Describe your experience with Bluegrass Fertility.
To me, this office did their job effectively in preparing my partner & I for our first consultation with Dr. Akin. The let us know what to expect and what we needed to bring. The billing personnel explained in great detail a breakdown of cost and any insurance questions if we had any. The staff were friendly, welcoming and personable.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr.Akin is obviously very knowledgeable and skilled in his profession. I feel like Dr.Akin some times forgets that not all patients know exact medical terminology and details of unexplained infertility and PCOS. When we would ask him to elaborate or when we asked questions, he seemed to answer rudely or cut us off mid sentence. He also immediately started talking about IVF, and it all became very overwhelming, very quickly. He just isn't personable. But there is no doubt that he is an amazing doctor.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Dr. Akin's nurse (I wish I can remember her name) is amazing. She is friendly, genuine, compassionate and available.
How was your experience with James Akin?
As stated in the previous question, Dr. Akin has experience and has great success rates. He came highly recommended, and it was told to me numerous times that if my partner and I wanted to conceive, Dr.Akin was the right place to be. On our first visit, I felt rushed. I am not sure if he had went over my previous medical records that were sent to him. I needed in-depth information. I had questions. Yet when I asked, he was quick to shut me down and tell me to "wait until I finish". That was an immediate turn-off. I also did not like how he went straight to discussing IVF, like there were no other options. The pricing of IVF is obviously a great stressor and hardship that many couples deal with, so that was another turn off for us. Every woman is different, every couple has different struggles. Our insurance does not cover infertility, we saved money just to be able to see Dr.Akin, so I had built up a lot of hope and excitement that he would be able to sit down with us and explain and come up with a game plan so we can have the child we've been praying for. Not to say that we have been let down by Dr.Akin, because we are still under his care, but it would be nice if her was more personable, approachable and was genuine about our infertility journey.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of James Akin?
Be prepared for his crass nature. He means well, but can come across as a rude individual.
Describe the protocols James Akin used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Prior to Dr. Akin, I started my fertility journey with Dr.Carr, my gynecologist. After a year of TTC, I was diagnosed with PCOS. I began Clomid (50mg,100mg & 150mg) . I only ovulated while on 150mg of clomid but still did not become pregnant. My partner had an Semen Analysis with normal results. Worried that I may have other issues, possible Endometriosis, Dr. Carr referred me to Dr. Akin. My partner and I waited an additional 7 months, saved money and then became patients of his. Dr. Akin immediately performed a Laporoscopy,Chromopertubation & Hysteroscopy. The results of that outpatient procedure were all clear. No blockage, no endo,no cysts and my tubes looked good. To help with my PCOS, I was given Metformin, Clomid and started a healthier diet, cutting back a lot of sugar and carb intake. At this point Dr. Akin recommends IVF but the financial aspect is holding us back. We feel stuck at this point.
Describe the costs associated with your care under James Akin.
Initial Consultation - $300
Laparoscopy,Chromopertubation & Hysteroscopy (including surgery center and anesthesia) costs- $2,000
Prescription Medication- $50+ continuing
Semen Analysis- $200