Describe your experience with Fifth Avenue Fertility.
There may be quite a wait for the initial appointment, but once you get your medical documents (hard copies must be dropped off or mailed, but this only applies to your original intake documents) you will be placed on a wait list - in my case we ended up getting an appointment much, much sooner once all of the paperwork was in. It is out of pocket, so it really helps to have insurance coverage for infertility so that you can get reimbursed. The initial consult fee is high ($800) however both my husband and I truly felt we got equal or greater value out of that visit, even if we didn't have insurance reimbursement. So far other appointments have been $3-400 depending on what is done. It sounds steep, but if it prevents having to go the IVF route, it is essentially a huge savings.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From the first interaction with staff over the phone I could tell this would be a quality experience, and that level of care and professionalism has remained over my months being seen by Dr. David. Dr. David himself is warm and genuinely caring, and I never feel rushed. The nurse is extremely responsive, handles delicate matters with great care and goes above and beyond to address specific requests or needs.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Jessica has been amazing from the start. Discrete and has worked very hard for us. She works seamlessly with Dr. David to answer any questions, and clearly establish the plan for the next cycle. She goes above and beyond and I can't say enough positive things about my experience with her.
How was your experience with Sami David?
Dr. David provided an incredibly thorough intake of both me AND my husband. Dr. David was both to the point and encouraging, with excellent bedside manner. He found that my husband had not been thoroughly evaluated and referred him for additional testing at Cornell. While we are still undergoing treatment, both my husband and I feel we are in very good hands and are confident that for our specific objectives we are working with the best doctor in our area. Dr. David takes all of my concerns seriously, is non-judgmental, and supports patient empowerment and education. Further, he supports complementary medicine which other doctors either dismissed or were not well informed about, especially in relation to fertility.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sami David?
If you are unable or unwilling to take a few cycles for exploration and diagnostics prior to moving on to IVF, this may not be the doctor for you (Dr. David would never hold a patient back from pursuing IVF but likes to pursue adequate diagnostics and lifestyle changes first) . Additionally, if making a broad range of lifestyle changes for both partners is not a good fit for your situation, you may want to think twice about this practice.
Describe the protocols Sami David used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Semen analysis with cultures, followed by course of Cipro for husband
Post-coital exams - measured vaginal pH, viewed sperm motility in cervical fluid
Mucinex - 600mg 2x per day cycle days 9 through ovulation to thin cervical fluid
Prednisone - 10mg on Cycle Day 9 - 13 to calm immune system/inflammation/natural killer cells
Strongly encourages acupuncture and Chinese herbs along with treatment
Many supplements prescribed to increase health of cell mitochondria for egg health
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sami David.
$800 - initial consult
$3-400 - subsequent visits and testing