Fertility doctors in South Jersey/Philadelphia area recommendations


#1

Hi there,
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My wife and I are going to be switching fertility doctors. We have had 7 failed IUIs…soon to be 8. She goes for a blood test tomorrow, and if it’s negative it will be 8 failed IUIs. We are thinking it probably is negative since no sign of pink is coming up at all on the pregnancy sticks. But I know I know, theres a chance she still could be pregnant. But if she is not, we are switching doctors since obviously there is something wrong here. He says there is nothing wrong with her, but obviously something is, orHE is doing something wrong. Also, we can’t afford IVF right now. We have spent too much money on the IUIs, that we barely have anything left, so we have no other choice but to continue on until we hit 12 IUIs…and then our insurance will cover 90% of the iVF.
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But we are looking for fertility doctors in the south jersey (philly suburb area) or Philadelphia itself.
Does anyone have any good recommendations? We don’t know where to turn. It is so hard to find a good doctor without word of mouth reputations.
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Thanks,
Jill


#2

Check out SIRM NJ. I live near Hershey, PA but I drove the 2 hrs and it was sooo worth it! Dr. Peters is amazing and so kind. You can send your records and he can do a phone consult with you. Maybe you have immune issues causing your failures since everything else seems fine? www.haveababy.com is the SIRM site. You can find the offices here but it also has a ton of info about infertility and causes of implantation failure. Good luck!


#3

Great Fertility Specialist

[QUOTE=Kirby24]Hi there,
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My wife and I are going to be switching fertility doctors. We have had 7 failed IUIs…soon to be 8. She goes for a blood test tomorrow, and if it’s negative it will be 8 failed IUIs. We are thinking it probably is negative since no sign of pink is coming up at all on the pregnancy sticks. But I know I know, theres a chance she still could be pregnant. But if she is not, we are switching doctors since obviously there is something wrong here. He says there is nothing wrong with her, but obviously something is, orHE is doing something wrong. Also, we can’t afford IVF right now. We have spent too much money on the IUIs, that we barely have anything left, so we have no other choice but to continue on until we hit 12 IUIs…and then our insurance will cover 90% of the iVF.
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But we are looking for fertility doctors in the south jersey (philly suburb area) or Philadelphia itself.
Does anyone have any good recommendations? We don’t know where to turn. It is so hard to find a good doctor without word of mouth reputations.
*
Thanks,
Jill[/QUOTE]

Hey there!
I know how hard it is to find a good specialist. I was fortunate in that I found an awesome RE. He is Dr. Michael Glassner located in Bryn Mawr, Pa or Paoli, Pa. His Bryn Mawr office is accross from Bryn Mawr hospital and the Paoli office is across from the Paoli hospital. He is very honest and straight forward in what he thinks can and cannot happen based on assessment. He is also extremely experienced in his field. His main goal for every couple he sees is to give them what they desire, children. As a matter of fact we are seeing him this week to begin our next journey. Take a look on his website at www.mainlinefertility.com you can get alot of information about him there. My advice… Only see Dr. Glassner from experience and friends experiences… He is the best in the group!

Good luck and lots of baby dust to you! :flower:


#4

Hi Kirby24~
Hopefully your wife IS pregnant from the IUI and this is a moot issue. But, if not I have no problem recommending my RE office, RMA of Philadelphia. Dr. Gutmann was my RE and I found her to be very forthright yet compassionate. She came up with the ‘game plan’ but the rest of the doctors in the practice covered all my procedures. They were all great too!
Here is a link if you want/need to check them out; best of luck! http://rmaphiladelphia.com/


#5

Thanks so much guys for all your suggestions. We will definitely check these doctors out. I just worry about the commute. We both work in Philadelphia, so traveling to Hershey or Bryn Mawr multiple times in a week may not work. But we will see.


#6

Jenna, thanks so much for the Philadelphia recommendation. We will check her out as well. Sounds good.And we are using donor sperm.


#7

RMA NJ is a great placev


#8

Get a second opinion. I recommend a book called “Making Babies: A Proven 3 Month Program For Maximum Fertility”. It combines regular fertility treatment with recommendations for special nutrition and acupuncture, as well as herbs (where indicated). It was very comprehensive, and I was actually quite shocked at what I found out that I don’t know about the way the reproductive system works and how many things don’t get checked for during routine infertility treatment.

In any case, we’ve basically been going to a fertility doctor here in Philadelphia for 15 months now, and I can tell you fertility treatments are NOT a one size fits all kind of thing. I was found to have had a bad tube back last August, which finally got removed in April this year (I can’t believe it took that long), but we’ve done basically six IUIs and a few natural cycles in the past 15 months, but all failed. We cannot afford IVF. Finally, I decided to get a second opinion because I have autoimmune neuropathy and I thought maybe my immune system might be to blame.

I actually went to see the doctor in the book I mentioned because I saw he was just up in New York, and yes, I had a heart attack to pay for that appointment out of pocket ($800) (and an extra hundred to do a sperm culture for infection for my husband), BUT, it was extremely comprehensive, and he agreed that I have definitely had 4 early losses in the past 15 months. (my regular fertility doctor doesn’t count them unless you make it to that first 14 day post-IUI pregnancy test) AND my natural killer cells were elevated, and I was treated with a different antibiotic (me and my husband) on account of recurring infections since I had my c-section five years ago.

I still have to get some labs back, and a few left to do, but frankly, I’m shocked, annoyed, dismayed, and frustrated with how I wasted 15 months (at my age!) before I finally got the second opinion. I’m also mad I was panicked into taking Clomid so many times. Looks like my immune system is to blame for whacking all my embryos, but it’s totally fixable.