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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.

Why We Loved Working with Dr. Peck


After trying to conceive on their own for a year and feeling frustrated by their lack of success, Michelle and Trevor sought help from their regular OBGYN. When that didn’t work, their OB referred them to HRC where they met Dr. Alison Peck at one of her seminars.

Like many infertility patients, the couple was anxious to start their family. They felt uptight and frustrated the process was taking longer than they thought. Dr. Peck was a great antidote for that stress.

“Dr. Peck is so nice. She was very calming and positive. I never felt worried with her,” said Michelle.

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My Journey to My Family

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L. and A. are delighted with their young family. With twin girls almost three months old, they definitely have their hands full. Even though it's challenging--and sometimes chaotic--the couple says their family was worth the journey through fertility treatment.

Like many newly married couples, L. and A. wanted to wait a while before having kids. Once they decided it was time to try, they were eager and excited, but after a year without success decided to look at treatment options.

Several doctors and a friend eventually pointed L. and A. to HRC and Dr. Robert Boostanfar and, while they still had treatment challenges to overcome, their luck definitely began to improve.

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My Journey to Surrogacy

Brandee knew as a teenager that she wanted to be a gestational surrogate for an infertile couple unable to carry a child to term. In many ways, she knew this long before she was a parent. So she was devastated when she heard she wasn’t a great candidate for surrogacy.

Brandee’s journey as a surrogate started in 2009, and she matched with her first couple a year later. The first couple had a difficult journey. The first year and a half, the couple couldn’t get any viable embryos. With a different doctor, they were able to produce three viable embryos—but the transfer to Brandee failed.

The doctor said that Brandee had a misshapen uterus and wasn’t a viable candidate for surrogacy. The couple moved on to a new surrogate.

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True Infertility Success Stories: Our Donor Process was Worth It


When P and A (couple chose to remain anonymous) decided to pursue fertility treatment to overcome their unexplained infertility diagnosis, they weren’t taking any chances. They decided to try in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with a donor egg.

As soon as Dr. Frederick connected the couple with a donor agency, A was checking out profiles on the website.

“We went from ten years of trying on our own to not taking any chances and finding a healthy donor,” explained A. “It was a process. We spent many days and hours researching profiles, trying to find someone who fit. Neither one of us were emotional about only having half a genetic connection. We knew that if P carried the babies, they were our babies.”

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Infertility: The Importance of Faith and Science

Erica and her husband suffered from secondary infertility, most easily described as infertility in a patient who has previously conceived. When they shared this diagnosis and decision to pursue infertility treatment with friends and family, they were a little surprised at their reactions.

"'At least you have a son,'" people would say. "But for us, our family didn't feel complete."

Erica's first pregnancy at 37 was conceived naturally and easy. She didn't have much morning sickness and people described her as "glowing." Her labor went well, with no complications. After this, she assumed that she would have the same experience the next time she got pregnant. When it didn't happen, it was a shock.

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True Infertility Success Stories: Coping with our "Journey"

Michael and Angelique Cave were diagnosed with unexplained infertility, a common diagnosis for the millions of couples who suffer from infertility. So began the journey that would take them on a series of emotional ups and downs for the next seven and a half years.

“I found a lot of people don’t like the word ‘journey.’ It [the journey] can sometimes only be a year. But it could be the most difficult year of a man or woman’s life,” Michael explained.

The Caves started their treatment at another clinic and Michael describes his orientation to the world of infertility.

“I just remember sitting in that conference room watching a presentation. And all those people, different types of couples, reminded us of just how of how much of a problem infertility is for folks.”

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True Infertility Success Stories: Why I Chose a Surrogate This Time

D and A had two children, but they wanted three. Unfortunately, A’s uterus prevented them from attempting natural conception for their third child. Diagnosed with a heart-shaped uterus, A’s second pregnancy was traumatic, culminating in a delivery at 30 weeks and a five-week stay for their second child at NICU. For their third child, they chose to use a surrogate.

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A gestational surrogate is a woman who is willing to carry a child for another couple. To use a gestational surrogate, couples synchronize the biological mother’s cycle with the surrogate's monthly cycle. Then the eggs can be retrieved from the mother, and fertilized in the lab by the doctor using the father's sperm. After the resulting embryos have had time to develop, the most viable one (or two) are implanted in the surrogate’s womb. While she is the birth mother, the gestational surrogate is not the biological mother.

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Across the Pond to Discuss Gender Selection

HRC partner and medical director Dr. Daniel Potter, M.D., FACOG, recently returned from his trip to London to discuss gender selection options with in vitro fertilization (IVF) with patients who live in the United Kingdom. The purpose of his trip was to share more information on the procedure and answer any questions couples might have about the process.

Many couples travel to the United States for family-balancing assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments because they are not legal in their home country. Patients travel from all over the world to take part in the process.

Dr. Potter’s video appears on World News Video and explains some of the points of his talk:

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From Our Patients: Coping with Mother’s Day, Friend’s Pregnancies, and the Importance of Your Team During Infertility

When you are in fertility treatment, it can be overwhelming to cope with infertility. It is even harder when certain life events present themselves, like Mother’s Day, your friend’s pregnancy announcement, or yet another baby shower invitation. Sometimes it takes a team to get you through it all.

Julie R. from Pasadena, has this to say about ways to look at the inevitable events when you are in treatment that can challenge the best coping skills:

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Four Steps to Maximize Fertility

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When you are not trying to get pregnant, the most you think about your fertility is how to suppress it. But once you are thinking about getting pregnant, your fertility becomes a top-of-mind issue.

 When you are ready to start your family, you have some steps to take that will prepare your body for pregnancy. Even more important, however, the steps you take now can also maximize your fertility and your chances of success when it’s time to take a pregnancy test.

 

 

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How to Handle Your Pregnancy After Infertility or Miscarriage

Women who have struggled with infertility or who have suffered a loss of a pregnancy can have difficulties relaxing and enjoying themselves when they become pregnant afterwards. These women commonly feel as though they don’t belong in the hopeful group of pregnant moms. They may continue feeling grief for their previous loss, or even detachment from the baby whom they fear is too good to be true. 

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What You Need to Know about Using a Surrogate

Surrogates have made parenthood possible for many couples in which other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have failed. Surrogates also have helped those whose marital status, age or gender have prevented them from having children. Surrogates are women who carry the baby in the uterus for another couple.

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New Guidelines for Egg Freezing

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 By: John G. Wilcox, MD, FACOG

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has finally issued new guidelines for egg freezing and it is no longer considered experimental. Vitrification, a rapid freezing technique, has dramatically improved outcomes for frozen eggs and embryos. Survival rates are greater than 90% and pregnancy rates are comparable to fresh cycles. Since these procedures have not demonstrated any significant harm to the baby with over 900 births from frozen eggs, it is safe to say, many more women will be freezing their eggs for a variety of indications. That said, women should not wait too long to freeze their eggs, since pregnancy rates decrease dramatically with IVF as women age. Our clinic suggests women freeze their eggs before age 35 and not after 38 in most cases.

 http://www.boston.com/dailydose/2012/10/19/egg-freezing-works-preserve-fertility-new-guidelines-say/5XCEX40MlM1DRkyKYe2sVL/story.html

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Fertility Treatment for Women over 40


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