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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.

HRC Fertility/OC Releases Live Birth Stats

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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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IVF Gave Us the Opportunity to Have our Family

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Sarah and Dane were ready to have kids; they’d known each other for 11 years, been married five and all their friends were getting pregnant. Everything seemed to be on track—until it wasn’t.

After undergoing treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, Sarah learned she had hyperprolactinemia, a condition where high levels of the hormone prolactin interfere with regular ovulation, and an unicornuate uterus, a rare condition where only half the uterus develops. Dane also had a low sperm count.

“We were saddened by the idea that we might not go through the ‘normal’ way of having a child, but we also realized everyone has a different path,” Sarah recalls. “Over time, we were able to cope, accept and be excited about our own journey.”

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Our IVF Journey: Three Tries, One Beautiful Baby

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It wasn't the easiest journey, but this couple persevered and couldn't be happier with the care they received from Dr. Robert Boostanfar.

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The Connection Between Heart Disease and Infertility

February has been designated as American Heart Month, an occasion for health care professionals to provide education and awareness about the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in this country for both men and women.

Why is an infertility physician writing about heart health awareness?

Female infertility patients, whose median age is around 36 or 37, might not think heart disease applies to them at this point in their life. They’re focused on getting pregnant rather than developing cardiovascular disease decades down the road. Their male partners too are probably not thinking about the dangers of heart disease unless they are significantly older. There are some important connections, however, between infertility and heart disease for both genders.

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Dr. Daniel Potter Interviewed on "Heather Dubrow's World"

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Heather Dubrow discusses her IVF story and invited Dr. Potter onto this week's #podcast to talk infertility facts and when couples should seek help in their attempt to conceive a child.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

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Dr. Frederick Featured on "Little Women: LA"

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Tune in to Little Women: LA, on February 24th at 9pm PST and watch Dr. Frederick's the meeting with Briana Renée on her infertility struggles and what to do next. The episode will air on Lifetime Network.


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


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.”

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Dr. Michael Feinman Discusses Common Infertility Issues

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Fertility Authority recently interviewed Dr. Michael Feinman about two important topics of interest for women facing infertility: implantation failure and advanced family planning.

Dr. Feinman says that implantation failure is no longer a mysterious “black box,” and that, in fact, there has been enough progress to justify some testing in women who have repeated IVF failures. To read more about these tests, please follow this link.

Advanced family planning, according to Dr. Feinman, is basically fertility preservation for couples who want to have several children. They aren’t infertile, but by the time they try again they could be too old to get pregnant. So they—often Modern Orthodox women—store  PGD-tested embryos that they created with their partner. To learn more about advanced family planning, please follow this link to the Fertility Authority website. 

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Options for Surrogates and Intended Parents

When Robyn decided to become a surrogate, she looked into options that included going through an agency or doing it privately. She compared the earnings for a surrogate and the agencies, and researched how much intended parents were going to have to pay an agency. She gathered the same data going the private route.

Robyn discovered that intended parents can pay as much as $100K, which includes all treatment and medications. Surrogates, meanwhile, only make a certain amount.

By going privately, surrogates and intended parents negotiate the contract and agree on the surrogate's payment. Typically, this amount is less than the agency price, but it means hiring lawyers and negotiating directly with the surrogate. 

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The Right Attitude Can Help Relieve IVF Stress and Anxiety

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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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HRC Fertility Welcomes Dr. Sanaz Ghazal

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HRC is pleased to announce that Dr. Sanaz Ghazal has joined its team. Dr. Ghazal, who will work alongside Dr. Daniel Potter in HRC’s Fullerton office, attended Harvard University and received her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Ghazal then returned to the Yale School of Medicine where she completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

During her training, Dr. Ghazal authored numerous publications and book chapters and was selected to present her research at national meetings. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Ghazal commented, “I am thrilled and honored to join HRC Fertility Orange County, which has an amazing track record of some of the highest IVF success rates in the country and a strong commitment to providing the most cutting edge reproductive technologies. I look forward to helping patients achieve their dreams of building a family by offering them compassionate, high quality care and personalized fertility treatment.”

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Dr. Daniel Potter Sees More Than 20 Australian Couples a Month for Gender Selection

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More than 20 Australian couples a month visit Dr. Daniel Potter to select their baby's gender, with most couples wanting a girl after multiple sons.

The number of Australians traveling to the U.S. has doubled since 2011, prompting Dr. Potter to advocate gender selection in Australia, calling it a "reproductive freedom issue."

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Two Things I Learned Undergoing IVF: Start Treatment Earlier and Take Bed Rest Literally

Couples undergoing IVF treatment learn a lot on their journey: how to administer medication dosages; self-administer injections; manage multiple moving parts of a process; and, how to keep it together emotionally during the whole process—at a time when it might be easier to just fall apart. For those who have been through it, infertility treatment makes you wiser and teaches one or two things you might have done differently--as was the case with Rosemary and Andre.

Rosemary and Andre have a beautiful six-month-old baby girl Elise conceived with the help of Dr. Bradford Kolb. Rosemary became pregnant on their third round of IVF when she was 41 years old. While she wouldn’t change a single thing about her beautiful family, there are two things she might do differently if she had the chance.

1. Bed rest means just that: resting in bed.

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Dr. Robert Boostanfar, Dr. Jane Frederick Published in the Journal of Fertilization

Dr. Boostanfar and Dr. Frederick were recently published in the "Journal of Fertilization." Their article discussed their research and the successful outcomes of fresh and frozen donor ovum (egg) cycles among recipients using oral estradiol and vaginal progesterone gel versus intramucular and vaginal progesterone. Click on the link below to read the entire study:


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Dr. Jane Frederick Discusses One of the Major Causes of Infertility During PCOS Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a health problem that affects more than 5 million women worldwide. PCOS affects a woman's menstrual cycle, hormones and ability to have children. Listen to Dr. Jane Frederick discuss PCOS and its treatment here:

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Encino, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village Annual Reunion Baby Picnic

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The Miracle of Life Picnic - September 20th

Hosted by: Doctor's Boostanfar, Feinman, Peck and Tourgeman

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The Wall Street Journal Interviews Dr. Daniel Potter

Dr. Potter discusses gender selection and family balancing with the WSJ. Couples ususally have one, two or three children of one gender and want their next child to be of the other sex, said Potter. Read the complete article here: Fertility Clinics Let You Select Your Baby’s Sex

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Patience--and Other Things I Know About Fertility Treatment

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One thing all couples can agree on when it comes to the infertility journey: It’s a learning experience. 

Tiffany and Derek were together for ten years, and always knew they wanted a family. But after several years of trying unsuccessfully, they sought IVF treatment with Dr. David Tourgeman.

After four years, they had a baby boy with IVF and a few years later, the couple had twins using stored frozen embryos from the first cycle.

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Dr. Michael Feinman Recommends Tests to Identify Cause of IVF Implantation Failure

Recurrent IVF failure is a real challenge for patients and their doctors. However, there are several tests that can help explain the nature of embryo implantation failure and lead to a successful pregnancy. I recommend the following tests be considered after two failed IVF cycles:  

Uterine Evaluation/Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) The evaluation of the uterus clearly should be done before the first IVF cycle, and the HSG is the only test that adequately looks at the uterus and the fallopian tubes. A hydrosalpinx (blocked fallopian tube filled with fluid) reduces implantation by 50 percent, so you do need to know the tubal status even when doing IVF.

Sperm DNA Fragmentation Test The DNA fragmentation assay looks at the integrity of DNA in the sperm.  If the assay is abnormally high (a high level of DNA fragmentation), it will result in lower implantation rates -- as well as lower fertilization rates and higher miscarriage rates. Men with normal semen analysis results can have abnormal DNA results.

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Dr. David Tourgeman - Getting Pregnant in Your 40s

Dr. Tourgeman talks about getting pregnant in your 40s and how fertility treatments can increase the ability to carry.

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