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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.

The Right Attitude Can Help Relieve IVF Stress and Anxiety

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Submit by Claire Perez Castillo

Claire and Rod had one chance to get pregnant with in-vitro fertilization. One.

Rod had a vasectomy before he met Claire, and rather than reversing it and hoping for a successful natural conception, the couple decided their best chance was with assisted reproductive technology and IVF.

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Dr. David Tourgeman in The New York Times

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The New York Times discusses egg-freezing and whether it is a family decision. Check out the article that features HRC's own Dr. David Tourgeman!

Click here to read the article in the New York Times.

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AOL Latino speaks to Dr. David Tourgeman en español about gender selection.

Cuando una mujer está embarazada es común que se le haga una y otra vez la misma pregunta, "¿qué te gustaría tener, niño o niña?". Y aunque lo único que verdaderamente les importa a las mamás es tener un bebé sano, sí sucede que la pareja fantasea en cómo sería su vida si tuvieran una nena o un varoncito.Si tú tuvieras la oportunidad de decidir entre niña o niño, ¿elegirías el género de tu bebé? Las nuevas tecnologías han hecho que esta posibilidad se vuelva una realidad. Sobre el tema, hablamos con el Dr. David E. Tourgeman, Endocrinólogo certificado de HRC Fertility en Southern California.  


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The Process of Egg Donation Explained

Beyond selecting a donor:

The most important initial step is identifying an egg donor that meets your “wish list”.  In addition to the physical and medical attributes that were earlier discussed, it is paramount to have the donor evaluated by a psychologist and a geneticist.  In general, the psychologist will administer a mental health examination to verify that the donor is emotionally stable and that her motives are genuine.  Additionally, a geneticist will provoke a personal and family history to assess if there are any genetic pre-dispositions or concerns. 

Once the donor has psychological and genetic clearance, she will be tested for infectious diseases according to the FDA guidelines.  This is usually done by your physician, who will also evaluate her for any other medical issues.  At this point, the only thing that is left is signing the dotted lines.  In addition to completing the contract with the donor agency, an attorney is provided to protect both the donor and recipients.

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