I hate giving bad reviews but I feel this one for Dr Christopher Huang and his partner Dr Christina Arnett is warranted as it cost my husband and I a great deal of emotional distress, money and time. If you are going through infertility issues, you know how emotionally draining it can be so you would want your fertility doctor to do everything in their power to help you when you’re so desperately in need.
I started trying to conceive in January. After about 8 months I told my then OBGYN, Dr Lynette Tsai that I thought something was wrong but was told by her APRN to get an ovulation kit. I told them my periods were horrible with pain and clots and that my mother had endometriosis so I thought I too might have it. Finally after a few months of complaining to them, I was sent for an ultrasound that only confirmed a large fibroid on my uterus so I was referred to Dr Arnett and Dr Huang for my fertility issues.
They present to be nice but always rush through appointments and talk a mile a minute which kind of makes me feel that they lack empathy. This was my first time going to a fertility specialist so I had no idea what to expect. They told me the first step for me is to try intrauterine insemination (IUI). I was also put on Clomid which ended up making my uterine lining too thin in the first round of IUI.
Dr Huang suggested a second round of IUI, still with Clomid. You’d think he would try a different approach as the first round showed the Clomid thinned my lining but nope, he proceeded with the same plan for round two. After that second round didn’t take, I felt so depressed and wanted to give up. I told Dr Huang and Dr Arnett that I wanted to see if the fibroid on my uterus (which they suggested I leave alone) could be removed as that might be the issue and at the same time they could check for endometriosis but nope, they suggested I continue with round three of IUI but with VERY COSTLY injectable hormones.
I even reiterated that my mother had endometriosis so I thought I might have it too as I suffer from all the symptoms but was brushed off with “oh but some women have endometriosis and can still get pregnant”. Trusting them, I did round three of IUI. After that failed, that was it. I talked to so many others struggling with infertility and many said that once they were treated for the endometriosis and had it surgically removed, they got pregnant soon after and naturally! Everyone suggested I switch to Dr Thomas Kosasa or Dr Benton Chun.
I switched to Dr Kosasa right away and the first thing he did was tell me that I needed to have laparoscopic surgery to see if I had endometriosis. I just had this surgery two weeks ago and was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. Dr Kosasa said it was everywhere and even all over my ovaries! Luckily, he was able to remove it all and now my husband and I can try conceiving naturally. Now we have the same chance as anyone else without endometriosis.
I feel so frustrated, hurt, angry and let down by doctors like Dr Huang and Dr Arnett. I don’t know if they realize how hard going through fertility issues is and all the emotional stress it causes patients but please please please, remember why you became a fertility specialist. It’s not all about the profit, it’s about your patients’ well-being. Without your patients, you wouldn’t have your private practice.
Your job is to help women conceive their blessing and give them the best chance they have. That means checking them for EVERYTHING that could be hindering them from conceiving like, endometriosis and listening more to their concerns.Good luck to all you women out there trying to get your miracle. It is a journey that will all be worth it in the end. But do your research and be careful who you go to for help!