Describe your experience with Fertility & Genetics.
They could be better at communicating when they say they will email or call. However, after calling ourselves we were able to speak to and have great communication with the staff. Their strengths are being able to explain everything fully and very compassionately.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The office staff was wonderful to me. Every step of the way I was treated like a human rather than a number. They knew my fear of needles and tried to ease that for the blood draws, and they were never rude or cold to me ever. Dr. Abae was always on time and I never felt rushed.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I loved Rachel, as well as the rest of the staff.. She was so wonderful at describing everything to me and us in detail. She was compassionate, and caring. She took into account my hatred for needles and helped to ease my nerves for every blood draw. She was so Great! The rest of the staff treated me very nicely and warm.
How was your experience with Mick Abae?
I loved Dr. Abae. He was very thorough. I liked him because his bedside manor was very calming and nice. After researching he was our first choice, and I could of only been happier choosing him had I gotten pregnant the first time. I look forward to the next chapter of this story with him being my doctor again. At the point of my retrieval I had messed up and was given the choice of having my retrieval awake or cancel it. I chose awake, as I didn't want to waste my time, money, and feelings. He talked me through the whole thing to make sure I was comfortable and calm. It was a wonderful experience - especially because I was the one who messed up!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mick Abae?
Schedule early appointments, and be on time. Follow all the instructions he gives- as he knows best!
Describe the protocols Mick Abae used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I started with Follistim 200 units, Menopur 150 units injected, as well as Doxycycline 1 tab twice daily, low dose Aspirin, prenatals. I then had to go in after 4 days and have bloodwork and ultrasound, and then a follow up one three days later. For the HCG I injected 10,000 IU of Novarel. I had the retrieval. I was then put onto birth control for a total of 13 days, then just continued with prenatals. After my period started I was on 20mg of Delestrogen as well as 1 low dose Aspirin every three days as well as the prenatal and Aspirin in between. I would then return to the office for blood work and an ultrasound. After this I was moved on to adding Progesterone in sesame oil 100mg injected to the 20 mg of Delestrogen (this every 3rd day) The transfer happened and I was put onto Endometrin 100mg inserts 3 times a day, Prometrium 100mg orally 2 times a day, Estrace 2mg twice a day, low dose Asprin, & prenatals.
For the retrieval I got 16 follicles, 10 mature eggs, from those we got 2 embryos that we sent for PGS, and 1 "normal" embryo.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mick Abae.
The cost of our package - which was for 1 fresh and 2 frozen cycles- including 4 PGS tested embryos was $12,900. There was an extra $400 for anesthesia for retrieval, plus $100 for a month of embryo storage. The total for medication was arounf $4700.