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Take a second to read about our patients and their experiences while going through treatments at Huntington Reproductive Center.

After traveling the world, Jackie and her husband were finally ready to settle down and start a family. Jackie throught having kids would be easy, but after a year of trying, she still wasn't pregnant. She thought that maybe, like her older sister, she might have polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOS), who had conceived twins through in vitro fertilization (IVF). But after seeing Dr. Jeffrey Nelson for a consultation, testing showed that her husband suffered from male factor infertility. "We decided to proceed with IVF after a round of intrauterine insemination (IUI) failed. My sister didn't have a good experience with her infertility clinic, but we felt fortunate to have found a very responsive facility with a compassionate staff. Also, our insurance covered 80 percent of the costs. Unfortunately, my sister had to pay for the full cost of her treatment." Jackie responded well to IVF, and became pregnant with twins on her first cycle. She had blood clot issues early in her pregnancy, and Dr. Nelson put her on bed rest for six weeks. "There was a strong likelihood I was going to lose those babies, but the issue fortunately resolved by the 12th or 13th week of my pregnancy. Dr. Nelson was calm and reassuring, and I wanted to keep him as my obstetrician. My experince with HRC Fertility has been the complete opposite of my sister's experience." Her IVF experience was challenging and an emotional roller coaster, but Jackie was relieved only to have undergone it once to have her twins. Jackie's advice to other women is to go to the best physician and clinic they can find because, as she says, "Fertility treatment is one of the things you can't skimp on in life, and trusting your doctor is really important."
Friday, 15 December 2017
HRC was a wonderful experience. Dr. Boostanfar worked with us to see what would be the best option for us and went through every step for us to be able to have a child. All the staff at HRC were always friendly, helpful, and patient with all of our questions. I will recommend HRC and Dr. Boostanfar to any of my friends that are having fertility issues and need guidance. Thank you so everyone at HRC.
Friday, 06 October 2017

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After 13 years of trying to get pregnant, Los Angeles residents Noel and Javier Hernandez finally found success at HRC Fertility/Pasadena and Dr. Wilcox. The couple started trying for a baby as soon as they got married. "We always thought it would happen when it would happen," said Noel. "We never did anything to prevent pregnancy. Plus, I was a late-in-life baby, so I didn't think being an 'older' mother was unusual." However, nothing happened for the couple.

Around their 10-year wedding anniversary, they started to get serious about their baby-making plans. When Noel was 39, they underwent fertility teseting, but nothing significant was found that could explain their inability to conceive. At the time they had Kaiser insurance which covered diagnostic and treatment services except for in vitro fertilization. Their one round of intrauterine insemination did not work, so they decided to take a year off to pursue natural fertility approaches. By 2016, however, they found themselves ready to pursue IVF, both emotionally and financially. Javier's father had passed away, inspiring them to start a new life for their family.

Because cost was a consideration, Javier and Noel decided to shop around for an IVF clinic. Explained Noel, "We only consulted two doctors. I found HRC Pasadena online and the office was convenient to where we lived. The other doctor's IVF lab was far away. Plus, Dr. Wilcox didn't charge a consultation fee, which made our choice easy."

Dr. Wilcox ran some more tests on Noel, which indicated she had a low egg supply. He advised she undergo several stimulation rounds, which resulted in one viable embryo after genetic testing. Today that lone embryo is Noel and Javier's little baby, Lucas Sequoia Hernandez.

"Dr. Wilcox was wonderful, as was everyone on his team, from the nurses to the administrative staff," recalled Noel. "Any questions or concerns were addressed by phone or email. The nurses walked me through the injection teaching, which was overwhelming, even offering me a much-needed refresher. I knew I was in good hands with Dr. Wilcox and his staff." Noel realizes her experience was unique, especially conceiving on her single round of IVF. She waited a long time to become a mother and feels fortunate she and her husband are a couple who can finally be called parents.

Noel and Javier Hernandez
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

We want to thank Dr. Tourgeman and all the staff at HRC Encino for helping make our dreams come true at becoming a family.

We had tried to conceive for 13 years with no success and from the moment we meet Dr. T he made us feel confident and at peace with the procedures we were about to undergo. He always answered all questions and concerns we had. All the staff and nurses always treated us kindly and with respect. And they always accommodated our schedule. The joy and blessings they helped bring into our lives will forever be cherished.

Thank you HRC Encino.

Martha Arellano
Saturday, 22 July 2017

As she describes it, Nikki D. was pushing 40 when she first started trying to have a baby. Newly married and ready to become parents, she and her husband were successful in getting pregnant soon after they married in 2015. Unfortunately, she miscarried early in her pregnancy, the result of a genetic abnormality. Nikki's OBGYN was concerned she might miscarry with subsequent pregnancies. The couple knew they had no time to waste and decided to seek the help of a fertility specialist.

Her general physician recommended Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, who had successfully treated her. "If Dr. Nelson was good enough for my doctor, he was good enough for me," Nikki said.

Dr. Nelson conducted testing on both partners and concluded that Nikki's age was a factor in their infertility. Dr. Nelson suggested they go undergo IVF. Though they were initially leery, Dr. Nelson was calm and reassuring. The couple had three viable embryos after genetic testing and he advised that they transfer one and not risk twins or their chances for other cycles.

Dr. Nelson was right. Last December, their son was born. Nikki appreciated how Dr. Nelson explained the treatment process so thoughtfully, going out of his way to explain each step so there would be as few surprises as possible.

Dr. Nelson's calm, steady demeanor came to the rescue when Nikki was four weeks pregnant and started bleeding on a Sunday afternoon. Panicked, she called the HRC Fertility answering service. Dr. Nelson returned her call within five minutes and reassured her, describing what could possibly happen. He saw her the next day and, fortunately, everything was fine.

With the benefit of her experience, Nikki advises her friends to seek help as soon as they suspect an infertility problem, always recommending Dr. Nelson. She tells friends in their 30s to freeze their eggs; if they are near or in their 40s, she urges them to go straight to IVF with Dr. Nelson if they can. Nikki is savoring both the responsibility and the joy of motherhood. Even though she and her husband now live in another state, they have returned to Pasadena and Dr. Nelson to expand their family, using the remaining frozen embryos Dr. Nelson wanted to store for future cycles.

Nikki D.
Thursday, 06 July 2017

For 10 heartbreaking years, Crystal had been trying to get pregnant. She'd already been under the care of three other fertility doctors before seeing Dr. Norian. Her previous physicians had recommended she undergo intrauterine inseminations, which did not work.

"None of them could help us," recalled Crystal. "It was frustrating." But then Crystal changed health insurance plans and learned that Dr. John Noroan was part of her network. That changed everything.

After reviewing her history, Dr. Norian ordered an MRI. He discovered Crystal had a rare condition called didelphus uterus, a uterine malformation where there is a double uterus. The MRI showed that Crystal's left uterus was not fully grown and her right uterus was only 80 percent developed.

Dr. Norian recommended that Crystal and her husband start IVF. Twelve of her 14 eggs fertilized and eight embryos made it to to the blastocyst stage, so the couple had several opportunities for frozen embryo transfers (FET). Still, it was a difficult road. After her first cycle failed, Crystal conceived naturally but tragically miscarried. She experienced a chemical pregnancy on her second cycle. Fortunately, FET cycle number three resulted in the birth of baby boy Victor Jr. in May.

The busy new mom wouldn't trade her experience for anything and advises other women to continue searching for a solution to their infertility issues. "Please don't lose hope, and try to find the right doctor," added Crystal. "There aren't many doctors who are as conscientious and truthful as Dr. Norian and his staff. He kept his promise to get me pregnant and we are forever grateful."

Thursday, 22 June 2017

This past month, Allyson celebrated her first Mother's Day. At 51, she is savoring her new status and knows she is lucky to be cuddling her precious baby.

Allyson used the donor egg program at HRC Fertility after undergoing one cycle of IVF with her own eggs. When she married a few years ago, she and her husband understood she would likely have challenges because of her age, so she was not surprised this option would be necessary. She found an anonymous donor and was referred to Dr. Robert Boostanfar's Encino office.

After several diagnostic tests were completed, Allyson was able to start IVF treatment. The rest of the process moved along very quickly.

Said Allyson, "Staff communication was great, especially when it came to the medications and injections. With the frequent office visits, I really got to know the staff. I felt like it ws important to have a close relationship with the providers since this was such an important process."

Fortunately, Allyson the happy news she was pregnant after her second cycle. Though she is currently getting much less sleep, Allyson is figuring out how to make motherwood work and relishing her new role. She advises other "older" moms to not let age limit their life. "All the staff at HRC Fertility were judgment-free about my age, which I really appreciated," she recalled. "They honored my wanting to fulfill my dreams. I felt I was in a safe place and would refer other women to seek treatment at Dr. Boostanfar's office."

Though Mother's Day 2017 has officially passed, every day feels like Mother's Day to Allyson, who is only feeling joy about a dream that has been realized.

Monday, 05 June 2017

HRC in Rancho was the 3rd facility we had tried. And 3 times is definitely the charm when it came to Dr. Norian and his staff. Other than the fact that I have Crohn's Disease, we were pretty much diagnosed as unexplained infertility. After 2 Clomid treatments, 1 iui, 1 failed IVF transfer, we were at a loss. But Dr. Norian and his staff definitely helped us feel loved and supported during the hard times. They really cared about our journey and that compassion is what helped us get through.

During the 2nd transfer, we conceived our beautiful twin son and daughter. Dr. Norian really is experienced and knows what it takes to keep your pregnancy stable. I don't think it would have been possible without his suggestions of going through with the PGS testing and also staying on the baby aspirin throughout the pregnancy.

I had a somewhat tough pregnancy but we were able to have a big healthy daughter weighing in at 7lbs 9.5 oz and son at 6lbs 11 oz! They also made it to 38 weeks gestation! Full term twins! And we owe it all to Dr. Norian and his staff. #God'sHelpingHands is what I like to call them. 

The Tims Family
Friday, 19 May 2017

Maria had her first baby at age 41. She concedived the little girl naturally, but only after experiencing the heartbreak of two miscarriages. Though she realized she was considered "advanced maternal age," she had embraced motherhood and wanted to give her daughter a sibling. So she tried to get pregnant again.

"With each passing year, I knew it would be harder to conceive," said Maria. "After another miscarriage, I pursued treatment at a local clinic, where I had four unsuccessful IUI cycles. Then I decided to consult with other infertility specialists, including doctors at HRC Fertility. I'm glad I took that route."

After visiting HRC's website, Maria discovered the clinic was conducting a clinical trial, admitting women up to age 42 at a discounted rate. She was also impressed with HRC Fertility's IVF success rates, which she researched online at SART, the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Maria attended a seminar to learn more and met Dr. David Tourgeman, who managed her participation in the study. Though her participation was not successful becuase of the trial's limitations, she had the opportunity to freeze embryos. Maria subsequently decided to transfer to HRC Fertility's Pasadena office under the care of Dr. Jeffrey Nelson.

"I knew Dr. Nelson was a good match for me. I'm a numbers person and liked how he described my chances of getting pregnant, which were very slim. But I appreciated his candor and patient, kind-hearted manner. Based on his advice, I decided to transfer the three best of my nine frozen embryos. The eggs were retrieved when I was 43. I was shocked, but overjoyed, when I found out I was pregnant at age 44 with Arianna, who was born on February 26," explained Maria.

Like many women, Maria acknowledges she through she had more time to get pregnant. "In Hollywood, you see all these women getting pregnant in their mid 40s. Many probably used donor eggs, but most people don't realize that. After every miscarriage, I felt farther away from reaching my goal of having a healthy baby. As a statistician, I new the odds for women my age were against me. I felt confident with Dr. Nelson, however, because he approached IVF as both an art and a science and went the extra mile to learn the cause of my miscarriages versus simply assuming they were due to my age."

Based on her experience, Maria advises younger women to freeze their eggs. But if that's not possible, she hopes other patients don't give up and understand they may havfe to pursue several cycles of IVF to statistically beat the odds. "Every failure will get you closer to your goal," she reminisced. Maria feels infertility has allowed her to fully appreciate her new life as a mother of two beautiful daughters. She is very grateful to both Dr. Tourgeman and Dr. Nelson and everyone on their teams, including the embryologists who helped her cope with both the medical and emotional aspects of infertility and create her miracle baby.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

We are so grateful to Dr. Boostanfar, Jennifer, Leticia and all the HRC Encino staff for making our parenting dreams come true. After our very first meeting, I knew he was the right doctor for us.  He put us at such an ease with the very overwhelming processes we were about to go through.

After three failed IUI's and one successful IVF cycle, we got the positive test we were looking for and now we have a very healthy (now 3 month old) baby boy!  They really make you feel safe and cared for, especially through the difficult times.

We traveled 2.5 hours, one way, for each appointment and they could not have been more accomodating with appointment times and such. If we decide to go for another I can't imagine going through this with any other staff or doctor.  They are the BEST! Thank you HRC, Dr. B and all the staff!

Sari Eriksen
Thursday, 09 February 2017