How was your experience with Ilan Tur-Kaspa?
Dr Tur Kaspa is extermely direct. His directness took getting used to - but he cares and is invested. I might not always like what he says but he spends as much time with me as I need, is compassionate and doesn't give up.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ilan Tur-Kaspa?
Don't let his directness turn you off. Underneath he is kind and compassionate and he will try his hardest to get you pregnant.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Tur Kaspa knows my name, my situation, my story - he has empathized with my situation, hugged me, given me kleenex to cry. His partner, Dr Cohen performed my second egg retrieval, and I was so nervous when he popped in to introduce himself. His response, "I know all about you, your story, your history. Dr Tur Kaspa spent a long time speaking to me about your case, making sure I knew who you are. You are special. You are in good hands." I cried. I felt in good hands.
Describe the protocols Ilan Tur-Kaspa used in your cycles and their degree of success.
EPP on estradiol, 400-450 Gonal F, 150 menopur, 1/2 vial omnitrope (hgh), ganirelex, lupron trigger.
EPP, MD Lupron 10iu/2x daily, omnitrope 1/2 vial daily (2 days), add in, menopur 150 am, gonal f 450 pm (continue with MD Lupron and omnitrope)
tried lupron cycle when my follicles didn't respond one cycle
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff is fine. Some are friendly and helpful, while others seem exhausted and annoyed. That said, I have had medication delivered to IHR when I couldn't receive it myself - and they unpacked it and refrigerated it for me. They have loaned me meds when mine didn't arrive on time. And once, I went to my coordinator's condo complex to pick up a box of meds after hours. Now that's care that doesn't happen at larger clinics.
Describe your experience with Institute for Human Reproduction.
Monitoring is first come first seen. The clinic says it opens at 6:45, but patients begin arriving at 6am - be prepared to wait.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Monitoring takes place from 6:45-9:30am. Women begin showing up at 6am. The US tech is quick and efficient and begins taking patients early. From start to finish, I am usually there 1 hr.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ilan Tur-Kaspa.
My OOP cycle was $10,500 plus meds. Embryo biopsy and freeze cost approximately $3000. I was charged a batching fee of $500 per cycle, which I did not like - why does it matter how many cycles I am doing? I tried to argue this charge and lost. Genetic testing is $4750 which is the highest of any clinic I have been to - which was disappointing to learn. Most of my cycles have been covered by insurance thankfully. For insurance covered cycles, I paid deductibles for meds, I paid cost of meds not covered by insurance, the batching cost, embryo biopsies and freezing and genetic testing (one test for all batched embryos).
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Provided conflicting information