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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.

Dr. Alison Peck: The Benefits of a Healthy PCOS Lifestyle

PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women. Approximately five to 10 percent of childbearing age females have this condition, which can impact their fertility. At HRC Fertility, patients with PCOS comprise a significant part of our practice.

We confirm a PCOS diagnosis if a female patient has two of the following three symptoms: absence of ovulation, symptoms of blood levels of high androgens (male sex hormones, such as testosterone) and/or multiple ovarian cysts on pelvic ultrasound.

Insulin resistance is a major culprit in creating PCOS symptoms, and it affects 50-70 percent of women with PCOS. Insulin resistance results in a build up of insulin that cannot be used to break down glucose (sugars). Insulin resistance not only makes it harder to lose weight but also increases the risk for diabetes. Additionally, high insulin levels cause the ovaries to produce male hormones that can cause acne and hair growth.

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Medical Evaluation of the Surrogate Mother


Surrogacy is a unique and wonderful family building option that often is described as third party reproduction. Individuals turn to surrogacy for a variety of medical and social reasons: infertility; multiple pregnancy losses; being part of a same sex male couple or being a single male.

Surrogate mothers, also known as gestational carriers, are caring, compassionate women who love being pregnant and want to give the gift of family to those who yearn to become parents.

One of the major concerns intended parents might have as they embark on surrogacy is whether the woman they are matched with is a good candidate from health, obstetrical and mental health perspectives. They want to be reassured she will be able to get pregnant, have a successful pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby to term, and not harm herself in the process.

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Dr. Robert Boostanfar Lectures at Shanghai Fertility Conference

Dr Robert Boostanfar Lectures Shanghai Fertility Conference
Dr Boostanfar of HRC speaks in China
Dr Boostanfar China Sign

Dr. Robert Boostanfar spoke at an MSD-sponsored (Merck Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.) fertility conference in Shanghai. Dr. Boostanfar was part of an international contingent speaking to Chinese physicians about the latest in fertility research.

  
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Thank You for Attending the 2012 Miracle of Life Picnic!

HRC Fertility Encino thanks everyone who participated in this years Miracle of Life Picnic. Despite the heat we had so much fun and look forward to seeing everyone next year!

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Take the Encino Office Virtual Tour!

Huntington Reproductive Center, Encino Location has created a new 'Video Tour" of the office.  Click here to view the tour!

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HRC Fertility Encino thanks participants in this years Miracle of Life Picnic

HRC Fertility Encino thanks everyone who participated in this years Miracle of Life Picnic. Despite the heat we had so much fun and look forward to seeing everyone next year!

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