How was your experience with Steven Young at UNC Fertility?
He's personable, warm, and knowledgeable. He considers patient ideas and explains why they are good/not good. He's incredibly available. He even answers my questions as a second opinion years after I haven't been in treatment with him due to insurance reasons.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Young at UNC Fertility?
Be thankful! He's the best.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Young at UNC Fertility?
Dr. Young listens and is open to the patient's ideas and suggestions. If he doesn't think they're a good idea, he'll explain why clearly and patiently. He's warm and personable. He goes the extra mile to be available. I haven't been in active treatment with him for years due to insurance reasons, but he still answers my questions as a second opinion. Out of the five REs that I've worked with closely, he's my favorite by far. Both in knowledge and in personality. Just the best.
Describe the protocols Steven Young used in your cycles at UNC Fertility and their degree of success.
We did an agonist protocol with lupron, menopur 75u, and follistim 375u. I had 19 collected (way more than expected), 10 mature, and three blasts. This is on par with my previous cycles. Two were PGS normal, and one is my son.
He also coordinated treatment of my Asherman's syndrome prior to transfer. Another RE at a major academic medical center had told me that I had a 90% chance of needing a surrogate after two surgeries to lyse the adhesions had failed. They just kept coming back. But Dr. Young was willing to do a novel treatment strategy - we did surgery to lyse the adhesions, then did a post-surgery estrace with a foley balloon (common), and then did weekly follow up clinic hysteroscopies to lyse the early reforming adhesions (novel). This last step was key and ultimately, I believe, led to the cure.
After the surgeries, my lining was initially in the 5's. But with months of estrogen, it finally reached > 7 mm and trilaminar. We did the transfer and had success. I'm forever grateful to Dr. Young.
Describe your experience with your nurse at UNC Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Wendy Snyder)
Wendy is a rock star. She is so organized, caring, knowledgeable, and genuine. Just a wonderful person and member of the care team. She strikes the perfect balance of being positive but also realistic. She knew all details of my cycle and always sent updates/responses promptly. If anything, she works too hard and too late! We still keep in touch years later.
Describe your experience with UNC Fertility.
UNC is stellar. Organized, efficient, knowledgeable, and accessible. I would go there and only there but for insurance reasons. Dr. Young and nurse Wendy Snyder are two of my favorite healthcare providers ever. They gave me my son after a loooong road with two prior losses (9w, 20w) and a severe Asherman's diagnosis refractory to two previous surgeries. In my eyes, the place is magic. I still keep in touch with the team and visit with my son at least yearly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Young at UNC Fertility.
I did the Attain shared risk program, which was around $30k. I paid for medications fully out of pocket since I had no fertility coverage at the time. We had success on the only transfer from our first retrieval with nothing to freeze, so in a sense I overpaid, but I don't care. We have our son and we had good reasons to do the shared risk. My prognosis wasn't so hot after two prior losses and an Asherman's diagnosis.
Describe Steven Young's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UNC Fertility.
Dr. Young was willing to transfer two PGS normal 5BCs because we had some concern over my uterine lining and the grades weren't so hot. One took and was born healthy. I would have loved healthy twins, too. He counseled me thoroughly on all of the risks. I'm in healthcare myself and was informed.