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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.

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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.

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer Patient Freezes Eggs

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Being told you have cancer can be one of the scariest diagnoses a patient will ever receive. Young patients, who haven’t had the opportunity to start a family, may fear losing their ability to one day have children. Although chemotherapy and radiation can be life saving, both may also cause difficulties becoming pregnant when a patient wishes to start their family. We recently had the opportunity to work with a young woman diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Twenty-three year old Brie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma three weeks before her first visit to West Coast Fertility Center. She wished to learn more about our egg freezing process and was interested in preserving her eggs prior to starting chemotherapy.

During her initial meeting, Dr. Diaz shared our egg freezing and thawing process, our success rate of 52 healthy live births and two very important factors to investigate when you are considering freezing your eggs.

Cancer Patient Freezes Eggs

Since Brie was due to start her chemotherapy later in the month, she decided to proceed with her stimulation protocol immediately. During her frequent visits to our facility, she was truly a delightful patient and our staff developed a great deal of respect for this courageous young patient. She persevered through 14 days of injectable fertility medication with remarkable good humor and close attention to detail. Ultrasounds and blood tests were performed to assess her follicle development. During this period there was ongoing communication to and from her oncologist to coordinate and assure her cancer treatment was not compromised. On the day of her egg harvest, 13 eggs were retrieved and of these eggs 11 were mature enough to freeze. Although Brie has a long road ahead of her, she was able to start chemotherapy knowing her ability to one day have children may have been preserved.

We are pleased to offer our egg freezing services to patients who have unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer. West Coast Fertility Center helps by reducing some of the costs while working closely with Fertile Hope (affiliated with the Lance Armstrong Foundation), a non-profit organization that offers emotional support to cancer patients. Our industry partner, EMD Serono provides free medications to our patients. This helps make egg freezing more affordable to these patients whose medical treatments may pose a risk of infertility. To learn more about egg freezing please contact the West Coast Fertility Center patient care coordinator Maria Ruíz