Describe your experience with Methodist For Women.
Everyone's very friendly and helpful. The one drawback, is in the back area where are the rooms are, sometimes you can hear others because there's an area where everyone stops to talk with the Drs or nurses before they leave...very open and could be disconcerting
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Whenever I go in, everyone uses my name. Dr Oakes is very personable and follows up via phone when the situation warrants.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Karey worked with us on our calendar, explained each step is the process, got us a couple resources where we could apply for a reduction in the cost of the mess for the donor (we didn't qualify based on income, but did get a 10% rebate from one company), and answered all of our questions. If she wasn't sure, she said so and followed up with us quickly after getting the answer. She always greats us by name.
Everyone else in the clinic is great too, from the from desk to the phlebotomist, to the nurses, to the ultrasound tech (who also was extremely compassionate during the ultrasound were we learned of the miscarriage).
How was your experience with Meghan Oakes?
Dr Oakes is very personable, very knowledgable, and very compassionate. She always presented all of the information to us, gave us her recommendation and the reasoning, and then let us discuss and make our own decision.
During our process, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so Dr Oakes recommended I get a mammogram even though I wasn't 40 yet. I ended up having to get a biopsy, and Dr Oakes called me on a Sunday with the results...a week before the oncologist.
We recently miscarried, and Dr Oakes gave us so much compassion and kindness, along with knowledge and a little need humor to help ease our pain and our worries.
She performed my D&C and again her kindness and compassion, mixed with her confidence and knowledge reassured us about the process.
She had both of her sons via IVF and I think that insight helps.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Meghan Oakes?
She's in high demand...we have very few resources and she's great...so if you are headed in this direction, start now.
Describe the protocols Meghan Oakes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We started our process with our OB-GYN, who referred us to Dr Oakes after no success. Due to my age, we had only been going through it for about two years.
Dr Oakes had us start with some retesting of levels. We learned that I was no longer producing eggs. I had my right ovary removed five years ago along with a dermoid cyst. That, combined with the PCOS, and my age and weight were all probably contributing factors.
At this point we discussed our options. After meeting with Dr Oakes again, where she provided us with a lot of great information and resources regarding using donor eggs, that's the route we decided to go. We went on the wait list and last December, we had 3 donors to pick from.
Once the donor egg process started, we did shots of Leuprolode...10 units each morning, in the thigh.
We then added Estradiol 2 mg tablets. I started with 2 tablets for 3 days, then 3 tablets for three days, and then 4 tablets a day. And dropped to 5 units of the Leuprolode. Then right before the transfer, we switched to injections of progesterone...1 ml each morning.
Once we were pregnant, both the progesterone and estrodiol continued...although we increased the progesterone to 1.5 ml.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Meghan Oakes.
Goodness, we are still paying, but they really try to send as much through insurance as possible.
Here's the breakdown:
Charges related to the Donor:
Screening, Lab Work, Ultrasounds - $7366
Retrieval - $5676
Donor Fee - $4000
Medications - $3000
Charges related to recipient:
IVF Lab Fee - $3345
Embryo Transfer - $2250
Pathology Fee - $92
I have a really great prescription plan, so all of my medications have been $10 per prescription...so far we've spent about $80.
And then each week it's between $200 and $600, depending on the blood draw and ultrasound.