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Frozen Embryo Twins, Thanks to Dr. David Tourgeman

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Traci’s children Connor and Cassie are two years apart, yet their origins began at the same time in the HRC Fertility laboratory. Like many IVF babies, they are frozen embryo twins.

Traci and her husband began trying to get pregnant about a year after their 2011 wedding. When nothing happened, Traci sought the advice of her gynecologist, who found that her progesterone levels were too low to sustain a pregnancy. After several months of taking Clomid without getting pregnant, her doctor referred her to Dr. David Tourgeman at HRC.

Dr. Tourgeman initially recommended three rounds of IUI. When those didn’t work, the couple decided to undergo IVF, which produced four embryos. Dr. Tourgeman transferred the two healthiest embryos, one of which became Connor.

“After Connor’s first birthday, we decided to transfer the other two stored embryos even though the prognosis for their development wasn’t all that optimistic,” Traci recalls. “There was only a 30 percent chance of pregnancy, but luckily one developed into our new baby daughter Cassie.”

Traci is very appreciative of the support she received from HRC, adding, “The staff can make or break a patient’s experience because we’re visiting the clinic so often. Most of the nurses were experienced working in the infertility field, plus they had children of their own and understood how important this was to me. Dr. Tourgeman and the entire staff were excellent at explaining what I needed to know about my cycle to make it a success.”

Traci is enjoying her new role as the busy mother of two young, active and healthy children. She is also thankful for the many wonderful infertility resources that were available to her and her husband. Going forward, she is happy to be part of the conversation to help people talk more about infertility. Even though the process was emotionally challenging, Traci knows she was in the best of hands with HRC.




Using an Egg Donor to Help with Secondary Infertility

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Amy, a 48-year-old medical marketing executive from San Clemente, easily conceived her three older children: an 18-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter from her first marriage and a three-and-a-half year-old from her second.

However, Amy and her husband Diego wanted a sibling for their youngest. After trying unsuccessfully to conceive, the couple realized they were facing secondary infertility and would need the help of an infertility specialist. Amy’s OBGYN recommended Dr. Jane Frederick. Dr. Frederick suggested Amy go through one round of IVF to see if she could produce any of her own eggs, but none were found.

“Of course it was disappointing because we’d been so hopeful,” recalls Amy. “In the same discussion, Dr. Frederick recommended egg sharing as a solution.”

The couple quickly found a donor who looked like Amy and had been matched with one other person. Within a week, they were matched with her. Four out of the five fertilized eggs proved viable, and Amy and Diego chose a male embryo. The best news: Amy became pregnant with her first donor cycle, had a model pregnancy and gave birth to Sam earlier this year.

Though Diego never had second thoughts about using an egg donor, Amy tried to reconcile their objective to expand their family with new technology.

She says, “I kept reflecting on the bigger picture of what we were trying to accomplish while being in awe of the new advances that could be executed so easily. In the back of my mind, I feared I might feel differently about a child not genetically related to me. But those concerns immediately evaporated when Sam was born.”

Overall, Amy says she had an amazing experience with Dr. Frederick and her staff. Though the process was complex, she applauds the HRC Fertility team members for being great communicators, educators and problem solvers who were available whenever they were needed.

“We felt cared for from the first appointment until we delivered our baby — and even after that,” she says. “Dr. Frederick and all the employees seemed genuinely happy for us, like we were partners working together to achieve our goal. She and her staff held our hands through a nerve-wracking experience and gave us the best possible outcome. We will always consider Dr. Frederick Sam’s first doctor.”




Our IVF Journey: Three Tries, One Beautiful Baby

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Natalie and her husband Josiah started trying for a baby a couple of years ago, and while the couple wasn’t getting pregnant, they weren’t quite ready to jump to IVF. Instead, they want to Natalie’s regular doctor for blood work and testing.

“Aside from the fact that I wasn’t ovulating, they couldn’t find anything else wrong,” said Natalie, who was put on Clomid to help induce ovulation. When Clomid didn’t seem to be working, Natalie decided to try acupuncture, too. Though she eventually became pregnant, she miscarried.
By this time it had been two years, so Natalie and her husband contacted Dr. Robert Boostanfar. Dr. Boostanfar recommended Natalie undergo a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test to determine whether there was a blockage in her fallopian tubes or growth in her uterus preventing pregnancy.

After the HSG test, Natalie got pregnant right away but miscarried again. After more tests, Dr. Boostanfar determined that the quality of her eggs was causing her to miscarry, and the couple decided to move forward with IVF.

Despite adjusting medications that produced more eggs, the first and second IVF founds work. Still, Natalie and Josiah didn’t give up.

Though they had more eggs and more embryos the third time, Dr. Boostanfar decided to wait a month to implant the one healthy embryo.

“We had done back-to-back cycles, my body just needed a little chance to recuperate before implantation,” she explained. “And when we implanted that time around, it worked. So the third time was the charm!”

The couple are now the proud parents of two-month-old Haylie. They couldn’t be happier with the care they received from Dr. Boostanfar.

“We had a fantastic experience with HRC!”




The Highs–and Lows–of Fertility Treatment

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Fertility treatment is a challenging time for couples–physically, financially and emotionally. There are many ups and downs for those struggling to get pregnant.

L. and A. had their ups and downs as well, beginning with a clinic that made them suspicious that they were being taken advantage of by their endless testing and lack of communication about what was happening.

After doing their research on other clinics, the couple moved to Dr. Robert Boostanfar at HRC. While they were happy with HRC and the way that Dr. Boostanfar guided them through the process, they still had to deal with a disappointing egg retrieval with their first IVF cycle and anxiety about embryo transfer with the second cycle.

“I’m an optimist and try to look at things in a good light, but going through all of this is difficult and draining,” L. explained. “You can’t let yourself get too sucked into it.” Because of her age (38) and medical history (her mother went through early menopause), L. was happy and relieved when she produced seven eggs during the second cycle. But not all of them developed into viable embryos.

“That was pretty disappointing because we knew we didn’t have any back-ups if those embryos didn’t take,” she said.

The two-week wait after embryo transfer was equally nerve-wracking, and L. remembers she and her husband trying to hide their anxiety while visiting with friends and family. They were out to dinner when they got their POSITIVE news!

“We hadn’t told anyone about the implantation because we didn’t want their sympathy if it didn’t work out,” she said. “We didn’t want their feelings of disappointment to rub off on us because we knew we if it didn’t work, we would do it again.”

Finding out they were pregnant was one of the best moments of their lives.  In fact, after finding out they were pregnant with twin girls, L. said, “We couldn’t even eat. Such a shame, too! It was a huge, good-looking buffet.”

If the couple could offer any advice, L. said it would be this: “You know that saying ‘the world has a way of making sure you really want what you say you want’–or something like that–I kept thinking of that throughout everything. The process isn’t easy and has its ups and downs. You need support, a sense of humor, a firm grasp of yourself and why you’re doing this because it truly does make sure you really want what you say you want!”






Four Facts You May Not Know about Egg Freezing:

Posted by Dr David E Tourgeman | Filed under All About Eggs, Blog

More and more women are deciding to participate in egg freezing to preserve their fertility for a future date. While some women resort to fertility preservation for medical reasons, such as undergoing cancer treatment that can destroy fertility, it is becoming more common for women to choose to freeze their eggs so they can have children later in life with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF.) Readmore ….