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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.

Let’s Pass #IVF4Vets!

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Author: Dr. Mickey Coffler

Earlier this month, more than 200 infertility advocates (including many from California) and representatives from numerous veterans organization joined Resolve: the National Infertility Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Washington, D.C. They lobbied for bills that will pay for fertility treatment for wounded veterans.

Located in Southern California where many military personnel live, HRC is honored to have the opportunity to help active duty service men and women overcome infertility, much of which is paid for by their military healthcare benefits. My colleagues and I see first-hand the devastating reproductive injuries that our wounded veterans have sustained in combat.

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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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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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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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Celebrating Father’s Day For The First Time Thanks To IVF

 

BY: Juli Auclair Lipof

Marcus Passow has a lot to be thankful for this Father’s Day. For starters, 30 little fingers and 30 tiny toes.

Not to mention his sensational wife, Julie, who brought Matias, Francesca and Luciana into the world on September 23, 2013.

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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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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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Grab the Popcorn! Time for Videos!

Recently, HRC Fertility of Pasadena filmed a series of new fertility videos to supplement the already extensive catalog available to viewers via YouTube. New to our playlist are videos that discuss updates on current fertility technologies, introductions and a bit of “trivia” about our physicians, explanations about new treatments, plus so much more!

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