Describe your experience with Oregon Fertility Institute.
Since its just Dr. Chang there there isn't much else to add separately about the clinic. She runs a professional clinic - small staff, but very clean, friendly, helpful, timely.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She seemed to understand the emotional toll infertility was taking and was sensitive to the stress and impact that was having on my life. While her focus was as a scientist to tweak the process to get a positive end result for us, she understood that we still had to take things at our own pace. She was always the one who called us with any results, positive or negative. She was always timely for everything as well.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Small staff. I have hard veins to get blood from and only one of their nurses could regularly do it without having to send me out to a separate lab (IMO not due to their lack of proficiency, I seriously have tough veins for anyone). After a particularly difficult blood draw resulting in having to go to a separate lab for a result, at my next appt they called in that nurse who was on maternity to handle me. i appreciated that they went above and beyond and accommodated that. Overall the nurses were all helpful and friendly and professional. That being said, I still saw the Dr. more often than the nurses.
How was your experience with Aimee Chang?
She is a scientist not an OB, so once you understand as a doctor she's there to help diagnose and troubleshoot your situation, her approach makes a lot of sense. Her demeanor was calm and she was always sensitive to making sure I was okay with the process and adjusted the process when necessary for me. I loved that her practice was just her, so I wasn't shuffled to other doctors depending on scheduling. She was always available and never missed an appointment and was only late on one occasion (maybe 15 minutes late if that!). She listened to any concerns I had and allowed me to very a very active part of the process understanding what options were available depending on how aggressive I wanted to be in the process (ICSI, PGS, etc).
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Aimee Chang?
There are some other 'big name' fertility groups in Portland, which are fantastic. What Dr. Chang has is the same results as those groups, but you never get shuffled around to other doctors (which is what happens at the big practices). Chang is the one you see for everything, and if you are looking for a personal relationship she is a good fit.
Describe the protocols Aimee Chang used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Don't recall exactly, I did some IUIs with and without follistim (none at all successful but could easily mature eggs) and then moved to IVF. It was a pretty traditional protocol using lupron, menopur, follistim, HCG among a few others. I produced a plethora of eggs my first fresh round (almost 30) but only a small percentage (even with ICSI) fertilized and matured to good embryos (maybe 8 total). Ended up with a chemical pregnancy that didn't pass on its own and had to have a D&C. Second round of IVF (fresh round again) was the same protocol but produced around 15 eggs and ended with 4 viable embryos (with ICSI and tested with PGS which ruled out two other embryos that were abnormal). I have 3 year old twins from that IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Aimee Chang.
Insurance covered a lot of things but we burned through our insurance's 5K max of meds coverage, so out of pocket for meds of an IVF cycle were around 2.5K as I recall. Overall for two fresh IVF cycles (second including the PGS testing) we spent around 15K out of pocket after insurance (and things insurance didn't cover, such as 'experimental treatments').