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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Embryo Donation - It can be a win-win for both donors and recipients

Embryo Adoption - Dr. Sanaz Ghazal

One of the most challenging issues facing in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients is deciding what to do with their remaining frozen embryos once treatment is over. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 600,000 frozen embryos in storage in U.S. fertility clinics and storage centers.

The majority of patients will use their embryos to try to have more children. But for individuals who have decided their family building days are over, they have several choices to make. They can:

Store their embryos indefinitely or until they make a decision and pay storage fees.Donate them to research.Undergo a ‘compassionate’ embryo transfer during the time of the month when the woman is unlikely to get pregnant.Thaw the embryos.Donate their embryos to another couple or individual.

Is embryo donation right for you as a donor?

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Infertility: The Two Week Wait

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The Waiting Game

The most nerve-wracking part of the infertility journey

Whether you are undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), an infertility treatment cycle consists of many steps. Everyone involved in the process – doctors, nurses, embryologists, and patients – does their part to ensure the cycle will be as successful as possible. Then the waiting begins, euphemistically known in the ‘trying to conceive’ world as the tortuous two-week wait.

At HRC Fertility, we try to support our patients and their partners as much as possible during this emotionally turbulent time. The emotional roller coaster does not necessarily end with the announcement of the first test results and often continues throughout the several months before we discharge patients to their obstetricians.

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Guys: Are You Producing Enough Sperm?

Many reasons for a lower than normal sperm count

Infertility is an equal opportunity medical condition. This means there is a 40 to 50% chance that prospective dads who seek our help will have an infertility problem, with low sperm production being one of the main culprits.

Getting this diagnosis can be very shocking for men. After all, they probably have been producing what they think are normal and plentiful ejaculations. They may not realize that abundant semen does not indicate a normal sperm count.

The sperm production journeyFirst, let’s look at how sperm is made. It takes approximately 72 days for men to produce a new sperm supply. The production process begins in the brain with the pituitary gland. It releases hormones that jumpstart the development of sperm and testosterone inside the testicles, which are protected within the cool confines of the scrotum. Sperm continues to mature as they move through the seminiferous tubes of the testes to the prostate gland, where sperm mixes with seminal fluid to create semen.

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Getting the Most out of a Fertility Seminar

Are you excited? You've finally decided to attend an infertility seminar!

You're not alone in wanting to learn more about infertility and how you can be helped by an infertility clinic like HRC Fertility. But you also might be nervous to attend a public venue where you will be "outed" about your infertility or think you'll be pressured into making a decision to seek treatment.

Like many couples, you may be wondering why you cannot get pregnant on your own or are feeling frustrated because you're not making progress at your OB/GYN or another fertility specialist. So it's good to be looking at other options.

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OB/GYN or Infertility Specialist: Who is Best for You?

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If you’re frustrated that you’re not getting pregnant, you may be wondering about your next step. Should you make an appointment with a gynecologist, or is it appropriate to seek the advice of an infertility specialist, especially a board-certified in reproductive endocrinologist?

At HRC Fertility, we work with obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who refer patients to us. Many are experienced in providing first-step infertility treatment such as ovulation induction with oral or injectable medications that may be combined with intrauterine inseminations. They have the staff and expertise to successful guide patients who have been diagnosed with mild endometriosis, problems with ovulation, mild male factor infertility and cervical factor infertility.

If you are confused about the best choice, here are some guidelines to help you make your decision.

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Sperm: Can They Take the Heat?

Can sperm take the heat?

The testicles are located in an ideal spot in a man's body, external to the rest of the male reproductive system. Sperm, created inside these organs, need a cool environment for reproduction, and the temperature of the testes should be lower than a man's core body temperature to function effectively.

Often our patients have questions about the effects of various heat sources on the male reproductive organs. For many, it can be confusing to separate the myths from the reality. But one thing is certain: don't overheat your testicles!

Boxers or Briefs: Does it Make a Difference?

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HRC Fertility/OC Releases Live Birth Stats

HRC Doctors Newport Beach - Coffler, Frederick, Ghazal, Potter

HRC Fertility/Orange County recently announced it achieved a live birth rate per patient of 83.3 % for women under 35 in a fresh IVF cycle. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), national statistics were a 57% live birth rate per female patient with the same characteristics of being under 35 using their own eggs in a fresh IVF cycle. The infertility specialists in Orange County are Drs. Mickey Coffler, Jane Frederick, Sanaz Ghazal and Daniel Potter.

 For more information, please click here.

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Ovulation and Fertility: Dr. Sanaz Ghazal Answers Most Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the signs of ovulation, and when am I most fertile? Those are  two of the questions Dr. Sanaz Ghazal answered in a recent interview with Fertility Authority. Dr. Ghazal also talked about the key hormones that control ovulation, and factors that can impact the ovulation process. As she points out, “Fortunately, we have effective fertility treatments that can help women with ovulatory dysfunction achieve a pregnancy.”

For the more in-depth articles, go to: https://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/fertility-doctor-answers-top-questions-about-ovulation-and-your-fertility and https://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/ovulation-explained.  

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