After 4 failed IUIs, a chemical and then an painful early miscarriage from our first IVF cycle at a local clinic, I’m looking into a new clinic to start our second cycle. I’ve been getting some helpful advice on this forum about CCRM, and we’ll do a phone counseling with CCRM soon.
But I thought since we live in Southern Cal, it might be worthwhile to check out some big clinics near home as well. I read through a lot of older threads and boy is the info overwhelming! After days of obsessing over the choice, these are the ones I have in mind:
- Huntington Reproductive Center (HRC)
The weird thing is, they have really good numbers on SART. I believe they are among the top 5 clinics in California if you look at their success rate for women under 35 last year. But reading older threads in 2010 on this forum, I’ve encountered quite a few negative comments about HRC. It also seemed their numbers weren’t so impressive back in 2 years ago.
Does anybody know about HRC? Did they have a significant change in their doctors or lab since 2010? Are they really as good as their SART report looks?
I also noticed HRC doesn’t accept many DOR patients. They prefer younger patients with MF. I’m afraid this patient screening is a poor reflection on their lab, but then again, I am under 35 with only MF. Maybe it’s a good place for me?
- Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC)
I just learned that Dr. Surrey here is the brother of the Surrey at CCRM. :woohoo: Also heard a lot of good things about their lab and embryologist. Their live birth rate per transfer on SART is fine, although not as high as HRC. They also seem to be around longer.
- Reproductive Partners Medical Group (RPMG), Beverly Hills
Heard a lot of nice things about this place. But I’m probably not traveling to San Diego. If I choose RPMG it would be at its branch near LA. Any one would recommend its LA branch over HRC and SCRC?
- LIFE at Irvines, CA
This is a clinic that focuses on mini and natural cycle IVF. So far I’ve heard a lot of people singing high praises about Dr. Yelian and his awesome embryologist. Some say LIFE is the only mini IVF places on the west coast that’s comparable to New Hope on the east. I tell ya their price is also very inviting.
But I’m still wondering if mini IVF is for me, as my AFC was 20 and FSH 4.5. My problem is not DOR but repetitive miscarriages. And retrieving less eggs each cycle would only make my CCS cost more…
So, these are thoughts I’ve had. Choosing a clinic is soooo hard. Thought I’d rant it all out and hear what you guys have to say. Any comments are greatly appreciated! :grouphug: