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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 20:56 PM   1
floridasian
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Experience with RHS (Reproductive Health Specialists) in Pittsburgh or Shady Grove?


I am back on the boards after a traumatic twin pregnancy (delivered at 24 weeks and lost one of the twins after 10 hours). I got pregnant by surprise last September (while still pumping breast milk) but unfortunately it ended up being a BO as there was nothing but an empty sac at my first ultrasound at 8W, and again at 9W, and again at 10W before my D&C. I went back to my RE and had a few more surgeries (more scar tissues were found, then found a hole in my uterus from the C-section). Then he wanted us to try naturally for two cycles before treatments. After that we started injectables again and the first cycle was a BFN, we are now on our second injectable cycle and I'm about to start my first dose tonight. He said if I don't get pregnant this cycle I should move into IVF.

My local clinic seems to have pretty horrible success rates according to their SART reports, especially for women over 35 (I'm now 39). Unfortunately they are the only guys in town. The next closest options are 1.5 hours away in Pittsburgh, but Reproductive Health Specialists (RHS) in Pittsburgh seems to have AMAZING success rates (https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCS...linicPKID=2236). When I asked around on a local group almost everyone recommended Shady Grove in Maryland. However, their success rates (https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCS...linicPKID=2329) seem to be much lower than RHS.

Has anyone had experience with either place? Related to that, how would you choose which IVF clinic to go to? Solely based on their success rates?



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Old Aug 2nd, 2017, 08:13 AM   2
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Hands down go with RHS. Their stats are AMAZING

We're in Minnesota and had a clinic 1 1/2 hours from us, and then several 2-1/2 hours away. Even though it was more expensive, we chose the one with the overwhelmingly positive stats (that was also furthest away lol). It was definitely a haul, and I won't lie that sure added to the stress, but it was obvious early on they *really* knew what they were doing and their confidence combined with their success rates helped me more than I can describe mentally.

MFI and beginning stages of POF, both overcome our first and only shot at IVF. Stats are never a guarantee but why not stack your odds when so much money, and most importantly your heart, is on the line. If you go with the one closest and it doesn't work, I imagine the what if's would linger and haunt.

You have to keep in mind that anytime you ask locally, staying local is going to be the most popular opinion because more of your surrounding population will have gone that route - not because they're actually better in any capacity. I know too many women who took the route of convenience, built a working relationship, and for that reason refuse to "fire" their current provider and seek another even if they get stuck in an endless cycle of failed attempts. They believe all infertility doctors are the same. If their original doctor can't find success for them no one could, when nothing could be further from the truth.



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2017, 09:25 AM   3
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Thanks for your response. Actually very few people recommended the local clinic when I asked locally. Shady Grove in Maryland is 3.5 hours away, even further away than Pittsburgh. But that's what everyone recommended in the local group. And not a single person recommended RHS in Pittsburgh.

I would LOVE to go with the one with the highest success rate, but couldn't find any personal experiences in the RHS and that's why I came here to see if anyone has experience with them. I also have a special needs two-year-old so travelling is very difficult for me.



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