Describe your experience with Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
The biggest strength of this clinic is the costs. Weaknesses are absolutely poor communication. The saying "you get what you pay for" applies!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
My medical case is very unique but I was treated as a "normal" patient.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
While I was cycling the nurses would call me back the same day of my monitoring to advise of any dosage changes and results. I was unable to communicate with them via email, which I would have preferred. My biggest issue was the lack of communication at the start of my second cycle.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Jerome Check?
Jerome Check is a peculiar man but seems to be very knowledgeable about infertility research. He does not nickle and dime his patients which I thoroughly appreciated. It is not easy to follow his train of thought but he does not rush his patients. I do think he cares about his patients but that does not translate to elevated care. The ONLY pros to seeing Dr. Check is 1) Cost and 2) knowledge of research.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jerome Check?
Personally speak to all parties involved in your treatment BEFORE all procedures take place. Do not assume that the communication you expect to take place among your caregivers will happen without your intervention. Being your own advocate is not enough.
Describe the protocols Jerome Check used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Because of my low/declining AMH and lack of insurance coverage, I was put on on mini-ivf, so my protocol consisted of lower doses of fertility drugs. Looking back, I am not confident that this was the right approach and if the Dr. had looked deeper into my overall health, I think he would have prescribed a different protocol. If Dr. Cho had been informed about my special case and adequately performed the egg retrieval, I would have been satisfied with the results, but due to lack of communication, only 5 mature eggs were retrieved of the 14+ measurable follicles I had. After a disappointing egg retrieval, we went forward with a second cycle. Again, due to poor communication, (it took me 3 days of calling the clinic to get someone to call me back) I started the second cycle late and missed out on the first couple of days of stimulation. The second round we had less follicles and retrieved 6 mature eggs. Not successful for a healthy 30 year old.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I was a long distance patient and monitored off-site.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jerome Check.
I think an egg retrieval cycle (excluding meds) costs ~$5k