Rachana V. Garde, M.D.
Rachana V. Garde, M.D. is a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist who practices primarily in the Annandale, VA and Woodbridge, VA offices. Dr. Garde completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Russian Studies at Duke University and received a graduate degree in Infectious Disease Studies from Yale University. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology were completed at Barnes Hospital, Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Garde was then awarded a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Duke University Medical Center. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Awards & Recognition
Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Doctors
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
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Dr. Garde's Reviews
I wanted to thank you for providing me some advice during a consult I had with you in mid-October, as I am now pregnant!!
When I saw you, I was a patient of the Walter Reed IVF Program and was about to make a third IVF attempt after two unsuccessful ones with high response (at age 41). You had recommended that I should be on a lower protocol without Lupron MDF. At my baseline visit with WRAMC, Dr. Payson wanted to keep me on Lupron MDF but had planned to reduce my stims to 2 FSH and 1 HMG dose per day. Although this was still lower than my previous protocol--and similar to what you recommended if I wasn't on MDF--I asked if we could lower it even more. I decided that I would rather ramp up the dosage if I have a low response than to try and put on the brakes. Dr. Payson agreed, and I started a 1 FSH / 1 HMG protocol with MDF.
My progress was much slower this time with fewer follicles and lower estradiol. At retrieval, they retrieved 18 eggs (vs. 49 and 42 the previous attempts); 15 were mature, and 10 fertilized. By Day 5 transfer, I had three blastocysts and had them all transferred. I was a little concerned as they were all low grade blastocysts, but they must have been strong because it worked! Not only did it work, but I had a beta HCG at day 14 of 172 (day 16 beta was 320). I'll have an early u/s on Dec 10 to see if I'm carrying multiples.
I was pretty sure this would be my last attempt regardless of the outcome, so I can't thank you enough for giving me the advice that finally made my dream come true.
"I live in Richmond and travel to see Dr. Garde in Woodbridge. She is great. You won't find a nicer doctor that's for sure."
"Of all the doctors I've seen at SG, Dr. Garde is my favorite. I think she's head and shoulders above the rest in terms of personality and attentiveness to patients... Dr. Garde was so sensitive and thoughtful and attentive. I think the combination of her care combined with SG's facilities and knowledge and the shared risk program makes for a really smart IVF decision."
"Dr. Garde is quite warm and charming."
"We had Dr. Garde at the Woodbridge office and she was very easy to talk to. I always asked her a ton of questions and she always took her time to answer everything for us."
"Dr. Garde is very professional, explained everything to where we understood and was very patient."
"We are very excited about working with Dr. Garde. She seemed genuinely interested in our situation."