Any experiences with GIVF?

Any experiences with GIVF?

Joined: April 6th, 2011, 10:12 pm

October 28th, 2011, 5:05 pm #1

haven't posted in a while....I'm looking at cycling in the spring and spending this time looking at clinics. I am pretty focused on RBA in Atlanta but just wondering if anyone had gone to Genetics and IVF in Maryland & Faifax Virginia?

Anyone have any experiences with them?

thanks!

bunny
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Joined: September 13th, 2008, 5:13 pm

October 28th, 2011, 5:57 pm #2

I had my initial consultation and diagnostic work done there. Dr. Lincoln discovered I had some banding in my uterus and advised that it be corrected. He performed an operative hysteroscopy, but my marriage fell apart over the issue having kids before I could cycle.

Now, that being said, as horrible as that situation was, the silver lining was that the expense of divorce and the prospect of single motherhood, combined with collapse of the stock market in 2009, forced me to look at lower cost options. I ended up cycling in the Czech Republic.

I have no regrets. Had I spent the money that GIVF wanted, I would have spent money that I now have to spend on child care for my twins, which I could not cover out of my salary alone. As it was, I spent a little over half what they were asking for a single cycle for two cycles in the Czech Republic, including travel expenses.

Overall, though, I was very happy with GIVF. My donor coordinator could be a bit less than efficient and proficient at handling administrative matters, and I was occasionally frustrated by communication, but mostly I was very satisfied. I did have a couple of uncomfortable moments with my RE, but most of his patients think he walks on water. When I had a follow-up hysterosonogram at another U.S. clinic before I made the down payment on my second Czech cycle, the doctor confirmed that my surgery through GIVF had been successful.

So, I guess my take-away is that I think it's a great clinic if you have a lot of money (and some people do) to throw at DE. If money is more of a concern, then I think I'd be more inclined to do a frozen egg cycle at RBA, and at this point in time, I don't think I'd want to do a frozen egg cycle anywhere but RBA.

Take care,

Maggie (in VA)
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Joined: April 6th, 2011, 10:12 pm

October 28th, 2011, 7:17 pm #3

thanks so much for your input... and also your opinion of RBA. Everything I find points me in that direction.
I have also thought about overseas...and looked into some clinics. The thing I really want to do, is the guarantee and I didn't find any overseas clinics that offer that.
I just feel like for me a guarantee would help me to relax a little (maybe, maybe not...don't know)
sorry I'm rambling
thanks so much for listening
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Joined: September 13th, 2008, 5:13 pm

October 28th, 2011, 8:27 pm #4

But I was near the age limit for GIVF's guarantee program, and then my domestic situation blew up. And I questioned whether GIVF would let me into the program after the Asherman's surgery. Someone mentioned a clinic recently where a uterine surgery will eliminate you from their guarantee program. Dr. Lincoln said it wouldn't necessarily, and given what the doctor who did the follow-up said, I think that's possible, but I would have aged out before I could get my domestic situation straightened out. Maggie (in VA)
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October 28th, 2011, 9:25 pm #5

haven't posted in a while....I'm looking at cycling in the spring and spending this time looking at clinics. I am pretty focused on RBA in Atlanta but just wondering if anyone had gone to Genetics and IVF in Maryland & Faifax Virginia?

Anyone have any experiences with them?

thanks!

bunny
I cycled at GIVF -- using their donor egg program. My experiences with that clinic were good and I would recommend them. Dr. Lincoln does inspire confidence and he is clearly talented at what he does.

I now have a wonderful 6.5-year-old daughter.

Good luck to you.
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October 29th, 2011, 3:06 am #6

haven't posted in a while....I'm looking at cycling in the spring and spending this time looking at clinics. I am pretty focused on RBA in Atlanta but just wondering if anyone had gone to Genetics and IVF in Maryland & Faifax Virginia?

Anyone have any experiences with them?

thanks!

bunny
I cycled with GIVF and now have 2 year old twin boys. We had success on our first try and I was 43 at the time. We just did a single cycle. I chose them because I thought their in house donor pool at the time I cycled was much better than any of the other local DC clinics - we started out at Shady Grove. Like MaggieVA - I thought the donor coordinator at the time was horrible with her communication (I wonder if it was the same woman) - but other than that I was fine with the rest of the process and DE program.

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Joined: April 6th, 2011, 10:12 pm

October 29th, 2011, 4:19 pm #7

I cycled at GIVF -- using their donor egg program. My experiences with that clinic were good and I would recommend them. Dr. Lincoln does inspire confidence and he is clearly talented at what he does.

I now have a wonderful 6.5-year-old daughter.

Good luck to you.
good to hear and especially wonderful about your daughter!
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Joined: April 6th, 2011, 10:12 pm

October 29th, 2011, 4:21 pm #8

I cycled with GIVF and now have 2 year old twin boys. We had success on our first try and I was 43 at the time. We just did a single cycle. I chose them because I thought their in house donor pool at the time I cycled was much better than any of the other local DC clinics - we started out at Shady Grove. Like MaggieVA - I thought the donor coordinator at the time was horrible with her communication (I wonder if it was the same woman) - but other than that I was fine with the rest of the process and DE program.

tigger
so good to hear about a first time success and your twins!
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Joined: August 17th, 2011, 2:17 pm

November 1st, 2011, 1:51 pm #9

haven't posted in a while....I'm looking at cycling in the spring and spending this time looking at clinics. I am pretty focused on RBA in Atlanta but just wondering if anyone had gone to Genetics and IVF in Maryland & Faifax Virginia?

Anyone have any experiences with them?

thanks!

bunny
Hi, I'm at the tail end of my clinic research phase. I have looked into Shady Grove and GIVF (and my local RE here in Delaware). I have pretty much ruled GIVF out at this point, largely b/c of their non-communication. It's kind of hard to get a hold of people even to ask questions. I got some good info from their donor coordinator, via e-mail, that I'd be happy to share with you if you would like, but it took a few days for her to get back to me. A phone call to their financial coordinator (to whom I was told I needed to speak to get my $ questions answered) went unreturned. Their fee policy is complicated, but I did a spreadsheet to get clear on it, and it makes sense to me now. happy to share that, too, let me know.

I REALLY like the information GIVF gives about their donors (audio of donor interviews, their Myers-Briggs type, etc., things that mean a lot to me), but when I did the math, I realized they don't have a bigger donor selection than SG, just better info about their donors. Which does matter, but not that much.

The other clinics I'm considering had so much better responsiveness and spent so much time answering all my questions that, all other things - size of donor pool, cost - being of equal, the outreach and general feel of dealing with the facility made GIVF fall away.

If you want the shared risk option, have you considered Shady Grove? A number of women on this site have used them and they could tell you more about actually using them. I can tell you that from a prospective patient perspective, they are terrific: I've spent literally hours on the phone with them (cumulatively), and I always get the sense they are totally happy to do so and want very much to be helpful.

Good luck!
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Joined: October 11th, 2011, 3:17 am

November 1st, 2011, 7:22 pm #10

I am with SG right now and considering switching over to GIVF because they allow transfer up to 55 years of age for recipients and SG only allows up to 50 and 11 months. I will be 51 in July. My recent problem that turns me to GIVF is because I just found out I have fibroids that will need to be removed and will take 6 months to heal. By then I will not have time to cycle at SG. I have been with them since 2003 and took break (out of $) from 2005 til now.

I would be grateful if you could share any information you have about GIVF. Thank you so much.
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