Describe your experience with C.A.R.E for the Bay Area.
It took 7 months to get an appointment. Dr. P was an hour late for an appointment but she did give me the full 30 minute consult and strategies on how to proceed. Appointments were easy to get and as the office manager really made a difference in scheduling and smoothness of visits. My first visit I sat in my gown for over 30 minutes, Dr. P was rushed. the subsequent visits became smoother and more efficient. I was able to be in and out in 20 minutes, even with blood draw. She didn't advocate any extra supplements or acupuncturist but was supportive.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Even though her office is extremely she spend the whole appointment time answering questions and explaining the next steps.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Sandra was very busy and often mixed me up with other patients on the phone. Seems like when they hired an office manager, Sandra seemed to be more organized and communicated with me in a much more prompt manner. Otherwise was very sweet and compassionate.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call with results
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Karen Purcell?
Dr. Purcell has a very busy office but always takes time for the patient. Knowing this was my only and last cycle I wish more would have been done to prepare me for a more successful retrieval and outcome.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Purcell?
Do research ahead and push for HCG especially if you have frequent chemicals or miscarriages.
Describe the protocols Karen Purcell used in your cycles and their degree of success.
She recommended the 5 day retrieval and PGS testing to get the best embryos. She used the minimal dosage of drugs and I responded really well. Sadly we only retrieved 7 eggs because she had trouble getting to my ovaries. Ultimately it was the weight ( i gained 30 lbs thru all the treatments) that prevented the access to my ovaries. we only ended up with 4 embryos via ICSI (we used hubby's sperm from vitals they retrieved at another clinic via mTESE). We ended up with 1 embryo at end of day 5 and it did not take. I feel the implant time might have been off even though we did two ERA's (mock cycles). With other attempts I had chemicals aka implantation but failed to thrive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Purcell.
$900.00 – anesthesia & surgical supplies
$10,760.00 – embryo cryo cycle
$960.00 – 1 yr embryo storage
$2,100.00 – ICSI
$4575.00 – PGS test
$1,875.00 – Igenomix Fee (outside lab that performs PGS test)
$960.00 – 1 yr sperm storage
$5,500.00 – Medication (approximate cost, depends on pharmacy - payable to pharmacy)
$3,066.00 – Frozen embryo transfer (does not get billed until you are ready to do the transfer)