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Dr. Michael Feinman Simplifies the IVF Process

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A couple in their mid-40s, Marcia and John knew they had no time to waste if they wanted to create their family. After trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant on their own for a couple of months, they decided to talk to a fertility specialist to discuss potential paths to parenthood.

They found Dr. Feinman online but also learned that John’s doctor knew him, which was reassuring. During their initial consultation, Dr. Feinman gave the couple three options: keep trying; try one IVF cycle with Marcia’s eggs, or use an egg donor.

Explained Marcia, “We decided to find an egg donor because we knew time was not on our side. The staff at HRC Fertility gave us a list of agencies that we researched and interviewed. After finally finding an egg donor with a specific combination of traits, we thought we had found a perfect match. Unfortunately, the donor backed out after testing and the legal contracts had been signed. We were devastated, but we had committed to the agency that found her so we had to hope they would find another young woman who would be just as good. Fortunately, they did.”

Once the second donor agreed to work with them, the process proceeded very quickly. She had already donated once, and was familiar with the process. Dr. Feinman transferred the best one out of six viable embryos and Marcia became pregnant on her first attempt.

Marcia and John are grateful to Dr. Feinman and his staff, particularly for the fact that Dr. Feinman made the complicated IVF process seem simple.

“With lots of emotions and money involved, Dr. Feinman gave us the confidence that IVF with egg donation could work for us,” said Marcia. It’s really easy to become overwhelmed by what you read on the Internet, but he was consistently reassuring and available for us when we had questions or concerns. His staff was great! John especially appreciated all the training he received about administering injections and overcame his squeamishness about giving me shots.”

Marcia’s advice to other patients is to try not to stress out too much even if they are emotionally overwhelmed. “We realize how lucky we were because we got pregnant on our first try. Though parenthood is challenging, it’s an amazing time. Plus, we have five additional frozen embryos in the ‘bank’ if we decide we want to give it one more try!”




When is it Time to Consider Donor Eggs?

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We are often 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.

Here are some questions to consider as you move forward in our family building journey.

Do you have a pre-existing condition?
Some women arrive at our office knowing they will need an egg donor. They may have lost their fertility because of cancer treatment or a medical condition that caused their ovaries to be removed or stop functioning. Other women may carry an incurable genetic disease they don’t wish to pass to their future children and don’t want to genetically screen their embryos.

Are you older than the age limit for your clinic?
Many fertility clinics have upper age limits for females past which they will not perform IVF with a woman’s own eggs. From their experience, they feel the IVF success rates are too low to justify the time and expense of this procedure versus the results. This can be a frustrating policy for patients, but one developed from the experience of the particular clinic.

Do you have weak ovarian reserve?
Every female fertility patient undergoes several fertility assessment tests. These tests provide an overview of the approximate number of eggs remaining in her ovarian reserve as well as her potential response to fertility medications. None of the tests can evaluate egg quality, though we know this declines with age.

Your doctor will discuss the test results with you so you can make a joint determination about whether to proceed with further treatment using your own eggs. Often women need to see if they can beat the odds with their own eggs before moving on to another family building procedure. Usually an IVF cycle, especially one combined with genetic screening, can provide patients with valuable information about the odds of conceiving with their own eggs.

Have you experienced multiple IVF and pregnancy losses?
Women who decide to use donated eggs frequently have experienced multiple losses with their own eggs, including failed IVF cycles and miscarriages. When you are producing abnormal eggs and embryos, it’s probably time to make other choices.

Is experiencing pregnancy and childbirth important to you?
The loss of passing your genetic characteristics to your child can be perceived as a profound loss. However, using donor eggs also gives you many benefits. Donor egg with IVF enables women to experience pregnancy and childbirth, take care of their baby prenatally, and nurse their child.

Using donated eggs also allows the female’s partner to be genetically related to their child, which is an important consideration for many couples.

Learn more about HRC Fertility’s egg donation program, one of the most experienced and successful in the United States. Visit http://www.havingbabies.com/infertility-treatment/egg-donation-program/.




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.”




You and Me and Babies Make Four

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When Stephen and Jun decided to get married, they knew they wanted to have a family someday. As a same-sex couple, however, their path to parenthood was a bit more complicated.

“We knew before we were married that we wanted to have kids, but we didn’t know when or how,” said Stephen. “We wanted to work on our own relationship and careers first, and for the first five or six years we were moving around the country with our jobs.”

After finally setting in southern California, Stephen and Jun decided the time was right to start looking at their family-building options. They did a lot of research, looked at several agencies, considered whether they wanted relatives help them conceive, and also discussed adoption.

“We wanted to find out what made the most sense for us,” they explained.

Ultimately, the couple found an agency close to home that could help them find an egg donor and local surrogate rather than an international surrogate. It was really important to them to be able to spend time with their surrogate and attend doctor’s appointments.

Based on their requirements, the agency also helped Stephen and Jun identify IVF clinics. After narrowing it down to two clinics, they chose Dr. Frederick at HRC’s Orange County office.

“Dr. Frederick told us that she’d helped other same-sex couples conceive biological children,” Stephen said, adding that he and Jun were also impressed with her investment in the Bonding Room at Saddleback Memorial Center, which provides a place to stay overnight at the hospital for couples with children born through a surrogate.

The couple knew they wanted twins, a boy and a girl, and were fortunate they had enough healthy embryos to have that choice. Though their twins are just eight months old, Stephen and Jun are already thinking ahead.

“We definitely plan to do it again!”




True Infertility Success Stories: The Importance of Faith and Science

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Erica and her husband suffered from secondary infertility, most easily described as infertility in a patient who has previously conceived. When they shared this diagnosis and decision to pursue infertility treatment with friends and family, they were a little surprised at their reactions.

“‘At least you have a son,'” people would say. “But for us, our family didn’t feel complete.”

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