Posts Tagged ‘Fertility preservation’

A Heart to Heart Visit from First Frozen Egg Baby

Friday, February 14th, 2014

ivfbaby-barbara-cadyn-drdiazToday Barbara and Cadyn dropped by for a visit from Seattle just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Cadyn was conceived on Valentine’s day 8 and 1/2 years ago and she remains special in our hearts because she was the first frozen egg baby born at our Center in 2005. Cadyn is now a beautiful and delightful little lady who loves traveling with her Mom and visiting Dr. Diaz’s Fertility Practice in Orange County, California.

When Barbara decided it was time to start her family, she had heard about West Coast Fertility Center where Dr. David Diaz and his Team of professionals had perfected the art of egg freezing to help women achieve their dream of having a baby. After years of research performed under IRB supervision, the clinic began accepting patients for treatment using their egg freezing protocol. The team’s goal was to document the rate of frozen egg survival and the pregnancy rate using frozen eggs. As more and more pregnancies evolved, the Center tracked the health of the babies born from frozen eggs and reported that there was no increase in any birth defects in the children.

Barbara was a true pioneer when she delivered her beautiful baby girl named Cadyn. After her birth, she was carefully monitored at Children’s Hospital and was found to be in excellent health. Mother and child kept in touch with Dr. Diaz throughout the years. In 2011, Barbara and Cadyn were joined by dozens of children and their families when the clinic hosted the World’s First Reunion of Babies Born from Frozen Eggs.

Since those early days, West Coast Fertility has celebrated the births of over 80 children born from their technique of egg freezing. Please contact us for more information on how egg freezing and donor frozen eggs can benefit you. 714-513-1399

The History, Timeline, and Success of Egg Freezing

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

global-donor-egg-bank-egg-freezing-history photoEgg freezing experiments began in the 1960’s and egg freezing today is a viable alternative for women to delay their biologic clock.

Egg freezing specialist, David Diaz, MD, and his scientific team are among the world’s foremost authorities in the science of egg freezing. Their efforts have yielded the birth of more than 80 healthy babies born from frozen eggs since 2005.

Click here for Brief History of Egg Freezing.

As presented at the annual fertility society meeting, the LANDA slow-freeze egg freezing technique illustrates distinct preservation of the egg’s delicate internal organelles which in turn yields excellent survival rates and a high degree of implantation.

While most IVF centers are now offering egg freezing for fertility preservation, many centers do not have the experience of a live baby birth from actual frozen eggs. Keep this in mind as you’re doing research for freezing your own eggs. You should always ask the physicians how many live births have they had at their centers.

Considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility? Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Diaz at 714-513-1399 or schedule your appointment online.

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.

California Couple Has Two Sets of Twins with IUI and IVF at West Coast Fertility

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Nichols Family: Stephanie and David with IUI twins Caleb and Alexis, and IVF twins Brayden and Sierra.

The journey through infertility treatment can be long and disappointing. Still, couples continue to carry on with high hopes that next time will be the one. We would like to share a story with you today about a couple that persevered and were able to overcome their obstacles. Stephanie and David Nichols are the proud parents to two sets of twins, one through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and the second set through In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Stephanie first met Dr. Diaz in 2001 and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that results in problems with ovulation. With the help of medications and IUI many of our PCOS patients will ovulate and achieve a successful pregnancy. The response to medication is monitored by ultrasound until follicles are mature at which time hCG is given to release one or two eggs. A semen sample is prepared in our laboratory and the most active sperms are released into the uterus with a soft tube allowing them to fertilize the egg inside the woman’s fallopian tubes.

YouTube: California Couple Has Two Sets of Twins with IUI and IVF at West Coast Fertility

Success came during this couples second IUI attempt and on June 1, 2002, they welcomed a set of healthy twins, Caleb and Alexis.

Three years later the Nichols returned to continue their family building journey. After several IUI attempts, they asked about in-vitro fertilization (IVF); an advanced procedure where eggs are harvested by ultrasound technique and fertilized in our embryology lab. It is a very controlled treatment that involves placing a limited number of embryos (fertilized eggs) into the uterus where implantation occurs.   

In March 2007, Stephanie underwent her IVF egg harvest and embryo transfer at West Coast Fertility Centers. A positive pregnancy test was obtained two weeks later indicating she was pregnant once again. To the couple’s delight, the first ultrasound showed a very familiar image … the presence of twins! On October 22, 2007 the lucky couple gave birth to their second set of twins, Brayden and Sierra.

 Dr. Diaz (center) and Joan Moody N.P. (right) meeting with David and Stephanie Nichols and their second set of twins: Brayden and Sierra, born with the help of IVF.

We recently had the opportunity to meet with this special couple and their four children to hear about their new life as a family. It was an emotional meeting for everyone as the proud parents shared the story of how the staff at West Coast Fertility Centers had transformed their lives. The family was delighted at the chance to share their experience and hopefully inspire all patients struggling to overcome infertility. With determination and help from West Coast Fertility Centers, dreams really do come true.

To request information about our treatments please contact West Coast Fertility Centers info@ivfbaby.com . Our phone number is 714-513-1399.

Egg Freezing Breakthrough Expands Options at IVF Centers

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Embryologist Susan Walker (at left), from The Fertility Center of Chattanooga, shown with FROZEN EGG BANK staff, Andrologist Christine Stevens (middle) and  Senior Embryologist Cris Rodriguez-Karl.(right)

We are pleased to announce The Fertility Center of Chattanooga our Frozen Egg Bank affiliate in Tennessee was featured in the local media as a forward thinking IVF center that offers egg freezing as an option to their patients. This article highlights the significance of having an egg freezing program as a way to expand the role of a modern fertility center.  Susan Walker, Senior Embryologist at Chattanooga, came to train with our team of  scientists. During her visit, Susan learned the art of using the Landa Freezing Technology which has yielded very promising results in the preservation and thawing of human eggs. After completing her training, Susan received her certificate  of training then returned to her center to introduce the science of egg freezing to her staff. Since then the Tennessee facility has successfully frozen their patient’s eggs for use in the future.

According to Chattanooga Medical Director, Dr. Barry Donesky, “The Fertility Center is working in conjunction with the Frozen Egg Bank, founded in 2005 in Orange County, California. These pioneers are known for one of the nation's most successful cryopreservation programs, and their patented procedure for egg freezing has led to a 55 percent pregnancy success rate with frozen egg transfers and nearly 30 live births over the past four years. More than 90 percent of frozen eggs have survived the thawing process with 80-plus percent developing into embryos ready for transfer at the Frozen Egg Bank. Women age 37 or younger have been most receptive to frozen egg transfers. Additional information is available at eggfreezing.com.” Since then 52 healthy babies have been born from frozen eggs using the Landa freezing Technology. An additional 10 pregnancies are ongoing.

The Frozen Egg Bank is a network of 7 IVF centers located in the U.S. working together to offer egg freezing and thawing services to their patient population. To learn more about fertility preservation with egg freezing please visit our web site www.eggfreezing.com.

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