Describe your experience with Reproductive Partners Fertility Center.
It's next to the hospital so you have to pay for parking. You get a $1 off validation at the clinic but it'll still cost you $3 for up to 2 hours. That's the only gripe I have.
Office is pleasant and the staff is pleasant. Only doctors are allowed to do the ultrasounds. I also like that you don't have to pay to get your own medical records. Everyone is usually very responsive- if you leave a message, you'll usually get a call back same day.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Duleba takes the time to go over everything and answer any question, no matter how simple or complicated. He actually encouraged us to talk to OvaScience about Augment to see if we have other options. He was also candid but warm and rather than pushing us to use donor eggs for our next cycle, recommended we try one more time but also stated he wouldn't recommend I do another cycle with my own eggs if the results were still negative. He also provided his personal opinion, which other doctors wouldn't do (they just kept stating statistics) and sometimes an honest answer is what you are looking for, without numbers.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Reproductive Partners focuses on the idea that you have 1 nurse throughout your entire treatment cycle. Sounds nice on paper and in theory but if I had to get medical records, I still had to talk to someone else, finance (still another person), so when I think of 1 nurse, I hope for someone who can I can just communicate and get answers and information. Plus it seemed that every time I called, she was out of the office so I ended up talking to other nurses anyway.
That being said, that is no way a negative reflection on Kerstin. She is nice and responsive and takes her job seriously. So seriously that she once drove to my house to provide me with medication and showed me how to use the injection! Now that is service!
As for the finance coordinator, she told me about a program through my insurance company that lowered the cost of fertility treatments (my insurance doesn't cover so everything is out of pocket), which was very helpful.
How was your experience with Antoni Duleba?
I've researched and had consultations with 4 other doctors before in the San Diego area and he was the most knowledgeable. He talked about taking vitamins, refraining from drinking, smoking and caffeine, things that the other doctors didn't really get into. He made sure that we had enough time to ask our questions and he has a nice, warm personality. He's also very direct, which I appreciate.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Antoni Duleba?
Ask as many questions as you want!
Describe the protocols Antoni Duleba used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I was on the low-stim protocol:
- Take 81mg aspirin throughout the cycle (supposed to improve blood flow to the ovaries)
- Start Androderm Gel once a positive LH surge has been detected (you will prob get your period during this time)
- 6 days after starting the gel, take Estrace (around 6 days)
- Once the doctor tells you to stop using the gel, he puts you on the Androderm patch for 5 days
- Stop taking Estrace and the Androderm patch once the 5 days have past
- Start 225 IUs of Menopur, 2 tablets of Clomid, Dexamethasone for 6-8 days
- Then start taking Ganirelix 4-5 days
- Then growth hormone, Indomethacin and then final a Lupron trigger
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I requested early morning appointments so I can go straight to work without too much disruption and they were usually very accommodating.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Antoni Duleba.
$12,000 (not including the cost of medication)