The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past 2 decades. Almost two-thirds of women and three fourths of men in the United States are over-weight or obese. Nearly 50% of reproductive-age women are obese.
A disease of excess body fat and insulin resistance, obesity increases the risks of hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and cancer as well as other serious health problems. While not all individuals with obesity will have infertility, obesity is associated with impaired reproduction in both women and men, adverse obstetric outcomes, and health problems in offspring. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reviewed this important issue in a recent practice committee opinion.
Congratulations to this wonderful couple who dropped by with gifts and kind words. They had five prior pregnancy losses. Dr. David Diaz at West Coast Fertility Center diagnosed a biochemical problem, performed IVF and tested the embryos for normal chromosomes. This makes the first pregnancy that grew past the first trimester. We’re all so happy for you!
“We just wanted to say thank you so so much for the amazing care you all have given us! Each and every one of you has touched our lives in such a positive way! We love coming to this office because we have always been welcomed with open arms. You all are truly an amazing team of compassionate caring people! Thank you for all you do for your patients and families. We are forever appreciative for what you have done for us and our family.” –K and CJ G.
Additional testimonials from our West Coast Fertility Family…
“I received so much support during my procedures and now have the best outcome anyone could ask for. I am so grateful to Dr. Diaz for being able to diagnose and cure my unique condition. If it were not for his up to date knowledge, I would not be able to be a mother today.” – Liese W.
“I felt very calm and relaxed. Dr. Diaz’ confidence and his amazing team contribute to bringing me such tranquility and joy at a very important moment in my life. I’m extremely positive that we chose the right doctor.” -C. B.
“I like that Dr. Diaz is straight forward in his discussions with me and is always extremely professional and kind. All the nurses at Dr. Diaz’s office create a very nurturing environment.” -S.V.
“I want to thank you and your staff for making every one of my visits comfortable. The compassion and care you and your staff provide is immeasurable. Thank you.” – Rita B.
“We are overwhelmed with the care and support that Dr. Diaz and his entire staff has shown us throughout this process. We will forever be grateful for this opportunity you have given us to start our family.” – Cheryl V.
Just days away from turning 50 years old, Janet Jackson is pregnant and planning a family with her husband. She announced in April that she will have to delay her Unbreakable world tour because she is put on doctor-ordered rest. Dr. David Diaz weighs in on the pregnancy road for this celebrity singer for HollywoodLife.com exclusive. Click here for full article
Ms. Jackson revealed her secret wedding in 2012 to Wassam Al Mana. Born in Qatar and raised in England, Al Mana is 41 and operates his family’s Gulf region fashion brand empire. The couple met in Dubai in 2010 at a hotel opening.
After news broke of her “miracle pregnancy”, Janet Jackson released the music video of her hit song, “Dammn Baby.”
The cost of IVF fertility treatment at West Coast Fertility Center (WCFC) is very competitive and probably the most affordable in the greater Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. WCFC has built a reputation for the last 25 years treating infertility with success while providing patients with quality, individualized care and attention. Some of the most difficult fertility cases in the community are referred to WCFC given our reputation for science, research, and solutions.
Unlike some clinics, WCFC do not bait patients with a false low price only for them to discover later that there are many hidden fees and costs making the teaser rate much higher than it really is. For example, some clinics display their IVF pricing and do not include the extra costs for I.V. anesthesia, laboratory fees such as ICSI or Assisted Hatching, OB ultrasound, and embryo/egg freeze. All these factors are important in the IVF process and when these extra fees are added in, the real IVF pricing will cost thousands of dollars more.
West Coast Fertility Center is upfront with IVF pricing. Everything is disclosed and itemized so that you understand what you’re getting for your money. Some fertility clinics operate like a fertility factory mill where customized care can be severely compromised. When quoting IVF pricing, all clinics usually do not include the pricing of fertility pre-testing and fertility medications because everyone’s medical situation is different.
What is Down Syndrome? Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition affecting 1 in every 691 babies born in the United States. Roughly 6,000 babies are born each year with Down syndrome and that number is expected to rise given that women are starting their families later in life. Approximately 400,000 Americans currently have Down Syndrome.
Each human cell has 46 chromosomes with 23 inherited by the mother and 23 inherited by the father. Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, occurs when 3 chromosomes occur at the 21 position instead of the normal 2 chromosomes. In other words, in chromosome 21, there is an extra copy giving rise to 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. This extra chromosome alters the development stage and causes characteristics of Down syndrome which are small stature, low muscle tone, flattened facial profile, upward slant to the eyes, and a deep crease across the center of the palm.
Maternal Age and Down Syndrome – A 28 year old woman has about a 1 in 1,000 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
– A 32 year old woman has about a 1 in 720 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
– A 36 year old woman has about a 1 in 300 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome. – A 40 year old woman has about a 1 in 100 chance of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome.
There are screening and diagnostic tests that can be performed before the baby is born to determine his or her chances of having Down syndrome.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Down Syndrome Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) allows for the selection of the best quality embryos before IVF, thus reducing the incidence of a chromosomally abnormal offspring. After fertilization of the egg and sperm in the laboratory, one cell is removed from each embryo during its third day of development. PGD with use of a special fluorescent microscope can detect any extra chromosomes or any missing chromosomes that are related with birth defects.
If you have a family history of genetic chromosomal disorders, recurrent miscarriages, or unexplained infertility issues, please schedule a private consultation with Dr. David Diaz, a fertility expert in Orange County, California with 25 years’ experience diagnosing and treating infertility. 714-513-1399
West Coast Fertility Centers is proud to support Orange Coast Memorial’s new Emergency Pavilion.
“Thank you for all that you do for our beautiful community,” noted Dr. David Diaz, infertility doctor and egg freezing specialist in Orange County, California.
Orange Coast Memorial is rolling out the red carpet on Saturday, September 28th at the Island Hotel for their 11th Annual Fall Gala, an Evening in Hollywood. Guests will revel in the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood as they enjoy live entertainment, live and silent auctions. Proceeds from this event will fund Orange Coast Memorial’s new Emergency Pavilion. This expansion will more than double the size of their Emergency Department, shorten wait times and increase patient privacy and comfort.
Join the many participants this Sunday, September 29th for the inaugural event of the Orange County Walk of Hope. The slogan for this event is that no one with infertility should walk alone and that no one should face infertility alone.
This memorable event will be held at Aldrich Park in Irvine, CA from 8 – 11AM. There will also be many activities and giveaways for everyone. The Walk of Hope will raise funds for local advocacy programs for public infertility awareness initiatives and family building options.
In early May 2013, the Wall Street Journal featured an article about Egg Freezing written by Sarah Elizabeth Richards. She referred to egg freezing as “baby insurance”. Why I Froze My Eggs (And You Should, Too)
Read Sarah’s story about how she froze her eggs on her 36th birthday and had her first baby at age 42.
“When a woman freezes her eggs, two things happen: She comes to terms with the fact that her fertility is fading, and she invests significant time, energy and money in protecting that asset by seeking medical help. The combination puts the issue front and center and makes you commit to your goals,” states Richards.
“The act of egg freezing also has the effect of making women feel more in control of their dating lives. Far from encouraging women to wait, I found that egg freezing made it easier for women to relax and find a partner.” -excerpt from WSJ article
Ms. Richards is the author of “Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It.
Natural Cycle IVF (NIVF) is an exciting and affordable new fertility treatment offered at West Coast Fertility Centers to patients who have mild forms of infertility. The promotional pricing for NIVF is $3,900 excluding costs for testing and medication.
What is Natural IVF and How Does It Work? “Natural IVF” (NIVF) can be offered to patients with mild forms of infertility but still need help becoming pregnant. NIVF mimics the natural process by helping the woman’s ovaries produce the natural healthy egg she would produce in her own cycle.
Usually one, but occasionally two eggs are released in natural cycles. With NIVF, the ovaries are assisted to develop the naturally selected one or two follicles and eggs. The follicles are aspirated under I.V. sedation and the harvested eggs are replaced to the uterus 3 days later. Some women may take progesterone capsules to help support the uterine lining. A pregnancy is confirmed two weeks after the transfer.