Describe your experience with Fertility and Endocrine Associates.
The office staff is very kind and helpful. They always work super hard to get me in at convenient times for my schedule, even if it means squeezing me in between procedures. I am always back to see Dr. Krause within 15 - 20 minutes. They are very organized and efficient.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Krause always spends the amount of time we need for questions, even if the office is busy. She always calls me personally with test results and answers to my questions. She makes us feel at ease, and is always honest about the possible outcomes, which we appreciate very much.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is small, so we always see the same nurses. They are very thorough and have great bedside manner.
How was your experience with Miriam Krause?
Dr. Krause is very kind, but doesn't sugarcoat results or treatment plans. She has also never tried to push procedures on us, or put us through unnecessary treatments. This fits our personalities perfectly. We want someone who cares, but is upfront about our chances. She makes sure we leave with the knowledge we need to make decisions correctly for us.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Miriam Krause?
She is compassionate and kind, but presents the facts based on the on the medical information. If you are looking for someone who will always tell you what you want to hear, she is not the doctor for you. She will do what is best for you and recommend treatment options based on your medical history, not pricey procedures.
Describe the protocols Miriam Krause used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had already been under the care of endocrinologists before I saw her, so she had a lot of my medical history before she even saw me. She did some initial bloodwork, and made some changes to my medications based on the results. Because of my medical history, she really wanted to get a look inside to see what was going on. After laproscopic surgery, she gave us treatment options based on what she saw. We could go with IVF, which would give us the highest chance of pregnancy but is costly. Or we could do a few rounds of iui first, which is less expensive and gives us less of a chance of pregnancy. Again, she presented these options on a neutral basis, which left us to make a decision best for us. We chose to do 3 iui cycles, and then re-evaluate. In addition to iui, she also put me on letrozole and hcg trigger shot. The first iui went fine, but I started my period too soon for an unknown reason. The second iui went well, but Dr. Krause added progesterone to prevent premature bleeding. This worked, and we currently have an active pregnancy. It is still early, but she says everything looks great. We are hopeful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Miriam Krause.
Each iui procedure cost 500, with an additional 125 for semen analysis and prep. My insurance covered office visits and surgical procedures.