How was your experience with Meike Uhler?
I began seeing her in 2011, after my OB at the time recommended me to her (her son was born through IVF with Dr Uhler). When I first met her, I realized she’s very honest and straight forward, I knew I could trust her immediately. In 2012 after my 7th IUI, I finally got pregnant. However it was an ectopic. I was given methotrexate to dissolve the pregnancy by my nurse at Dr Uhlers office....Dr Uhler was present and walked me through it all as hard as it was. 2 weeks later, the fetus still had not passed but was stuck in my tube. I was having the most horrible pains I had ever felt...I broke down and called Dr Uhler at 2AM. She actually answered and had informed me to go to the ER, but specifically to one where she had rights. I arrived and she had precalled to them I was coming, staff was awaiting with a wheelchair for me. She arrived shortly after, giving me the bad news that if the fetus doesn’t pass she will operate and remove one of my tubes. She gave me 24 hours in the hospital before surgery (mostly because I couldn’t bare for her to remove one of my tubes). On the 23rd hour the fetus finally passed. In hindsight I should have just had her remove the tube, that tube is fully blocked due to scar tissue now from the ectopic. In 2015 we got pregnant again via IUI, our first heart beat ultrasound....there was not a heartbeat. Another devestatimg blow, and she was there every step of the way to comfort us. We had been putting off IVF despite Dr Uhler urging us for at least 6 cycles.....we just couldn’t make the jump financially out of pocket. She knew best though, so we finally decided to do what she recommended. We decided to finance IVF (still paying for it), and began the cycle. Egg retrieval in Nov 2015. Freeze all due to hyper stimulation, embryo transfer in Feb 2016. Our son was born at 36 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. 2 weeks in the NICU. We have 5 embryos left and are back trying with Dr Uhler again for number two. She always remembers me, always wants to see photos, always asks about my best friend who I also recommended to see her for IVF (her son was born 7 months after mine with IVF with Dr Uhler). A couple hiccups bu she’s diligent in working with me to overcome them (polyps, D&C....I’ve been bleeding non stop fo 13 months so we have to stop that first), and then hopefully we get to start another cycle for our miracle baby #2! I would recommend her to anyone! She is very literal, very educating, and I always leave her office with a full understanding. She urges me to ask questions and know what’s going on with my body. I wouldn’t go elsewhere.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Meike Uhler?
She’s very black and white, no grey area. If you’re looking for sugar coating - she’s not the one for you.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Every time I meet with Dr Uhler, she remembers me! That’s my biggest plus with her. I’ve called her at 2am and in pain, and she was there at the ER to meet me that morning. I’ve been with her since 2011 completely self pay through 10 IUIs and 1 IVF, and she always given a self pay discount and always tried to help with meds when available. I’ve recommended friends to her, and she even asks about them when I see her. Great memory, big heart, and very kind.
Describe the protocols Meike Uhler used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Clomid for 2 IUI cycles with trigger.
Injectables for 8 IUI cycles with trigger and progesterone suppositories.
IVF was birth control, estrogen, baby aspirin, progesterone oil & suppositories, lupron.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I could go on over the years how wonderful Debbie was. For 5 years she was my rock at FCI. Always polite, compassionate through the pain, and even when I cried, cried with me with big hugs. Couldn’t have been more of a cheerleader when I as released to my OB during pregnancy. I’m back trying for baby #2 and Debbie isn’t my nurse anymore due to a rearrangement in the alphabet split amongst the nursing staff.....I actually cried to find she wasn’t going to be my nurse again. But my new new Patricia is just as nice.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
FCI is Very clean, the staff is very polite and educated, when you have an appointment it’s rare you wait very long at all (which was always my biggest plus), their scheduling is very flexible. You’re treated like a person at FCI and not just a number like cattle call. I love the Hinsdale and Warrenville locations (even downtown Chicago location is not terrible but not my prefferred). Dr Uhler is what you go for though in my eyes.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I go for an easy time before my 8am shift at work started, so it barely disrupted my day. I am in and out within 30 min for blood and ultrasound. Rarely do I wait to be called, and the room only full of 1-3 other people waiting to also see staff.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Meike Uhler.
$45K total to date. $3K per IUI ($30K) and IVF at $14K with embryo storage at $500 per year (2 year). Includes medication costs