Describe your experience with Puerto Rico Fertility Center.
The clinic facility is very clean that is staffed with friendly, courteous and knowledgeable folks. You are going to have direct contact with the doctor in every visit and be able to ask questions in a very open environment.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I was treated like a normal patient and the staff is very friendly, helpful, and you feel welcomed. The doctors are very accessible and you can feel free to let them know how you feel without being judged.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The whole staff is very friendly and caring. They made me feel welcomed and one of the nurse always made me smile with her jokes. They also were always very accesible and helpful.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Pedro Beauchamp?
Doctor Beauchamp is a well known from a lot of people in PR and is considered one of the best. I choose this doctor for my 1st IVF because of his high expertise in the fertility field. There is something that still makes me feel disappointed about the cycle that ended up in a missed miscarriage and my expectation is to let him know very respectfully about it. As a patient that have reached 40, this clinic failed advised and even offer PGS or PGD like most clinics does in the US. I found these test while doing more research in the internet. It is known that egg quality decreases with age and based what I found out there was a high risk of transferring embryos with genetic abnormality and I was not advised about this. The missed miscarriage would has been avoided if PGS/PGD was part of the whole cycle. If I would had known about this my experience would had been so different no matter this would had resulted in no embryos to transfer and avoided me going through a D&C. I am still recoverying mentally and emotionally. If I have an opportunity to do another cycle could choose this clinic but PGS/PGD must be part of the process and a more aggresive cycle to have more eggs available. I have learned more about this and if there is a next time my experience will be much better.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Pedro Beauchamp?
If you are 38 or more please ask if he does PGS/PGD because those tests will help avoid transfering abnormal embryos that could potentially result in a miscarriage.
Describe the protocols Pedro Beauchamp used in your cycles and their degree of success.
The cycle started with Lupron for a total of 32 days starting with (0.15) then lowered to (0.05). I used Follistim for 9 days as follows: Day 1 thru Day 5 with (100 iu), Day 6 and 7 with (75 iu), and finally Day 8 and 9 with (50 iu). I also used Menopur for 10 days as follows: Day 1 thru Day 9 with (2 cc), and Day 10 with (1 cc). Novarel 7500 units was used for the HCG. I this this cycle was very conservative and not so aggresive. It resulted with 10 eggs retrieved, 8 matures ending up with just embryos that were not diagnosed for chromosome or genetic abnormality. This means that I don't have any embryos frozen.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I always scheduled appointments early in the morning because I live almost two hours away.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Pedro Beauchamp.
Total IVF cost $11,000 including medications in which $8,000 were the doctor's fees, $1,200 for office consultation, follicular monitoring and ultrasounds, $1,000 for egg retrieval procedure, $4,000 laboratory, $300 embryo transfer, and $1,500 for medical supplies. Separate costs for Consult Brief is $75, Pelvic Ultrasound $80 and IUI $650.