Our doctors’ blog represents another step in RSC’s mission to share state-of-the-art expertise in reproductive medicine. In more than 25 years of practice, we have learned that accurate information is the most powerful key to determining the best course of treatment for each individual. Is is in this spirit of empowerment that we welcome you to explore our weekly blog for a deeper explanation of numerous topics of interest for both patients and physicians on the topics of infertility, in vitro fertilization, and other fertility subjects. We welcome your questions and comments.
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“When Can I Get Pregnant?”— Surgical Treatments To Get You There
Dr. Willman discusses surgical and non-surgical treatments to help women get pregnant.
If you get bit by a tick see your doctor. If you see a rash (bull’s eye) that blisters know that this is the most classic rash from Lyme disease. Headache, flu like symptoms, and joint pain are other symptoms.
Update on BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 – Guidelines for Fertility Patients
At RSC, we ask patients about their family history of cancer, especially breast and ovarian. If they appear to carry or be at risk for a BRCA mutation, we have several strategies to help manage their risk.
On Memorial Day, I paid respect to the men and women who gave up their lives for my freedom, and upon reflection also realized that wives gave up their husbands, children gave up their dads, and mothers gave up their sons [...]
"In my journey, as a health care professional I have come across patients struggling with infertility, and I firmly believe that we also experience along with them the fears, the worry, and all of the complexities of assisted [...]
I remember the first patient I ever got pregnant. She was a physician’s wife. They were so elated that they were finally going to have the family they had dreamed of. They were so appreciative, not only to me, but the [...]
A new calculator allows patients to enter some basic statistics such as age, weight, and infertility diagnosis and it will present them with information about how likely they will be able to have a child in 1, 2, or 3 IVF cycles.
You should know if your surgery, chemo, or radiation will alter your fertility or render you infertile. Since survival rate after cancer diagnosis is getting better every day, thinking about the long term goals for your life [...]
In "Preparing for Pregnancy 2015: Part 2 – Men," Dr. Sgarlata offers ideas to men planning on fathering a child. He stresses the importance of how planning ahead allows both women and men to be proactive vs. reactive.
In "Preparing for Pregnancy 2015: Part 1 – Women," Dr. Sgarlata offers ideas to women preparing for a successful pregnancy. He stresses the importance of how planning ahead allows both women and men to be proactive vs. reactive.
Top 5 Ways to Preserve Your Fertility Naturally: An Alternative to Egg Freezing
The cost to your body for egg freezing is yet to be determined. Mostly, there are no serious immediate repercussions, but the long-term studies are lacking. We do know, however, that during this process, your body will be [...]
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – Studies continue to support use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists to reduce toxic effects of chemotherapy – encouraging news for women with a recent cancer diagnosis, planning chemo.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – With increasing numbers of cancer survivors, there are more and more questions about how the treatment for cancer will affect the person’s ability to have children in the future.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – While bleeding in early pregnancy is scary, it is not always a bad sign. Often the first sign of a miscarriage, there are also things that will not be a miscarriage that can cause the bleeding.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – Recent data reveals that gaining weight in the second trimester is critical for patients with twins. One RSCBA patient reveals her story in the Huffington Post of how she gained 70 pounds for a twin [...]
By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – New research has given us more information on the potential role Vitamin D & fertility supplementation takes for women attempting pregnancy, especially those undergoing IVF, prior to embryo transfers.
1 Tested Embryo Transfer Shows Better Baby Outcome
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – Recent study confirms baby outcomes are better by transferring one PGS tested embryo over 2 cycles compared to transferring 2 embryos that are untested, especially for woman over 38.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – A recent meta-analysis from the American Journal of OB/Gyn (Feb 2014) showed that any amount of coffee consumption during pregnancy may increase the risk of childhood leukemia in offspring.
Every day is difficult for women who experience infertility, but Mother’s Day may be the most challenging. Physiologist, Madeline Licker Feingold, Ph.D's offers suggestions for infertility sufferers to decrease their pain [...]
By Dr. Louis Weckstein – A new study on fertility treatment success in women between the age of 38-42 revealed immediate IVF as the most successful infertility treatment. Always be sure to consult with your physician.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – At least once or twice a month, I see a patient who comes in for fertility treatment with an ovarian cyst. These cysts must be evaluated because they could be precancerous or cancerous.
How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Fertility and Menstrual Problems
By Judy Tognetti – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one option to treat women who are afflicted with conditions that can affect their reproductive system, and ultimately impact their level of fertility.
By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – Reiki is a natural, hands-on healing art that might help patients with infertility issues. It is part of a field known as energy medicine. Dr. Sgarlata is certified as a First Degree Reiki Practitioner.
By Macy Minor – MTV's new show, Generation Cryo, is an exploration of, “issues faced by a new generation of kids coming of age who were conceived via sperm donation and are redefining what it means to be a family."
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – Why are patients desperately trying to get pregnant so that their child is born in the Chinese Year of the Horse? Some are even using fertility medicine, IVF and other treatments.
By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata – Many times patient’s ask why we as Fertility specialists can’t find a reason for their lack of success. Genetic factors, lifestyle and age are just a few influences for successful pregnancy.
Banking on Your Eggs for the Future, Check Your Fertility Now
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - As the 20’s and 30’s roll on through, many women wonder what would be the best timing, the right number of kids, and how their life may look with the addition of a family. Consider your options now.
Are Outcomes of Frozen Embryo Transfer Cycles Better Than Fresh Embryo Transfer?
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - There is renewed interest in frozen embryo transfer success. RSC currently uses vitrification to freeze embryos, as this technology has been shown to cause little or no harm to the embryo.
Regulations Guiding and Governing Fertility Clinics
By Dr. Mary Hinckley – Patients fertility care questions can be answered by understanding the federal regulations, non-federal regulations, legal challenges and recommendations that govern and guide fertility clinics.
Achieving The Highest Pregnancy Rates With IVF, What It Takes
Over the past few of years we have seen a dramatic increase in pregnancy rates with IVF at Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area. We recently tabulated our January - June 2013 IVF success rates and they [...]
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - One of the hardest things to explain to patients is why human beings are such inefficient reproducers. It just seems logical that one follicle should produce one egg which ultimately makes one embryo [...]
Fertility Treatment Success: Single Healthy Pregnancy
By Dr. Louis Weckstein - Our Mission at RSC is to deliver the highest quality patient care that provides the best opportunities for making people families. We believe that a single healthy pregnancy has the best outcome from [...]
Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening for Abnormal Embryos
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - While the human body is very good at “screening” embryos – abnormal embryos will most often fail to implant and grow – new technology provides reproductive specialists further insight as to why [...]
The Mathematics of Selecting an Infertility Center
By Sheldon B. Josephs, FACHE - If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where there is more than one infertility specialist or practice, you understand how confusing it can be to choose the physician or clinic best [...]
Fertility Science Has Changed In A Big Way, But The Basic Principles Remain
By Dr. Louis Weckstein - As RSC has remained on the leading edge of scientific advancement for the past thirty years, so too we remain steadfast in our mission to provide the best opportunities for making all people families.
By Dr. Evan Rosenbluth - Having recently moved to the Bay Area, I am often asked about the differences in protocols for treating infertility at other centers across the United States. Simply put, the most notable variation [...]
By Dr. Louis Weckstein - Ovarian reserve is a term fertility doctors use to describe a woman’s reproductive potential with respect to egg quantity. This evaluation can be helpful in determining how aggressive a woman should [...]
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - She walked out of our office smiling, looking at her admiring husband with a bit of “we can handle this together”. She was glowing that glow you get from being pregnant and dreaming of the future.
Natural or Minimal Stimulation IVF compared to Standard IVF
By Dr. Louis Weckstein - Recently there has been much hype on the internet about Natural Cycle IVF or Minimal Stimulation IVF. These treatments are similar to standard IVF, but without the use of injectable medications [...]
Reproductive Technologies and the Risk of Birth Defects
By Dr Louis Weckstein - A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine has drawn a lot of media attention. This review of an Australian birth defect registry from 1986 – 1992 reported an increased rate of birth [...]
Health insurance coverage for Infertility in California
By Leticia Uribe, Business Office Supervisor - Insurance coverage is a growing monster in our world today when it comes to infertility coverage in California. California is still a long way from becoming a mandated state for [...]
By Dr. Mary Hinckley & Amoreena Berg, MFT - “Keeping it all together” was her challenge. We immediately put her in touch with a counselor, who gave her one-on-one support and even offered group counseling. This made all [...]
By Dr. Louis Weckstein - Until very recently the technology for freezing eggs was not well developed. In the past few years, the technique of vitrification, or rapid freezing of eggs, has improved success with frozen eggs.
By Amy Simpson, Ultrasound Tech - You have diligently taken your injections, come to multiple ultrasound appointments, put up with numerous side effects from medications, undergone surgery to retrieve your eggs...
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - It is important for you to know what was done to your cervix. Some treatments may cause problems or damage to the cervix that could translate into infertility or premature delivery.
By Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata - Every day I see patients who have tried in earnest to find helpful information about fertility and pregnancy through the internet. The problem is which internet sites to trust.
It was 1978 and my neighbor told me the story of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby born. Recently, the Nobel Prize was awarded to British biologist Robert Edwards, PhD for his pioneering work developing IVF.
By Dr. Mary Hinckley - What matters to patients is the ability to diagnose a problem, to correctly stimulate a patient, to retrieve the eggs, handle the embryos, and transfer them back safely into a uterus.
RSC Bay Area’s Laboratory Director Kirsten Ivani, Ph.D., told CBS Bay Area that college students studying healthcare should keep their options open, take advantage of internships and network at conferences.
The Eeva test, shown in the video, uses a computer algorithm and tiny cameras to detect the rate of embryonic cell division. The test then rates each embryo’s chance as high or low. This allows doctors to only implant the embryos with the highest chances of implanting and developing into a baby, thus reducing the chances of a high risk multiples pregnancy and increasing the chance of a women becoming pregnant with a single embryo transfer.
Established in 1983, just two years after the first successful birth through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the United States, the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area has been a pioneering fertility medical practice for more than a quarter-century.
Our fertility clinics in San Ramon, Orinda and San Jose are easily accessible to fertility patients from Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, San Francisco County, Stanislaus County, Solano County, Merced County, Mariposa County, Calaveras County, Eldorado County, Placer County, San Benito County and Monterey County.
Fertility doctors Dr. Weckstein, Dr. Willman, Dr. Hinckley, Dr. Sgarlata, Dr. Wachs, Dr. Rosenbluth, Dr. Reid and Dr. Ivani are specialists in infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, miscarriages, male infertility, pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), egg freezing and reproductive medicine surgery.
Aetna Institutes of Excellence® recognizes Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area for its unique expertise in consistently delivering evident-based, quality care for Select Infertility Services.