How was your experience with Tamer Yalcinkaya at Carolinas Fertility Institute?
We are at the beginning of fertility treatments. After our initial meeting it was discussed that we would monitor my cycles, use ovidrel, and time intercourse for a few cycles before moving forward. My husband and I decided to do this one time because we had a sperm analysis done and his numbers needed improvement before we moved forward. He is now on medication that is suppose to increase his quality and morphology. He will be retested once he finishes the medicine and we will finalize our decision on our next steps based on those numbers. After having a phone conference with Dr. Yalcinkaya and expressing my worries and concerns we have made a tentative plan, again depending on husband's numbers, to do 1-3 cycles of IUI with medication then IVF if needed. I have had recurrent miscarriages so if husband's number have not improved much we will skip IUI and go straight to IVF. Dr. Y has been very helpful, informative, and sincere about helping us find the correct pathway to parenthood.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tamer Yalcinkaya at Carolinas Fertility Institute?
I would tell all patients to ask questions, lots of questions. This is a big, and expensive, step to make so you need to be well informed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Tamer Yalcinkaya at Carolinas Fertility Institute?
After our initial consultation, bloodwork, and testing, it was a whirlwind of information and decisions to be made. My husband and I decided to take some time to process the information. Once we processed it, I called the office and asked if we could make an appointment to see our doctor because we had a lot of questions before moving forward with a particular fertility option. I expressed that I just started a new teaching job and this appointment would be a the start of a new year so I would need an appointment as late as possible. They mentioned that I could be scheduled for a conference call after hours one day which worked perfect since we really just had a lot of questions about our options given. We were called after work hours on a Friday evening, during a hurricane, and he answered all of our questions, listened to our opinion, gave his opinion, and answered some more questions. He was not in a hurry to rush off the phone with me! He then followed up with me and sent me his email if I had any further questions over the weekend.
This is one specific incident but I don't feel rushed when I am at his clinic. Everyone is very nice and helpful!
Describe the protocols Tamer Yalcinkaya used in your cycles at Carolinas Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I have PCOS so Dr. Y increased my Metformin and my Letrozole when I came in for a consultation because the dosage my previous doctor prescribed were no longer beneficial and had stopped having the desired side effects. I was producing a good number of follicles so we tried Ovidrel injection and time intercourse for a month. After finding out that my husband's sperm analysis was overall lower than preferred, my husband and I took a few months off. This break helped give my husband time to take medication to increase his numbers. He is nearly finished with the prescription and will have another analysis done to see if there has been a big enough change to justify us continuing with Ovidrel and/or IUI. As of right now, after consulting with Dr. Y, I believe that we will try 1-3 cycles of IUI and then move forward with IVF if needed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff has been kind enough to return all of my questions and address all of my concerns from certain medications I can and cannot time, to concerns, to countless what ifs, to purpose behind certain tests and their results. They are very kind each time and show tremendous patience with me.
Describe your experience with Carolinas Fertility Institute.
Strengths: Compassionate people working diligently to help you become at parent. The staff is very patient with you and your needs. Dr. Y and his staff with work with you, treat you like a person, and answer all questions you may have along the way.
Weaknesses: It took several months to get an initial consultation.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tamer Yalcinkaya at Carolinas Fertility Institute.
We haven't very had too many costs yet because we haven't tried IUI or IVF yet. But, the Metformin and Letrozole costs about $5 total each month due to insurance. The Ovidrel shot was not covered by my insurance and costs $200 per cycle. My husband had a sperm analysis completed and it was $250, up front, again not covered by insurance. The prescription given to my husband to increase his numbers in $50 for a 3 month supply, insurance will not cover. Lastly, the doctor visits are $85 with insurance.
Describe Tamer Yalcinkaya's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Carolinas Fertility Institute.
Dr. Y mentioned that we would transfer one embryo at a time. I am fine with that because we can freeze the other embryos and use them at a later time if the first procedure is not successful.