. We did Menopur, Cetrotide, Gonal F, Novarel and PIO after retrieval through 10 weeks. I had 16 eggs retrieved, 14 fertilized, 1 implanted, and only 1 made it to freeze. Our 1 fresh transfer was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Ohio Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Nancy)
Dr. Williams has 2 nurses on his team. Nancy is much nicer and warmer than Mackenzie. With my irregular cycles, I've had a lot of questions for them. The first couple calls, the nurse was very brisk, almost rude, like I was wasting her time. After our second failed cycle, I think Nancy realized we’d be seeing her a lot and she really warmed up to us. We rarely heard from Mackenzie after that.
Describe your experience with Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
They are partnered with and next door to a sperm bank. If you need donor sperm, this is very helpful and saves a ton on shipping costs.
You’ll see the same doctor for most of your appointments, but sometimes one of the other doctors has to step in. Weekend IUIs, you’ll get whoever in on the schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Williams at Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
Initial consultation: $200, no insurance coverage
Blood tests: $268, discounted by insurance down to $50
Sperm: $675 (was $515), no insurance coverage
Ultrasound: $381, discounted by insurance down to $200
IUI: $230, no insurance coverage
Trigger shot: $80, no insurance coverage
Clomid: $20, discounted by insurance
Provera: completely covered by insurance
Ivf - $7k for monitoring, retrieval and implantation, after insurance adjustment; $3k for meds through insurance. They had a cash up front option for people with no insurance coverage and I believe that was $12k for monitoring, retrieval and implantation.
Describe Steven Williams's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Ohio Reproductive Medicine.
Our doctor recommended 1 embryo transfer for patients under 35, 2 for over 35. Since I was on the cusp, they gave me the option. I chose 1
What specific things went wrong at Ohio Reproductive Medicine?
- Failed to call with results
- Provided conflicting information