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Posted 11 September 2006 - 12:52 PM

Hi all..

I saw a very good dr. who was a visiting locum to my small town. She suggested PCRM. She knows the doctors and feels confident that it will be an excellent clinic... does anyone know anything about this clinic? I am so curious!!!!

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 05:19 PM

I am looking to see if anyone has any expereiences as well....I have heard that the Doctors are great, their technology is state of the art, ..... Anyone else out there have anything? It would be nice to hear other stories..I guess they have no stats yet but they won't be busy as they are so new...

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 10:49 PM

I have a consult next week.... I'll post my first impressions!

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:40 PM

I have had my consult there and found the physical atmosphere very nice, the Doctors were personable I did not however find the office staff to have any interpersonal communication skills.It is a shame when you find that it is the office staff that make or break a clinic and they are your first line of contact. When you look at the Genesis clinic and UBC most report the Nurses and others to be very supportive.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:16 PM

Rayolight

I also have a consult with Genesis... plus I'm seeing another gynecologist and may get a referral for yet another clinic. I'm finding it very difficult to make a decision regarding clinics. I'm not sure what to base it on. What do stats really represent? My GPs advice was to choose a clinic that has open lines of communication with patients, somewhere comfortable. She said not to focus on stats because they are so easily over-inflated. I really do agree.

So, are you considering PCRM? Are you looking into other clinics?

Coco

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:16 PM

I went to UBC and found them to be friendly and efficient and aware that there are timelines and get your started right away, We went to PCRM and found them to be more thorough but not near as friendly or supportive.. UBC appears very archaic in there technology but more personable.. Genesis and PCRM are private and they are a business, make no bones about it they want your money and know there is money to be made.... .but their technology is the most advanced. SO for us it comes down to Geography, PCRM is much more accescible with all the testing you need to have accesibilty. My husband and I can go there on our way to work and not have to miss a lot of work which is very beneficial, my only wish is that the MOA and Nurses had more empathy for the clients and tried to understand the difficulties that infertilty can cause and make the system more efficient.. it would be nice if they smiled even or made you feel like they were on your side, basic communication skills, would be an asset. We will use PCRM it is very nice in the building and parking is easy.

Let me know your impressions of both of them.

rayoflight

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:21 PM

Rayoflight

I'll let you know what I think too! My first appointment is later on this week. Thanks for your quick response...

Coco

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:29 PM

Are you meeting with Genesis this week as well? Is the Lower mainland home?

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 10:35 PM

I'm going to send you a PM since we are both on the boards right now!

coco

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 08:54 PM

Hey guys I just started my ivf on Tuesday, drop me a line if ya have any questions!!!!

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:52 AM

Are you at PCRM? How did you find them? How are you doing, was the egg retreival painful?

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:27 PM

Yes I am at PCRM, and I am fine thank-you. I have not yet had any egg retrievals as I just started my injections on Tuesday.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 08:59 PM

Well I had my consult with PCRM. It was good. I found the doctor to be very personable, informative, etc. I still have another couple of consults before I make up my mind.. but I really did like the doctor.

And hello allybally... it's good to hear from you! You must be excited. And yes, I have questions! Is this your first IVF or have you been to other clinics? How come you chose PCRM?

coco

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:47 AM

Oh hey there coco, yes this is my first ivf. I live in Burnaby and my ob was out of Burnaby and after some surgery in June , he then said I will have to refer ya to a fertility specialist, and it just so happens that there will be this new clinic just opening. So we went and had the consultation and all the preliminary blood work done and hubby did his deed and well at the next appointment we were told all of our options. But as it goes all the other treatments had very low percentage rates for us and this is what he is recommending. Of course saying yes miracles do happen but I am not confident you will conceive naturally. So we thought about it and wow that was hard in itself. And here we are just plugging away. I really do like the dr and the nurses have been great as I have had alot of questions. Okay so let me know how things are going and I will get back to you's

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 10:38 PM

coco,

I am glad you have had your consultation and liked the Dr. Let me know what you think of Genesis....

Allybally I am so happy to hear that you have had a postive response with PCRM and have found them to be supportive, you sound like you have had no issues with them. I hope my expereince was a misunderstanding and we can go forward . Are they your first clinic? I am new to the whole concept of IVF and wish you the best of luck in this process.
rayoflight

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 02:46 AM

Hey there, and yes I know what ya mean about some of the staff, but I went in there with a possitive attitude and pretty much told them that i was terrified about all of this as it too is my first go at this. I did not go to any other clinics as when hubby and I went there we met with Dr.H and he seemed to be very knowledgeable and we both were very comfortable talking with him. Then when we decided to go ahead with ivf we then met the nurses and again I found them to be quite pleasant. I know the front end staff seemed to not know alot when we went the first few times but things seemed to have gotten better. But I of course understand that this is a big thing and you need to be put at ease with your decision as you will be spending a lot of time there eventually (every other day for bloodwork and u/s). So hope that everything goes your way in your decision making and we will be in touch!!!!!!!

Ally

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 10:30 PM

Ally,


Thanks alot for the information, I am confident that my decsion ot stay there is the right one..the location is perfect... I am hoping there system gets a little more evolved as time goes on.. for example who do you call to book appointments with? and talk about results with. How are you feeling are the meds gettign to you? Can you tell me a little bit about the process, ie how long does it take and how is the egg retrieval done?

I appreciate your help.

rayoflight

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 01:52 AM

Hey rayoflight, the receptionists name is Cheryl-Anne( I think) and you would talk to her to book an appointment with the Dr. Any results would be given by the Dr. Now before you go ahead with anything, you and your partner? will have to have every kind of test immaginable done (hep,hiv,std's) blah blah blah oh and I think they will check your blood type, I think that was an 8 vial blood giveaway, but again it is for a good reason. Anyhoo, do you already know that you will be doing ivf or have you already tried other things? Okay so the meds, well let me tell ya they are not that bad and if I can do it then anyone can, I am after all the girl that won't go to the dentist because of needles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So they seem to be giving me a good headache everyday and well today I had a hot flash my mum said , and I thought I was going to loose it at Wal-Mart of all places, so is it bad? No I would say it is just the body saying what in the world is going on. So be in touch and we can chat as I think this is great.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 01:56 AM

Oh ya the whole process (if all goes well I think is around 7-8wks) They of course will keep ya posted on everything to do and when the egg retrival will be done. I believe they will sedate me and go in and grab the little eggs???????????? Time will tell as this is my first treatment.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 08:49 PM

Hi Ally,


We have had all the bloodwork and prerequisites done,Did you have to pay for your bloodwork? I did but my husband didn't. we still finishing my tests. with some bad news on along the way which was not expected.. . My husband has done his thing for a more specialized sample, I am hoping we could start with the IUI but we will have to see, It seems like every step forward we take two back. Do you have to go in for daily bloodwork and do you do your own injections? I am curious on how they test you for ovualtion or do you test yourself with the sticks?Sorry I am full of questions as this whole process is so new and a bit overwhelming.......

rayoflight

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 12:08 AM

Hello Ladies...

Well, thanks for keeping us posted Ally. What day are you on now? You are on the long protocol right? It looks like I will most likely be doing the long protocol as well. And yes.. how are those needles? I too hate needles.

Rayoflight, is it still up in the air IUI vs. IVF then? It is overwhelming... originally when I started out I was going to try IUIs again but now it's straight to IVF. It took me a couple of months to wrap my mind around that... and so I know how overwhelming this is. IUI to IVF is a massive emotional and physical leap.

As for me, I'm about to start Clomid Challenge Test, have you done this one? Sounds like there are quite a few potential side effects for Clomid.... I think I will post this question around to see how others reacted. The only tests/procedure that I have left are this CCCT and a hysterscopy to remove possible polyp. Lots of fun!!!! I'm hoping that after this I'll be good to go... although apparently it's best to wait a month or more after the hysterscopy. I am impatient by nature so it's difficult... but I am trying my best to relax..........

Take care!

Coco

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 10:38 PM

Coco,

Have you decided what clinic you are going with? What is the Clomid Challenge test? We don't really know our options, I now have to have a Laprascopy this week( I am quite nervous) and then we will see our options... When do you have your hystercopy?
Good luck.
rayoflight

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 02:13 AM

Hi girls, Well as I read I am reading things that I had to go through. I have been off work since February due to bad irregular periods. Rushed to the ER twice as they thought I would have to have a blood transfusion, after having it for something like 47 days. So the reason I tell you both this is back in June I had a Hysteroscopy D&C and Laporoscopy as there was a mass in the uterus, and several cysts in the ovaries. So I know exactly what you are going through. I know I felt so alone and how could anyone at this age (31) have to go through this. But since the D&C things seemed to get better. The mass was polyps and all results came back okay. So basically PCOS, & ovulation issues. And then to find out that hubby had a few issues (low motility). So no wonder why after 2 yrs and no luck. So if anyone has any questions please ask. Also both procedures are not that bad and you will be on the mend in a few days. So I am on day 7 of injections and it is honestly not bad to have the shots, you seriously barely feel them. But I do have this faint headache on and off everyday, not enough to be bad but it is there, and let me tell ya not to have a hot flash in Wal-Mart on a Sunday afternoon!!!!!!!! I thought I was going to loose it, otherwise I am okay. :wall:

Anyhoo off to bed, take care,
Ally

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 10:25 AM

Ally,

Thanks for the words of encouragement, I am trying to remain postive however I was postive for my X-ray and thought everything was fine and it was disastirous We did not expect any issues with me. I am now faced with thinking I may wake up tomorrow with no tubes and I am terrified... trying hard to be positive. It sound like you have been through everything and you sound very strong and wise... I know with time I will get there, I also beleive you deal with the cards you are dealt and it will make you stronger... it is just sometimes hard to keep in perspective. I hear it is a little painful with a few days recovery so I will rent movies and rest....

rayoflight

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 11:19 AM

I will be thinking of you tomorrow and I will have good thoughts for you. Hope all goes well and when you are on the mend then jot me a line. Take care of yourself,
Ally