Describe your experience with Mississippi Fertility Institute.
This is a women's specialty clinic, not just a fertility clinic. It houses OBGYNs and MFMs. There will be visibly pregnant women and women with children in the waiting area. When you are dealing with lots of negative pregnancy tests, that can be a little disheartening.
However, we never were kept waiting, everything was extremely efficient, and appointments were not difficult to schedule.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Isaacs took time to answer all of our questions and specifically cater our protocol to both our biological and emotional needs. He did every ultrasound and made us feel like our would-be family was his greatest priority.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Our two nurses were instrumental in our decision to continue treatment with Dr Isaacs. They were our nurses, our counselors, our teachers, our crisis team. They returned calls and emails immediately, calmed our fears, cried with us, celebrated with us. They made a very stressful and difficult process much easier to handle.
How was your experience with John Isaacs?
Dr Isaacs was incredibly detail oriented and took time to address our concerns and fears. When I mentioned OHSS as one of my greatest concerns, he immediately cut my protocol dosage in half before I'd even started. When OHSS became a reality regardless of our best attempts at prevention, he cut my protocol on half again rather than make me sicker to boost my numbers.
He also canceled our fresh transfer out of an abundance of caution, being extremely protective of both my well being and our embryo.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Isaacs?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk about what confuses or concerns you.
Be up front with your expectations and make sure they are realistic and in line with Dr Isaacs.
Describe the protocols John Isaacs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
75 IU menopur 1x day for 10 days
75 Mg Follistim 2x day for 5 days, 1x day for 5 days
120 mg Ganitelix 1x day for 4 days
5000 mg HCG trigger shot
Cabergoline 2x day for 5 days after egg retrieval
Freeze-all cycle post retrieval
28 follicles, 17 eggs retrieved, 9 embryos created, 2 made it to 5-6 day freeze.
1 embryo transferred 6 weeks post retrieval, resulting in live birth
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Isaacs.
We paid approximately $10,000 for our procedures and monitoring. This included all of our visits, ultrasounds, blood work, retrieval, incubation, and transfer.
We paid approximately $2500 for all of our medication from a pharmacy not affiliated with our clinic.