Describe your experience with Pacific Reproductive Center.
The strengths of this clinic is everyone on staff is very compassionate, great at communicating and invested in the patients which is vital with this type of medical care. They have top of the line embryologist, nurses and doctors. They perform PGS in their lab so a fresh transfer is an option.
Only weakness would be for most appointment you have to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours (only once this long happened). I really believe the wait is because they have a lot of patients and they take their time with each patient.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Salem from day 1 of meeting her and every single appointment with her always took her time with us. She answered any and all questions we had during the process. She explained all procedures they would be doing. She never made me feel like she didn't have time to talk to me or that any of my concerns or fears were invalid. She never pushed us to do anything we didn't want to do.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Leslie & Amy are both primary nurses which would oversee my different cycles. Both of them are amazing, they always got me my calendar for cycle fast and answered any questions I had. They were very compassionate with my losses and kept telling me they had hope and knew it would work. They were more optimistic than I could find the strength to be. They understand my fears and were supportive. They never tried to answer questions or give advice which was out of their scope of knowledge which I appreciated.
There are other nurses at both facilities who helped with procedures, taking blood work and they also were very personal and invested in our success. They always talked with me, made sure I was told what was going to be done and made sure I was comfortable with what we were doing.
How was your experience with Shala Salem?
When we first met Dr Salem to discuss our struggles trying to conceive over the last year, she discussed with us what testing we could do and that from there we could discuss options. At that time I had no clue I would need IVF so I told her we did not want to do that, she was fine with our choices. When she called to give me the diagnosis of hydrosalpinx of both tubes, I was devasted and sobbing. She talked with me and never brought up IVF because at our consult we said we didn't want to do it.
We chose to go forward with IVF because we knew it was our chance at children together which we so wanted. We met with her and she was kind, I had a notebook full of questions she talked to us about all the options for our IVF cycle. We decided what procedures we wanted to include (ICSI, AH & PGS). I went through each question in my notebook and she answered them all.
I have done a fresh cycle/transfer, FET and two more fresh cycle/transfers with PRC. Dr. Salem was involved in all but one (she was on maternity leave). I always felt she cared about us, she wanted me to understand the process, she wanted to figure out how to help us. She is kind, knowledgable, always available for questions and very compassionate.
As a result of my cycles I have a 21 month old son and am currently expecting twin girls.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shala Salem?
Don't be afraid to ask her questions and trust that she has your best interest at heart. She really cares about her patients.
Describe the protocols Shala Salem used in your cycles and their degree of success.
All of my fresh cycles have been the Long Lupron Protocol with Follistim & Menopur and then trigger with Pregnyl (HCG). All of my fresh cycle we have done AH, ICSI and PGS testing with a fresh day 5 transfer of 2 embryos.
My first IVF cycle worked and I got pregnant with my son in 2013, he was born 2014.
In 2015 we did an FET with embryos from the 2013 cycle and had a CP. Prior to start of FET we did a hysteroscopy which showed uterus was clear from scarring and polyps.
We then did a fresh cycle after which also resulted in a CP. We added Cabergoline this cycle to reduce risk of OHSS because I'm a high reposnder and e2 tends to get a bit high.
For the next fresh cycle we did an RPL panel and checked NK cells, the results came back pretty normal except Vitamin D slightly low so I started a D3 supplement. We also repeated hysteroscopy and did endo scratch. Hysteroscopy revealed a polyp and scar tissue which was removed. During the stim cycle we added Heparin until 12 weeks gestation and intralipid infusions during stims, at embryo transfer and after positive pregnancy confirmed with 2 beta HCG blood tests. This cycle and these changes resulted in twin girls which are due October 2016.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shala Salem.
Our FET cost about $7000 including all medication.
The fresh cycles ranged from $20,000-$25,000 which included all procedures, office visits, monitoring, medication, ICSI, AH & PGS testing.