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Happy Thoughts and Reflections from Our Wonderful Patients

Friday, September 16th, 2011

“Thank you so much for the picture.  We will be 27 weeks tomorrow and we are having a girl!  We could never begin to thank all of you for everything that you have done for our family.  Kevin and I are amazed everyday that we have James and now a little girl on the way.

ivf treatment at West Coast Fertility Centers with David Diaz, MDNurse Joan with our valued patients

The care that was given to me by Dr. Diaz, Joan, Maritza, Beth, you and the entire staff was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for.  I will never forget the day that Dr. Diaz sat us down to discuss our options after all of the tests and x-rays. I was terrified that I would never be able to have children. As we sat at the table in his office and Dr. Diaz explained what the options were for us, he never rushed us, he listened to us, and he understood our fears.

It was then that I truly knew we chose the right doctor.  I believed with all my heart that when he said he would do all that he could to make our dreams of having a family come true that he would. Lucky for us that we found all of you with your medical expertise. We are still overwhelmed – IVF worked twice for us!!  We are truly blessed.

We look forward to introducing all of you to our new addition in December.”

With many thanks in our hearts,

Shea and Kevin N.


“We are so happy for your family. You make our job so extremely rewarding!”

David Diaz, MD and entire staff

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New Insights from Recent U.S. Fertility Survey

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Interesting Highlights from Survey

-91% of couples would have seen a fertility specialist sooner if they could do it all over again.

-54% of women incorrectly assume that fertility begins to decline at age 36 or older.

-62% of women surveyed believe news stories about celebrities over 40 having babies are good because they give hope.

-76% of potential patients and 71% of current patients are concerned about the number of injections.

-57% of women surveyed receive unsolicited advice from family and friends.

-3 out of 4 couples are concerned about the possibility of multiple births.

In the weeks to come, be on the lookout for comments and explanations regarding this survey from both David Diaz, MD, FACOG (Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist) and Joan Moody, RN, CNP (19 years’ experience with infertility).










Information regarding the survey

Merck recently conducted a survey to gain a deeper understanding of the fertility patient experience. 585 couples were surveyed over a 2 year period. In all cases, the woman (or both the woman and the man) had fertility issues.

All participants surveyed had difficulty getting pregnant in the past 24 months prior to the survey. Of the 585 couples surveyed, there was only one respondent per couple; 259 were women and 326 were men. Women were between ages 18-44 years old whereas the men were between  ages 18-54 years old.

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The 4 Crucial Fertility Questions

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The 4 Fertility Questions






1)      Is there an egg?

2)      Is there enough sperm?






3)      Can egg and sperm meet?






4)      Can implantation occur?






Testing can be performed for fertility questions 1 through 3. Testing can be completed in one month.

1) Egg/Ovarian Reserve Testing:

-FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone)

-LH (Luteinizing hormone)

-Estradiol (Estradiol is secreted by developing follicles as they grow and is therefore an excellent measure of ovarian and follicular function)

-TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)

-AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone)

-Pelvic Ultrasound to determine Resting AFC (Antral follical count) This involves counting the resting follicles that are found on the ovary at the beginning of the menstruation. A high AFC indicates that a woman has a large number of eggs remaining in her ovary whereas low AFC shows that a woman may have a reduced number of eggs and therefore reduced fertility


2) Semen Analysis Testing – Amount of fluid, Sperm count (millions/ml), percentage of sperm motility, speed, shape (morphology)


3) Fallopian Tube Testing Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)- x ray to check if there are blockage in the fallopian tubes. Normal fallopian tubes are critical for egg transport.








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