During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Roach is the only doctor at her practice, which has its advantages and drawbacks. The advantage is that she will meet you personally at each visit to discuss your plan, treatment, and to answer any questions. Dr. Roach is very intelligent and has been practicing in the field for a long time. She may not exude tons of warm fuzziness, but I sensed that she did genuinely care about my well-being and wanted a successful outcome for me as her patient.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There is only one nurse for Dr. Roach. This nurse services all patients and is also the liaison with regard to communication with Dr. Roach.
How was your experience with Dorothy Roach?
Dr. Roach initially met with myself and my husband and she understood our specific situation with male factor. She explained our options, which were IUI using donor sperm or IVF and the help of a urologist. We never felt pressured by her to lean one way or another. She presented facts, answered our questions, and never rushed us. Her candid approach didn't bother me in the least and I never found her to be rude. When we opted to go with IUI using donor, she reassured me that I was making a good choice for us as a couple, which I appreciated. She and I did hit a bump in the road when she seemed reluctant to complete the paperwork that I needed to purchase vials for the donor of our choice at The Sperm Bank of California. Admittedly, the paperwork was new to her. She initially would not complete the paperwork in its entirety, which prevented me from ordering from that bank with the perfect donor for us. Once she realized what needed to be completed and that I was willing to walk if this wasn't done, she relented and we were able to move forward pleasantly with the first IUI using the donor of our choice. I appreciated this very much. Dr. Roach is great is seems to have more of a naturalist approach to medicine. She shares her knowledge and expertise, but let me decide on using clomid or not for my first IUI. One drawback is that since she is the only practicing doctor, is she is out for any reason (i.e. out for one week), it may translate to having to wait until she returns for treatment. As timing in all of this is critical, it can delay a dream for one month.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dorothy Roach?
Listen to Dr. Roach's recommendations based on your set of circumstances. She is very smart and has been in the field for a long time, so she's also highly experienced. However, offer your own input and be your own advocate for your treatment when you need to. I definitely had to do so in my case because as parients, only we can make the best choices for ourselves and our families and this choices will affect us and our families going forward beyond the window of treatment with any doctor. Ultimately, Dr. Roach has always honored and respected my wishes as a patient.
Describe the protocols Dorothy Roach used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Roach had an approach that was personal. She wanted me to attempt 3 IUIs and later do an hsg test in the event that they failed rather than doing the hsg test first and then going forward with the treatment. When my first treatment failed and this hit me hard emotionally, I realized that I wanted that hsg test done before I invested anymore time or money in IUIS. I also wanted the clomid. I presented these requests to her, and she complied. Sometimes, you have to take the reins in your own treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dorothy Roach.
Her costs, are by far, the least expensive at $770 per IUI versus $1,000 and up elsewhere. She has this strongly in her favor.