How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I first saw Dr.Houserman in July of 2017 with an unknown reason as to why I wasn’t getting pregnant. Everything appeared to be normal except I had some cysts on my ovaries but was told it could be from just coming off of birth control. I wasn’t showing any other signs of PCOS at the time and all of my labs appeared normal, so we moved forward with treatment. Dr.Houserman made me feel like my case mattered and she was confident she could get me pregnant. She answered every single one of my questions, even the ones that I thought were kind of silly. I felt good leaving our first appointment. We did two unsuccessful rounds of letrozole and I became very stressed and decided to take a break from it all. Fast forward to January 2018 I scheduled an appointment with my obgyn for a yearly checkup and some concerns I was having. It was then I was diagnosed with PCOS and she offered to do less intensive rounds of fertility treatments meaning no follicle checks and frequent labs,which sounded appealing at the time. I wasn’t ready to tell my coworkers what was going on, and this was a way for me to not miss as much work for appointments. I did another three unsuccessful rounds of clomid and decided to go back to Dr.Houserman back in May. I felt as though I should have never left. When I went back for another consultation they did an ultrasound and saw that I was about to ovulate. I had two pretty follicles that were ready to go! So our intentions were to try this round naturally since I was already in the middle of a good cycle. Our plan afterwards was to do a round of letrozole and an IUI if this didn’t work. To our surprise, it did work! We were pregnant! Unfortunately, we had a very devastating miscarriage. I was so very upset, but Dr.Houserman was very supportive and understanding. She deeply sympathized for my husband and I. After the miscarriage we had to do a natural round because of a cyst that I had on one of my ovaries. This is our first month since starting back again that we were able to do a round of letrozole. If it doesnt work, we will be moving forward with an IUI. Dr. Houserman has walked us through all the steps and supports us one hundred percent. We love her, she is a very wonderful doctor!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
One piece of advice I would give to a prospective patient is to be patient. Infertility forces is us to do so, but Dr. Houserman will always be there for the long hall. That is a guaranteed fact. As long as you stick with it, I believe she can get just about anyone pregnant!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She deeply cares about her patients, and goes ablove and beyond for them. Not just her, but her whole staff. They make you feel like you matter and that you aren’t defined by your infertility.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Beginning of a cycle always starts with blood work and an ultrasound to look for antral follicles. I then begin letrozole on cycle day 5-9. I then come back on day 13/14 to see if I have any mature follicles. If I do have a mature follicle I then receive an HCG shot or (trigger shot) which helps to release the egg from the follicle. Then I would have sex for the next three days and then after the three days I would start vaginal progesterone. This is a pretty basic month for me while working with Dr. Houserman. I got pregnant completely natural before, only using the vaginal progesterone because mine was a little low for a natural cycle the month I did get pregnant. They check my progesterone on cycle day 21 to make sure it’s at a good number. So now moving forward they just automatically put me on that after ovulation. She is very knowledgeable, and I trust her plan of care completely!
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracey )
My nurse who is actually a nurse practitioner and I go way back. She used to work at my obgyn clinic and I saw her whenever I had an issue or a checkup back in high school and early college. She is the most beautiful person, with the most genuine soul I have ever met. I can tell she loves her job, and I know she has love for me. Which is practically priceless! She would do anything for me. If I have a question or a concern, she’s calling me as soon as she can. She was the first one to check on me after I had my miscarriage. She deeply sympathizes for every patient, not just myself. The entire staff is also incredible. They are loving and nurturing. I can’t speak more highly of them.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I can’t really think of a single weakness this clinic has. They are such a great team! You can tell they love what they do, and will do anything to make the patients feel more comfortable. They are always quick to get back with you with any questions, I’ve never had any problems making an appointment, and I have also had zero issues with billing. Everything seems to be on point. I can’t think of anything negative to say about this clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Insurance would cover letrozole at less than 2 bucks. It did not cover vagina progesterone which was about 130 for a 60 day supply. It also did not cover my HCG shot which is 165. My insurance does pay about 80 percent towards my blood work and ultrasounds and I pay the remaining 20 percent. I do have a 35 dollar copay and a lab fee every visit. They don’t pay for an IUI, which is close to 400 just for the IUI itself. So if we are unsuccessful this month, that will be out of pocket along with other costs that insurance won’t pick up.
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We have not yet ventured into any kind of embryo transfer discussions quite yet.