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Exceptional Patient Care from Dr. David Diaz and IVF Team

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

“We are overwhelmed with the care and support that Dr. Diaz and his entire staff have shown us throughout this process. We will forever be grateful for this opportunity you have given us to start our family. With lots of love.”  -Cheryl and Brian 11/2011

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“Thank you for taking such good care of me. You helped us get our beautiful baby girl in 2010 and we didn’t even have to think twice where to go when we were ready for #2. Your staff is so kind and I consider them family.”  -Denise N.  9/22/2011

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“Since my first visit, Dr. Diaz and his staff have treated me with exceptional care. I truly appreciate all the support I’ve received throughout this journey. Everyone has been wonderful—thank you.”  -Graciela R. 11/2011

“The whole staff was caring and patient with all of my questions. Thank you for all the positive comments. You guys are wonderful. Thank you!”  -Diana A.  11/2011

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“Dr. Diaz and his staff have taken good care of me. I appreciate all the support and kindness I’ve received through the entire process. It’s the beginning of my dream come true. Thank you.”  -Chhavy C.  9/2011

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“We appreciate all that has been done for us. All of the staff has been wonderful and so caring. Thank you!”  -Shawna Baughman 11/2011

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“The whole staff is really nice and wonderful. They answer all of our questions. They gave us hope all the time. They were with us during our journey.”  -Leonor B.  11/2011

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“It was fast and easy procedure. No pain. All the staff are great and friendly. All the staff gave clear instructions on how to use the drugs. I did refer my friend to your office for IVF procedure.”  -Maggie T.  11/2011

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“Thank you to all the great staff at West Coast Fertility for gently helping and caring for us in this wonderful journey in our lives. Much appreciated.”  -Juan and Rebecca  9/2011

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“Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Thanks so much!”  -Tavia A. 9/2011

Fertility Seminar with Dr. David Diaz at West Coast Fertility Centers on October 25

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

A fertility questionnaire by Merck showed that 91% of the 585 couples surveyed wished that they would have seen a fertility specialist sooner if they could do it all over again.

Do not wait! Get all your infertility questions answered and find out what the best fertility options are currently available.

Since 1988, West Coast Fertility Centers have been successfully helping patients build families. Join David Diaz, MD and Team  for a Free Fertility Seminar on…

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 6PM

11160 Warner Ave., Suite 411

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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Agenda

– Meet & Greet, Refreshments

– Reproductive Advancements Explained

– Meet Our Fertility Team

– Tour our Facility – Labs/Surgical Suite

– Private, Mini-Consultations

 

 

“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.

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Happy Thoughts and Reflections from Our Wonderful Patients

Friday, September 16th, 2011

“Thank you so much for the picture.  We will be 27 weeks tomorrow and we are having a girl!  We could never begin to thank all of you for everything that you have done for our family.  Kevin and I are amazed everyday that we have James and now a little girl on the way.

ivf treatment at West Coast Fertility Centers with David Diaz, MDNurse Joan with our valued patients

The care that was given to me by Dr. Diaz, Joan, Maritza, Beth, you and the entire staff was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for.  I will never forget the day that Dr. Diaz sat us down to discuss our options after all of the tests and x-rays. I was terrified that I would never be able to have children. As we sat at the table in his office and Dr. Diaz explained what the options were for us, he never rushed us, he listened to us, and he understood our fears.

It was then that I truly knew we chose the right doctor.  I believed with all my heart that when he said he would do all that he could to make our dreams of having a family come true that he would. Lucky for us that we found all of you with your medical expertise. We are still overwhelmed – IVF worked twice for us!!  We are truly blessed.

We look forward to introducing all of you to our new addition in December.”

With many thanks in our hearts,

Shea and Kevin N.

 

“We are so happy for your family. You make our job so extremely rewarding!”

David Diaz, MD and entire staff

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New Insights from Recent U.S. Fertility Survey

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Interesting Highlights from Survey

-91% of couples would have seen a fertility specialist sooner if they could do it all over again.

-54% of women incorrectly assume that fertility begins to decline at age 36 or older.

-62% of women surveyed believe news stories about celebrities over 40 having babies are good because they give hope.

-76% of potential patients and 71% of current patients are concerned about the number of injections.

-57% of women surveyed receive unsolicited advice from family and friends.

-3 out of 4 couples are concerned about the possibility of multiple births.

In the weeks to come, be on the lookout for comments and explanations regarding this survey from both David Diaz, MD, FACOG (Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist) and Joan Moody, RN, CNP (19 years’ experience with infertility).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information regarding the survey

Merck recently conducted a survey to gain a deeper understanding of the fertility patient experience. 585 couples were surveyed over a 2 year period. In all cases, the woman (or both the woman and the man) had fertility issues.

All participants surveyed had difficulty getting pregnant in the past 24 months prior to the survey. Of the 585 couples surveyed, there was only one respondent per couple; 259 were women and 326 were men. Women were between ages 18-44 years old whereas the men were between  ages 18-54 years old.

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The 4 Crucial Fertility Questions

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The 4 Fertility Questions


 

 

 

 

 

1)      Is there an egg?


2)      Is there enough sperm?


 

 

 

 

 

3)      Can egg and sperm meet?


 

 

 

 

 

4)      Can implantation occur?


 

 

 

 

 

Testing can be performed for fertility questions 1 through 3. Testing can be completed in one month.

1) Egg/Ovarian Reserve Testing:

-FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

-LH (Luteinizing hormone)

-Estradiol (Estradiol is secreted by developing follicles as they grow and is therefore an excellent measure of ovarian and follicular function)

-TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)

-AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone)

-Pelvic Ultrasound to determine Resting AFC (Antral follical count) This involves counting the resting follicles that are found on the ovary at the beginning of the menstruation. A high AFC indicates that a woman has a large number of eggs remaining in her ovary whereas low AFC shows that a woman may have a reduced number of eggs and therefore reduced fertility

 

2) Semen Analysis Testing – Amount of fluid, Sperm count (millions/ml), percentage of sperm motility, speed, shape (morphology)

 

3) Fallopian Tube Testing Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)- x ray to check if there are blockage in the fallopian tubes. Normal fallopian tubes are critical for egg transport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What NEW Fertility Treatments are Available? Find Out at Our Seminar!

Friday, July 15th, 2011

At West Coast Fertility Centers, we’re always investigating and doing research on new fertility treatment options and advancements to be able to simply offer our patients more. Our inquisitive minds and our in-house, accredited laboratories and surgical suite allow us to be creative to find different solutions and techniques to treat infertility on a continual basis.

We understand the value and importance of family. Since 1988, we have been helping patients build families and we are aware that time and budget are concerns.

We’ll be sharing “New Fertility Treatment Options” at our in-office seminar on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 6PM. We hope you can join us for a warm and informative evening. Infertility affects 15-20% of the population. If you know of anyone who has been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, please inform them about our upcoming seminar.

“Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.” -Gail Lumet Buckley

Seminar Agenda: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 from 6-7PM

Reproductive Advancements Explained

Meet Dr. David Diaz & Our Fertility Team

– Tour our Facility – Labs/Surgical Suite

Private, Mini-Consultations

Location: West Coast Fertility Centers, 11160 Warner Ave., Suite 411, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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Can Flossing, Brushing and Seeing Your Dentist Get You Pregnant 2 Months Faster?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

According to a medical study conducted in Australia on a group of 3,416 pregnant women, the study shows that women with gum disease took an average of 2 months longer to become pregnant. This “SMILE study” was announced at this year’s European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) held in Stockholm.

Additionally, non-Caucasian women with periodontal gum disease were more likely to take over a year to get pregnant probably due to the fact that they have a higher level of inflammatory response to the condition.

Hart, a Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) states that “Until now, there have been no published studies that investigate whether gum disease can affect a woman’s chance of conceiving, so this is the first report to suggest that gum disease might be one of several factors that could be modified to improve the chances of a pregnancy.”

“Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic, infectious and inflammatory disease of the gums and supporting tissues. It is caused by the normal bacteria that exist in everyone’s mouths, which, if unchecked, can create inflammation around the tooth; the gum starts to pull away from the tooth, creating spaces (periodontal pockets) that become infected. The inflammation sets off a cascade of tissue-destructive events that can pass into the circulation. As a result, periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and problems in pregnancy such as miscarriage and premature birth. Around 10% of the population is believed to have severe periodontal disease. Regular brushing and flossing of teeth is the best way of preventing it.” (Excerpt from ScienceDaily.com)

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Video Tribute for All Fathers | July 4th Quotes

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

“You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.”    ~ Robert Frost

In case you missed the heartfelt Father’s Day Tribute Video that we sent out on June 19th via email, here it is again for your viewing. To all the special fathers and fathers-to-be that have been a part of West Coast Fertility Centers since 1988, we thank you for letting us be a part of your lives.

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Happy Fourth of July to you and your family from West Coast Fertility Centers!

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.”  ~Simone de Beauvoir

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” ~Daniel Webster

“The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”
~John Dickinson

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”  ~William Faulkner

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“Natural IVF” – An Exciting and Affordable NEW Fertility Treatment Developed by West Coast Fertility Centers

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Dr. David  Diaz and his entire scientific team are always on the cutting edge of technology by developing innovative techniques and methods to treat infertility. The NEW fertility development called “Natural IVF” (NIVF) mimics a natural pregnancy and enhances the way nature selects the best egg for ovulation in a natural cycle.

Natural IVF at West Coast Fertility Center Orange County, CA

What is “Natural IVF” and How Does it Work?

“Natural IVF” can be offered to selected patients who have 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 Natural IVF, we help the ovaries select and grow the naturally selected one or two follicles and eggs. The follicles are aspirated under IV sedation and the harvested eggs are replaced to the uterus 3 days later. The woman takes progesterone capsules to help support the uterine lining. A pregnancy is confirmed two weeks after the transfer.

 

What Are the Advantages of Natural IVF?

Affordability In NIVF cycles we are merely supporting the growth of the naturally selected one or two eggs for the treatment cycle. Medication cost is low because only a minimal of amount is used to encourage the naturally selected one or two eggs.

Less MonitoringFewer ultrasound studies and fewer blood tests are needed because only one or two follicles are expected to develop.

Less Anesthesia Only mild IV sedation is needed for the egg harvest because only one or two follicles will be aspirated taking about 10 minutes.

Less Chance of Multiple Births Only one or two embryos are transferred.

 

Are You a Candidate for Natural IVF?

Patient selection is critical for someone to have a reasonable chance for success. Therefore, we have developed specific guidelines which must be met before recommending NIVF:

1. Low BMI <32 (body mass index):  Patients struggling with obesity are unlikely to respond due to the metabolic activity of adipose tissue. A BMI <32 is required to qualify for NIVF.

2. Age <33 years old: It is known that patients in their early 30’s have good ovarian reserve and therefore are likely to produce favorable egg quality, essential for embryo development.

3. FSH  <8miu/ml and Estradiol <60pg/ml: These hormones are laboratory indicators of  ovarian reserve and are good markers for predicting response during NIVF.

4. Regular Menstruation every 28-32 days: This pattern of regular cycles suggests normal hormonal signaling between ovaries and the pituitary gland.

5. Ovarian Ultrasound showing normal volume of 3-4 CM³ in each ovary.

6. Sperm Count >20 million/ml; Motility > 40%; Strict Criteria morphology >4%.

7. Absence of any medical condition that would place a patient at high risk for pregnancy.

8. Clomid patients who have undergone 3 or more cycles without success.

 

To find out if you are a candidate for Natural IVF, our patient care coordinators Joan or Maria will help you undergo testing to determine if you are eligible. Please contact us for more detailed information at 714-513-1399.

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