The Fertility and Gynecology Center

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture: OfferedMental health counseling is not offered: Not OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Monterey
9833 Blue Larkspur Lane
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-4483
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend The Fertility and Gynecology Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 310
3 assessments
  • 100% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
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Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
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Nursing Team
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Attention to Detail
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
80
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
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Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
3 assessments
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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[Fert & Gynecology Center - Monterey] Strengths: Small practice, one doctor, you feel like they know you and you won't get lost in the crowd. Weakness: Since it's a one-doctor practice, if he gets sick or has an emergency, you may have to delay your appointment or treatment. The pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion. If you live locally, why drive all the way to the Bay Area when we have a fabulous clinic right here...
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with The Fertility and Gynecology Center.
Strengths: Small practice, one doctor, you feel like they know you and you won't get lost in the crowd. Weakness: Since it's a one-doctor practice, if he gets sick or has an emergency, you may have to delay your appointment or treatment. The pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion. If you live locally, why drive all the way to the Bay Area when we have a fabulous clinic right here.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Ramirez and each of his staff knew our name and remembered our histories. I felt they truly cared about us and wanted us to succeed just as much as we did.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Elvira is very compassionate and caring. She takes care of each patient with extreme care and makes sure they understand what they need. She always took my phone calls and was very professional, even if I was upset about a negative test result. She's very warm and puts you at ease.
How was your experience with Edward Ramirez?
Dr. Ramirez is very straight-forward without being cold. He understands what it's like to go through fertility treatments and is very compassionate. We saw him at every visit and he always took the time to answer our questions. I never felt rushed by him.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Edward Ramirez?
Take the time to at least go meet him for a consultation and see if he might be a good fit for you. We highly recommend him to anyone who needs help conceiving.
Describe the protocols Edward Ramirez used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We had 4 IUIs (2 with Clomid and vaginal progesterone & 2 with Femara / vaginal progesterone, Ovidrel trigger, estrace, ). We then moved on to 3 rounds of IVF with Follistim, Gonal-F, Ganirelix, Menopur, progesterone in oil, and medrol. On rounds 2 and 3 we added baby aspirin and heparin. We did one FET cycle after our 2nd fresh cycle. We used Lupron, progesterone in oil, medrol, estradiol, estrogen patch). We waited several months in between rounds 2 and 3 and I added CoQ10 (to possibly improve egg quality), and my husband added Proxeed (to possibly improve sperm volume and viscosity). Our first round of IVF resulted in a chemical pregnancy. Our 3rd fresh cycle resulted in a live, singleton birth.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Edward Ramirez.
He charged around $1,000 for a medicated IUI cycle. We purchased an IVF package that included 2 fresh cycle and any resulting frozen transfers for about $16,000 (not including medications, bloodwork, and monitoring). All together, for 4 IUIs and 3 IVFs, we spent a little over $50,000 (including medication, monitoring, and labwork).
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Doctor
Edward Ramirez
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey
Nursing
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Age
31 - 39
Treated
2008 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
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They're a small clinic [Fertility and Gynecology Center], but completely self contained. All procedures can be conducted in their office, including retrievals and transfers, and blood draws. They're office is also focused on fertility, so hurting patients don't need to worry about seeing kids in the office. Pregnant patients are transferred to the Patients OB once the pregnancy is stable- generally 14 to 16 weeks.
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Age
31 - 39
Treated
2008 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with The Fertility and Gynecology Center.
They're a small clinic, but completely self contained. All procedures can be conducted in their office, including retrievals and transfers, and blood draws. They're office is also focused on fertility, so hurting patients don't need to worry about seeing kids in the office. Pregnant patients are transferred to the Patients OB once the pregnancy is stable- generally 14 to 16 weeks.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Ramirez and his staff gave us hope and were with us the whole way. They were very invested in our success and we feel like they're an extension of our family. They were very supportive through the negative and positive results. Helping us have hope when all seemed hopeless. They never gave up on us... even through we took a break from treatments for a few years.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
His staff is small. Elvera is his assistant, Karen is the patient coordinator, and Melissa is the financial planner. All are very kind and ensure you have all you need for each cycle. Having the small staff allows the patients to really feel connected and comfortable.
How was your experience with Edward Ramirez?
Their office is like a small boutique clinic. Dr Ramirez spends time with every patient at each visit. His staff is well trained and each one aids in the process. If we had questions between visits, he was always available through email or phone. Once I had an allergic reaction to a drug and we were communicating with him while he was in a different country. His patients are not numbers to him and you know it. He is always checking the latest research, so you know you're getting the highest quality care and planning
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Edward Ramirez?
Don't give up, because he won't. I wouldn't recommend anyone else in the Monterey Bay Area...he's the best!!!
Describe the protocols Edward Ramirez used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Which time? We tried everything from drug assisted, IUI, IVF (my eggs) and finally IVF (donor eggs) - each time the treatment was tailored to our unique circumstances and adjusted based on the previous session. Our last IUI ended in an ectopic pregnancy so we moved to IVF. But I didn't respond like an PCOS patient so we had to increase the medications on the 2nd IVF. Eventually we maxed out on medications, but my eggs were old. Our last IVF was using donor eggs, which finally ended in a live birth of our son. We have severa frozen eggs now, which we will work with in the near future.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Edward Ramirez.
We were provided an itemized cost list for each service. The last cycle IVF donor cost approximately $20k plus medications. I don't have a copy of these bills since they were paid.
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Doctor
Edward Ramirez
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
40
Treated
2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Other
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From the get go they [Dr. Ramirez and the staff at Fertility & Gynecology Center] treated me and my husband with respect, even though we were nervous about being treated with infertility...Since IVF is so stressful, she [Elvira] tried so hard to make it easier for us. She explained everything three times if we need it. We felt very comfortable with her.
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Age
40
Treated
2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Other
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From the get go they treated me and my husband with respect, even though we were nervous about being treated with infertility. Even though I was close to forty, Dr. Ramirez allowed us to go through and try IUI ( I had been doing clomid with my regular OB/Gyn before I saw him). We appreciated that, since we had been told it was no use to do that by other doctors. His nurse, Elvira, always always answered my questions, took my calls and was always positive with us. The IVF coordinator, Karen, explained everything we had to do when we decided to do IVF with such kindness and never minded going over procedures twice or three times if necessary. But really, the best part was being able to be seen by one doctor! That Dr. Ramirez was the best is an understatement, not just because he sincerely cared about our journey but also because he helped us to have our child after 5 years of TTC. We always felt like he respected our decisions.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Elvira, wow, she is so great. She would always return my calls...unlike my Ob/Gyn's nurse. Since IVF is so stressful, she tried so hard to make it easier for us. She explained everything three times if we need it. We felt very comfortable with her.
How was your experience with Edward Ramirez?
Dr. Ramirez, as I said before, was very thorough in all his explanations. He allowed us to try IUI even though I was close to forty. After each failure he was upbeat and listened to our frustrations...even the ones that we may have had against him! Never once did he make us feel ignorant and when I had my miscarriage, he was so considerate and took care of me through that horrific event. He is the only doctor you will see when you visit his clinic. It is always one on one care with him. My husband had to deploy (in the Army) and Dr. Ramirez made sure that we would be able to do IVF even with him being away. We froze his sperm and were able to do two cycles! Luckily we got lucky with the second cycle and we now have a lovely daughter.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Edward Ramirez?
Dr. Ramirez is the best and kindest doctor...don't let your failure to conceive right away discourage you because he will find out what is wrong and make sure you have the right protocol.
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Doctor
Edward Ramirez
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
The Fertility and Gynecology Center
Monterey
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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