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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.

New Year’s Resolutions - Our resolution to our patients

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At the end of each year, many people start planning their resolutions for the coming one. They vow to lose weight, stop smoking, become better organized, read more books or achieve another type of admirable goal.

Those trying to have a baby, however, may be focused on only one New Year’s goal: to become a parent or to expand their family as they have always envisioned. At HRC Fertility, our New Year’s resolution is to help you achieve your resolution. We aim to provide our patients with a pathway to parenthood in the most efficient, cost-effective and successful way possible.

Our New Year’s resolutions

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Five Facts You Need to Know About Endometriosis

In addition to wanting to have a baby, a large percentage of the female patients we treat at HRC Fertility have something else in common: endometriosis. This reproductive disease is one of the most frequent causes of infertility, affecting approximately 40 percent of patients. Many are not aware that the menstrual cramps and generalized pelvic pain they have experienced for years are symptoms of a medical condition preventing them from becoming pregnant.

In observance of Endometriosis Awareness Month in March, we want to educate our readers with some important facts about this very common reason for female infertility.

Endometriosis affects millions of women

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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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End of the Year Review with Rancho Cucamonga!

We hope you enjoy our HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga year in review video!  What a wonderful time capsule of the past year! A warm thank you to all who contributed with photos.  We look forward to making many more happy memories together in 2015! 

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Happy Holidays to all from HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga!


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Breast Cancer & Fertility

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"But I Wanted to Be a Mommy"

by Maimah Karmo

I never expected to hear that at the age 32 a doctor say I had breast cancer.  No one expects or wants to hear that they are now a statistic- someone with breast cancer - but when you are in the prime of your life and in the middle of your child -bearing years, it can be devastating.  I found the lump when I was 31, had a mammogram, but was told that the lump was only a cyst, and I was "too young to have breast cancer".  I was given many reasons – “not to worry”.   Yet I remained insistent that something was “not right” and I strongly requested for a breast biopsy to be performed. It was then that I found out the unfathomable, as I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and my life would be forever changed.  

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Reduce Stress With Relaxation Techniques

 By Lori Lite

Reducing stress can help you to relax, be more hopeful, regain energy, and optimize your fertility treatments.

Unraveling the reasons for a couples’ fertility can be a long process. From the first interviews and consultations through the various tests until the (hopeful) arrival of a baby – the road can be filled with difficult challenges – hence increasing the stress level of the individuals involved and the couple.  

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Tafton, A success story well worth waiting for

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Katie S., a hairstylist in Lake Elsinore, CA, and her husband tried

to conceive for 6 years—with no success.

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The Challenge of Father’s Day with Infertility

If youre a man with infertility, Fathers Day can be difficult. Heres how to keep perspective on the good things in life.

When popular movies, shows, and other media depict people pining to have a baby, and sad about the fact that they don’t have one, let’s face it — it’s most often a woman. But the reality is that men face many of the same desires and emotions when it comes to having children — and they experience a similar sadness when infertility robs them of that opportunity.

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Testicular Cancer and Fertility: Will I Still Be Able To Have Kids?

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Testicular Cancer and Fertility:

Will I Still Be Able To Have Kids?

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Understanding the Risks of Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is fairly rare, but it’s still important to be aware of the risks and how it might impact male fertility.

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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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From Heartache To Joy: A Mother’s Day Fertility Success Story

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By: Juli Auclair Lipof


For many, Mother’s day is a celebration of moms, special bonds and family. A day for breakfast in bed and little gifts, made with love by tiny hands. However, for women dealing with infertility it can be an excruciatingly painful reminder of loss and the baby they long for so deeply.

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How to Survive Mother’s Day


by Jennifer Bright Reich

When you really want something in life, it’s hard not to think about it all of the time. If something isn’t going quite right, like trying to have a baby, you stare so hard at the empty hole in your life that you can’t see the “doughnut” of everything else that is going right.

            An especially difficult time for people struggling with infertility is Mother’s Day. As if you needed a reminder that you want so badly to be a mother but it’s eluding you.

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Step by Step

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Stacie Krajchir, an HRC Fertility patient and advocate for fertility awareness, recently was interviewed and stated that her first foray in to the “world of infertility” was scary and shameful.  She described, with much passion, how she originally thought that the first meet and greet with the fertility staff would be “easy” and that her expectations included that she would be given a simple “to do list” and snap she would become pregnant. Easy as pie!

A simple solution for Stacie’s infertility was not the case and in many of our patients the path to infertility is not just one or two, but many steps. We understand that the process is full of a whole host of emotions for all the patients who walk through our Rancho Cucamonga office doors. Scary. Shameful. Embarrassed. Sadness. Grief. And, we hope in eventuality – Happiness!

That is why we celebrate the small successes along the journey to parenthood with you and in praise of YOU!

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RESOLVE – the National Infertility Association has celebrated, educated and resolved to increase awareness about infertility for 25 years. This year, they are focusing on the educational component of their association during  National Infertility Awareness Week – April 20-26th.

RESOLVE has selected the theme – “Resolve to know more” in order to enlighten their audience about fertility options and how to self-advocate. They have outlined the following as their benchmark “resolutions”:

Resolve to know more about when to see a fertility specialist. Resolve to know more about all your family building options.   Resolve to know more about infertility advocacy.  Resolve to know more about the latest treatment options. Resolve to know more about the disease of infertility.  Resolve to know more about adoption.

In order to help individuals learn about more, RESOLVE has also offered a full educational component to their website.  HRC of Rancho Cucamonga will be supporting the efforts of RESOLVE by posting much information on our social media platforms and website.  We hope that you will help to amplify their message by retweeting and reposting, as you wish.

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Keeping a Blended Family Together Despite Infertility


by Jennifer Bright Reich

18 percent. According to the US Census Bureau, thats the percentage of children with two parents living in a blended family.

            If “typical” families feel stressed on a daily basis then blending of two families can be stress X exponential factors!

            “People expect re-marriage and combining families to be a honeymoon and go really well and often they are surprised when it doesnt,” says Ava Parnass, MSN, CS, a child psychotherapist. “Blending a family can take five years.”  

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A dream job offer!

Opportunity knocked- twice! A dream job offer began just as she found out that she was … pregnant!  Two dreams but only one could be her focus.

Stacie didn’t hesitate as she was pregnant and over the moon happy. She gracefully backed out of the job opportunity and set her sights on becoming a Mom! I was told that, ‘I was making my first decision, as a mother!”, said Stacie.


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Come check out HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga!

The doors of HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga have been officially opened for several months and we were thrilled to welcome “our” first baby this past February. As more and more families are built with a little “medical magic”, we are hoping to add more online resources. Check back frequently to this website for updates and join in with our online community family! And, of course feel free to share updates and any baby news! Reporting IVF / infertility treatment successes proves to be very inspirational to those who are in the midst of their infertility journey. Plus, we love to post pictures of your adorable babies!

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Read Part One

By: Juli Auclair Lipof

Making the decision to conceive again after a stillbirth can be very difficult. Some couples are ready to try immediately, while others need time to deal with the grief, intense emotional pain and physical challenges that can accompany a late term pregnancy loss.

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