How was your experience with Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron?
If you are looking for a physician who will hold your hand and speak to you in hushed tones, she may not fit the bill. She is there to help you get pregnant. This may sound as though she has a cold bedside manner, which she doesn't. She's actually very pleasant to speak with. That being said, she won't sugarcoat things, and in my experience, I want the details, as grim as they may be. Dr. H is very intelligent and well-read, and I am very confident in her medical abilities. And I know that she cares about my treatment. She has reviews my file before she talks to me, which may seem like common sense, but the number of doctors I have seen in the past 5 years, unfortunately she is in the minority. The thing that has impressed me the most is, when she has to deliver bad news, she calls me, not a nurse, and already has a plan for going forward.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron?
Be ready for a serious physician. You can tell that she cares, but she is more of a realist. If you're new to infertility treatment, this may seem jarring, but you want someone who will help you get pregnant, not someone who will hold your hand and just make you feel good about undergoing treatment. No one ever got pregnant by holding hands.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She is really well-informed and thoughtful. She has explained her proposed next steps, regarding treatment, so that she knows that I understand them, and always asks if I'm comfortable with that approach before proceeding. She, not a nurse, called me with my negative beta, and had already thought of what we could do next. This NEVER happened with my previous RE, where I was always called by a nurse and then asked to schedule an appointment with the Dr.
Describe the protocols Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After 3 complete transfer failures and one blighted ovum with my previous RE, Dr. H suggested doing a diagnostic hysteroscopy before continuing treatment. So I took off a cycle to get that done and the next cycle I prepped for another eSET. That was non-lupron hormone replacement cycle with baby aspirin, vaginal estrogen, and patches, followed by 4 days of medrol, a z-pack, 300mg Endometrin and PIO. This cycle failed and we plan to do a Endometrial Receptivity Assay next.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Marni is easiest reached via email, but is very quick to respond if I have any questions or concerns.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
If you have to go in on a Monday or a Friday be prepared to wait a little bit. It's generally a well oiled-machine (very high volume clinic, some people compare it to a cattle call), but at the beginning and end of the week it can get a little bogged down.
The cattle call aspect of the clinic has thrown people off a little bit, wanting a more personalized experience, but they have top SART stats for the city.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron.
Currently minimal (HMO), I have had to pay for tests that aren't covered by my insurance. When I switch to a PPO next year the costs will be greater.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Provided conflicting information