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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.

Making the Leap to Donor Eggs

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When is the right time to consider using donated eggs? We often are asked this question by patients who are at a crossroads in their treatment. Deciding to use the genetic material of another woman to have a baby is typically made with a lot of thought, deliberation, and soul-searching.

Resolving to use donated eggs is often described as a ‘leap’ or transition. Most couples go through a deliberate process before taking this step. If you are at that turning point, here are some questions to consider as you move forward on your family building journey.

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Fresh Versus Frozen IVF Cycles

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For more than 30 years, frozen embryo transfers (FETs) have been successfully utilized when patients have had excess frozen embryos remaining from a fresh cycle. But with older freezing methods, success rates were not as impressive. In recent years, however, several studies have demonstrated the increasing effectiveness of frozen IVF cycles. In fact, most IVF centers are now conducting more frozen cycles for certain types of patients, making FETs the first line of treatment for many.

Factors Improving FET Success Rates

There are several reasons for the improved success. First, embryologists are now freezing embryos through vitrification, a rapid form of cryopreservation. Because of vitrification, more embryos are surviving the thawing process. Second, many experts feel frozen cycles more closely mirror a natural uterine environment since a woman's hormone levels return to normal after being stimulated for an egg retrieval.

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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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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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