Describe your experience with New Leaders in Fertility and Endocrinology, LLC.
New Leaders in fertility are extremely organized, experienced and caring. It does take a while to see Dr. Ripps, which can feel like forever when you are in the beginning of such a crazy journey, but I understand since they have branches throughout the Florida panhandle. But the nurses and staff are also highly knowledgeable. I wish I could back up my evaluation with a success story but we haven't gotten there yet. IVF is a gamble. Our first failed cycle wasn't for lack of care from New Life, it's just the way it goes. Looking forward to transferring one of our embryos from cycle 2 soon!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Ripps, the nurses and staff at New Life (Tallahassee is my main branch) are kind, warm and encouraging. Head nurse Linda Fricke is extremely thorough and honest, ready to answer all and any question she can. They all know me when I call the office. They do a great job of making you feel like their main priority.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff is wonderful. Each person is warm and caring and very knowledgeable! My first cycle was very overwhelming. Deanna (main nurse for Tallahassee) was way more willing to help than I expected. She communicated via email and phone, and even gave me her cell for questions and concerns after egg retrieval. Head nurse Linda goes over IVF paperwork and details with you and is just wonderful!
How was your experience with Barry Ripps?
Dr. Ripps is confident and knowledgeable though can sometimes seem dismissive, but he isn't! "Dry" is a good way of describing him, and that's fine, he clearly cares and we never felt rushed or not cared for. Our first cycle failed due to poor fertilization. I found that you just have to keep asking Dr. Ripps questions and come prepared. We kept pushing for discussion on alternative ways to retrieve sperm for our next cycle and it seemed Dr Ripps wasn't listening... BUT he very much so was and sent us info after our appointment related to why this would be a good move.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Ripps?
Be prepared with questions because Dr. Ripps likes to get straight to the point without using much filler. Personally, I needed answers and explanations for everything (whether it was a why or a why not) but he isn't much for entertaining those and he's pretty blunt. That's ok, just be prepared! You also meet with Head Nurse Linda who is all about the details and can fill that void if you need it.
Describe the protocols Barry Ripps used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We are dealing with severe male factory infertility, no known genetic issues . My husband was put on clomid (3 different doctors agree), we added a few supplements to his diet and acupuncture. For me, I was a super straight forward very easy case for egg retrieval. I stemmed for 8 days (both cycles) and they retrieved a good amount of mature eggs both times. Our first cycle resulted in poor fertilization and no embryos. We adjusted protocols for #2 and used TESA to retrieved healthier sperm. We also used a different trigger method for me to avoid OHSS which I got the first time around. Cycle #2 resulted in 2 embryos, which we froze for a transfer at a later date and no OHSS.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Ripps.
Appointments are not covered by insurance in Florida. Each visit is a little over $100. Semen analysis are around $70. Our first IVF round which included ICSI, a frozen semen sample and freezing for left over embryos (might be forgetting something) was $10,500. IVF #2 was discounted a bit, we added a procedure (TESA for sperm extraction) which all came out around the same cost at the first time. Frozen Embryo Transfer is $2700.00 plus cost of meds.