Archive for the ‘Egg Freezing’ Category

Thanksgiving Wishes from Egg Freezing and Infertility Doctor David Diaz and Team

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving — a day to give thanks and a special day to rejoice with family and friends.

On behalf of the entire team at West Coast Fertility Centers and Frozen Egg Bank, Inc., I would like to take a moment to wish you and your family the warmest of Thanksgiving Holidays.  -David Diaz, MD

Egg Freezing Seminar with Egg Freezing Specialist David Diaz, MD in Orange County

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Join Dr. David Diaz for an intimate discussion about female fertility and the powerful option of egg freezing.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6PM

Location: West Coast Fertility Centers at 11160 Warner Ave., Suite 411 in Fountain Valley, CA (Orange County)

Limited seating. Please RSVP by calling 714-513-1399.

breast cancer and egg freezing

Egg Freezing Ban Lifted, Reproductive Freedom at Last!

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine removed the “experimental” label from human egg freezing. View Press Release

Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. (FEB)is the premiere facility in the United States dedicated to the freezing and distribution of donor eggs and electively freezing the eggs of women wishing to preserve their fertility.  A study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting on October 24, 2012 showed the freezing and thawing technique used by FEB,  a division of West Coast Fertility Centers, has a greater efficiency than the vitrification technique among all egg banks sampled in the study.

View Egg Freezing Seminar Flyer

– 1 in 5 women are having their first child after age 35. Some women request elective egg freezing to preserve fertility while their eggs are healthy and robust.

– Women diagnosed with ovarian dysfunction or failed fertility treatments can request using frozen donor eggs to help improve their odds for pregnancy.

– Women newly diagnosed with cancer can freeze their eggs before chemo and radiation treatments.

– Some women prefer to freeze surplus eggs instead of embryos for ethical reasons.

About Dr. David Diaz and the Egg Freezing Team

How Age Affects Fertility and Your Eggs

October Celebrations with Egg Freezing Doctor David G. Diaz | ‘Experimental’ Label Lifted from Egg Freezing by ASRM

Friday, October 26th, 2012

There are many noteworthy celebrations in the month of October for Dr. David Diaz and the scientists at West Coast Fertility Centers (WCFC).

1) Cadyn Elizabeth was the first frozen egg baby born at WCFC on October 6, 2005 using eggs frozen back in 2001. She turned 7 years old – Happy Birthday to our sweet Cadyn!  This video link was created for Cadyn Elizabeth when she visited us at WCFC in 2010 when she turned 5 years old.

first baby born from egg freezing at west coast fertility centers

2) Last year, on October 15th, Dr. David Diaz hosted the world’s first frozen egg baby reunion with nearly 70 joyous families and their frozen egg babies coming together to celebrate life at WCFC.

World's first reunion of babies born from egg freezing at West Coast Fertility Centers

3) Also, October is especially memorable this year as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) removed the “experimental” label off of human egg freezing.

human-egg-freezing-process-west-coast-fertility-centers

4) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The third Friday in October is designated as National Mammography Day as first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993.

breast cancer and egg feezing at west coast fertility centers

Raise Awareness for Egg Freezing During October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. West Coast Fertility Centers in affiliation with Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. encourage all young breast cancer patients who want to have children in the future discuss fertility preservation by egg freezing with their oncologists.

It is important to select a Center who has experience with egg freezing and thawing with live baby births from frozen eggs. The advanced LANDA Technology developed by Dr. David Diaz and Antoine La has yielded nearly 70 live baby births from egg freezing. While many fertility centers may offer egg freezing, they don’t necessarily have any live baby births to prove that they can freeze your eggs successfully to produce a baby in the future.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. (source: www.nbcam.org)

The gonadotoxic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs are known to potentially lead to infertility due to chromosomal effects in the oocyte (eggs). By harvesting and freezing before the start of cancer treatment, the unfertilized oocytes can be stored indefinitely and thawed when clearance is given to attempt pregnancy. This is especially important in young, single females interested in having their own biologic child.

West Coast Fertility Centers helps by reducing some of the costs of egg freezing while working closely with Fertile Hope, a non-profit organization that offers emotional support to cancer patients. Our industry partner, EMD Serono, provides free medications t our patients. This helps make egg freezing more affordable to these patients whose medical treatments may pose a risk of infertility.

Dr. David Diaz is Hosting the World’s First Reunion of Nearly 70 Babies Born from Egg Freezing on October 15th, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

“This baby reunion is unique because it celebrates the pioneering families and their babies conceived from thawed frozen eggs. Nearly 70 joyous families and their frozen egg babies will come together to celebrate LIFE at West Coast Fertility Centers on October 15,” states Dr. David Diaz.

The entire staff at West Coast Fertility Centers has been diligently planning the first ever reunion of babies born from frozen eggs. Unlike other regular IVF reunions periodically held by various fertility centers, we are hosting the world’s first reunion of actual babies born from egg freezing. We are all so happy and excited to spend an afternoon with all the beautiful frozen egg babies.

Guest speakers at this world’s first frozen egg reunion event will include…

Barbara, Mother of first frozen egg baby – Cadyn who turned 6 years old on Oct 6th.

Brie, Patient who did egg freezing before starting her cancer treatments

Stephanie and Rob, Chose egg freezing rather than embryo freezing

 


 

“David Diaz, MD, Medical Director of Frozen Egg Bank Inc. and West Coast Fertility Centers has always      been on the scientific forefront of finding real solutions for real human needs because he understands that unanticipated life events can threaten a woman’s reproduction. Cancer at a young age, career demands, single marital status, or a depleted ovarian function can all endanger a woman’s fertility potential.

Since 2000, Frozen Egg Bank’s (FEB) medical and scientific team have been refining the art of freezing and thawing a woman’s unfertilized egg for fertilization and implantation at a later date. Long before the “flash freeze” method was in vogue, FEB in association with West Coast Fertility Center, presented their 91% frozen egg survival rate data at the ASRM Meeting in 2008. The team developed an IRB approved study for their digital programmed freezing method that has resulted in the births of nearly 70 healthy babies out of about 400 born in the U.S. from frozen eggs. Cadyn, the Center’s oldest frozen egg baby and the first in California, will celebrate her sixth birthday on October 6, 2011.”

READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE

 

“World’s First Frozen Egg Baby Reunion”: A New Generation of Motherhood

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Once again, the rights of people who wish to have children by assisted reproduction are at the center of a debate.  This time around, Egg Freezing is at the heart of the dispute between women who want the freedom to create families and those who oppose a woman’s option to preserve her fertility.  Despite opposition, David Diaz, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Expert, faced challenges and found solutions for a multitude of his patients. As a result, Dr. Diaz and his staff will be hosting the World’s First Reunion of Babies Born from Frozen Eggs on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

David Diaz, MD, CEO of Frozen Egg Bank Inc. and West Coast Fertility Centers has always been on the scientific forefront of finding real solutions for real human needs because he understands that unanticipated life events can threaten a woman’s reproduction. Cancer at a young age, career demands, single marital status, or a depleted ovarian function can all endanger a woman’s fertility potential.

Since 2000, Frozen Egg Bank’s (FEB) medical and scientific team have been refining the art of freezing and thawing a woman’s unfertilized egg for fertilization and implantation at a later date. Long before the “flash freeze” method was in vogue, FEB in association with West Coast Fertility Center, presented their 91% frozen egg survival rate data at the ASRM Meeting in 2008. The team developed an IRB approved study for their digital programmed freezing method that has resulted in the births of nearly 70 healthy babies out of about 400 born in the U.S. from frozen eggs. Cadyn, the Center’s oldest frozen egg baby and the first in California, will celebrate her 6th birthday on October 6th, 2011.

Advances in oocyte freezing now make it possible to preserve the unfertilized eggs of young cancer patients prior to starting potentially damaging chemo or radiation treatments. Once cleared by her oncologist, she may thaw her oocytes to attempt pregnancy. Such was the case for courageous Brie who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 23 and chose to freeze her eggs before starting chemotherapy. While going through the difficult diagnoses of cancer, there is hope knowing that Brie was given the option to freeze her eggs. There is definitely “life after cancer” and it is comforting to know that Brie’s ability to one day have children won’t be compromised.

Egg freezing has also proven valuable for the career inspired women. The physical properties that make an egg fertile during her youth can now be preserved by freezing her eggs until such a time when she is ready to initiate her family on terms that are suitable for her. Such is the case for Yvonne, a PA, who expressed, “Being a 34 year old professional female, I have thought about egg freezing for 2 years. I did not want my biological clock to dictate when I should get married and have children. After reading about Dr. Diaz and all the great work he has done, I decided to proceed with egg freezing.”

Some women faced with a family history of premature menopause, endometriosis and other medical conditions which can diminish or damage their ovaries can still become pregnant by using stored donated eggs frozen with cutting edge technology at the Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. (FEB), in California. Dr. Diaz recalls the debate more than 20 years ago about whether older women should conceive by using donor eggs. In 1992, Dr. Diaz’s patient, Mary Shearing, age 53, gave birth to twins. Today, Mary is an active 72 year old proud mother of daughters in college.

After undergoing IVF, patients like Stephanie and Rob chose to freeze surplus eggs instead of embryos. As needed later, the eggs are thawed and fertilized to create embryos that are then transferred to the uterus for a pregnancy attempt. Unlike an embryo, the egg is a single unfertilized cell, which for some individuals, may be simpler to discard when no longer needed. With this method, fewer extra embryos are created or need to be stored. More and more patients are favoring this option that avoids some of the ethical dilemmas surrounding frozen surplus embryos.

“Like previous fertility breakthroughs, egg freezing is not without its critics. While I can understand the medical and lay communities concerns about new fertility procedures, egg freezing is becoming a viable option for those women who wish to preserve their fertility,” says Dr. Diaz.

Previously, the low success described in early published medical articles seemed to perpetuate the false notion that egg freezing would never become a reality. However, building on the high success rate with embryo freezing at West Coast Fertility Centers, their focus turned to the systematic analysis of the physiology and the fluid composition of a human oocyte. West Coast scientists recognized the oocyte’s special requirements needed to survive the rigors of very low freezing temperature while still maintaining its integrity.  Equally important to a successful freezing program is the development of a robust thaw protocol that insures the survival of the egg when ready to be fertilized. Cell death can occur if conditions are not optimal during the reanimation sequence.

Rarely discussed by the media, is the fact that the vast majority of clinics offering egg freezing have never even attempted to thaw a single one of their patients’ eggs. This is a glaring example of why egg freezing is still considered “investigational.” Nevertheless, in the hands of experienced practitioners who practice the art of egg freezing, the success rate in the favorable patient age group approximates those of a fresh IVF cycle. Egg Freezing and thawing should be left to veteran experts who perform it frequently and practice it well.

“This baby reunion is unique because it celebrates the pioneering families and their babies conceived from thawed frozen eggs.  Although some groups may consider egg freezing “investigational,” nearly 70 joyous families and their frozen egg babies will come together to celebrate LIFE at West Coast Fertility Centers,” states Diaz. Guest speakers at the reunion will include Jack Jacoub, MD, Director of Oncology at Orange Coast Memorial Hospitals, Alice Crisci, Founder of Fertile Action Network, and Barbara Trulson, mother of our first frozen egg baby.

On Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2PM, West Coast Fertility Centers will host “The World’s First Frozen Egg Baby Reunion” honoring the parents and children conceived from frozen eggs. The event will be hosted by Dr. David Diaz and his Team at West Coast Fertility Centers Orange County, 11160 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

View full Press Release here

View Reunion Flyer Announcement

 

Oct 4th Seminar: Female Fertility Preservation Using Egg Freezing

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Please join Dr. David Diaz and Staff for an intimate discussion of FEMALE FERTILITY PRESERVATION and the powerful option of EGG FREEZING on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6PM.

seminar on preserving your fertility

 

 

 

 

 

 


West Coast Fertility Center
11160 Warner Avenue, Suite 411
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

To reserve your seat, please call 714-513-1399 or email Maritza@EggFreezing.com

To date, West Coast Fertility Centers has celebrated the birth of nearly 70 healthy babies born from frozen eggs; more than any other program in the United States with additional on-going pregnancies from frozen eggs. Dr. David Diaz and his Team have dedicated over 10 years perfecting the science of Egg Freezing and Thawing using our IRB approved technique.

Who May Benefit from Egg Freezing?

1) Young women newly diagnosed with cancer wishing to avoid damage to their eggs before cancer treatments.

2) Women undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) who prefer to freeze surplus eggs instead of embryos for ethical reasons

3) Women with depleted ovarian function wishing to achieve pregnancy with frozen donor eggs.

4) Young women less than 38 years old who need to store their healthy eggs until they’re able to start a family.

How Age Affects Fertility

Meet David Diaz, MD, FACOG

 

Tax Credit Bill for Infertility Treatments Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses related to IVF and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients. A warm thank you goes to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) who introduced the bill which is appropriately named the Family Act of 2011, S965.

This was made possible by a successful advocacy day in Washington DC on May 5th put forth by RESOLVE. Now that the bill is introduced, your help is needed by contacting your 2 U.S. Senators to get co-sponsors in the US Senate. It takes 3 minutes through RESOLVE’s Action Alert System. PLEASE review the online letter and personalize it with your story.

Ask your friends and family to send letters  too!  Forward this link so they can take action today. http://www.resolve.org/taxcredit

Advocacy Day, courtesy of Resolve.org

How does a bill become law?

Read the key provisions of the bill

About West Coast Fertility Centers

Royal Wedding Prompts a Visit to West Coast Fertility from a Special British Couple

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has captivated the world and thanks to their nuptial vows, it has also prompted a visit to West Coast Fertility Centers from a special British couple.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding(Window display of Prince William and Kate Middleton at world famous Harrods department store in London)

It started when Gladys attended the on-board welcome cocktail reception as her cruise ship departed from Seattle. Attracted to Gladys at the party, a charming gentleman introduced himself. Unaccustomed to his distinctive British accent, Gladys asked her travel buddy to help understand the nuances of the “king’s English.” The couple eventually married and began their trans-Atlantic life, he living in Britain and she in the U.S.

Although Gladys had children, the couple relished starting a family together but medical tests showed their best chance would be with the help of a fertility specialist. They visited doctors in the U.K. but the couple decided to seek help in “The States.” A friend recommended they visit a clinic in California where they met Dr. David Diaz.  At the clinic, a prompt diagnosis was made and treatment was planned around the couple’s special living arrangements. His semen sample was frozen and stored before work obligations beckoned in England.

west coast fertility centers dr. david diaz(Duncan, Gladys, Joan-NP, Antoine-Embryologist, Dr. David Diaz)

Using in-vitro fertilization, the eggs were fertilized with the thawed sperm and healthy embryos developed in five days. To prevent multiple births, the clinic’s protocol is to transfer just two blastocysts. Happily, two weeks later, a positive pregnancy led to tears of joy and hugs all around. The proud Dad shared in the celebration as the image of the embryo was instantly e-mailed to him across the world in the U.K.

While the Royals prepared for their special day, the British government declared a special holiday of two 4-day weekends in honor of The Prince and future Princess. The celebration made it possible for the new parents to visit California where they hosted a wonderful luncheon for the Staff at West Coast Fertility Centers. They surprised the staff with gifts from England – Cadbury chocolate and a pair of commemorative goblets featuring the images of William and Kate. Congratulations to both couples on their memorable occasions!!

Cadbury Chocolate gift from England Royal Mugs of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Fertility treatment cost at West Coast Fertility Centers

Fertility FAQs

Congratulations to Celine Dion Who Welcomes Twin Boys

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Frozen Egg Bank in affiliation with West Coast Fertility would like to congratulate Celine Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, on the birth of their fraternal twin boys on October 23, 2010. The twin boys are healthy and weigh in at 5 lbs., 4 oz., and 5 lbs., 10 oz.

The couple achieved their first pregnancy in 2001 following an IVF treatment and decided to freeze their extra embryos for a later time. These embryos were frozen for 8 years before Celine and her husband decided to try to have a second child. After multiple IVF attempts to grow their family, they were finally successful.

 


photo courtesy of Lilly Pamberger/Celebrity Photo

 

Prior to receiving any infertility treatment, Rene was diagnosed with cancer. Before starting any chemo-radiation, he froze his semen because of his desire to one day have children with Celine. Having a family was something very important to both Celine and Rene, and with their quick thinking they were able to plan ahead and preserve their fertility.

 

Fertility Preservation is an important option for single men, women and couples who desire to fulfill professional and personal goals while putting off plans to have children. As a woman increases in age, the number of her available eggs will start to exponentially decrease. Not only will this number decrease but so will the quality of these eggs while the chances of genetic abnormalities will start to drastically increase. It is important to consider preserving your fertility when you have a higher chance of freezing better quality eggs. Fertility Preservation is also an important option to consider for patients just like Rene that have received an unfortunate diagnosis and must undergo chemo-radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is very damaging to both egg and sperm production and can result in fertility problems unless the patient considers fertility preservation prior to receiving any treatment.

 

Until very recently, patients were only given the option to freeze their embryos, but now there is a new option available. Single women now have the ability to freeze their eggs, just as a single male can freeze his sperm. Patients can choose to freeze their eggs/embryos/semen today and save this precious gift for sometime in the future. Once frozen eggs/embryos/semen can remain stored for much longer than 8 years, as in Celine and Rene’s case.

 

Watch video of Celine's Infertility Struggle on ABC News

 

Read more on Egg/Sperm Freezing www.EggFreezing.com

 

Read more about IVF procedure www.ivfbaby.com