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“Baby Insurance” with Egg Freezing

Monday, 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

Egg Freezing Seminar with Egg Freezing Specialist David Diaz, MD in Orange County

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Join Dr. David Diaz for an intimate discussion about female fertility and the powerful option of egg freezing.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6PM

Location: West Coast Fertility Centers at 11160 Warner Ave., Suite 411 in Fountain Valley, CA (Orange County)

Limited seating. Please RSVP by calling 714-513-1399.

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Egg Freezing Ban Lifted, Reproductive Freedom at Last!

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine removed the “experimental” label from human egg freezing. View Press Release

Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. (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.  A study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting on October 24, 2012 showed the freezing and thawing technique used by FEB,  a division of West Coast Fertility Centers, has a greater efficiency than the vitrification technique among all egg banks sampled in the study.

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– 1 in 5 women are having their first child after age 35. Some women request elective egg freezing to preserve fertility while their eggs are healthy and robust.

– Women diagnosed with ovarian dysfunction or failed fertility treatments can request using frozen donor eggs to help improve their odds for pregnancy.

– Women newly diagnosed with cancer can freeze their eggs before chemo and radiation treatments.

– Some women prefer to freeze surplus eggs instead of embryos for ethical reasons.

About Dr. David Diaz and the Egg Freezing Team

How Age Affects Fertility and Your Eggs

October Celebrations with Egg Freezing Doctor David G. Diaz | ‘Experimental’ Label Lifted from Egg Freezing by ASRM

Friday, October 26th, 2012

There are many noteworthy celebrations in the month of October for Dr. David Diaz and the scientists at West Coast Fertility Centers (WCFC).

1) Cadyn Elizabeth was the first frozen egg baby born at WCFC on October 6, 2005 using eggs frozen back in 2001. She turned 7 years old – Happy Birthday to our sweet Cadyn!  This video link was created for Cadyn Elizabeth when she visited us at WCFC in 2010 when she turned 5 years old.

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2) Last year, on October 15th, Dr. David Diaz hosted the world’s first frozen egg baby reunion with nearly 70 joyous families and their frozen egg babies coming together to celebrate life at WCFC.

World's first reunion of babies born from egg freezing at West Coast Fertility Centers

3) Also, October is especially memorable this year as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) removed the “experimental” label off of human egg freezing.

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4) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The third Friday in October is designated as National Mammography Day as first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993.

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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

Raise Awareness for Egg Freezing During October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. West Coast Fertility Centers in affiliation with Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. encourage all young breast cancer patients who want to have children in the future discuss fertility preservation by egg freezing with their oncologists.

It is important to select a Center who has experience with egg freezing and thawing with live baby births from frozen eggs. The advanced LANDA Technology developed by Dr. David Diaz and Antoine La has yielded nearly 70 live baby births from egg freezing. While many fertility centers may offer egg freezing, they don’t necessarily have any live baby births to prove that they can freeze your eggs successfully to produce a baby in the future.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. (source: www.nbcam.org)

The gonadotoxic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs are known to potentially lead to infertility due to chromosomal effects in the oocyte (eggs). By harvesting and freezing before the start of cancer treatment, the unfertilized oocytes can be stored indefinitely and thawed when clearance is given to attempt pregnancy. This is especially important in young, single females interested in having their own biologic child.

West Coast Fertility Centers helps by reducing some of the costs of egg freezing while working closely with Fertile Hope, a non-profit organization that offers emotional support to cancer patients. Our industry partner, EMD Serono, provides free medications t our patients. This helps make egg freezing more affordable to these patients whose medical treatments may pose a risk of infertility.

Dr. David Diaz is Hosting the World’s First Reunion of Nearly 70 Babies Born from Egg Freezing on October 15th, 2011

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

“This baby reunion is unique because it celebrates the pioneering families and their babies conceived from thawed frozen eggs. Nearly 70 joyous families and their frozen egg babies will come together to celebrate LIFE at West Coast Fertility Centers on October 15,” states Dr. David Diaz.

The entire staff at West Coast Fertility Centers has been diligently planning the first ever reunion of babies born from frozen eggs. Unlike other regular IVF reunions periodically held by various fertility centers, we are hosting the world’s first reunion of actual babies born from egg freezing. We are all so happy and excited to spend an afternoon with all the beautiful frozen egg babies.

Guest speakers at this world’s first frozen egg reunion event will include…

Barbara, Mother of first frozen egg baby – Cadyn who turned 6 years old on Oct 6th.

Brie, Patient who did egg freezing before starting her cancer treatments

Stephanie and Rob, Chose egg freezing rather than embryo freezing

 


 

“David Diaz, MD, Medical Director 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 sixth birthday on October 6, 2011.”

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“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.

View full Press Release here

View Reunion Flyer Announcement

 

Oct 4th Seminar: Female Fertility Preservation Using Egg Freezing

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Please join Dr. David Diaz and Staff for an intimate discussion of FEMALE FERTILITY PRESERVATION and the powerful option of EGG FREEZING on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6PM.

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West Coast Fertility Center
11160 Warner Avenue, Suite 411
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

To reserve your seat, please call 714-513-1399 or email Maritza@EggFreezing.com

To date, West Coast Fertility Centers has celebrated the birth of nearly 70 healthy babies born from frozen eggs; more than any other program in the United States with additional on-going pregnancies from frozen eggs. Dr. David Diaz and his Team have dedicated over 10 years perfecting the science of Egg Freezing and Thawing using our IRB approved technique.

Who May Benefit from Egg Freezing?

1) Young women newly diagnosed with cancer wishing to avoid damage to their eggs before cancer treatments.

2) Women undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) who prefer to freeze surplus eggs instead of embryos for ethical reasons

3) Women with depleted ovarian function wishing to achieve pregnancy with frozen donor eggs.

4) Young women less than 38 years old who need to store their healthy eggs until they’re able to start a family.

How Age Affects Fertility

Meet David Diaz, MD, FACOG

 

Tips on Dealing with Fertility Related Stress

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Here are some tips from Rosa Santoyo, MS, LMFT, our licensed therapist, with over 20 years experience, who can help you cope with the anxiety and mixed emotions whirling around patients struggling with infertility.  Below are her thoughts and suggestions on managing your infertility related stress.

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Why me? A commonly felt emotion is the shock and disbelief that anyone could be experiencing infertility. It is most difficult to accept it can happen to you. Usually, people plan their lives and establish dreams towards the future which may include having children. The thought of dealing with infertility doesn’t enter into the scheme of life’s goals and can therefore be quite challenging. Although the focus of attention centers on the medical or physical aspects of dealing with infertility, the emotional impact sometimes plays a secondary role. However, having a realistic attitude and expectation when dealing with any difficulty or challenge is vitally important and can affect the ultimate outcome.

What’s next?
When dealing with any difficult situation or crisis, we cope in a variety of ways. It is important that you acknowledge thoughts and feelings and not deny the anger you may feel with yourself, your partner, the medical profession, and your religious beliefs. DON’T PANIC!! There are numerous coping strategies in dealing with your infertility issues. It is a natural for you to have feelings of sadness or depression that your dream may not come true.

Knowledge is power!
We can begin to feel empowered by obtaining information. Visiting your physician and getting an appropriate referral to a fertility specialist like Dr. David Diaz is the first step in moving forward toward resolving your infertility. Realize that all your questions are important and deserve a response. Discussing your medical options will help you make the ultimate decision less stressful and more realistic. An appropriate fertility evaluation and diagnosis can point you in the right direction.

Treatment Plans and Support Systems

Dealing with infertility has often been described as “riding an emotional rollercoaster” referring to the elation often mixed with disappointment. Communicating with your physician and medical staff and surrounding yourself with a strong support system are vital. Maintain a positive outlook and recall that the majority of patients eventually reach their goal of parenthood.

Remember that You are Not Alone

Many resources are available including individual counseling and support groups like RESOLVE, These strategies can assist you in moving forward in achieving your life’s goal of having a child.

Ms. Santoyo is available for counseling sessions with individuals and couples. You may schedule your day or evening appointments by calling 714-513-1399 or submitting our online contact form to request more information.

Alternative Methods for Managing Stress


In addition to counseling, some patients may find it useful to use alternative methods to manage stress. These include Acupuncture, Guided Imagery, Meditation and The Mind Body Program. We encourage our patients to inquire about these techniques and discover which combination works best for them. We are affiliated with a variety of experienced practitioners in all the above disciplines.

Meet David Diaz, MD, FACOG

How Can West Coast Fertility Help You?

West Coast Fertility Specializes in Male Infertility

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Since 1988, our laboratory, besides being at the forefront of female infertility testing, has also featured all the elements of a world class facility in performing semen analysis, sperm function testing, male assessment for fertility potential and molecular genetics testing for male fertility.

Male infertility is diagnosed in 40% of couples wishing to have children and is usually discovered during a basic work up. These cases are best managed at a center with a laboratory specializing in andrology and reproductive endocrinology. We are a full service reference laboratory licensed to perform testing for the patients and referring physicians in our community.

Additional services offered at West Coast Fertility Centers include sperm wash for intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm freezing and storage before vasectomy and before cancer treatment and epididymal and testicular sperm extraction for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Accreditations for Our Laboratories

Treatments Available for Male Infertility

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