Describe your experience with OU Physicians Reproductive Health.
Everyone from the receptionist to the check out person is so encouraging, even in times of distress. I do wish they had appointments for treatment available in the later part of the afternoon, but that just what would work best for my schedule. The clinic opens at 730 and closes at 430. Bloodwork appointments are typically from 730-830 and then IUI appointments are anywhere from 10-1130 am and then consults etc are in the afternoon. I can’t say what the schedule is like for IVF treatments as I’m not at that step.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Craig makes sure to ask questions about me that aren’t related to just infertility. And I never feel rushed like she doesn’t have time to answer a question I might have. There have been a few times where I’ve found something on google and have asked her about it and she never got offended or acted like I was trying to second guess her. She just explained why we hadn’t gone that direction for me, or explained why it may not have been good information. She’s never made me feel like I was stupid for bringing something up. I’ve been to doctors where if you mention something they stop short of rolling their eyes and blow you off. I’ve never felt that way with Dr Craig.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Every nurse I have had experience with except for one has been the best experience I’ve ever had with a doctors office nursing staff. The nurse that I haven’t had the most positive experience with I would say it’s because our personalities clash, and not because she is not a good nurse or capable.
How was your experience with LaTasha Craig?
Dr Craig has always made me feel like I was important. She doesn’t sugar coat things, but is able to say things in a way that is to the point but not harsh. I have weight issues and she’s never once made me feel like being overweight was the root cause of my issues with infertility. But she has pointed out that by losing weight I can increase my chances, but never made me feel ashamed or guilty for being overweight. I’m not one to ask a lot of questions but I do a lot of my own research and basically everything that I’ve found has corresponded with the plans Dr Craig has used for me. And the few questions I have had have been explained as to why we haven’t gone a particular route in a respectful manner and didn’t leave me feeling like I was less of a person because I didn’t have the Dr in front of my name. If you are looking for a doctor that only talks about rainbows and butterflies and holds your hand and treats you with kid gloves, Dr Craig is not going to be the doctor for you. But if you are looking for a real human that is rooting for you to be a mom and sets realistic expectations a long the way, then Dr Craig would be a great fit for you.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of LaTasha Craig?
Trust that she knows what she is doing, but if you have ideas or questions don’t be afraid to voice them. She will respect your opinion, and even if you want to try something that she doesn’t feel like will be the best fit for you, as long as it isn’t harmful she’s willing to let you try. She really lets the patient guide their steps within reason of course.
Describe the protocols LaTasha Craig used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I came to Dr Craig after having tried 3 rounds of clomid and times intercourse and 3 or 4 rounds of Femara and timed intercourse through my OBGYN. After my first meeting we decided to try an IUI on my next cycle. We ended up doing four cycles with IUI and on the fourth cycle I was pregnant! Unfortunately when we went in for our ultrasound it was discovered that I had a septum in my uterus and the baby had attached to the septum tissue which isn’t healthy tissue and so the baby didn’t grow. I was crushed. In the week that followed I expressed my frustration of having to go back for another ultrasound to confirm what we already knew. I’ve always been a okay what do we do next kind of person, and so having to wait was really hard. Once we had confirmation that the baby was attached to the septum we induced miscarriage using cytotec. And once my hcg level was back to the negative range we scheduled surgery to remove the septum. Dr Craig performed the surgery, my septum was very minimal. I should also mention that I had done an HSG with my OBGYN and it wasn’t repeated with Dr Craig and the HSG didn’t reveal the septum. I don’t want to give the impression that Dr Craig missed diagnosing the septum, she didn’t. Once the surgery was complete we did 4 rounds of timed intercourse with no drugs while working on weight loss. Then we did five more IUI’s without success. We are currently saving for IVF as our next step so treatment is on pause currently.
Describe the costs associated with your care under LaTasha Craig.
Everything possible that can be billed to insurance has been. But I don’t have fertility coverage so IUI’s have been out of pocket. The total cost of the IUI for self pay is $350-$400.