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04/10

2017

#ListenUp for National Infertility Awareness Week

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#ListenUp! In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), April 23-29, our infertility specialists are trying to make infertility treatment more accessible to new patients. Often, taking the first step to schedule an appointment with a physician is a difficult one. Patients don’t know what to anticipate during the initial meeting. They may be intimidated and confused.

Drs. Jane Frederick, Daniel Potter, Sanaz Ghazal and Mickey Coffler hope to break down some of those barriers by providing the following specials during NIAW. New patients can respond on the doctors’ individual Facebook pages.

* Dr. Jane Frederick and Dr. Daniel Potter: Raffles for a $500 gift certificate toward fertility treatment with the first 10 people responding getting a free “new patient” consultation voucher
* Dr. Sanaz Ghazal is offering a $500 gift certificate and five free “new patient” consult vouchers
* Dr. Mickey Coffler will be providing a $250 raffle

#ListenUp: So what happens during the initial consultation? Here’s what you should know about an initial consultation:

Your first impression
The initial consultation usually is the first meeting between you and the doctor (unless you met at one of our seminars) who will be your primary infertility specialist at HRC Fertility Orange County. Expect the appointment to last between 60-90 minutes. We encourage both partners to attend this meeting. You are in this together to make a baby!

Initial paperwork
Please try to complete the financial, administrative and medical history paperwork we send in the initial consultation packet. This includes other important documents to help us more effectively plan your care.

Become informed about your health insurance
It’s always a good idea to know what your insurance plan will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. We have experienced financial counselors who will work with you to figure out what will be covered as well as other options you can take to afford treatment.

Bring your medical records
If you have had previous diagnostic tests or treatment performed by an obstetrician/gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist, please arrange for the release of those records. You can either bring these records to the initial consultation or, better yet, have them sent before your appointment. You can save previous time and money with the receipt of these important documents. We do not want to repeat any unnecessary tests or procedures.

Reviewing your medical history

Your past records and the completed medical history forms will alert us to any health concerns or issues you and your partner might have. During the consultation, we will ask both partners about past medical problems, surgeries, and prescription medications they are using. With the female partner, we will discuss her OB history, previous infertility workups and treatments, and if her mother or sisters have had trouble conceiving.

We also want to know if the father-to-be has already fathered a child/gotten a woman pregnant and lifestyle factors that may affect his sperm. If he has already completed his semen analysis, the doctor will also go over those results as well.

Explaining and scheduling diagnostic testing
We will explain what each test entails and what the results will mean. For women, we will schedule blood work on day three of your menstrual cycle to evaluate your hormone levels and other key indicators of fertility, as well as an ultrasound to visualize your ovaries and pelvic cavity, and a hysterosalpingogram, a specialized x-ray to assess the anatomy of your fallopian tubes and uterus.

The male partner has it relatively simple. He must produce a semen sample to be evaluated.

Developing a roadmap to success
Our goal is to get you pregnant! The initial consultation is the first step in outlining your treatment options. Unless otherwise medically indicated, we proceed from low-tech (medication and/or intrauterine insemination) options to more complex, such as assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization. We also discuss success rates based on age and diagnosis. We want you to feel comfortable with your treatment course.

We hope you leave the consultation with a positive viewpoint and a feeling that you are on the way to making your dreams come true.

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03/15

2017

HRC Fertility Free Seminar a Game-Changer

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Margot had a gut instinct that she might have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Though she is thin, Margot experienced irregular periods and suffered from bouts of acne. However, every doctor insisted Margot was fine, even though she and her husband had been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for just over one year. Luckily, Margot persisted in discovering the truth behind her inability to conceive and is now the mother of a 20-month-old toddler, Asher.

A registered nurse, Margot and her husband both wanted to start a family soon after they were married in 2013. Unfortunately, Margot’s search for a gynecologist who could confirm her diagnosis proved fruitless until she attended one of HRC Fertility’s free seminars in Fullerton. As part of the event, Margot was offered a free consultation with an infertility specialist. She and her husband scheduled an appointment with Dr. John Norian at HRC’s Rancho Cucamonga office.

“Within the first five minutes of meeting him, Dr. Norian was convinced I had PCOS,” recalls Margot. “An ultrasound confirmed my ovaries were polycystic. Dr. Norian reviewed all of our treatment options, including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, my husband was unsure about IVF. Fortunately, Dr. Norian was very accommodating and didn’t want us to feel any pressure about how to proceed.”

The couple decided to undergo several rounds of treatment with the medication Letrozole. Though the first cycle didn’t work, Dr. Norian carefully monitored Margot with ultrasounds and the couple achieved success on their second cycle. Margot learned she was pregnant on her 33rd birthday!

She says, “We were fortunate that HRC had an incredibly encouraging and supportive staff. Infertility presents you with such a roller coaster of emotions and it was wonderful to have a great group of nurses and an outstanding doctor who understood our journey.”

Margot recommends that others follow their intuition and find a specialist who has expertise in infertility, adding, “It will save you a lot of pain and heartache if you do. Even if you have to go without your partner, it will give you peace of mind.”

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10/04

2016

Second Opinion Results in Baby with HRC and Dr. John Wilcox

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Like many newlyweds, Genevieve and her husband started trying to have a baby as soon as they married in 2012. A heartbreaking miscarriage a year later prompted the couple to seek the help of an infertility specialist.

However, after three failed intrauterine inseminations (IUI) with the same doctor, Genevieve and her husband felt frustrated that their needs were not being met. Though they were in the midst of their first round of IVF, they decided to get a second opinion before proceeding. Genevieve relied on Yelp reviews and a personal recommendation to choose Dr. John Wilcox at HRC Fertility’s Pasadena office.

“I found Dr. Wilcox to be a sympathetic straight shooter, qualities that I admire,” said Genevieve. “Because I’m an engineer, I make decisions based on charts, tables and analytics. He provided me with that type of quantitative information, so I was able to feel confident in cancelling my cycle with the other clinic and moving forward with HRC.”

With her new medication protocol, Genevieve produced more follicles than in previous treatments. Dr. Wilcox retrieved 15 eggs; nine survived and six were frozen as embryos. The couple then underwent three frozen cycles. Though they were not successful during the first two attempts, Genevieve and Ben were secure in Dr. Wilcox’s ability to learn why these cycles had failed. Except for the cost of anesthesia, he even provided the third cycle for free.

Noted Genevieve, “Dr. Wilcox and his staff were very encouraging. Though we were emotionally drained, their reassurance and determination to help us get pregnant made us feel like we were in the right hands despite our failures. But sure enough, we persevered and were successful on the third cycle with the last set of embryos. Now we have our eight-week old son.”

Genevieve acknowledges that experiencing fertility treatment was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically and emotionally, and she and her husband sought counseling when infertility put a strain on their marriage.

“Having a supportive staff and doctor really made a difference,” she added. “We started to see the light with Dr. Wilcox. He has an excellent bedside manner and seemed to have an answer for my every question, especially when my cycles failed. I have already recommended a friend to his office!”

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08/29

2016

A Four-Year Infertility Journey has a Happy Ending

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When Lori gazes at at her adorable infant daughter Kai, she realizes the heartbreak and frustration of her four-year infertility journey was worth it.

Lori’s and husband Sean’s path to parenthood was complicated. It included treatment from her OBGYN and two local fertility clinics in Phoenix, as well as an ectopic pregnancy, one failed IVF cycle and three devastating miscarriages. After those providers failed to find the answers to their infertility problems, Lori and Sean decided to look elsewhere for an IVF clinic.

Sean’s online research took them across state lines to Orange County California and Dr. Jane Frederick, where their experience exceeded their expectations.

From day one with their Skype consultation, the couple knew they had found the right doctor. “We were so impressed by Dr. Frederick’s confidence and compassion,” said Lori. She reassured us we could make our efforts work. It was the first time we felt we had met a doctor who understood our pain.”

The couple found that living out of state wasn’t an issue because Dr. Frederick’s office was so organized. The office went out of its way to accommodate their busy schedules and helped coordinate testing and monitoring with Arizona clinicians. Lori and Sean only traveled to California when it was necessary for the IVF retrieval and transfer.

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The two found all staff to be helpful, reassuring and positive, especially Dr. Frederick’s coordinator Priscilla. They felt they had access to Dr. Frederick or her staff at all times via email or phone.

Lori and Sean were understandably anxious because of their previous losses. So while they were thrilled to learn they they were pregnant, they were also concerned when their hCG levels started dropping. The HRC staff, however, alleviated their fears by communicating with the couple and their local physician.

“I would fly from anywhere in the country to have Dr. Frederick as my doctor,” said Lori. “She and her staff gave us hope and understanding when others didn’t.”

As a health nurse manager, Lori realizes how rare it is to find a doctor with the same level of care, concern and professionalism as Dr. Frederick. She always made Lori and Sean feel like they were her only patients, now matter how busy she might have been. That, she pointed out, is a rare combination and Lori hopes other couples take advantage of Dr. Frederick’s expertise and compassion.

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07/20

2016

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.”

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