How was your experience with Mark Bush?
Dr. Bush came across as very knowledgeable and capable. He answered any questions that we had. However, I sometimes felt a bit rushed during our conversations and I wasn't always 100% certain I understood everything he was saying. That said, if we were to pursue IVF again, I would still go back to him.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Bush?
He can be intimidating, but he's a good man. If you don't understand what he's saying, ask questions!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Bush's staff of nurses were wonderful. I couldn't say anything better about the kindness they offered me - they were responsive, personable, thoughtful and just generally great. I was very sad when, at 12 weeks, I left their care for my regular OB.
Describe the protocols Mark Bush used in your cycles and their degree of success.
During my IUI, Clomid was used to stimulate my ovaries and Novarelle to stimulate ovulation. It resulted in two mature eggs, but no pregnancy.
During IVF I was put on Bravelle to stimulate eggs growth and Novarell to stimulate ovulation. 11 eggs were retrieved, 8 were fertilized and one made it to the blastocyst phase.
During my FET cycle, I was on Lupron and Ganirelx to suppress my system. just before the cycle I started progesterone and estradil. I remained on both of those through my first trimester.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
All of the staff were well-organized and kind. Erika, though, went above an beyond. When we found out we'd only had one embryo make it to blastocyst, it was very difficult. We had to decide if we were going to proceed with just that one embryo or start all over. She called me and talked to me for as long as I needed until I felt better about everything and with proceeding with our one embryo.
Describe your experience with Conceptions Reproductive Associates.
They are incredibly well organized and fast, which is critical given the number of appointments required in IVF. Plus, they offer caramel corn.
The only issue I had was some confusion about overall costs and some poor communication during our IUI cycle. Otherwise, they bent over backwards to accomodate us - even on holidays.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Bush.
Our IUI cost about $800. The IVF FET procedure from soup to nuts was $18,000. Medications ran around $3500. Each of my husband's samples cost $75 and annual storage was $275.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Provided conflicting information