October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October 31st, 2013

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.

down-syndrome-pgd-pgs-orange-county-nihgov photoEach 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
west-coast-fertility-center-down-syndrome-trisomy21-pgd photoPreimplantation 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

Do you know the facts about Down syndrome?

Prenatal Screenings for Down Syndrome

Resources: http://www.ndss.org/ and http://ivfbaby.com/pgd.php

Global Donor Egg Bank Makes Frozen Donor Eggs Available to Patients Worldwide

October 21st, 2013

Dr. David Diaz and the entire medical team at West Coast Fertility Centers (WCFC) and Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. (FEB) is pleased to announce the launch of their new website www.GlobalDonorEggBank.com. The combined efforts of the fertility specialists of WCFC and the scientific and research development of FEB have merged to form Global Donor Egg Bank.

global-donor-egg-bank-frozen-website-launch photoThe purpose of Global Donor Egg Bank is to make frozen donor eggs available to patients worldwide. Frozen donor eggs can be shipped to any country around the globe according to local regulations.

Motherhood and family building plans can sometimes get delayed due to life’s uncertainties. The most fertile years for a woman may not always coincide with her social or monetary status to start a family. With increasing age, there is a declining egg quality which makes it potentially more difficult to get pregnant. Even women who have attempted IVF treatment(s) discover that their aging eggs are the problem why their embryos have low implantation causing infertility. For these cases, the recommended treatment would be to use healthy, robust eggs from a young donor with physical traits similar to the mother.

The first successful pregnancy resulting from egg donation occurred in 1983 and involved a patient who was diagnosed with premature menopause. Nowadays, the indications for egg donation have expanded to include not only premature ovarian failure, but also for young patients who have not been successful with IVF due to poor egg quality or suboptimal embryos, are excellent candidates for egg donation. Also, the use of donor eggs may be chosen to avoid the possibility of transmitting a significant genetic illness for which the female recipient is known to be a carrier.

The use of Frozen Donors Eggs has many advantages over the use of fresh donor eggs. Simultaneous synchronization problems are avoided. It is often difficult to coordinate the donor’s and the recipient’s cycles due to donor non-compliance with FDA regulations, medication errors made by the egg donor, inadvertent pregnancy by the donor, problems with the egg donor’s travel arrangements which are paid by the recipient, donor demands for excessive payment and unexpected cancellation of the cycle by the donor.

Also, there is the issue of storing unused, excess embryos which may be used or often abandoned by the intended parents. The entire cost of this process must be borne by the recipient of the donated eggs.

Frozen donor eggs can offer recipient parents time savings (3 – 5 months) and cost savings (50% – 70% less). At her own convenience, the recipient mother can select the frozen eggs from a donor which then can be thawed to achieve a pregnancy. This innovation in egg freezing technology dramatically improves the efficiency of the egg donation process.

The Brief History of Egg Freezing

About Global Donor Egg Bank

For more information about using frozen donor eggs at Global Donor Egg Bank, please call 714-513-1399 or contact us online.

Fibroids, Fear, and Fertility

October 9th, 2013

Can fibroids affect your chances of getting pregnant? Can fibroids cause miscarriages? What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are commonly occurring benign (non-cancerous) tumors which begin growing in the muscle layer (myometrium) of the uterus, hence their medical name “myoma.” It is estimated that at least half of all women will develop a fibroid during their life. Fibroids are the most common benign reason that hysterectomies are performed in the United States.

Usually, fibroids are harmless and most women are unaware of their condition until a medical exam or an ultrasound confirms their presence. This often gives rise to worry, fear and concern that fibroids can lead to cancer, miscarriage and infertility.

In reality, however, these benign tumors are mostly asymptomatic unless they become large enough to cause pelvic pressure or painful and heavy periods which at times result in severe, debilitating anemia.

When fibroids become problematic, it is usually due to their size, location and degeneration causing them to soften and liquefy. Large bulky fibroids located inside the chamber of the uterus can interfere with embryo implantation causing infertility or possibly miscarriage during the time of fetal development. When found in this interior location, they are called submucosal fibroids and lend themselves to removal by hysteroscopy.

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There are two other varieties of fibroids. Intramural fibroids are located in the walls of the uterus. Suberosal fibroids are found on the external uterine surface. These types of fibroids can be removed surgically when they cause symptoms as previously mentioned.

Regarding infertility, submucosal myomas, accounting for 10% of all fibroids, can potentially cause significant problems with embryo implantation and difficulty during the continuation of the pregnancy. When discovered in this location, careful removal of the fibroid followed by estrogen replacement can help restore the uterine anatomy and lead to successful pregnancy.

Whenever fibroid removal is performed (myomectomy), a cesarean delivery may be indicated to avoid rupture of the uterus during labor.

To learn more about fertility and fibroids, please contact West Coast Fertility Center at 714-513-1399.

Dr. David Diaz Proudly Supports OC Memorial’s New Emergency Pavilion

September 28th, 2013

fertility-doctor-diaz-supports-OC-memorial-care-emergency-room photoWest 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.

SoCal Walk of Hope for Infertility Awareness

September 26th, 2013

walk-of-hope-infertility-awareness-orange-county photoJoin 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.

 

Click to view the pictures of other RESOLVE Walk of Hope events around the country.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

“Baby Insurance” with Egg Freezing

May 27th, 2013

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.

sarah-elizabeth-richards-egg-freezing“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.

How does age affect female fertility?

Meet Egg Freezing Expert Dr. David G. Diaz

Friends and Sisters Freezing Eggs Together for Fertility Preservation

April 24th, 2013

Egg Freezing gives a woman the freedom to preserve her fertility until she is ready to start a family.

Share the cost savings together with your friend or sister. 2013 Springtime Offer for Egg Freezing – Pay for one egg freezing procedure and get the second for half off the regular price. Get 50% off the second egg freezing procedure. Regular pricing is $9,257 excluding pre-testing, medication, and annual egg storage fees.

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Friends Freezing Eggs Together

Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

Fertility Security for the Future

 

 

 

Act now to freeze your eggs while they are still healthy and robust! One in five women are having their first child after age 35 when declining egg quality leads to a higher infertility rate. Women pursuing careers or women who have not met their life partner can request elective egg freezing to preserve their fertility. For more information, please contact us at 714-513-1399 or email us at info@ivfbaby.com.

Egg Freezing Specialist, David G. Diaz, MD, FACOG, and his Team are among the world’s foremost authorities on the Science of Egg Freezing with 75 healthy babies born from frozen eggs at the center. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) removed the experimental label from egg freezing last year. Frozen Egg Bank is a division of West Coast Fertility Centers.

 

Easter Blessings from West Coast Fertility Centers

March 31st, 2013

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Happy Easter to you and your family!

What does eggs and rabbits have anything to do with Easter? The Goddess Eostra (dating back to the 13th century) represents springtime and fertility. Feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox with painted eggs which represented the renewal of life. Her symbol was the bunny rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate.

 

Affordable IVF at Last! “Natural Cycle IVF” Available at West Coast Fertility Centers in Orange County, California at Promotional Pricing of $3,900

January 31st, 2013

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.

Who is a Candidate for Natural IVF?

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Frozen Egg Bank Inc. and its Founder, Dr. David Diaz, Celebrate with ASRM as the Experimental Label is Removed from Egg Freezing

January 31st, 2013

October 2012 is especially memorable at Frozen Egg Bank Inc, located in Orange County California, as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) removed the “experimental” label from human egg freezing.

Founded by David Diaz, MD in 2005, the mission of Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. (FEB) has been to develop efficient egg freezing techniques that lead to successful live births. In October 2005, FEB witnessed the birth of the first frozen egg baby, Cadyn Elizabeth, now a bright and beautiful child.

More than 72 live births later, FEB was privileged to host the “World’s First Reunion of Babies Born from Frozen Eggs.” A study presented at the ASRM meeting on October 24, 2012 showed the freezing and thawing technique used by FEB has a greater efficiency than the vitrification technique among all egg banks sampled in the study.

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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. Egg Freezing Specialist, Dr. David Diaz and his Team are among the world’s foremost authorities in the Science of Egg Freezing.

To learn more about how egg freezing can benefit you or to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Diaz, please call 714-513-1399 or fill out the online consultation request form  http://www.ivfbaby.com/fertility-appointment.php.

Egg Freezing Valentine Promotion ending February 28, 2013