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How did you find your RE?

It's finally time for DH and I to make an appointment. 

Did you "shop around" and interview different REs? Did you call your insurance company and go with the doctor they cover? Did you do your research online? 

I don't know anyone else who's been through IF, so I can't ask anyone I know. 

I'm just sort of at a loss. 

TIA!


TTC since June 2010.
DX hypothyroidism, pituitary hyperfunction, and PCOS.
On med/treatment break indefinitely. Not currently trying.
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    I had heard about them on my local board before I even started trying and checked them out online.  I'm not in a big city so there's not too many places.
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    I did some Internet searching and talked to my ob who said yay or nay to who I suggested. Then made the appt (don't have ins coverage so didn't need referral). At my consultation we talked about being OOP and he referred me to someone cheaper and with more flexible hours. 
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    My ob/gyn referred me to him.  I researched him online and found that he was the top rated RE since 1995 so that made me feel much better.  It's interesting b/c the more people I talk to, the more I find out that tons of people I know have been to him and had success :)

    Good luck!

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    Officially diagnosed w/ PCOS 10/2011
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    2/2012-Femara (5MG):No Response
    4/2012:Bravelle+Ovidrel+Endometrin=BFN
    5/2012: Bravelle (24days)+Lupron trigger+ IUI #1+estrogen and endometrin=BFP!!!!
    beta 1=18, beta 2=90, beta 3=201, beta 4=520...m/c on 6/18 :(
    HSG to check for possible damage from ectopic-all clear!
    7/2012 through 9/1/2012: forced break to recover emotionally
    9/2012: Femara+Follistim+Ovidrel+IUI+Endometrin=BFP!!!
    Beta #1-223, Beta # 2-470
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    My ob/gyn referred me to him.  I researched him online and found that he was the top rated RE since 1995 so that made me feel much better.  It's interesting b/c the more people I talk to, the more I find out that tons of people I know have been to him and had success :)

    Good luck!

     

    *top rated in my area :)

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    Officially diagnosed w/ PCOS 10/2011
    4 clomid cycles (50MG - 200 MG): No Response
    2/2012-Femara (5MG):No Response
    4/2012:Bravelle+Ovidrel+Endometrin=BFN
    5/2012: Bravelle (24days)+Lupron trigger+ IUI #1+estrogen and endometrin=BFP!!!!
    beta 1=18, beta 2=90, beta 3=201, beta 4=520...m/c on 6/18 :(
    HSG to check for possible damage from ectopic-all clear!
    7/2012 through 9/1/2012: forced break to recover emotionally
    9/2012: Femara+Follistim+Ovidrel+IUI+Endometrin=BFP!!!
    Beta #1-223, Beta # 2-470
    EDD: June 12, 2013
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    Mine was recommended by my OBGYN. He had amazing reviews and is the biggest clinic in our area with good results. 

    I would ask your GYN or check your local bump board for recommendations. 

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    I have a friend who did IVF in Cleveland so I asked her who she went to and if she was happy with them (she has 10 month old triplets) while she was under their care and such and she said they were awesome.  I didn't need a referral through my insurance so I just called that practice and made an appointment.  I see a different doctor than she did b/c they have multiple offices and one of them is really convenient to my work, but the doctor she worked with primarily does not do any office hours at that location.

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    My OB recommended three. One was Shady Grove Fertility. I called them because of the reputation. When I found out which doc I would be seeing I researched him online. He is one of the top in the area. Met him, LOVED him. Before meeting him my mom had a coworker that liked the other RE in the practice much better so I was nervous before I met mine, but my mom (she went to first appointment since DH couldn't get out of work and we didn't want to delay the appointment) both LOVED him immediately.
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    What state are you in?  I found mine through a friend who had recently seen her.  I also had read great reviews before I was even refered. 

    You can also look on this website which clinics report their success rates and what not. https://www.sart.org/find_frm.html

    Good luck!

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    I had done some research based on who was covered by my insurance and asked a few co-workers who also went through IF treatments.  In the end, my OBGYN referred me to the RE everyone had recommended (and the one I liked based on my research).

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    I have a friend who did IVF in Cleveland so I asked her who she went to and if she was happy with them (she has 10 month old triplets) while she was under their care and such and she said they were awesome.  I didn't need a referral through my insurance so I just called that practice and made an appointment.  I see a different doctor than she did b/c they have multiple offices and one of them is really convenient to my work, but the doctor she worked with primarily does not do any office hours at that location.

    I'm near Cleveland, but I go to an RE in Akron.  I guess by *near* Cleveland I mean like an hour away.  But I also live where the Amish are my neighbors down the road!


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    I picked my RE based on who was in my insurance network to have diagnostics covered.  But since I'm completely OOP for treatment, I may shop around... But we'll see how this cycle goes first.
    Me: 32, DH: 45... TTC #1 since May 2010
    July - Nov 2011: Testing with OB... OB said everything looks good
    March - Sept 2012: Moved to RE.. 4 treatment cycles - responses of one or no follicles
    09.03.12: Diagnosed Poor Ovarian Response.. DE IVF only option
    Feb - Nov 2012: Pursued Adoption. That door slammed shut.
    12.23.12: Surprise BFP (first ever)... 12.25 - 12.31: Natural M/C
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    We called insurance and found out who was covered, and then went there.  When we had to switch for IVF we got a few recomendations from my RE and then went with the closest one since I hate driving.

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    If you are open about TTC, you could ask people if they know anyone going through IF.  You'd be surprised how many people know someone.  I got a recommendation from a friend's friend's sister  (how's that for a connection?!)  She had just gotten pregnant on her second round of IVF and loved her doctor!

    Has your OB/GYN recommended anyone they respect?

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    I did some Internet searching and talked to my ob who said yay or nay to who I suggested. Then made the appt (don't have ins coverage so didn't need referral). At my consultation we talked about being OOP and he referred me to someone cheaper and with more flexible hours

    Oh good point Ellephunt!  Make sure you research their hours for early morning monitering appointments and ask about holiday/weekend hours.  We have ladies on the board who have had to have appointments on Thanksgiving or Easter (shout out to Kati B!)  so you want a RE practice that is flexible.

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    I went with my ob/gyn's recommendation.  I researched him before scheduling the appointment and ended up with a great RE.
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    imagerjade9:

    What state are you in?  I found mine through a friend who had recently seen her.  I also had read great reviews before I was even refered. 

    You can also look on this website which clinics report their success rates and what not. https://www.sart.org/find_frm.html

    Good luck!

    This is where I started, in addition to making sure they are board certified.  After that, online reviews and proximity to work and home. Sorry for your troubles...good luck to you!

    ETA: I do not have insurance coverage for IF...if I did, I would start there.

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    My GYN gave me a list of her recommended REs and I looked up some of them online.  I eventually picked one who had extensive experience in IF. 

    Have you heard about Anglieslist.com?  I use it to find a realtor, carpet cleaner, etc.  You do have to pay subscription fee, but they have one for Health & Wellness category.  The site is great because you can see the rating and feedback of the different business and professionals. 

     

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    I have a friend who did IVF in Cleveland so I asked her who she went to and if she was happy with them (she has 10 month old triplets) while she was under their care and such and she said they were awesome.  I didn't need a referral through my insurance so I just called that practice and made an appointment.  I see a different doctor than she did b/c they have multiple offices and one of them is really convenient to my work, but the doctor she worked with primarily does not do any office hours at that location.

    I'm near Cleveland, but I go to an RE in Akron.  I guess by *near* Cleveland I mean like an hour away.  But I also live where the Amish are my neighbors down the road!

    I'm only about 15 minutes from downtown, but I work 40 minutes west of Cleveland so having it be convenient to work allows me to not miss quite as much work as I would if I still had to drive from downtown to work after a morning appointment. 


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    I have a friend who did IVF in Cleveland so I asked her who she went to and if she was happy with them (she has 10 month old triplets) while she was under their care and such and she said they were awesome.  I didn't need a referral through my insurance so I just called that practice and made an appointment.  I see a different doctor than she did b/c they have multiple offices and one of them is really convenient to my work, but the doctor she worked with primarily does not do any office hours at that location.

    I'm near Cleveland, but I go to an RE in Akron.  I guess by *near* Cleveland I mean like an hour away.  But I also live where the Amish are my neighbors down the road!

    Absolutely!  And after a morning appointment, rush hour would be winding down!  

    I'm only about 15 minutes from downtown, but I work 40 minutes west of Cleveland so having it be convenient to work allows me to not miss quite as much work as I would if I still had to drive from downtown to work after a morning appointment. 


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    I'm going with the one my OB recommended, but we did some internet research, too.  We have a back-up choice if we don't like them, but we're lucky to be in a big city, so there are lots of choices.
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    My OBGYN told me about the two practices in my area and asked which one I preferred. I picked the one that was closer and has a great reputation. I didn't even think of the other suggestions (insurance, flexible hours) but that is definitely worth looking into as well. 
    PCOS with long, irregular cycles
    First round of Clomid in May 2012= BFP #1, DD born January 2013 
    BFP #2 in January 2014, DS born September 2014

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    I checked with our insurance first to see what sort of IF treatments(if any) that they cover. Turns out they covered medicated cycles, but not IUI or IVF cycles.

    I did some asking around and online research(you can even look up their stats online...the CDC website, maybe? has all the stats for live birth, age of patients, etc....if you want to see the success rates), but in my case, their seem to be two big centers for RE's in my area, and we are going with the one that offers a Shared Risk program and other payment options for those paying OOP. It is also the one that is much closer(I drive by it everyday).

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    April- Femara 2.5mg + Trigger + IUI = BFN   May- Femara 5mg = CX - No Response on Left = BFN
    June- Femara 7.5mg + Trigger + IUI = BFN  August- Lap & Hysteroscopy = Blocked & Partially Blocked Tubes
    September- Femara 5mg = CX - No Response on Left = BFN  October- 100mg Clomid + Trigger + TI = BFN
    IVF # 1: Stims 11/30 ER 12/12/12! (10R, 10M, 8F, 2T, 6 F) :: Beta #1- 176  c/p @ 4w4d
    FET #1 February 26th :: Lost 4 to Thaw, Transferred 2 = BFFN
    IVF # 2 Stims 5/10 ER 5/21 (15R, 13M, 13F, 2T, 7F- 6d3 & 1d5) :: Beta # 1- 15 c/p @ 4w
    FET #2 Cancelled, Right Tube Developed a Hydro  8/28 Hydro & Scar Tissue Removed  Cleared for FET
    FET #2.2 Scheduled for September 20th
    2 Thawed, 2 Transferred! Beta #1- 96, Beta #2 906! :: EDD June 10th
    2015- 2 failed FET. We are done
    SURPRISE! BFP 8/8/16   EDD 4/1/17

     
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    Mine too was recommended by my OB and is the top rated practice in the area.  The office staff made me feel completely welcome and comfortable the moment we stepped in the door.  Our doctor is terrific as well, I felt an immediate connection with her.

     The reason I mention it is that I think it's very important to feel comfortable with the doctor and staff.  We've been TTC for 15 months and have only started seeing a RE this cycle.  We've already been riding the rollercoaster.  Having a doctor and staff that understand what you've been going through is extremely comforting.

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    My ob/gyn gave me two suggestions. I got on their websites and looked around. I liked that my current RE talked about using a mind/body approach and know someone who had an excellent experience with the other RE. I called both offices and one took my insurance and the other one didn't so it was an easy decision in the end :)
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    I got a recommendation from a good friend who I knew was seeing a RE.  I asked my gyno about the RE my friend recommended and did some research.  Very happy where I have ended up even though I'm not pregnant yet :)
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    ME: 30, DOR- Low amh, normal fsh/afc DH: 30, morphology issue
    IVF #1- BFN
    IVF #2- BFP!!! Beautiful baby girl became an angel on 2/6/13 at 17.5 weeks due to PPROM/IC
    IVF #3- New RE... February March 2014! 8r/6m/6f. Transferred one and have one frostie! BFP! EDD 12/7/14
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    My OBGYN gave me a list of suggestions.  I chose one not on the list that a friend of mine uses.  Initially I was going to pick one from the list, but had some bad experiences with scheduling and such, decided that office seemed way more about money than helping people & jumped ship.  When I told my OBGN that I changed to a different RE, he told me the only reason he didnt suggest him was because that RE is only based in chicago & didnt think Id want to drive in from the suburbs so much.
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    Me:29 DH:29  TTC since 1/11 Dx: unexplained IF/early DOR/immune issues 
    Feb'12- July'12-testing(all clear minus slight arcuate ute), 3 IUI with clomid all BFN
    8/30IVF#1 Antagonist protocol- ER 9/11-8R, 7M, 5F. 
    ET 9/14 2 embies transferred. 1 10cell Grade 4, 1 8cell Grade 4. No frosties. BFN
    IVF#2 Antagonist protocol plus baby aspirin- ER 12/5-16R, 12M, 8F!
    ET 12/10 5dt! 1 fully expanded blast & 1 early blast. No frosties. BFN
    3/13 hysteroscopy & polypectomy, Consulted w Dr. Kwak-Kim.  
    DX: High NK cells, cytokines, DHEAs& PAI1;  hypothyroid, +APA, restricted bloodflow
    7/13 IVF#3 Long lupron protocol with PIO, Crinone, Prometrium, and vivelle
    (plus synthroid, metformin, baby asa, metanx, PNV, Vit E, D, calcium, fish oil, CoQ10, IVIg infusions and lovenox per Dr. Kwak-kim)
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    ET 5dt 7/24 2 fully expanded blasts.  SURPRISE 3 FROSTIES!!!
    Beta #1 8/2 335!!!! Beta #2 829!!!  1st u/s 8/14 showed TWINS!!!!!
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    My OBGYN consults my RE when she's doing anything fertility related, but ultimately we were referred by DH's uro. I looked him up online before the appointment and he and his partner actually founded the clinic I go to and he's been doing this since the late 80's.

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    Thanks, ladies! I greatly appreciate your feedback.

    TTC since June 2010.
    DX hypothyroidism, pituitary hyperfunction, and PCOS.
    On med/treatment break indefinitely. Not currently trying.
    Lots of love to all of my Golden Girls!
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    We were referred by DH's urologist, but it would have been the same result if I'd gone looking for one--they're the only real RE clinic within reasonable driving distance from me.
    TTC with MFI, PCOS, and endometriosis since February 2010
    BFP January 20,2012, Loss confirmed January 22,2012
    March-August 2012: Various medicated/IUI cycles, all BFN
    Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy October 2012: Fall Cleaning, Uterus Edition
    BFP 2-17-12 @12DPO Beta#1: 256 Beta#2: 1061
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    I researched names in my area, but ended up making the decision after talking with my OB/GYN.  I went with her one and only recommendation.
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    My sister used our RE last year. Her husband is a psychiatrist here in town so he talked with other doctors about him. They loved him and were successful so it was an easy choice for us. We are all OOP so insurance wasn't a factor. 
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    BFP on 7/20/12 after 4 cycles Clomid + IUI 
    2 large subchorionic hematomas & no heartbeat at 7w6d   
    D&E 8/18/12 Sonohysterography found septum and necrotic tissue.   
    Hysteroscopy to remove both 10/5
    IUI #5-7 50mg Clomid + trigger = BFN  
    IUI #8 Femara + Bravelle + HCG + Progesterone = BFP 3/27/13
    Beta 1 (13dpo) = 169  Beta 2 (17dpo) = 1073  No heartbeat at 9w3d. 
    D & C 5/10/13  Triploidy 69 (paternal inherited)
    IVF #1 with ICSI and PGS 11R 8M 5F 2 biopsied/frozen
    PGS results = 1 with trisomy 13 & 1 good embryo for FET 
    FET #1 EV, estrace, nitro patches.  Cancelled due to thin lining
    FET #1.2 oral estrace, f'ing nitro patches and no delestrogen.  Transfer 12/31. BFN
    PAIF/SAIF welcome
    Surprise BFP on 6/13/14  Our only unmedicated bfp ever.
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    My family Dr referred me to the RE's clinic, I'm just really happy I got the one I did out of that. She is awesome so far, I had my HSG today and she was so supportive! :)

    Goodluck, I hope you get a RE that you connect well with. I think it makes things so much easier on you!

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    The RE I'm seeing next week works with my Obgyn's office. He comes up from Philly once a month. There aren't a whole lot of options in my area so when my doc suggested the RE that comes to their office it was a no brainer for me. The RE accepts my insurance but other than the initial consultation I don't think anything will be covered.

     TTC since August 2011, Me = 40, DH = 38
    Unexplained IF. Tried Clomid for 3 cycles. All BFNs. BFP 1/6/13. Chemical pregnancy.

    Moving on to IVF#1. ER 11/26/13, 16 eggs retreived, 12 mature and all fertilized. 2 blasts transferred on 12/1. All other embies arrested so nothing left to freeze. Beta 12/10 = BFN. IVF #2 March 2014. BFP!!! TEAM BLUE!!!

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