How was your experience with Natalia Grinder?
She was very frank at a regroup. If oral meds didn’t work she would not do injectables with IUI. She would only do IVF. She said she didn’t want me wasting money on Iui when Ivf had better outcomes. We only met once at the first regroup (still continuing care).
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalia Grinder?
She seemed to push IVF ($$ for them), but I do think in my case, that is probably the only outcome that will work. She seemed compassionate and understanding, but busy enough to only communicate through nurses on a monthly basis.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I never met a doctor until we needed a regroup. Before that I saw nurses and nurse practitioners. The doctors seemed hands off with patients. However the staff I did interact with were nice.
Describe the protocols Natalia Grinder used in your cycles and their degree of success.
She chose letrozole as I had only used clomid in the last with no results. She also wanted as least invasive as possible, so we started with oral meds with iui.
Letrozole 5mg - no ovulation
Miscommunication with clinic - no meds, missed cycle, regroup
Letrozole 7.5mg - ovulation, 2 eggs, unsuccessful iui
Letrozole 7.5mg - ovulation, 1 egg, unsuccessful iui
Letrozole 7.5mg - no ovulation
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Our nurse was great. The only exception was there was a time she didn’t call with results before I started the letrozole (I took a chance and started it on my own). She answered emails in a timely manner and wven responded once when she was out of the office for an extended few days.
A secondary nurse at a separate branch helped when my nurse was unavailable. This resulted in miscommunication about the reason for the regroup. I went in expecting one thing and the dr was prepared to discussion another thing.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Reproductive Associates.
When we started, the clinic didn’t give instructions - stop/continue birth control - which created a delay in treatment.
The office has 2 floors and it is hard to know where to check in at.
They have multiple locations so we would do ultrasounds/blood work closer to home, and travel to the main office for procedures. This helps with my work schedule.
Staff seems friendly and while the beginning was a rocky start, I came to see them as organized and on top of the paperwork.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Natalia Grinder.
Sperm wash - $95 self pay
Iui - $395 self pay
Letrozole - insurance - $1
Ovidril - insurance - $25
Dr appt - don’t remember -$200 initial consult and regroup?
Ultrasound - $20 with insurance
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call with results