How was your experience with Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Burwinkel's strengths are he is very kind, his bedside manner is great. His cons are not taking time to explain why decisions would change so quickly. He did well in explaining the course of treatment, but when the course of treatment didn't work, we felt as if the course of treatment was never changed. MFI wasn't deeply explored or even suggested we should see a reproductive urologist, we took that initiative on our own. After the chemical pregnancy, we went back to our obgyn and she found that I had FVL and MTHFR as reasons why we could be miscarrying.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Ask lots of questions. Be educated on what options are available to you with all scenarios.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
We felt like a number because information after our first failed IVF retrieval and transfer, completely changed from our chemical pregnancy FET a year later. After the chemical pregnancy only, it was mentioned that we needed to consider donor eggs, yet went on two months later to conceive naturally.
Describe the protocols Thomas Burwinkel used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
IUIs- Femara with Ovidrel trigger shot
Retrieval #1- BCPs, Gonal F, cetrotide, ovidrel trigger
Retrieval #1- Gonal F, Cetrotide, Menopur, Ovidrel trigger
FET- Estradiol orally, prometrium vaginally
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was great. They were a big part of the reason we stayed there for 2.5 years.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
Overall, I think the clinic is great. However, it would be nice to have a specific nurse in the clinic assigned to your case. Given the size of their practice this would be hard. Regardless, the nurses I saw from education days, IUIs, retrievals, and transfers were wonderful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Our first two cycles we were blessed with insurance coverage, however our copay on each cycle was 1,000. Medications for the two cycles ran us 7,000. FET cost us 4,500, medications were covered under insurance.
Describe Thomas Burwinkel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
IVF #1- single embryo transfer at age 29
IVF #2- double embryo transfer at age 30
FET- single embryo transfer, only had one embryo left
What specific things went wrong at Institute for Reproductive Health?
- Provided conflicting information