Describe your experience with Long Island IVF.
Long Island IVF is a comprehensive clinic that specializes in fertility services. Their practice has a number of fertility specialist on the staff to accommodate your needs, both personally and financially. They offer a wide range of locations, with various hours that work with your schedule. They are great at communicating necessary information from health care comcerns, to billing, to insurance and more with their patients. In addition to offering fertility services, they offer informational sessions, and support groups. They're compassionate to their patient's individual needs, and willing to work with them to ensure the best care that they can.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Peña was personable from the first time my wife and I met him. He engaged us in some easy conversation before getting into the more technical aspects of treatment and the fertility process. He explained step by step what to expect, how to move along through the process, and all possible tests that may be used/ordered. His bedside manner was great during exams, and he was thorough in explaining what he was doing, seeing, etc.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Jess has been phenomenal since day one. She has helped my wife and I understand the process each step along the way, answering any and all questions, and returning both emails and phone calls in a very timely manner. She has been a liaison between the doctor and myself, as well as the rest of the staff at the clinic myself. She is the one that calls me with results following bloodwork and ultrasound, providing instructions as to how to proceed. Jess is compassionate and caring, and very supportive of the emotional rollercoaster this process is. We are so grateful to have had Jess by our side throughout this experience. The rest of the nursing staff has been equally as phenomenal, from the phlebotomist, to the ultrasound techs, to the office manager and everyone in between.
How was your experience with Joseph Pena?
Dr. Peña is a very knowledgeable professional in the field who is friendly and compassionate. He has been involved each step of the way; ordering and reviewing bloodwork, ultrasounds, medication, and any other needed tests and/or courses of treatment. His bedside manner and relatedness to patients is second to known. I feel confident in his care, and am grateful for the care he has provided me thus far.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Pena?
Don't be afraid to ask questions, he's a wealth of knowledge.
Describe the protocols Joseph Pena used in your cycles and their degree of success.
An initial ultrasound and bloodwork were done the 3rd day of each cycle. That same afternoon I was instructed when to begin clomid. The first two courses of clomid consisted of 1 pill a day for 5 days. The last two cycles consisted of 2 pills a day for 5 days. This medication was used to help stimulate follicle production. On day 10 of my cycles, I returned to the office for bloodwork and ultrasound to monitor hormone levels and check follicle growth. Each cycle, I returned every 1-3 days to repeat bloodwork and ultrasound, receiving instructions as when to return the same afternoon. Typically, I would go in for three visits to monitor prior to having the IUI. We chose to use only one donor specimen per cycle, as the cost was very expensive. The morning of insemination, we would go in and identify the donor specimen and allow time for it to thaw. After approximately 30 minutes, we would go to an exam room with the specimen and the doctor where insemination occurred. The procedure itself lasted approximately 10 minutes, between insertion of the speculum, swabbing of the cervix, and injection of the specimen through a catheter. The doctor was sure to describe each step of the procedure, checking in with me often to make sure I was okay. After waiting several minutes, I was free to go about my day. Two weeks later, I returned to the office for a pregnancy test. The first three tries yielded negative results. The fourth try, with a new donor yielded a positive result. After the very first IUI, I returned to the office for blood work a week later to check my progesterone level. At that time, I was prescribed progesterone suppositories to use three times a day. I continued using the progesterone folllwing each IUI as directed by the doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Pena.
Out-of-pocket fees for insemination, with washing of the donor specimen, and all bloodwork and ultrasounds needed in between cost approximately $2,000. The thawing process of the specimen was $100 per cycle perio. With insurance, there was still a thawing fee of $100, however office visits simply cost me my insurance co-pay. My insurance covered the actual insemination.