Describe your experience with The Advanced Gynecologic Surgery Institute.
VERY high tech when it comes to the science but could be more high tech in terms of the communication. Would nice to do some things over email...very hard to get a hold of someone for question (need to call nurse, then they call me back, what if I miss the call...)
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Felt like a number sometimes...crazy busy hours, lots of patients. WAITING for a 20 minute WTF appointment. But when we are in that appointment, he definitely spent time explaining what went wrong and how we can try to improve for the next time.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Very completely organized. Advocate for me. Very compassionate. They all want me to do well and have been a wonderful support team. Could use an update in terms of communication...voice mail box/paperwork is tedious.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
How was your experience with Charles Miller?
First IVF Retrieval: 1 successful pregnancy. Coming back for #2 was a different story. Always wants to try new things, get more information. Found out that I had immune infertility issue after two chemical pregnancies. Changed course of action and did retrieval number 2. Five embryos, four normal. My first IVF retrieval had 30 eggs, the 2nd had less. Felt much better overall and had better quality eggs because he changed course of action.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Charles Miller?
He will not hold your hand through this process. He doesn't have time. You will feel like a number. But...he is SMART. he looks for the problem. He wants you to get pregnant. He doesn't say, this will never happen. You need to find your warm and fuzzies elsewhere.
Describe the protocols Charles Miller used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Both times used a combo of follistim and menopur. The first time we went heavier doses of follistim (a recruiter) and less menopur. 29 mature eggs, 21 fertilized (ICSI) and 9 retrieved. 3 embryos used when going to transfer (one didnt survive thaw), two put back, one resulted in successful pregnancy.
Second time we had heavier doses of menopur 16 eggs, 12 mature, 8 fertilized, 5 embryos, 4 were genetically tested to be normal. Putting 1 normal embryo back on 10/17/16
Describe the costs associated with your care under Charles Miller.
Very minimal...my insurance covers everything.