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.
On this page, RSC doctors blog about topics brought to them by people suffering from infertility. Do you have questions about fertility? Ask us on our Facebook page.
What is CCS and Who Should Use It?
By Dr. Susan Willman – Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) is a process to help doctors and patients select the best embryos for transfer in an IVF cycle.
Banking on Your Eggs for the Future, Check Your Fertility Now
By Dr. Susan Willman - 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.
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, San Jose and Modesto 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 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.