Describe your experience with Fertility C.A.R.E..
Comfortable waiting room, kind staff, always willing to aid in your comfort with drink or snacks. They have an education room where they train you on things like shots and stim meds. You will come to call this place your second home. Always ask if they need a urine sample before you go!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He spoke TO me, not at me. He listened to me and I felt like he heard what I was saying, rather than waiting to speak.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff, including Amy, were amazing. I always dealt with Amy when it came to medicine and my cycles. I always had the same blood nurse, the same financial consultant. This was very important because they came to know me as an individual and not a number.
How was your experience with Mark Trolice?
Dr. Mark was a really great doctor. He did all my procedures. He made sure I was comfortable with the choices he presented and didn't give a cookie cutter approach to our diagnosis. He was aggressive with stims and that was what we wanted. We wanted an aggressive approach to our issues.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Trolice?
Write things down, ask questions when needed, he will be open and honest and supportive of your journey, no matter the reason you're there.
Describe the protocols Mark Trolice used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We did three IUI's with Letrozole days 5-9 and triggered with Ovadrel. These did not result in a pregnancy.
We did an Antagonist protocal for stims. He wanted to be aggressive with stimming because the goal was to perform the stims once and get as many eggs as we could. We started with 21 days of birth control. Starting with day 1 of the cycle following birth control, we began Letrozole and an Antibiotic as well as baby aspirin. Day 2, 3, 4 we added Follistim at 300U per day. Day 5 we began Ganirelix in the AM and Follistim in the PM. Day 9 we triggered with Pregnyl. Day 11 we went for retrieval. Dr. Mark got 14 eggs, of which 13 fertilized with ICSI, of which 6 viable embryos made it to the freeze. We did not PGS test the embryos.
We did a frozen transfer because of the aggressive stims treatment and Dr. Mark's desire to have the body back to "normal" post-hormone stimulation. He believes that it's important to have the body be back to normal before implanting an embryo.
We started progesterone in Oil shots as well as Estridiol patches five days prior to the frozen transfer which resulted in a viable pregnancy. I am currently 6 weeks pregnant. Post positive pregnancy test, they performed two HCG beta tests. Each week I return to have bloodwork monitored and they make adjustments when necessary for my progesterone shots and estridiol patches. A sonogram will be performed at 7 weeks to check for a heartbeat.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Trolice.
Ultrasounds were $250. HSG was $750. Saline Sonogram was $750.
Each IUI including meds was $1400 which including all monitoring.
Stim Meds were $4300.
IVF was $17000.
Frozen transfer was $4000
Post monitoring was included in cost.
Post transfer meds were $900