Describe your experience with Acacio Fertility Center.
Dr. Acacio will keep plugging away. I did both IUI and an IVF with him, none successful. I decided not to do another cycle with him (and ultimately moved so it didn't matter) because I was not confident the failure wasn't due to a lab issue or some error in judgment. Given later results, I believe that the bulk of the issue was me, or at least my experience was not a result of a bad lab or protocol issue. But it was hard to shake that concern. That said, I felt like they went well beyond what was necessary to make it work for me, and genuinely seemed to care about the poor result, and me. I think Dr. Acacio's willingness to take patient concerns seriously is a huge strength, given the number of dismissive doctors you will find, and I know others who have had success with him after long arduous journeys when there have been failure elsewhere. His prices are also reasonable, relatively speaking.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Acacio took my concerns seriously, as well as what I was hoping to get out of IVF. He answered my questions, he was involved in the process, including monitoring, all along.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Generally good. Communication wasn't always solid or timely, but they cared and assisted with meds, etc, including when I had to go longer before retrieval than anticipated. I think I got more information without asking from them than I had from staff at other places.
How was your experience with Brian Acacio?
Dr. Acacio was relatable, without the arrogance of other doctors. He wasn't blithe about the failure of my IVF cycle and understood how much it had cost me (at that time, all of my funds for TTC), particularly given my aims. I do wish he'd explained the protocol a bit better, and what to expect and what the source was, but I didn't know it was an unusual one until well into it, so I hadn't asked anything at the beginning. I think his assumptions about my likely success were wholly understandable, but I wish more information had been given about the realities of what we found at retrieval (a large number of immature eggs) and fertilization (not great). Perhaps it wasn't known, but I felt like the post retrieval communication was a bit lacking.
Describe the protocols Brian Acacio used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Started with femara, added Follistim, and menopur, and then ganirelix until trigger. Triggered at a few over 18, with a bunch behind, and one giant lead. I technically met trigger criteria. However, the result was nearly half immature eggs (10 of 24 plus 2 dead), poor fertilization (12, including cultured immature eggs), and no blasts (2 or 3 stopped at the stage just before). Based on later results with a different doctor, which weren't substantially better, though produced 1 early blast and 1 freezable, it seems likely it was me, primarily - though nothing in my numbers indicated that would be the case.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
There was definitely some waiting, but also sufficient flexibility for me to be able to make it work around my schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brian Acacio.
I can't entirely recall. I believe roughly in the realm of 9500 for the IVF?