Vicken Sahakian

Pacific Fertility Center LA

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Medical SchoolAmerican U. Of Beirut
ResidencyU. of Iowa
FellowshipU. of North Carolina
Los Angeles
10921 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
3107730478
Encino
16055 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
3107730478
Glendale
1808 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
8186595394
Bakersfield
2031 17th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
3107730478
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Vicken Sahakian to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 71%Neutral: 14%Don't recommend: 14%8.7
6 assessments
  • 71% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 14% Neutral (7-8)
  • 14% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Pacific Fertility Center LA to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 74%Don't recommend: 26%8.6
20 assessments
  • 74% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 26% Don't recommend (0-6)
6 assessments
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Age
34 - 40
Treated
2005 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
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Dr Sahakian was candid, knowledge and personable through the whole process. He was able to explain the process and different alternatives to us in a language that we understood...We are a gay male couple and used a surrogate for IVF...Dr Sahakian was able to answer all of our questions and we felt confident in his abilities as our fertility doctor...He met with us and was candid and personable through the entire process...we were, and are happy with the results and our now nine-year-old triplets !
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Age
34 - 40
Treated
2005 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr Sahakian was candid, knowledge and personable through the whole process. He was able to explain the process and different alternatives to us in a language that we understood. Although we had two unsuccessful IVF attempts, when we finally did get pregnant on the third attempt, we were, and are happy with the results and our now nine-year-old triplets !
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and take notes, Dr Sahakian was able to answer all of our questions and we felt confident in his abilities as our fertility doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
He met with us and was candid and personable through the entire process.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center LA and their degree of success.
We are a gay male couple and used a surrogate for IVF. Our first attempt using fresh embryos resulted in a miscarriage early in the pregnancy. Our second attempt with the use of leftover frozen embryos did not result in a pregnancy at all. We then changed egg donors, and used the same surrogate. Our third and final attempt, with fresh embryos that we allowed to go to blastocyst, resulted in triplets. They were carried 33 weeks and 3 days and were born healthy and did not need to go to the NICU.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Our experience with the nurses was over 10 years ago, so it is difficult to remember other than it was a positive experience and we felt that the nurses that we worked with were compassionate and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic was clean and organized and centrally located. We had positive experiences there with all of our visits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
It's been over 10 years, honestly I don't remember the exact costs I believe we paid for three IVF procedures rather than one at a time. I think the cost of the time for three was around $18- 20,000. If a successful pregnancy did not result, the percentage of the money would've been returned .
Describe Vicken Sahakian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
We choose to do a transfer with three embryos because it was our third and final attempt and we wanted to be sure of a pregnancy. We were not expecting triplets, and Dr Sahakian gave us the statistics in detail, So we choose to implant three embryos and it turned out to be a blessing.
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Vicken Sahakian
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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10
Age
43 - 46
Treated
2007 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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In my first meeting with Dr. Sahakian he got right to the point, which I loved, but his delivery was very kind. After 3 failed IVF's with my first set of donors (one miscarriage), he diligently shifted to having me go through immunology testing in order to find out why I wasn't getting pregnant with donor eggs. We then switched donors and lead to my successful pregnancy and delivery of my twin girls.
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Age
43 - 46
Treated
2007 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Sahakian was my second Doctor after I spent a year at a different clinic. The Dr. at the first clinic was very kind, but not aggressive in his approach. I spent a year doing 6 shots a day, 3 different drugs, garnering one egg each cycle. Nowhere did he say let's step this up and use an egg donor. In my first meeting with Dr. Sahakian he got right to the point, which I loved, but his delivery was very kind. After 3 failed IVF's with my first set of donors (one miscarriage), he diligently shifted to having me go through immunology testing in order to find out why I wasn't getting pregnant with donor eggs. We then switched donors and lead to my successful pregnancy and delivery of my twin girls.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Expect Dr. Sahakian to be direct with his approach, yet kind in his delivery. You will always know where things stand, and what's around the bend.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Sahakian was always kind, aware of my feelings. He took time to explain where we were in the process, and field questions with patience and grace.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific Fertility Center LA. (Assigned nurse: Carol)
Every time I walked in the PFC I felt welcome. From Nicole at the front desk, to the nursing and cycle coordinators. Some days I left like they wanted it to happen for me more than I did - lol. They were amazing.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic as organized, rarely if ever behind schedule, everyone was always on top of their game. I spent a LOT of time there and don't ever remember feeling stressed or bothered.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
I recall he offered a package plan for 3 IVFs. If you did not get pregnant to 12 weeks (not sure of time frame it's been 9 years) he would refund tou $12k. I wished I used it! I got pregnant on the third IVF and lost the baby at 9 weeks. I signed up for the package deal with my second set of donors and Murphy's law would have it that I got pregnant with my twins on the first IVF in that package. I would encourage anyone to use the deal. It ends up saving you money no matter what.
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Vicken Sahakian
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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10
Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
10
Dr. Sahakian took the time to meet with me personally, as the GC, and each member of his staff have always been both really friendly and very responsive to all my needs and questions.... I was able to have a separate phone call with a list of questions to interview him. I was really impressed with his history, passion, experience and knowledge about IVF.... He is very professional, and very busy. Sometimes I had to wait an extra 10 minutes, sometimes if I was there early they got me in early.
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Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
I was able to have a separate phone call with a list of questions to interview him. I was really impressed with his history, passion, experience and knowledge about IVF. If I recall correctly he's been doing this for over 25 years.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
He is very professional, and very busy. Sometimes I had to wait an extra 10 minutes, sometimes if I was there early they got me in early. He will be matter of fact and very clear about what he needs you to do. He knows what he's doing, listen to him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Sahakian took the time to meet with me personally, as the GC, and each member of his staff have always been both really friendly and very responsive to all my needs and questions.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center LA and their degree of success.
Med screening, linking checks, IVF transfer meds specific to my needs. Follow up. We had an unexpected 16 week loss and he texted me personally and helped me through it. It seems he often works 7 days a week.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific Fertility Center LA. (Assigned nurse: Ashleigh )
They reach out to me via phone and email on a regular basis.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
Check out their website, read reviews, look at facebook. Google them. They are 100% great. The nurses, the facility, the location, the doctor, the med protocols, everything. Parking is about $25 but valet makes it easy to use and there is a pharmacy in the building.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
I'm am the GC so I did not deal with the finances.
Describe Vicken Sahakian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
We chose to transfer two. He supported us.
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Vicken Sahakian
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Dr. Vicken truly showed care and attention during my treatments as well as his staff. Warm and thoughtful....Dr. Vicken has a great personality. He was very positive and hopeful and at the same time, straight to the point. I appreciate his honest and candid attitude...The wait is very very long and he is usually late so be patient and plan to be gone for a while if you work or have other commitments.
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Vicken has a great personality. He was very positive and hopeful and at the same time, straight to the point. I appreciate his honest and candid attitude.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
The wait is very very long and he is usually late so be patient and plan to be gone for a while if you work or have other commitments.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Vicken truly showed care and attention during my treatments as well as his staff. Warm and thoughtful.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center LA and their degree of success.
We tried IVF 3 times. The fist time the cycle was canceled, my ovaries were not really responding to the meds. I was on Follistim 375 and Menopur 150 for about a week. The second time, he put me on Birth control for 21 day. He added a 3 medication in addition to the Follistim and Menopur he also put me on Lupron 15U. The egg retrieval was not successful he could not inseminate my eggs, the quality was very poor. My third time and last time was basically the same as the previous protocol. During the egg retrieval he realized that my eggs were already out of my ovaries, he did an IUI immediately after but we were not successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Pacific Fertility Center LA. (Assigned nurse: Alma)
They were caring and showed a lot of compassion every step of the way.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The location in LA is challenging to park. Since they are usually very late park your car somewhere with plenty of time on the meter if you drive to your appointments. The parking lot at the clinic in Westwood is a rip off.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
My treatments were 75% covered by the insurance. One of the treatment I was not charged for, I only paid for the cost of the Anesthesiologist.
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Vicken Sahakian
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
24 - 27
Treated
2008 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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Dr. Sahakian was just super busy and had so many patients I think it was hard for him to remember everyone. He was nice and had okay bedside manner just too many patients...I really liked Dr. Sahakian. He was the first doctor that could really diagnose me and suggest IVF. I was very young so I felt like prior doctors didn't think I'd have to do IVF. He didn't waste any more time which I was grateful for. He is a busy man and had lots of patients but was a great doctor.
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Age
24 - 27
Treated
2008 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
I really liked Dr. Sahakian. He was the first doctor that could really diagnose me and suggest IVF. I was very young so I felt like prior doctors didn't think I'd have to do IVF. He didn't waste any more time which I was grateful for. He is a busy man and had lots of patients but was a great doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Just know that he's good at what he does.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Dr. Sahakian was just super busy and had so many patients I think it was hard for him to remember everyone. He was nice and had okay bedside manner just too many patients.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center LA and their degree of success.
I remember he had a hard time at first figuring out what dose of the meds he should give me. I reacted almost too well and so I wish he was a little more conservative at first with my meds. One cycle I ended up making hundreds and hundreds of follicles so we had to cancel the retrieval. It was really hard for me to go through.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were all very nice and were sensitive to what I was going through. When they had to cancel my cycle I just started bawling. They were there to comfort me and helped me feel better.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic is very nice. They also had a special waiting area for moms who had kids with them. I liked that a lot. I always felt bad bringing my kids to appointments with people who were trying to get pregnant. This way we had a special room with toys and we didn't have to distract other patients.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
This was a long time ago now but we did receive a discount because we didn't make that much money. I think we only had to pay around 7,000.
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Vicken Sahakian
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9
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
47 - 48
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
3
After my retreaval the doctor [Dr. Sahakian] didn’t follow up with me when my egg didn’t fertilize.... The doctor was not focused during my treatment because he was going through medical issues. He was Nut available for my 2nd transfer. When the transfer was done the other doctor explained everything to me. St that moment I realized he was not the doctor for me.... I was put on the same treatment each time. Folistim Memopher Goneral
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Age
47 - 48
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
3
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
The doctor was not focused during my treatment because he was going through medical issues. He was Nut available for my 2nd transfer. When the transfer was done the other doctor explained everything to me. St that moment I realized he was not the doctor for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
Make sure he is dedicated to your case.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
After my retreaval the doctor didn’t follow up with me when my egg didn’t fertilize.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles at Pacific Fertility Center LA and their degree of success.
I was put on the same treatment each time. Folistim Memopher Goneral
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The staff was okay. I feel like the medication instructions were not clear. I wasn’t advised that the progesterone should not be drawn and left ready to go because the plastic changes the hormone.
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
No age limit -strength They don’t discourage you if you want to try with your own eggs. It’s a nice office. Parking in the building. Pharmacy downstairs to fill your prescription open 6 days a week.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
Each cycle the medication was around $5,000 A package of 3 tries was around $16,500
Describe Vicken Sahakian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Pacific Fertility Center LA.
Always had one embryo transferred each time.
What specific things went wrong at Pacific Fertility Center LA?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Vicken Sahakian
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Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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