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How Is Male Infertility Determined? Feb 3rd, 2020

Male infertility isn’t unusual. In one-third of cases, a man has complications that are making it difficult for a couple to get pregnant. In general, a couple’s infertility is diagnosed when pregnancy hasn’t been achieved after at least one year of trying. At the California Center for Reproductive Health, we...

I Have Premature Ovarian Failure — Can I Still Get Pregnant? Jan 9th, 2020

Premature ovarian failure is relatively rare. Only 1 in 1,000 women under the age of 30 and 30 in 1,000 under the age of 40 reach the end of their ovarian reserves — the number of viable eggs remaining in your ovaries. If you have premature ovarian failure, you probably...

What Does Preimplantation Genetic Screening Test For? Dec 3rd, 2019

Some couples have an easy time conceiving, while others do not. Often, infertility is the cause. It is a fairly common cause and is diagnosed after a couple fails to conceive after one year of having sex without using any contraception. The good news is that with advances in technology,...

5 Tips for Couples Coping with Infertility During the Holidays Nov 12th, 2019

If you’re struggling with infertility, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 struggle to conceive or carry a pregnancy to full term. For many couples, the pressure and stress around trying to start...

How Does IVF Compare to Mini IVF? Oct 18th, 2019

Are you struggling to get pregnant and considering medical intervention? Traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF) and mini IVF are two possibilities that may be able to help. Here at our California Center for Reproductive Health offices located in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Encino, Valencia, and Alhambra, Drs. Eliran Mor and...

Embryo Transfer: All Your Questions Answered Sep 1st, 2019

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can be a long, challenging journey lined with unexpected twists, turns, bumps, and pitfalls. But finally, after going through a lengthy screening process and exhaustive preparation to retrieve and fertilize your eggs, you’ve reached the moment you’ve been waiting for — your embryo transfer.  As the...

5 Tips for Managing Stress During IVF Aug 7th, 2019

Infertility is a common medical condition, affecting 1 in 8 couples. Millions of those couples turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) for help in becoming parents. IVF is a process in which a woman’s egg is fertilized in a laboratory and transferred to her uterus. IVF is the most effective...

What Is Unexplained Infertility and What Are the Treatment Options? Jul 22nd, 2019

Infertility is a condition in which a couple can’t conceive after 12 months of regular, unprotected sex. Infertility has many possible causes, including medical conditions in the woman, man, or both partners. However, the cause of infertility is sometimes said to be unexplained, which means testing uncovers no medical problems...

How Accurate is Gender Selection? Jun 13th, 2019

A baby’s gender is established by the pair of sex chromosomes it receives — one from each parent. All eggs carry a single X chromosome, while sperm carries a gender-determining X or Y chromosome. When an egg is fertilized by an X-carrying sperm, the resulting embryo (XX) is female; if...

What Is the Best Age to Freeze Your Eggs? May 20th, 2019

You’ve just launched your career, you haven’t found the right partner, or you’re embarking on a treatment protocol that may jeopardize your fertility. Whatever the catalyst is behind your decision to freeze and preserve your eggs for future use, there are some timing issues that can boost your chances of...

Reproductive Options for Lesbian Couples and Single Women Apr 4th, 2019

If the only hurdle that stands between you and the family of your dreams is biology, the hurdle is relatively easy to overcome, especially with the right team by your side. Here at the California Center for Reproductive Health, our reproductive experts help people of all orientations achieve their family-building...

Reproductive Options for Gay Couples and Single Men Mar 26th, 2019

In the past, same-sex male couples and single men who didn’t have children through prior heterosexual relationships had just two basic paths to parenthood: Conventional adoption or the creation of a non-traditional co-parenting arrangement with a lesbian couple or a single woman.   Today, the ongoing advancement and increasing availability...

ART Outcomes: Morbidity and Mortality Feb 21st, 2019

When most couples think about starting a family, they generally don’t anticipate needing medical assistance to become pregnant. But infertility is a relatively common problem that affects an estimated one in six couples. Luckily, assisted reproductive technology (ART) offers a variety of solutions designed to help couples overcome many of...

Thyroid Function, Infertility, and Miscarriages Jan 29th, 2019

After many long months of actively trying to conceive without success, you and your partner are probably wondering why getting pregnant hasn’t as easy as you thought it would be. And if you’re anything like the average couple, you may have even begun tackling your problem by evaluating your timing,...

Endocrine Disruptors / BPA: What You Need to Know Dec 18th, 2018

You may have heard the recent news that fertility rates throughout the United States — in both urban and rural areas and across all races — have plummeted to historic lows following three decades of long and steady decline. While the dwindling national fertility rate is generally blamed on the...

Healthy Diet: A Fertility Diet? Nov 26th, 2018

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for many months without success, it’s only natural to speculate about whether you or your partner has an underlying medical condition that impacts your fertility.   While many couples eventually do learn that their fertility issue is a result of a physical problem,...

Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Your Eggs Oct 29th, 2018

When you’re born, your ovaries contain right around three million eggs. Because some of those eggs reach a certain point of maturity, stop developing, and die off every day, you’re only left with about 300,000 eggs by the time you hit puberty. Although a 90% reduction in egg supply may...

Oncofertility Oct 16th, 2018

California Center for Reproductive Health is a proud partner with LIVESTRONG Foundation and Oncofertility Consortium. Our mission is to increase awareness and optimize accessibility to fertility preservation options for female patients diagnosed with cancer. Cancer treatment can cause infertility and pretty much all modes of cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation,...

What is Mini IVF and Am I a Good Candidate? Sep 13th, 2018

As the most conventional and successful form of assisted reproductive technology (ART), in vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped many couples overcome a wide range of common fertility problems, including low sperm counts and irregular ovulation.Conventional IVF uses the maximum dose of fertility medications to encourage your ovaries to release as...

ICSI: An Effective Choice When Male Fertility Issues are a Factor Aug 13th, 2018

There’s a common misconception that infertility is, by and large, a female problem. While it’s true that a wide variety of factors can influence a woman’s ability to conceive, male-factor infertility is a major factor in up to 40% of infertility cases.When a sperm defect is either the main cause...

Infertility Treatment Options for Women Over 40 Jul 13th, 2018

Infertility Treatment Options for Women Over 40If you weren’t really ready to start a family way back when you were in your 20s, you’re not alone. Pursuing a higher education, advancing your career, traveling the world, building a home, and finding the right person to share your life with takes...

IVF: All of Your Questions Answered Jun 19th, 2018

If you and your partner have struggled to conceive naturally, you know how disheartening and emotionally exhausting infertility can be. Making the decision to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) can give you the optimism and boost of confidence you need to continue trying for a baby — provided you understand...

How Egg Donation Helps Couples With Infertility May 24th, 2018

About 15% of couples in the United States experience infertility when trying to start or grow their family. The good news is that with all the assisted reproductive technology options available, the chances are good that you’ll be able to go on to have a healthy baby. Some of those...

Secure Storage of Frozen Eggs and Embryos at CCRH and In Vitrotech Labs May 1st, 2018

Secure Storage of Frozen Eggs and Embryos at CCRH and In Vitrotech LabsWe at CCRH and In Vitrotech Labs were saddened to hear of the devastating incident involving a cryotank malfunctioning at two fertility centers earlier this month. We want to reassure our patients that this is an exceedingly rare event...

The Benefits of Egg Freezing Apr 18th, 2018

Egg freezing has been used to preserve female fertility since the late 1990s. It was first offered to young women diagnosed with cancer, so they could protect their ability to have a biological child if the disease or its treatment left them sterile.Today egg freezing is available for any woman...

Understanding Egg Quality and Testing Mar 20th, 2018

At California Center for Reproductive Health, we’re committed to helping you overcome the challenges of infertility. Much of our success depends on the health of your available eggs. Our testing protocols help us understand your egg quantity and quality, so that we can provide you with the best treatment options.Many...

Everything You Need to Know About Clomid Feb 28th, 2018

Prescribed for more than 40 years, Clomid -- generic name clomiphene -- is one of the most popular fertility drugs on the market. It helps women who fail to ovulate due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or other reasons. It can also stimulate the development of extra follicles in the...

Tips for Managing Stress of IVF Treatment Nov 30th, 2017

Many couples turn to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment after years of trying to conceive naturally. As the most common form of assisted reproductive technology, IVF also is the go-to conception method for many single women or same-sex couples who want to start a family.  Although IVF has a relatively high...

How to Cope with the Stress of Infertility Treatment Nov 27th, 2017

While infertility is a physical condition, there are mental and emotional health issues that are often linked to it. Sources of stress include the need for injections, the financial toll, negative pregnancy readings, and the social stresses of holidays and baby showers.Because of all these various factors, handling the stress...

Top Causes of Male Infertility Nov 20th, 2017

Male infertility is a challenge that many couples must address. The reason that infertility exists cannot be pinpointed in approximately half (50%) of cases, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). About 10-15% of men who are infertile do not ejaculate any sperm. The absence of any sperm can...

What Causes Male Infertility? Oct 31st, 2017

When you want to have a baby, then learn you’re infertile, it doesn’t help to know you’re not alone -- but the fact is, you’re not. Infertility affects one in six couples. In about half of all cases, the man’s infertility contributes to the couple’s inability to get pregnant. Male...

4 Tips to Choose Your Egg Donation Specialist Sep 29th, 2017

Ian is the bolder and more reckless of the two 12-month old twins. Toby is the quieter, more connected one. The healthy baby boys are the sons of an anonymous woman who wrote about her experience with donor-egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Fit Pregnancy and Baby.The new mother noted...

Egg Freezing vs. Embryo Freezing: Which is Right for You? Sep 21st, 2017

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is on the rise. How popular is this healthcare decision? MarketsandMarkets projects it will expand to more than three-quarters of a billion dollars, $756.7 million, by 2021. Even in 2016, the industry was already measuring nearly a half-billion at $468.3 million. Assuming that the forecast...

What is PGS/PGD and Who Should Get It Done? Jul 11th, 2017

It’s a pretty safe bet that in every aspect of life, the thing people desire the most is certainty. Sure, there are exceptions to this rule, but more often than not people want to know that they’re making a safe decision or that there will be a positive outcome to...

The Benefits of Frozen Embryos Over Fresh Embryos for IVF May 26th, 2017

If you and your partner have been having trouble conceiving, you’ve no doubt done some research into what opportunities are available to you. For many couples, in vitro fertilization provides the solution needed to start their families. As you may know, in vitro fertilization is the most popular assistive fertility...

Planning for the Future: The Facts on Egg Freezing and Donation Apr 24th, 2017

When it comes to planning for one’s reproductive future, women have two major options that differ quite a bit from one another: egg freezing and egg donation. Two different paths depending on what it is you’re looking to accomplish, but important to know about. The process for each is similar,...

Learn More About IVF and if It’s Right for You Mar 24th, 2017

Being unable to naturally and easily conceive a child so you can start the family you’ve always wanted is a painful and often complicated experience. There is a lot of trying, a lot of dead ends, and a feeling that your situation is unfair. And that’s just for heterosexual couples....

Planning for Your New Family: What LGBTQ Couples Need to Know Mar 3rd, 2017

Life moves fast, especially here in California. The past decade has brought an incredible amount of progress. We’re lucky to live in times where LGBTQ couples have access to the services they need to plan for the future and have happy, healthy families. While a fertility center has always been...