Describe your experience with Institute for Human Reproduction.
Monitoring is first come first seen. The clinic says it opens at 6:45, but patients begin arriving at 6am - be prepared to wait.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Tur Kaspa knows my name, my situation, my story - he has empathized with my situation, hugged me, given me kleenex to cry. His partner, Dr Cohen performed my second egg retrieval, and I was so nervous when he popped in to introduce himself. His response, "I know all about you, your story, your history. Dr Tur Kaspa spent a long time speaking to me about your case, making sure I knew who you are. You are special. You are in good hands." I cried. I felt in good hands.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff is fine. Some are friendly and helpful, while others seem exhausted and annoyed. That said, I have had medication delivered to IHR when I couldn't receive it myself - and they unpacked it and refrigerated it for me. They have loaned me meds when mine didn't arrive on time. And once, I went to my coordinator's condo complex to pick up a box of meds after hours. Now that's care that doesn't happen at larger clinics.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Ilan Tur-Kaspa?
Dr Tur Kaspa is extermely direct. His directness took getting used to - but he cares and is invested. I might not always like what he says but he spends as much time with me as I need, is compassionate and doesn't give up.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ilan Tur-Kaspa?
Don't let his directness turn you off. Underneath he is kind and compassionate and he will try his hardest to get you pregnant.
Describe the protocols Ilan Tur-Kaspa used in your cycles and their degree of success.
EPP on estradiol, 400-450 Gonal F, 150 menopur, 1/2 vial omnitrope (hgh), ganirelex, lupron trigger.
EPP, MD Lupron 10iu/2x daily, omnitrope 1/2 vial daily (2 days), add in, menopur 150 am, gonal f 450 pm (continue with MD Lupron and omnitrope)
tried lupron cycle when my follicles didn't respond one cycle
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Monitoring takes place from 6:45-9:30am. Women begin showing up at 6am. The US tech is quick and efficient and begins taking patients early. From start to finish, I am usually there 1 hr.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ilan Tur-Kaspa.
My OOP cycle was $10,500 plus meds. Embryo biopsy and freeze cost approximately $3000. I was charged a batching fee of $500 per cycle, which I did not like - why does it matter how many cycles I am doing? I tried to argue this charge and lost. Genetic testing is $4750 which is the highest of any clinic I have been to - which was disappointing to learn. Most of my cycles have been covered by insurance thankfully. For insurance covered cycles, I paid deductibles for meds, I paid cost of meds not covered by insurance, the batching cost, embryo biopsies and freezing and genetic testing (one test for all batched embryos).