How was your experience with Eve Feinberg?
Dr. Feinberg is a joy to work with and takes her work of creating families very seriously. She understands the many difficult paths that lead individuals or couples to require ART and truly listens when you talk about your experience. I always felt that I had enough time when speaking with her and that while explaining treatment options, she considered our wants and needs carefully. I honestly cannot say enough positive things about her.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eve Feinberg?
My best advice would be that if you haven't yet tried IVF, be prepared to hear that you need to move to IVF. I had so hoped that a lesser treatment would work for us, but after hearing the success rates and understanding that Clomid, IUI, etc. have much lower rates of success, it was Dr. Feinberg who really got me to take IVF seriously and to move on from repeated stressful cycles with negative outcomes.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Feinberg and her staff, including nurses and front desk staff, always knew my name, my cycle details, my history, and most importantly were extremely understanding and caring about our great desire to have a child. After an unsuccessful attempt at IVF with 0 embryos to transfer with another practice where I had been treated like a number, Dr. Feinberg reviewed my 300+ page medical record and explained why and how IVF with her protocol would work. After the heartbreak of going through the process to not even have a transfer, it took everything in me to be strong enough to try again. Dr. Feinberg and her staff didn't let me down and I felt supported and encouraged the whole way through.
Describe the protocols Eve Feinberg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and am anovulatory; haven't had a period on my own since I was 16. I am now 35. I tried 6 Clomid cycles through my OBGYN, with no pregnancies, and moved on to Dr. Feinberg to try a Clomid cycle with IUI. It was negative as well. Dr. Feinberg suggested IVF due to the much higher success rate. I also had a possibly blocked tube, discovered during an HSG. Because I was 100% covered through employer insurance at a different practice, I left Dr. Feinberg and tried IVF there. (Huge mistake.) It ended with an egg retrieval that resulted in OHSS, maybe 16 eggs retrieved, 5 embryos, and 0 embryos made it to day 3. We were devastated and I was very sick with OHSS. There was 0 follow up from that doctor. Almost a year later, I went back to Dr. Feinberg, and she read over my 300+ page medical record from the previous IVF attempt. She showed me 3 places where she would have canceled the cycle. She said, this cycle was never going to result in a pregnancy. The eggs were not mature/large enough and my hormones weren't at the right levels (my estrogen was well over 6000 when I developed OHSS). She told me I had a 90% chance of getting pregnant, with a longer, slower protocol, and that we would do a freeze-all to allow my body some time to rest before transfer, due to having OHSS. The difference in the cycles cannot be overstated. What was so painful and difficult the first time was made easy and understandable with Dr. Feinberg and her staff. I again used injectables including Lupron and Follistim, and progesterone in oil. I was so calm about/before the egg retrieval this time, I tried to take a cab home (not allowed after anesthesia.) I did not develop OHSS, we retrieved 23 mature eggs, ICSI produced 6 viable embryos, and we froze them all. About a month later we transferred 1 AA embryo that resulted in a pregnancy and live birth; my son is now 1 year old.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Dr. Feinberg's nursing staff is excellent. They communicated well, were always available for questions, and always returned my calls same-day, or next-day if I left a message later in the day. I really felt like they were all in my corner; I don't know how they do that for all of their patients, because the care seems so individual. I had a great rapport with everyone there and enjoyed seeing them and moving through the process with them. They made it easy to stay positive which can be so very hard during fertility treatment.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
FCI is probably the largest fertility clinic in Illinois. Dr. Feinberg is the only doctor I had at FCI, and she was wonderful. Even though it's a huge practice, I never felt like a number or a dollar sign. The nurses and staff were always incredibly warm and polite, and the finance coordinator worked with us through a few insurance changes. I had an incredibly positive experience there and look forward to going back when we're ready for a 2nd child.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eve Feinberg.
My costs were covered by insurance; I had to meet the deductible and embryo storage is out of pocket.