Describe your experience with The Fertility and Gynecology Center.
Strengths: Small practice, one doctor, you feel like they know you and you won't get lost in the crowd.
Weakness: Since it's a one-doctor practice, if he gets sick or has an emergency, you may have to delay your appointment or treatment.
The pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion. If you live locally, why drive all the way to the Bay Area when we have a fabulous clinic right here.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Ramirez and each of his staff knew our name and remembered our histories. I felt they truly cared about us and wanted us to succeed just as much as we did.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Elvira is very compassionate and caring. She takes care of each patient with extreme care and makes sure they understand what they need. She always took my phone calls and was very professional, even if I was upset about a negative test result. She's very warm and puts you at ease.
How was your experience with Edward Ramirez?
Dr. Ramirez is very straight-forward without being cold. He understands what it's like to go through fertility treatments and is very compassionate. We saw him at every visit and he always took the time to answer our questions. I never felt rushed by him.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Edward Ramirez?
Take the time to at least go meet him for a consultation and see if he might be a good fit for you. We highly recommend him to anyone who needs help conceiving.
Describe the protocols Edward Ramirez used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We had 4 IUIs (2 with Clomid and vaginal progesterone & 2 with Femara / vaginal progesterone, Ovidrel trigger, estrace, ).
We then moved on to 3 rounds of IVF with Follistim, Gonal-F, Ganirelix, Menopur, progesterone in oil, and medrol. On rounds 2 and 3 we added baby aspirin and heparin. We did one FET cycle after our 2nd fresh cycle. We used Lupron, progesterone in oil, medrol, estradiol, estrogen patch). We waited several months in between rounds 2 and 3 and I added CoQ10 (to possibly improve egg quality), and my husband added Proxeed (to possibly improve sperm volume and viscosity).
Our first round of IVF resulted in a chemical pregnancy. Our 3rd fresh cycle resulted in a live, singleton birth.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Edward Ramirez.
He charged around $1,000 for a medicated IUI cycle. We purchased an IVF package that included 2 fresh cycle and any resulting frozen transfers for about $16,000 (not including medications, bloodwork, and monitoring). All together, for 4 IUIs and 3 IVFs, we spent a little over $50,000 (including medication, monitoring, and labwork).