How was your experience with Jane Nani?
Dr Nani was very optimistic about our outcome even when things looked like they should work and they didn't, she never lost hope. Having that reassurance was a great help when going through such a hopeless time. We were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Dr Nani did get more involved in our cycles once we started the IVF process versus the earlier pills & injectable cycles. During the early cycles she was more involved behind the scenes rather than in person. Dr Nani even made sure she did one of the transfers for us to help ease our minds that it wasn't working because of a dr error. FCI has a rotation of doctors who perform the retrievals and transfers so it was a comforting feeling to see her plan our cycle around when her rotation fell on the schedule. Dr Nani was always very friendly and helpful during everything!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jane Nani?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn about your process. She will tell you everything she thinks you need to know but its a complex process and there will be things you don't know that having clarification on will help get you involved in your journey.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Nani took the time to always answer any questions myself of my husband had during the process. She didn't make us feel like any question was silly. She met with my husband and I after every IVF transfer regardless of the outcome.
Describe the protocols Jane Nani used in your cycles and their degree of success.
#1. The first cycle we did was a simple clomid cycle with timed intercourse. The result was negative. This was done because Dr Nani wanted to start off simple and see how my body responded to the medication.
#2 - #3. We did two more additional clomid cycles due to insurance requirement of 3 clomid cycles before moving to a more progressive treatment of injectables. We did one timed interocurse and one IUI with these cycles. Both cycles ended with negative results. During these cycled Dr Nani begin to test my vitamin D and thyroid levels to ensure they were in the right ranges. They were not so we had to adjust with medication.
#4. This cycle was an injectable cycle with IUI. Dr Nani felt this would help be a little more forceful of a cycle as it was possible the clomid was diminishing my egg quality. The result was negative. During this cycle we noticed my husband's sperm count was starting to drop and it was suggested we move onto IVF due to my increasing age and strong desire to get pregnant.
#5. This was a fresh 5 day transfer IVF cycle. I was monitored to ensure I didn't encounter OHSS and I'm happy to say that I didn't encounter any post-op problems with over stimulation. I did produce 15 eggs and they were able to fertilize 7 with the ICSI process. All 7 made it to the 5 day stage (Grade A) and we decided to transfer just a single egg on our first transfer.
#6. This was a FET cycle where we transferred two embryos. Dr Nani performed this transfer to ensure there were no problems doing the transfer. The result was negative. This cycle Dr Nani to recommend another saline ultrasound to verify everything looked good and do a blood check for natural killer cells. It resulted that my NK count was slightly elevated and my saline ultrasound came back perfect.
#7. This was another FET cycle where we transfered two embryo's. Due to my higher NK cell count Dr Nani added an inter-lipids infusion prior to transfer to help decrease my NK cell count, which worked in decreasing my count to a safe level. The result of this cycle was a positive! We are currently expecting one little boy May 2016.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff at FCI - Lindenhurst was great! They have a passion for what they do and are always available to answer any question you may have. I was able to email the nurse my questions with a response by end of the day. By the time I got my positive pregnancy result I felt like the entire team was happy and excited for me. We had become very close with how frequently I had appointments. That friendliness helped ease the stress of the entire process. Upon graduation myself and the staff were in tears of joy and sadness to leave them. I really felt like we a team going through this journey.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The clinic offered very early morning appointments starting at 6:30am which helped balance work and appointments. I didn't have to take any time off for regular monitoring appointments with the earliness of the appointments. The clinic was always very clean and I felt safe. There were times when I had to travel to other FCI clinics for monitoring appointments and all the FCI clinics had a very nice atmosphere.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jane Nani.
I work for a company in Wisconsin and live in Illinois so my insurance coverage was slightly different than if my company was from Illinois. The monitoring appointments typically cost around $200 with ultrasound and bloodwork. For the IVF cycles I was able to work with Dr Nani to ensure that the cost could stay within my lifetime maximum covered by my insurance. I think in total we spent $6,000 out of our pocket over the year of treatments for all the medications and appointments (including egg retrieval and three transfer cycles).