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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.

dearling with infertility stress

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.

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Exploring Infertility Myth #5: Most Doctors Can Treat Infertility

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Women generally rely on their OB/GYN for routine gynecological and obstetrical care. However, when pregnancy fails to occur, the patient may need to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) for advanced infertility diagnosis and treatment.

Most OB/GYN doctors receive basic training in their residency program to help recognize female infertility. Whereas a REI completes four years of OB/GYN residency then pursues an additional two years of Fellowship Training.

An REI specialist focuses only on the fertility and reproductive needs of women who wish to become parents. Once the woman achieves pregnancy, she is returned to the care of her OB/GYN who manages her pre-natal care and delivery.

Nurse Practitioner Joan, Valued Patient and Dr. David Diaz

Recommendation: All patients should be involved in deciding upon their health care options. If you believe you need the services of an REI specialist, seek a very experienced infertility physician or ask your OB/GYN or your primary care physician for a referral.

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About Dr. David Diaz

Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist with over 22 years’ experience

Exploring Infertility Myth #4: It is very difficult for women over age 40 to get pregnant

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Understanding the physiologic change, for women after 40 is crucial in overcoming infertility. Simple tests are available to determine ovarian function and egg quality. For women over 40, it is necessary to measure levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2). The results of these laboratory tests and the woman’s age are important in deciding the appropriate fertility treatment and expected outcome.

Keep in mind that the goal is to have a healthy child. However, when test results indicate that the outcome may be a failure, a miscarriage, or a genetically ill child, the couple is advised to consider another option. Through the miracle of egg donation or embryo donation, the uterus of the intended mother is prepared with carefully prescribed hormones and healthy embryos are placed inside the uterus.

Success rates at West Coast Fertility Centers with this technique are encouraging, with 70% to 80% of couples achieving a healthy pregnancy and the ultimate miracle of childbirth.

Recommendation: Don’t delay another minute! Take the tests to measure your ovarian reserve.

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.

Infertility Causes and Diagnoses

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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

Congratulations to Celine Dion Who Welcomes Twin Boys

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Frozen Egg Bank in affiliation with West Coast Fertility would like to congratulate Celine Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, on the birth of their fraternal twin boys on October 23, 2010. The twin boys are healthy and weigh in at 5 lbs., 4 oz., and 5 lbs., 10 oz.

The couple achieved their first pregnancy in 2001 following an IVF treatment and decided to freeze their extra embryos for a later time. These embryos were frozen for 8 years before Celine and her husband decided to try to have a second child. After multiple IVF attempts to grow their family, they were finally successful.

 


photo courtesy of Lilly Pamberger/Celebrity Photo

 

Prior to receiving any infertility treatment, Rene was diagnosed with cancer. Before starting any chemo-radiation, he froze his semen because of his desire to one day have children with Celine. Having a family was something very important to both Celine and Rene, and with their quick thinking they were able to plan ahead and preserve their fertility.

 

Fertility Preservation is an important option for single men, women and couples who desire to fulfill professional and personal goals while putting off plans to have children. As a woman increases in age, the number of her available eggs will start to exponentially decrease. Not only will this number decrease but so will the quality of these eggs while the chances of genetic abnormalities will start to drastically increase. It is important to consider preserving your fertility when you have a higher chance of freezing better quality eggs. Fertility Preservation is also an important option to consider for patients just like Rene that have received an unfortunate diagnosis and must undergo chemo-radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is very damaging to both egg and sperm production and can result in fertility problems unless the patient considers fertility preservation prior to receiving any treatment.

 

Until very recently, patients were only given the option to freeze their embryos, but now there is a new option available. Single women now have the ability to freeze their eggs, just as a single male can freeze his sperm. Patients can choose to freeze their eggs/embryos/semen today and save this precious gift for sometime in the future. Once frozen eggs/embryos/semen can remain stored for much longer than 8 years, as in Celine and Rene’s case.

 

Watch video of Celine's Infertility Struggle on ABC News

 

Read more on Egg/Sperm Freezing www.EggFreezing.com

 

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First Frozen Egg Baby Celebrates Fifth Birthday

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Cadyn is a very special little girl. Although she turned five years old on October 6, 2010, the eggs from which she was conceived were frozen in 2001 at the West Coast Fertility Centers egg freezing program. West Coast Fertility is considered one of the leading Centers in the country specializing in the field of fertility preservation. The Center pioneered a freezing method called the Landa Freezing Technology capable of storing embryos and eggs for young patients with cancer and women who wish to extend their fertile years until they are ready to start a family.

Cadyn’s mom is a business entrepreneur who was busy establishing her career when she decided it was time to start her family. She asked the specialists at West Coast Fertility to thaw the frozen eggs and inseminate them while scientists performed In-vitro Fertilization and observed the embryos as they developed. At just the right time, the embryos were carefully placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance. Special fertility enhancing hormones were used to prepare the uterine lining to become receptive to the embryos. After two anxious weeks of waiting, the results of the pregnancy test were ready.

Dr. David Diaz phoned the nervous mom and said, “I told Cadyn’s mother that she was about to become a medical pioneer by being one of the few women in the world to become pregnant with frozen eggs. Everyone at the center celebrated in her honor.” The pregnancy began smoothly, but in the last few weeks a dangerous obstetrical condition developed when the placenta was noted to be blocking the birth canal. Fortunately, a cesarean delivery was performed and little Cadyn became the first baby conceived from frozen eggs at West Coast Fertility Centers.

To celebrate this landmark child, the West Coast Staff arranged for a surprise birthday party for Cadyn. A catered lunch was provided and some special guests were invited. A bright and outgoing redhead, Cadyn was presented with a beautiful cake, a princess tiara and a gift certificate to her favorite store. Cadyn even posed with an ultrasound picture of herself when she was just 10 weeks into her mom’s pregnancy. Birthday wishes and lots of hugs were exchanged until mother and daughter wee off to continue the celebration at Disneyland.

Since Cadyn, West Coast has helped 70 patients conceive using the frozen egg technology. The center has a high success rate of 91% egg survival after thawing the frozen eggs. All egg freezing procedures are conducted with patient consent under a special study protocol.

Dr. Diaz and his team of scientists, Antoine La, ELD and Cris Karl, Senior Embryologist, have been invited to present their work in egg freezing at the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Denver, Colorado in late October 2010.

View the press release in its entirety by clicking here.

An Egg Freezing Miracle! How Baby Emilee Faith was Conceived? View Her Story Through Pictures.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

August 2009: Stephanie and Rob are so delighted to be pregnant from her own frozen eggs and is seen here proudly sharing her first baby ultrasound pictures. Shown are Stephanie’s Dad, Dr. Diaz, Stephanie’s Mom, Stephanie and her husband Rob.

Stephanie, Rob and the future grandparents are seen here touring the egg freezing laboratory with Dr. David Diaz and Antoine La (Embryology Lab Director).

For personal reasons, other patients like Stephanie and Rob request freezing surplus eggs instead of embryos. This helps to avoid the difficult decision of disposing surplus embryos.

Rob, Baby Emilee Faith with Dr. Diaz, Stephanie and Nurse Practitioner Joan

Fast forward to August 2010: The happy day has arrived as Stephanie and Rob introduce us to their precious baby daughter-Emilee Faith.

Dr. Diaz, new arrival Emilee Faith and Nurse Joan

"Dear Dr. Diaz. Rob and I are so very grateful for everything that you did for us. We cannot express our gratitude enough! You and your wonderful, caring staff have become our extended family. Our dream of becoming parents finally came true on April 16, 2010, with the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Emilee Faith (all 10 pounds, 5 oz. and 22 inches of her!!) She is our miracle baby! It feels like yesterday when Joan called us with the big news, letting us know that our third and final IVF attempt had worked. What and amazing process and journey! We hope and pray our success story will inspire other couples whose dream of parenthood has not yet been realized." Sincerely, Stephanie and Rob