IVF doctor in the Houston Area


#1

Hi ladies,
I’m thinking of switching clinic for our 1st IVF. Currently I’m with Houston IVF, patient of Dr. McKenzie. I have had 2 IUI done at Houston IVF, only met with Dr. Mc.Kenzie once for consultation. Everything was done by the tect & nurse. That does worries me… is that how it’s suppose to work? Are we only expect to see the Dr. for consultation? or is IVF be different?

I’m now thinking of switching to Houston Fertility Institute. A friend recommend Dr. Haddad and I read a lot of good things about Dr. Gill. Please share any experiences that you have with any of the three Dr.

Dr. McKenzie, Dr. Haddad or Dr. Gill.

Thank you so much for sharing


#2

There is a thread on this board called Houston Fertility Institute…you should take a look at it…my story is on there…I also used Fertility Specialist of Houston - I loved Dr. Chauhan…Good Luck


#3

[quote=Hopeful1234]Hi ladies,
I’m thinking of switching clinic for our 1st IVF. Currently I’m with Houston IVF, patient of Dr. McKenzie. I have had 2 IUI done at Houston IVF, only met with Dr. Mc.Kenzie once for consultation. Everything was done by the tect & nurse. That does worries me… is that how it’s suppose to work? Are we only expect to see the Dr. for consultation? or is IVF be different?

I’m now thinking of switching to Houston Fertility Institute. A friend recommend Dr. Haddad and I read a lot of good things about Dr. Gill. Please share any experiences that you have with any of the three Dr.

Dr. McKenzie, Dr. Haddad or Dr. Gill.

Thank you so much for sharing[/quote]

I have been to both Houston IVF and HFI.

It is normal to deal a lot with the nurses at all fertility clinics. IVF really isn’t different. Typically, I don’t find this bothersome, but I was not a fan of my nurse at Houston IVF, but I think some of the ones there are much nicer and more informed than her.

I am not a fan of Houston IVF. I could write a ton about why I don’t like them, but it is really too long for me to do at work right now. If you search for Houston IVF, I am sure you will see my old posts. To say the least, I don’t recommend them. They are extremely expensive and charge the same as CCRM (I believe this is the best clinic in the country). If you are going to pay the same rate, go straight to CCRM. You can do all of your monitoring at Houston IVF as part of a package price b/c they are affiliated in some way (note: the care is nowhere near the same even though they are affiliated). I think this is a huge benefit to living in Houston if you have fertility issues. So, if I were in your position and could afford to go, I would go to CCRM (the travel part is not really that expensive b/c they have deals worked out nearby).

I really like Houston Fertility Institute. I was a patient of Gills, but it is my understanding he is semi-retired so I switched to Griffith. I absolutely love Dr. Griffith. He is extremely nice and very educated about fertility issues. He will call you whenever requested (or sometimes, when not) and talk to you at length regarding any questions you may have. He will also meet with you (I prefer him to call me b/c he is primarily out of the Woodlands, and I don’t like to drive that far–I just do my monitoring at the medical center clinic). I have also heard great things about Dr. Haddad. The good thing also about HFI is the price. There IVF is cheaper than Houston IVF. Plus, if your first IVF fails, which hopefully it does not, you can cycle again but not pay the doctor fees. So, one cycle there is about $11K and any subsequent cycles are about $6K.

Both clinics have good success rates. I am a terrible patient b/c I am a poor responder. Houston IVF turned me away when I was 32 (their loss b/c I went straigt to CCRM and found success). I am now 36 with much worse numbers and HFI will treat me. So, my point is, Houston IVF turning patients away increases their success rates b/c they are treating the easier patients.


#4

Center of Reproductive Medicine (CORM) Dr Schnell and Sims are awesome!
We are unelplained also and IVF #1 wored…my beautiful 5month old is rolling all over the floor as I type!


#5

[QUOTE=houston]I have been to both Houston IVF and HFI.

It is normal to deal a lot with the nurses at all fertility clinics. IVF really isn’t different. Typically, I don’t find this bothersome, but I was not a fan of my nurse at Houston IVF, but I think some of the ones there are much nicer and more informed than her.

I am not a fan of Houston IVF. I could write a ton about why I don’t like them, but it is really too long for me to do at work right now. If you search for Houston IVF, I am sure you will see my old posts. To say the least, I don’t recommend them. They are extremely expensive and charge the same as CCRM (I believe this is the best clinic in the country). If you are going to pay the same rate, go straight to CCRM. You can do all of your monitoring at Houston IVF as part of a package price b/c they are affiliated in some way (note: the care is nowhere near the same even though they are affiliated). I think this is a huge benefit to living in Houston if you have fertility issues. So, if I were in your position and could afford to go, I would go to CCRM (the travel part is not really that expensive b/c they have deals worked out nearby).

I really like Houston Fertility Institute. I was a patient of Gills, but it is my understanding he is semi-retired so I switched to Griffith. I absolutely love Dr. Griffith. He is extremely nice and very educated about fertility issues. He will call you whenever requested (or sometimes, when not) and talk to you at length regarding any questions you may have. He will also meet with you (I prefer him to call me b/c he is primarily out of the Woodlands, and I don’t like to drive that far–I just do my monitoring at the medical center clinic). I have also heard great things about Dr. Haddad. The good thing also about HFI is the price. There IVF is cheaper than Houston IVF. Plus, if your first IVF fails, which hopefully it does not, you can cycle again but not pay the doctor fees. So, one cycle there is about $11K and any subsequent cycles are about $6K.

Both clinics have good success rates. I am a terrible patient b/c I am a poor responder. Houston IVF turned me away when I was 32 (their loss b/c I went straigt to CCRM and found success). I am now 36 with much worse numbers and HFI will treat me. So, my point is, Houston IVF turning patients away increases their success rates b/c they are treating the easier patients.[/QUOTE]

Thank you so much for sharing your information, it’s extremely helpful. I have a consultation schedule with Dr. Haddad this thurs… We’ll be paying out of pocket, Do you know if they have any grants, funds, Compassionate Care Program to help with the cost? I’ll ask them then too. But $11k sounds a lot better than $13k+


#6

I am not sure of their grants or programs, but I think they have a financial counselor who will help you. I never had any of the funds for IVF, but back when I started at Houston IVF, I took at a medical loan. I have since taken out a line of credit at a bank. I figure I can always make money, but I have limited time to have children.

With Houston IVF, it ended up costing me way more than $13K b/c you have to pay extra for things like ICSI, assisted hatching, etc. which is typically used. I think it was in the range of $15K if I am not mistaken–its been a while. With Houston IVF, all that is included in the $11K.

Also, what I think is a good option would be to borrow against a 401K. Of course, you are so young, I’m not sure if you would have one of these…I don’t think I did at your age.


#7

Hopeful, I see you are young and unexplained. We were too. With CORM they offer a money back deal. Theres a long list of requirements, but if you don’t get pregnant with all your eggs from that cycle, you get 50% of your money back. It cost an extra $1000 for this deal, but it was worth it for us, kind of a piece of mind. So instead of $9000 it was just at $10k.


#8

I loved Houston IVF, Dr. M, and my nurse, and I am holding my precious, healthy newborn boy/girl twins as we speak. I understand the cost concern, though, and I agree with others that given that you have yet to fail an IVF cycle, participating in a program with guarantee/refund may make sense. Also, you could look on clinicaltrials.gov to see if there are any clinical trials for which you qualify. Good luck with your journey!