Archive for the ‘Low-Stim IVF’ Category

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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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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RSVP by phone 714-513-1399

New Fertility Treatment Options Seminar on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

What: Join Us for an Informative Seminar on “New Fertility Treatment Options”

– Meet & Greet, Refreshments

Reproductive Advancements Explained

Meet Our Fertility Team

– Tour our Facility – Labs/Surgical Suite

Private, Mini-Consultations

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2011  6-7PM

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

Why: Learn about new fertility treatment options. Find out if Low-Stim IVF or Natural IVF is right for you?

Limited Seating: Please RSVP by calling 714-513-1399.

We look forward to meeting you.

Is the Lower Cost Low-Stim IVF™ Right for You?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A candidate for Low-Stim IVF™ at West Coast Fertility Centers will have…

–          Reduction of treatment costs

–          Less drugs and less injections

–          More comfortable stimulation

A primary objective in Low-Stim IVF™ is to allow the ovaries to carry out a more “natural selection” of the most responsive and best quality follicles and eggs. Therefore, the recommended medication dosage is based on patient screening and may be considerably less than traditional IVF. This results in lower medication cost, fewer office visits and less risk of ovarian hyperstimulation.

The purpose of the medications used for any IVF treatment is to induce the growth of multiple eggs in preparation for egg retrieval. The novel Low-Stim IVF™ approach, first developed by Dr. David Diaz during his training at Harvard Medical School, is now recommended for selected patients at West Caost Fertility Centers. The premise for Low-Stim IVF is based on the principle of ovarian reserve which can vary from one person to another.

The concept of ovarian reserve is determined for each patient by documenting the following:
1) Ovarian Volume measured in cubic centimeters
2) Resting Follicle Count obtained by vaginal ultrasound
3) Baseline Hormone Levels measured in the blood

The patient’s age and general medical health are also part of the determining criteria for Low- Stim IVF™.

Our Low- Stim IVF™ treatment has resulted in pregnancy success rates (60%) that are equal to the results obtained with regular medication dose used in standard IVF cycles, states Joan Moody, Nursing Director at West Coast Fertility Centers in Fountain Valley and Fullerton, California.

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National Infertility Awareness Week April 24-30 | “Secret Stigma of Infertility”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

This is National Infertility Awareness Week® April 24-30

West Coast Fertility Centers is definitely on the bandwagon to support and educate the public about so many courageous people who struggle with infertility. Please read the following warm message from the Founder and Medical Director of West Coast Fertility Centers—David Diaz, MD, FACOG

“The Secret Stigma of Infertility”

Women and men struggling with infertility are surrounded in daily life by physical, emotional and social stressors which are difficult to avoid. The “Secret Stigma” of infertility is compounded by the feelings of isolation and helplessness mixed with guilt and a healthy dose of anxiety.  The reluctance to share such turmoil with even close friends and family is founded on the underlying dread of mythical advice and fear of caustic comments from well-wishers. The medial insurance industry has further trivialized the impact of infertility by categorizing its treatment as “elective” deluding itself to believe anyone would “elect” to be sub-fertile.

After practicing the “secret specialty” of fertility for 22 years, the dreams of aspiring parents continue to drive my goal to help any person who wishes to have a child by providing alternative options they may not have considered. Advances in medical treatments and society’s evolving attitudes toward non-traditional families are embraced at West Coast Fertility Centers.

David G. Diaz, MD, FACOG

Founder & Medical Director of West Coast Fertility Centers since 1988

Orange County, California

Treating Infertility Since 1988

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Mission Statement and Promise to Our Valued Patients

The promise of WCFC is to provide reproductive endocrinology services to patients with infertility problems and those wishing to preserve their fertility for the future in a personalized and compassionate setting with the most innovative treatments available.

David G. Diaz, MD, FACOG 

Founder & Medical Director of West Coast Fertility Centers

    

(Look at the adorable babies smiling!)

How we approach our valued patients:
* Each patient is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their background
* We provide the most scientifically advanced treatment available
* Our patients are seen in a nurturing and compassionate setting

Our goals for each patient:
* To assess the medical status of each patient before fertility treatment
* To make our treatments as affordable as possible without compromising care
* To achieve a pregnancy for each patient as quickly and safely as possible

  

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Can I Choose the Gender of My Baby?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

YES! West Coast Fertility Centers has the technology to help you choose the sex of your baby. There are 2 options available for gender selection.

How is Gender Determined?
At the time of conception, the sex of a baby is determined by the sex chromosome carried inside the sperm that fertilizes the woman’s egg.
A sperm cell containing a “X” chromosome unites with the “X” chromosome in the female egg resulting in a “XX” pregnancy that produces a female child. A sperm cell bearing a “Y” chromosome unites with the “X” chromosome in the female resulting in an “XY” pregnancy that produces a male child.

The fertilized egg starts to divide into many cells and is called an embryo. Once the egg becomes an embryo, its gender has already been determined as it passes through the fallopian tube and ultimately attaches inside the uterus.

Option 1: Sperm Separation Technique
A semen sample is processed in our laboratory by separating the “X” bearing (female) from the “Y” bearing (male) sperms. The result is a semen sample now enriched with the requested gender. This technique is timed to coincide with the woman’s ovulation day and the sperm are placed in the uterus with a thin straw. This procedure is called intrauterine insemination (IUI).

The Sperm Separation Technique results in the desired gender between 60% to 80%. There are several tests available that can determine if the female tubes and eggs are healthy.

Option 2: PGD Technique
It is now possible to remove one cell from an embryo formed in our laboratory by IVF. This embryo biopsy technique is called PGD and means that we can determine the “XX” or “XY” gender of any embryo with 99% certainty. Our patients can then select the embryos they wish to transfer into the intended mother’s uterus.

PGD may also be used to diagnose embryos which can carry genetic or chromosomal abnormalities resulting in miscarriage or birth defects. PGD is also useful for patients who have repeated pregnancy losses or after multiple IVF attempts when implantation does not occur. With advancing maternal age, PGD allows for selection of the best quality embryos which may then be transferred during an IVF procedure.

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“Our Dream is Coming True After So Many Years”

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Diaz and his staff were very dedicated to my husband and I during our treatment. They have made our journey very easy. Thank you Dr. Diaz!”  -Nancy V.

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“I want to tell you how much I appreciate all the attention from you. I feel that you really care for me and that I’m important for you. I think our dream is coming true after so many years, and it is all thanks to you. You’ve been wonderful and we will always thank you for caring for our family."  -Ana C.

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“I had the most loving support from the staff and I wouldn’t have asked for a more beautiful experience. I can’t wait to meet my new baby. See you next year for baby #2.”  -Tina S.

“Thank you for everything, and especially for giving us great hope. Overall  Excellent Guidance + Care! With much appreciation.”  -Rebecca & Juan

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“My experience was very positive. I’ve been checked up during all treatments. The staff was available at anytime and well trained to answer and help me. Thanks a lot!”  -Wally B.
 

Exploring Infertility Myth #5: Most Doctors Can Treat Infertility

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Women generally rely on their OB/GYN for routine gynecological and obstetrical care. However, when pregnancy fails to occur, the patient may need to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) for advanced infertility diagnosis and treatment.

Most OB/GYN doctors receive basic training in their residency program to help recognize female infertility. Whereas a REI completes four years of OB/GYN residency then pursues an additional two years of Fellowship Training.

An REI specialist focuses only on the fertility and reproductive needs of women who wish to become parents. Once the woman achieves pregnancy, she is returned to the care of her OB/GYN who manages her pre-natal care and delivery.

Nurse Practitioner Joan, Valued Patient and Dr. David Diaz

Recommendation: All patients should be involved in deciding upon their health care options. If you believe you need the services of an REI specialist, seek a very experienced infertility physician or ask your OB/GYN or your primary care physician for a referral.

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Exploring Infertility Myth #4: It is very difficult for women over age 40 to get pregnant

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Understanding the physiologic change, for women after 40 is crucial in overcoming infertility. Simple tests are available to determine ovarian function and egg quality. For women over 40, it is necessary to measure levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2). The results of these laboratory tests and the woman’s age are important in deciding the appropriate fertility treatment and expected outcome.

Keep in mind that the goal is to have a healthy child. However, when test results indicate that the outcome may be a failure, a miscarriage, or a genetically ill child, the couple is advised to consider another option. Through the miracle of egg donation or embryo donation, the uterus of the intended mother is prepared with carefully prescribed hormones and healthy embryos are placed inside the uterus.

Success rates at West Coast Fertility Centers with this technique are encouraging, with 70% to 80% of couples achieving a healthy pregnancy and the ultimate miracle of childbirth.

Recommendation: Don’t delay another minute! Take the tests to measure your ovarian reserve.