Archive for the ‘Low-Stim IVF’ Category

IVF Emotional Support Combined with Scientific Expertise

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Dear Dr Diaz & Staff,

It is not often you find a medical practice such as yours – one that is centered on scientific expertise combined with a staff that is filled with empathy and genuine concern for their patients. This combination is few and far between and is what made our experience with West Coast Fertility Centers a very positive one.

This Thanksgiving, we gave thanks to you Dr. Diaz, as well as to Joan, Beth, Maria, Maritza, Mike, Carol, Dr. Han, Antoine, and Mary for giving us the gift of hope, and ultimately, the gift of family. We were always welcomed with warm and comforting words and many times shared in a hug or a good cry (thanks Joan!).

This emotional support is just as important to us patients as the science behind what you do, and you do both exceptionally well. You reminded us that we were not alone in our struggles yet made us feel like we were your only patients. Thank you for sharing in our struggle, our goal, and finally in our great happiness. You are all so wonderful!

~Monica & Dennis

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Exploring Infertility Myth #3: Your Emotions Play a Large Role when Trying to Conceive

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

No one can anticipate a visit to a fertility center. It is often a difficult and emotional decision to take the first step. Happy young couples who are hopeful about starting a family are often shocked to learn that the ability to conceive escapes them. Other couples have focused on their education and careers only to discover that their dream of having a “perfect” family is clouded by the obstacle of infertility. Feelings of anger and frustration can overwhelm successful people who are accustomed to problem solving but now feel helpless in trying to get pregnant.

 

Understanding the emotional and psychological needs of couples struggling with infertility is a key part of the treatment plan. Having a supportive, compassionate medical staff is important for patients that need extra special attention.

 

Recommendation: Learning about infertility is a good way to lower stress and to feel more in control. Develop expectation about your odds for success. It helps to explore all your options and to be persistent. Couples who don’t give up hope have the best chance of reaching their goal for pregnancy.

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Infertility Myth #2: Women Have Lots of Time to Get Pregnant

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

While it may seem unfair, women are born with a fixed, pre-determined number of oocytes (eggs). It is estimated that most, but not all women will enter reproductive life in their teens with about 100,000 eggs stored in their ovaries, each with their own potential for development. With time, egg quantity and quality is diminished. The occurrence of pelvic infections, endometriosis, cysts and adhesions can compound the problem of egg quality.

Recommendation: At West Coast Fertility Centers, we recommend that women between the ages of 30 to 35 years have a simple hormonal blood test that provides information about a woman's ovarian reserve and a time frame for a woman to attempt pregnancy.

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Exploring Infertility Myths: Infertility Only Affects Women

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It is more accurate to state infertility is a condition that affects couples. Nationally 15% to 20% of couples trying to conceive will have difficulty. Female causes are found in 40% of couples while male factors are detected in 30% to 40% of men. In the remaining 20 % to 25%, we diagnose a combination of different factors. At West Coast Fertility Centers (WCFC), we offer three simple tests for the man and woman to determine the factors contributing to infertility.

The belief that men do not contribute to a couple's infertility problems is one of "mythical" proportions. Sperm production is a complex function occurring under special hormonal and environmental conditions. Problems may be threefold: (1) sperm production; (2) the transport process; and, (3) the motility percentage. While just one sperm reaches the egg, millions are needed so that only a few can approach the target egg cell.

The diagnosis of male factor starts with a well-timed semen panel to evaluate at least ten parameters. The test results are best reviewed by a fertility specialist along with an Andrologist. Male patients often believe that vitamins or supplements can improve fertility, but special diets, vitamins and supplements play a minimal role. Avoiding smoking and excessive drinking may be a more useful lifestyle choice. We also advise avoiding prolonged exposure to high temperatures to the genital organs. If severe male factor is diagnosed, a laboratory procedure called ICSI is recommended where a single healthy sperm is injected into the egg.

 

Recommendation: It is counterproductive for couples to assign blame to one another. A suggested plan is to have basic testing with a fertility specialist following one year of unprotected intercourse.

Level One Testing consists of the following tests for both male & female…

1. OVARIES & EGGS: Female hormone testing of FSH, LH, E2, TSH between cycle day 3-5

2. UTERUS & TUBES: HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) on cycle day 7-14. A tubal patency test is used to determine if the fallopian tubes are open. An x-ray dye test provides documentation of the uterine anatomy and the status of the fallopian tubes.

3. SEMEN & SPERM: Sperm analysis after 3-4 day of abstinence. Male testing for Amount, Count, Motility, Speed and Shape

“Thank you very much for giving us the hope we needed”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

“My whole experience with Dr. Diaz and staff was so amazing! Dealing with infertility is tough enough, but they made the whole process so easy for my husband and I. Thank you again for everything.”

Myla Cawa

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“I want to thank the staff, Dr. Diaz, and Joan for all of their help in accomplishing my second pregnancy with F.E.T. I’m also thankful for their original help with my wonderful daughter in 2009 who was born a healthy and beautiful 7lbs, 3 oz. The appointments were always kept in time. Everyone was so understanding and helpful. May God bless you all.”

Yadira Rodriguez

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“Mi comentaria es que el trato es inconparable por que yo ya abia tratado en diferentes lagares pero aqui te asen center en confiaza y te esplicoan paso gracias a toda el personal.”

Lilia Castaneda

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“Primeramente le agrodezco al Doctor Diaz y a todo su staff por estar al pendiente de cada paso y cuidado para que todo se lograra a la perfeccion . Y muchas gracias por hacer nuestros suenos realidad. Que sigan adelante y sobre todo que Dios les de los entendimientos para entender todo lo que nosotros nunca prodemos enterder. Gracias!”

Mariana M.

West Coast Fertility Centers Selects Winner of a Free IVF Cycle

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The deadline for our Mothers Day essay contest was May 14, 2010, and our staff is working hard to select a winner from the hundreds of applicants we received. Check back soon to read the winning Mother’s Day essay entitling the writer to a free IVF treatment in our Orange County IVF Center.

“Low-Stim IVF”:Another Innovation from West Coast Fertility Center

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
 

In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a wonderful medical treatment that offers infertile patients a chance to fulfill their dream of having a child.  IVF is a scientific marvel that involves fertilizing human eggs with sperm in our laboratory. It includes multiple injections, blood tests, ultrasound exams and making a financial commitment. At West Coast Fertility Center, we are constantly trying to improve treatments for our patients and recently developed a Low Stim IVF protocol to help our patients; less than 35 years of age undergo a more affordable alternative to standard IVF. Prescribing a special combination of medication to our patients means lower cost, fewer injections and less frequent office visits during the ovarian stimulation cycle.

 To help minimize multiple births, West Coast Fertility Center policy is to transfer two (2) embryos in our patients under 35 years of age, thereby lessening the need to create multiple embryos. Using Low-Stim IVF helps to eliminate the need to store large numbers of frozen surplus embryos which typically occurs during a standard IVF cycle.

 WCFC has offered Low-Stim IVF since December 2009 and we are happy to report a 71% pregnancy rate with this new protocol. This pregnancy rate is very similar to our standard IVF, thus making it a very viable alternative to selected patients. To find out more about this exciting option please contact Maria, our Patient Care Coordinator at 714-513-1399.