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maragayle posted:
So, I needed to start my Femara/Letrozole yesterday. I called my OBGYN's office within 5 minutes of them opening. I needed them to fax in a refill. With the long weekend and them closing early on Friday, I didn't have a chance until yesterday. Anywho, I told the nurse on the phone it was important that I have the medication TODAY because I have to start it on a specific day in my cycle. She said she'd run it past my Doctor and have it called in by 10 AM. Sweet, no big deal there.

My nephew's sick. He has hand, foot & mouth...apparently very common for little kids to get. So, to the doctors office we went. By the time I got out I had a voicemail from the same nurse saying the doc wanted to talk to me about my treatment schedule before calling in the meds. "She'll call you at some point today." By 12:30, 1:00 I'm getting nervous. Still nothing from the OB's office. I use a local pharmacy now, and they close at 6:00.

Call me crazy, but I went behind the OB's back and called my RE's office. I left a message for the nursing assistant to my RE, she called back within an hour or so. I had her fax in the prescription. My OBGYN's office didn't call until 4:30!!!!!! I was at my annual eye exam, so I missed the call and returned it at 4:50. They close at 5, and there was a message up saying the office had closed for the day. Are you kidding me?!

1.) I told you this was TIME SENSITIVE! 2.) I'm seeing my OB for monitoring and prescribing drugs, they don't need to ask questions 3.) I went over the treatment plan with the OBGYN LAST CYCLE! It hasn't changed! 4.) It's none of your damn business what my treatment plan is. Prescribe me my time sensitive drugs and we can talk later. 5.) Why refer me to a specialist if you're not going to listen to what the specialist has to say?! Keep your nose out of it.

I was SO mad and annoyed! The idea behind the OB's office prescribing drugs is that the insurance company is more likely to approve some of them if it's coming from them rather than an infertility specialist. Well, from now on I'm showing up for BW at the OB's office and getting meds called in by my specialist. At least they understand when you say you need something TODAY! Ugh!
Me 23, DH 25, TTC 2 years,8 rounds Clomid, round four 7.5mg Femara this cycle, test 8/27
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Leah25Brooke2 responded:
Ugh!! That's so stupid! At least you are smart enough to take it up with your RE instead!! Glad you got your meds! I started my Clomid today too! Looks like we will be cycle buddies!
Me(26)DH(28)DD(3) TTC 2nd- 1yr, 1st round of clomid 50mg - BFN, 2nd - MC, 3rd- BFN. Been trying naturally 6mos, waiting for AF in Sep to start 100mg of Clomid!
 
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maragayle replied to Leah25Brooke2's response:
Yay! It's always nice to have a cycle buddy.

I think the problem is that the OBGYN's office just doesn't thoroughly understand how important it is to have the medication right when you need it. They're pretty slow in calling me with results, too. The RE's office usually calls me within the hour, and definitely by the end of the day. In their voicemail message they even say, "your call will be answered before close of business, unless placed after 4PM where your call may be answered the following day." That, to me, is reasonable. They just have a greater understanding of what we're going through.
Me 23, DH 25, TTC 2 years,8 rounds Clomid, round four 7.5mg Femara this cycle, test 8/27
 
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mrs62610 replied to maragayle's response:
That is similar to why I switched from the ob/gyn to the RE. The obgyn just doesn't understand or care I think. My RE asked me during our consultation what reasons we had for coming to him. I told him several reasons, one of which is I won't have to wait around for someone to call me back because your office is used to dealing with crazy/hormonal women who know what they are doing! He just laughed.
Me-24 DH-37 TTC 1st for 16 months. 3 rounds of Clomid all BFN's. 3rd round of Femara, Ovidrel, and LP Progesterone. Adding IUI this cycle
 
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maragayle replied to mrs62610's response:
That's accurate. We ARE all crazy and hormonal. I just don't get why doctor's offices think they don't need to have decent customer service like any other business. I DO have options, and I WILL use them. Annoying more than anything else...
Me 23, DH 25, TTC 2 years,8 rounds Clomid, round four 7.5mg Femara this cycle, test 8/27
 
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Leah25Brooke2 replied to maragayle's response:
I SO wish I could switch to an RE.. my husband is pro taking things slow.. and not spending tons of money. We could probably afford to pay for an RE (theres a deductible and then you many half the consultation) if we took it out of savings, but my husband wants to take things slow.. he feels "it will happen when the time is right". Which is true, but I'd love an RE, an OB deals with all the pregnant women in and out of their offices, the ones dealing with infertility get pushed to the side.
Me(26)DH(28)DD(3) TTC 2nd- 1yr, 1st round of clomid 50mg - BFN, 2nd - MC, 3rd- BFN. Been trying naturally 6mos, waiting for AF in Sep to start 100mg of Clomid!
 
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roxypam responded:
Geez you had one of those days!! My OBGYN office is the same damn thing girl! If i'm seeing you it means everything is important, there is nothing to take lightly!!! I'm switching to a n RE too, hopefully they will be more professionnal, UGH!
Good luck on your Femara cycle.
 
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maragayle replied to roxypam's response:
Good luck! I love my RE's office. Problem is they're an hour and a half away, so going there just to get blood drawn, have them fill a prescription, etc. doesn't make a whole lot of sense. So, even though I have a FANTASTIC RE, I have to deal with the less than professional OBGYN's office. I really liked their office in the beginning, too....

Talked to the Doc yesterday (finally) at my OB's office. She started arguing with me about whether or not I needed the refill. "Between the Clomid and Femara you've been on it six months. You don't need to do it anymore."

Finally I said, "look. I called Boston IVF, confirmed my plan with them and they called in the meds for me already. I needed this YESTERDAY! They confirmed that I'm to go ahead and try three more months of Femara."

Long award pause, followed by "oh....they called it in? Okay, well, good luck then."

Oh brother....
Me 23, DH 25, TTC 2 years,8 rounds Clomid, round four 7.5mg Femara this cycle, test 8/27
 
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roxypam replied to maragayle's response:
What how unprofessionnal! They're not being supportive at all!
Good luck on this round of Femara, i hope you won't have to go through this anymore.
Me(30) DH(38).TTC 1yr.3mths 1700mg Metformin.2rounds 50mg clomid.Ovulated but all BFN.On a break before seeing RE.
 
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deliela999 replied to maragayle's response:
That stinks! I think I'd be looking for a different OBGYN. You don't need that crap when you finally get your BFP and stuff comes up. I was going to say tell the Dr your complaints, but it sounds like that's part of the problem. My OBGYN's office used to have a bad system that resulted in similar problems and I let my Dr know what a pain it was. Fast forward several years to my clomid and now pregnancy issues and they've changed the system so it's much better. My Dr has his own nurse to handle his calls so I can call and talk to Lisa, not whoever happens to check the voicemail box. Good luck! I'm glad you got your meds, but you don't need that added stress!
 
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maragayle replied to deliela999's response:
This IS my new OB's office. The last one was a million times worse, and I definitely ripped them a new one. I think they'll be fantastic when it comes to pregnancy. This OB, however, admittedly knows nothing about infertility past prescribing Clomid. I don't know if she's trying to use it as a learning opportunity? She said she had been thinking about trying Femara with another patient. Either way, I shouldn't suffer due to her lack of knowledge. I'm just going to leave their office out of it as much as I can.
Me 23, DH 25, TTC 2 years,8 rounds Clomid, round four 7.5mg Femara this cycle, test 8/27


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