How was your experience with John Rapisarda at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Rapisarda is a very competent, intelligent, even keel doctor. His bedside manner is exactly what I was looking for. Very calm and warm, but also very subtle and neutral in his demeanor and approach. I really appreciated this since I was the opposite in my demeanor. I was on edge and nervous about ever getting pregnant and needed someone to bring me back to a calm place and explain things in terms I could understand. He is extremely patient and never rushed through any explanations. The only thing I would have wanted more of is to have communicated with him directly during times that were a challenge. I understand it is very difficult since he has so many patients. though.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Rapisarda at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Trust the process and Dr. Rapisarda. He knows what he is doing. It may not work the first time or the second time, but he will find the right "recipe" to make your dream of having a child come true. Be patient and don't stop living during this time. Try to enjoy your life even during this emotional time. Most importantly, reach out to women and couples who have been there. They are your biggest supporters!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Rapisarda at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Rapisarda never made me feel rushed. He explained my diagnosis and treatment options as many times as I needed to fully understand. During my first visits, I was an emotional wreck. It was extremely difficult to grasp I could not get pregnant on my own (or that my chances were very low). I came in with a very negative mindset and slowly I began to trust Dr. Rapisarda and the process. I began to understand the science behind the treatment. He was very neutral, never giving me false hope and never telling me it was going to happen. I really appreciated the level of hope he was giving me because it felt realistic.
Describe the protocols John Rapisarda used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I was not a candidate for chlomid. I started with IVF and it was cancelled due to poor response and converted to an IUI cycle that did not work. A few months later, Dr. Rapisarda put me on a different protocol for IVF that did work.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Stephanie Garanzini)
Stephanie and Laura were amazing. They were empathetic, compassionate, intelligent, and timely. Stephanie knew exactly how to relate to me. Her and I formed a very special bond and I really cherish her treatment during this time in my life.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The doctor and nurses were excellent. The blood draw was even pleasant and I hate needles. The ultrasound technician was a little quiet, but very competent. The front desk was good, but some team members there could use a little more of an empathetic approach when interacting with patients.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Rapisarda at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
My insurance covered my treatment. I only had to pay co-pays.
Describe John Rapisarda's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I had a day 3 transfer. It was advised by a different doctor who was on call that we transfer 2 embryos. Given that is was a day 3 transfer and the embryos were less developed. It was a difficult decision to make on the on the spot. I wish I had done a little more research and had information about this possible decision beforehand.