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.
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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.