Describe your experience with Carolina Conceptions.
The location was easy to find, but if you got there before hours, or after a certain time, the elevator would be locked, and there aren't clear signs on how to access the top floor if you can't use the elevator. The elevator opens up to a wall of windows, so it is initially a bit disorienting because usually the elevators open up to the front desk. There is a large waiting room with plenty of seating options. I loved that the bathrooms all had different themes, so it felt like you were at home, and not at a doctor's office.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
On our first IUI, we had no idea what to expect, and during our consultation, we weren't told that our doctor would not be the one completing the IUI. When we went in for the procedure, someone we had never met came in, completed the procedure and then left with little communication. The second IUI went much better as our doctor was the one to complete the procedure. My husband and I are planners, and we have a lot of 'what if' questions. We could tell that the doctor wanted to get our questions answered as quickly as possible and then send us on our way.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nurses were all friendly. A nurse completed our first IUI. We were not confident that she had the experience or knowledge to be performing an IUI on her own. She explained that she was newer to the practice. She didn't talk much during the IUI and then after, she disappeared, so we weren't sure if it was done or what our next steps were. The call coordinator at the front desk was always amazing. Whenever we called, he was always happy to answer any questions that he could, and directed us to the right person. When we arrived at the office, he always knew our names, and what we were there for, and always had a smile on his face.
How was your experience with Grace Couchman?
When we first met with Dr. Couchman, we immediately knew that she had a lot of experience and knowledge. This was great as we had very little knowledge. She was very direct and to the point with all of her answers, she wanted to make sure we received accurate information when we asked questions. My husband and I like to understand the full scope of what to expect for the full process, but Dr. Couchman was more inclined to go step by step and explain things as we got to the next step. This made it difficult to know what to expect as we moved through the process for the first time. During the second IUI, Dr. Couchman was great at keeping the room friendly and upbeat. It made for a big difference from the first time.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Grace Couchman?
Know that she is going to tell it as it is, in no uncertain terms. If you want someone to sugar coat the truth, she is maybe not the best fit, but if you want someone to get straight to the point, she is great!
Describe the protocols Grace Couchman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
The first consultation was to meet with the doctor and decide if we were a good fit. Next, we scheduled an HSG. The HSG showed that I had a uterine septum. We scheduled surgery to correct the uterine setpum and we were able to start the IUI process right away. The treatment had me go in on cycle days 1-3 for an ultrasound. If the ultrasound looked good, then I would start taking Femara for 5 days. Then I went in for a second ultrasound. If that ultrasound looked good, then on cycle day 12, I would inject myself with 1 pre-filled syringe of Ovidrel 250MCG/.5ML syringe. then two lays later, I would go in for the IUI. Then 2 weeks after the IUI, I would take a pregnancy test. The first IUI resulted in a negative pregnancy test. I wanted to wait for one cycle before trying again, but Dr. Couchman advised against that, saying that it was best to do it right away. We tried a second time, and this time along with the Femara pills, I used a Progesterone 50MG suppository. The rest of the treatment was the same. The second IUI resulted in a negative pregnancy test.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Grace Couchman.
The initial consultation was $250.00. HSG was $538.00. Ultrasounds were $250.00 per ultrasound (This included $70.00 office visit and $180.00 for Ultrasound). IUI day of procedure was $430.00 (This included Office visit of $90.00, IUI $260.00, Thawing of sperm, $55.00, Semen Analysis $75.00).