Describe your experience with Gianna Center - Manhattan .
This is a clinic that practices medicine in accordance with Catholic medical ethics, but it is open to everyone regardless of affiliation. It is great if you are not using hormonal contraceptives for any number of reasons but want to prevent pregnancy, and it is great if you are trying to become pregnant as well. Anticipate a lot of education, many resources and support regardless of your goals (including adoption). This clinic is not based off of a purely for-profit model, and that comes with strengths and weaknesses, but in my experience mainly strengths - everyone in that office has a special reason for being there and wanting to help you with your reproductive health goals.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Nolte always spends a generous amount of time without patients while somehow managing to stay on schedule. She is compassionate and truly worked with my goals - I never felt pressured to pursue any particular treatment, and always felt like I had plenty of options to choose from. She reviews patients charts (the Creighton model of natural family planning is used at this particular center) extensively, making modifications to treatments as needed. She is patient, thorough, helpful, supportive and spends a lot of time educating patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses here are all compassionate and welcoming. Sometimes there seems to be a lack of clarity on how Dr. Nolte had instructed a medication to be taken, but generally the nurses are on the same page, good about calling with results and instructing next steps.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Anne Nolte?
Dr. Nolte is very thorough in her evaluation and is unique in that she works with patients charts (the same concept as basal body temperature charting but different) after patients are trained in that charting method (by nurses on site). She helped me carefully evaluate surgeons for the excision of endometriosis, not pressuring me at all to choose her partner at the Gianna Center in NJ (whom I ultimately went with and was very happy with). I leave each appointment understanding my body, cycle and hormone levels more and supported on whatever step is next.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anne Nolte?
If you are completely closed to learning a (new) way to chart your cycles, this is not the place for you. There is a learning curve, but it is immensely rewarding.
Describe the protocols Anne Nolte used in your cycles and their degree of success.
HCG injections at beginning of cycle to increase progesterone + estrogen levels in luteal phase
Progesterone for luteal support (cycles too short)
Estradiol (to correct low levels)
Multiple follicle studies
Referral for excision of endometriosis, selective HSG, tubal patency test
Clomid - 1 cycle
Letrozole - 2 cycles
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anne Nolte.
The center does everything they can to treat everyone. They are an in-network provider. I only paid co-pays, and only a few things (less than $100) weren't covered by insurance. My insurance did not cover ultrasounds done in their office, but they only charge $50 for them! I had to pay some out of pocket for HCG injections but I think that is fairly normal. This center is not about profit but instead is motivated to provide affordable, high quality care and I think they do a great job at that.