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5 Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy Oct 1st, 2021

Up to 15% of female-male couples in the United States are considered infertile. That number is on the rise. And that number doesn’t include the thousands of same-sex couples who’d like to have a biological child, but can’t do so on their own.  Under the guidance of caring fertility experts...

Is Embryo Transfer Painful? Sep 8th, 2021

You and your partner are considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that you can build the family of your dreams. Or, you’ve decided to stop waiting for the perfect partner and start your family alone. If you’ve reached the point in your fertility journey where your best option is now...

How Does Metformin Help PCOS? Sep 8th, 2021

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a condition that often consists of menstrual irregularities (typically absent or sporadic menses), signs of increased androgens (hair growth, acne or hair loss) and the presence of multiple ‘cysts’ on an ovary. It’s common for women who seek treatment at a fertility clinic to...

PCOS Awareness Month: Infertility, Other Symptoms and Treatment Sep 1st, 2021

Most cases of female infertility are due to your ovaries not producing or not releasing eggs on a regular basis. Your cycle could be out of sync because you have a hormonal condition, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), in which your body produces too much testosterone and you don’t...

OC Fertility COVID-19 Policy Aug 17th, 2021

OC FERTILITY COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY OC Fertility continues its commitment to Growing Families, Together amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for information on whether or not you should consider getting vaccinated while trying conceive or pregnant, please read this. Dr. Moayeri and Dr. Sachdev are continually reviewing...

Can I Be an Egg Donor? Aug 8th, 2021

Many young women are curious about whether they can donate their eggs to other couples. Sometimes they wish to help someone they know. Sometimes they wish to help strangers. Sometimes they’ve simply heard that donating eggs is a relatively easy way to make a significant amount of cash that they...

How Does OC Fertility Help Prepare For Your IVF Cycle? Aug 2nd, 2021

Before you start your IVF cycle, there are many items that must be reviewed and completed in order to optimize a successful cycle, as well as a positive experience for the patient.  An important first step in the process is to verify if the patient is planning to utilize any...

5 Reasons Why We Suggest Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine Jul 28th, 2021

The heat is on and cases are rising in the unvaccinated population right here in Orange County which is trickling over to the vaccinated population as a result. Why? Well, we know that no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing viral illness, and although vaccines do prevent severe cases of...

Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle Jul 26th, 2021

The menstrual cycle is an important part of women's health and having a better understanding of it, could be of use to those trying to conceive. It consists of two phases: The Follicular Phase—the part in which a follicle (fluid full sac within the ovary that contains an egg) grows...

Four Medicines for Ovulation Induction Jul 18th, 2021

Ovulation is an essential first step to conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. Without the presence of a mature egg in a fallopian tube, sperm have nothing to fertilize. Even if you opt for in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other assisted-reproductive technology (ART), conception starts with ovulation. But what if...

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Men’s Health Month: How Do You Know if You Need a RE or a Urologist for Male Factor Infertility? Jun 17th, 2021

As fertility specialists, we treat all aspects of infertility including male infertility. However, in many cases, this requires us to work in conjunction with another medical specialist who has a different medical skill set to ours—a urologist. A urologist is a medical specialist with training in treating the kidney, bladder...

Understanding Ovulation Jun 14th, 2021

Each baby girl is born with about a million eggs in her tiny ovaries — all the eggs she’ll ever have or need. By the time a girl reaches puberty, her egg supply dwindles to approximately 300,000. And, of course, that decreases with age until she reaches menopause, at around...

Men's Health Week: Helping the Men in Our Lives Stay Healthy Jun 14th, 2021

A survey done by the Cleveland Clinic showed only 50% of men get regular physical exams, and more than 70% would rather do household chores than go to the doctor. Why? More than 46% reported being embarrassed while more than 30% were intimidated by potential diagnosis that might be made....

Pride Month: Supporting LGBTQ+ Family Building Jun 1st, 2021

Nearly 5% of the US population identifies as part of the LGTBQ+ community.   Many are aware of the social, emotional and mental health issues that accompany the self identification of being lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual or queer, but most outside of the community don’t consider how this affects a person’s...

Can Taking Testosterone Supplements Hurt a Man’s Fertility? Jun 1st, 2021

Testosterone is a "male" hormone known as an #androgen that both men and women produce endogenously within our bodies—typically men produce it at higher levels. Not uncommonly, men may decide to take (or be prescribed) testosterone supplementation for various reasons, such as: Fatigue Decreased libido Desire to increase muscle mass/strength...

Who Should Consider In Vitro Fertilization? May 26th, 2021

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) where doctors fertilize eggs outside the womb, in a petri dish. Once the eggs are fertilized, the resulting embryos are tested to be sure they’re healthy. Then one or more is transplanted into a woman’s womb. The first IVF baby,...

Why Are Prenatal Vitamins Important When Trying to Conceive? May 19th, 2021

Prenatal vitamins are important supplements that you should consider taking if starting to, or even considering trying to conceive. They contain necessary vitamins and minerals that are pertinent to growing embryos and healthy babies. There are many important elements in vitamins, but these are a few of the most pertinent...

Common Causes of Male Infertility Apr 21st, 2021

When you and your partner have tried for many months to a year or more to get pregnant without success, you’re labeled with a diagnosis of infertility.  This doesn’t, however, mean that you should lose hope.  The causes of infertility could be due to contributing factors from the female alone,...

What Are My Options If I’m Infertile? Mar 17th, 2021

When your doctor tells you that you’re infertile, you may feel broken and hopeless. Even though up to 15% of couples in the United States fall into the infertile category, the diagnosis still makes you feel overwhelmingly alone and cut off from a dream that you’d always regarded as a...

What is Endometriosis and How Does Affect Fertility? Mar 17th, 2021

As it's Endometriosis Awareness Month around the world, it is a good time to go back to basics and review what is is and how it can affect one's fertility. Endometriosis, or "endo" as it's commonly known, is a disorder in which the glands within the uterus are found in...

Eggs vs. Embryos: Which Is Right For You? Mar 14th, 2021

Fertility preservation is a topic that is (thankfully) being discussed more often, however the next decision—whether to freezing eggs or embryos—often is not. The fundamental difference between an egg and an embryo is that the embryo is created after the sperm and egg are fertilized, whereas an egg is retrieved...

Preserving All Your Options: Eggs, Embryos and Sperm Mar 9th, 2021

Making the decision to preserve your fertility isn't always an easy one. Dr. Nidhee Sachdev demystifies the process of freezing eggs, embryos and sperm in this video, including: The ovarian stimulation process The statistics When and how to make decisions about whether to proceed with an egg freezing or creating...

Egg Freezing 101: Demystifying the Egg Freezing Process Mar 1st, 2021

What Does It Mean When People Say They Are Going To "Freeze Their Eggs"? Many people have heard others say that they are going to "freeze their eggs"—but really, what does that mean? The process, more technically referred to as "oocyte preservation" is when an individual chooses to undergo a...

COVID-19 & Fertility: Should I Be Doing Treatment Right Now? Feb 9th, 2021

It's important to recognize that undergoing fertility treatment—be it family building or preservation—has an added layer of complexity to it in the era of COVID-19. A lot of patients ask if it even makes sense to pursue treatment in the midst of a pandemic? Over the past year, we’ve gathered...

What Are Donor Eggs? Feb 9th, 2021

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has opened the possibility of having a biological family to more people than ever. The use of ART, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), has allowed men and women to have children in the event they are unable to successfully use their own eggs or are...

Is it safe to get vaccinated? Feb 1st, 2021

We have updated our COVID-19 policy to reflect the latest medical guidance. We're also suggesting that you consider getting vaccinatinated, even if you're actively trying to get pregnant. Sign up to our mailing list so you never miss an update!

Myths and Facts About IVF Jan 20th, 2021

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has assisted millions of couples in achieving the family of their dreams. But despite its widespread use, myths about what it is and who it’s for persists. Dr. Sharon Moayeri and Dr. Nidhee Sachdev — the OB/GYNs and fertility experts at OC Fertility — offer IVF...

What is the ‘Right’ Interval Between Pregnancies? Jan 13th, 2021

For many, conceiving the first time around may be difficult. So when deciding when to start planning for their next, the fears and trauma associated with trying to conceive the first time may urge some individuals to begin treatment, or trying to conceive, as soon as possible. But, in terms...

Popular Fertility Medications Dec 16th, 2020

After you’ve been diagnosed with infertility, you may wonder about your next step. Though only you and your doctor can determine the best course of action, infertility treatment often starts with drugs that stimulate your ovaries to produce more eggs and increase your fertility. In fact, problems with ovulation account...

Should I Consider Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine? Dec 15th, 2020

As COVID-19 vaccines become more and more available in California, so to come questions regarding the vaccine and its safety profile in pregnant women and in those hoping to conceive soon. Here is a brief summary of the pertinent information regarding the vaccines as it may apply to our patients....

Is it Okay to Cheat? (On a Pregnancy Test) Dec 14th, 2020

The wait time to find out if you're pregnant after fertility treatment (also coined the "two week wait" or #tww) is fraught with all sorts of anxieties and emotions. The anticipation during that window of time stirs a pot of emotions that can be hard to manage, especially with the...

SART Data: Understanding Fertility Clinic Success Rates Dec 1st, 2020

In November, we finalized our annual SART data. SART is an acronym that stands for, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. SART is an important organization that helps accumulate data from IVF and infertility clinics all across the country, and it provides a way for patients—or potential patients—to look at...

What’s Involved in In-Vitro Fertilization? Nov 13th, 2020

In vitro fertilization (IVF) first made the headlines back in 1978, when the world’s first “test-tube baby,” Louise Joy Brown, was born. Now in her 40s, Louise celebrates the miracle of her birth and also the miracle of the millions of other babies who would never have been born if...

Watch: Understanding Your Frozen Embryo (FET) Cycle with Live Q&A Oct 29th, 2020

Ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval may seem like the most labor-intensive processes of the IVF journey, but for many it is the transfer cycle that is the most nerve wracking. Please watch as OC Fertility walks you through what a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle is, the various protocols used...

Should I Freeze My Eggs? Oct 14th, 2020

Mother Nature never claimed to be just. Although most men remain fertile well into their senior years, women’s fertility starts to decline in their 20s. As they age, the decline becomes a cliff drop: at birth, you have between 1-2 million eggs. By puberty, you only have a couple hundred...

Why is Fertility Preservation is Important for Breast Cancer Patients Oct 1st, 2020

Why is fertility preservation important for breast cancer patients? It's because breast cancer is one of the more common cancers, with a woman’s lifetime risk of developing it nearing 1 in 8. But there's good news amid this stark reality:  Improvement in diagnostic tools (mammogram, MRI , ultrasound) is allowing...

Common Causes of Infertility Sep 22nd, 2020

Let’s start with the good news right away. Just because you’ve been labeled as “infertile” doesn’t mean that you’ll never have a baby. Infertility affects about 12% of women in the United States, aged 15 to 44 years. However, when you discover why you’re infertile you may be able to...

Watch: How Do You Talk to Your Family and Friends About Your Fertility Journey? Sep 20th, 2020

Despite being surrounded by well-intentioned people, infertility can be isolating for many. Figuring out how to maintain relationships with those closest to you is challenging—and can sometimes result in people feeling they need to distance themselves further from others. That's where this video comes in. This discussion between MyBeautifulBlunder's Erin...

How to Get the Most Out of Your IVF Journey LIVE: Webinar Recording Sep 10th, 2020

We know that IVF can be an intimidating process, which is why we at OC Fertility want to do whatever we can to make it easier for our patients! That's why OC Fertility's own, Dr. Nidhee Sachdev, hosted this informative and interactive session, walking patients through the IVF process. Watch the...

Am I a Candidate for Reciprocal IVF? Aug 20th, 2020

As infertility treatments become more advanced and inclusive, partners of lesbians and trans-men who may have felt marginalized when conceiving a child through traditional artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF) now have another option. A process called reciprocal IVF — also known as co-maternity —  allows both partners in...

How to Mentally and Emotionally Prepare for Your Fertility Journey feat. Anita Patel MD Aug 19th, 2020

This educational webinar features a discussion between fertility influencer Anita Patel MD and OC Fertility's own Dr. Sachdev MD about how to think through your fertility journey and plan, where possible, for the highs and lows that may come with it. Practical advice you can act on today! Our deepest thanks...

A Guy's Guide to Male Infertility feat. The Penis Book Author Aaron Spitz MD Aug 5th, 2020

This Fertility Within Reach-sponsored webinar features The Penis Book author and world-renowned, Orange County-based male fertility expert Dr. Aaron Spitz, in conversation with OC Fertility's own Dr. Moayeri. Dr. Spitz shares the latest information on how male infertility can be treated, as well as strategies for improving sperm quality though lifestyle...

Optimizing Your Chances of a Successful Pregnancy and Healthy Baby feat. Dr. Afrouz Demeri Jul 28th, 2020

This webinar brings together an open-minded ND and MD team to share the conventional and holistic, natural ways to optimize your chances of a having a healthy baby in one hour! Dr. Afrouz Demeri of AIM for WOMEN and our own Dr. Sachdev answer your questions about fertility, pregnancy, and baby...

The Physical and Emotional Effects of Miscarriage Jul 6th, 2020

When you lose a child before bringing it to term, you probably don’t feel any better knowing that up to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Whether your miscarriage occurred early or late in the pregnancy, you had an emotional attachment to the child and to the hopes and dreams...

How Genetic Screening Can Help You Determine Possible Pre-Existing Conditions Jun 21st, 2020

If you’re considering having a child, one question may be at the top of your mind — Will I have a healthy baby? Thanks to the advanced technology known as genetic screening, Dr. Sharon Moayeri and Dr. Nidhee Sachdev here at OC Fertility can help answer this question both before...

Endometriosis and Infertility: What You Need to Know May 1st, 2020

Between 30-50% of women who have endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant. But there are treatments that can help. At Orange County Fertility Clinic, Dr. Sharon Moayeri and Dr. Nidhee Sachdev have helped many patients with endometriosis understand their condition and what their options are when they are ready to have...

Facts About Fresh vs. Frozen Embryo Transfer Feb 27th, 2020

Forty years after the first baby was ever born via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), there are now more options for women trying to conceive. However, there are still debates within the medical community regarding many aspects of IVF and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Embryo Transfer There are two ways to...

How Vaping Negatively Affects Your Egg Quality Jan 19th, 2020

Studies have now found that the nicotine and flavorings both used within vaping devices may affect a woman’s fertility, making it more difficult for her to conceive. If you are considering in vitro fertilization, you may want to reconsider using any type of nicotine delivery system or product. What is Vaping?...

What You Need to Know About Egg Freezing Dec 17th, 2019

Oocyte cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing, is a way for a woman to preserve her ability to get pregnant or have a biological child through surrogacy in the future. The eggs that are harvested from a woman’s ovaries are then frozen and stored for later use, where they may be...

Key Things to Know About a Basic Infertility Workup Oct 8th, 2019

If you are under the age of 35 and have been regularly trying to conceive for over 12 months or you are over the age of 35 and you have been regularly trying to conceive for over six months, you may want to consider visiting a fertility specialist for an...

Getting Pregnant After a Tubal Ligation Sep 20th, 2019

Making decisions about your fertility health and well-being can be a stressful and emotional time. Such a personal topic warrants great consideration prior to making any decisions but sometimes, even after research, consultations, and a lot of thought, you may find yourself wanting to reverse a prior decision. Fortunately, modern...

How Age of Both Men & Women Can Impact IVF Aug 13th, 2019

More and more women are deciding to get pregnant later in life. The average age for a first birth is now 28, up from 24.6 in the 1970s. Some choose to wait even longer, delivering their first baby well into their 30s. In fact, the birth rates for women in their 30s are currently...

How to Choose an IVF Clinic in Orange County Aug 12th, 2019

The first step to start or grow your family involves deciding to reach out for professional fertility guidance. A fertility clinic can help you achieve your goal, and in California, you have options. According to the CDC, out of the 50 most popular IVF clinics in the U.S., ten are in California. How...

LGBTQIA+ Parents: 4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Fertility Clinic Aug 8th, 2019

It’s no secret that choosing a fertility clinic can be an emotionally and intellectually exhausting task. It can feel as though you are placing your family into someone else’s hands. Allowing a person—let alone an entire clinic—into your family and allowing them to walk the often difficult and life-changing journey into parenthood...

Reducing Infertility Risk Factors Jun 20th, 2019

Infertility is generally recognized as the inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. While about 10% of women in America – approximately 6.1 million – between the ages of 15-44 have difficulty either getting pregnant or carrying pregnancies to term, many women are unaware of their own...

LGBTQIA+: 5 Considerations on the Path to Parenthood Jun 12th, 2019

While an increasing number of LGBTQIA+ couples are starting families, there are significant barriers on the path to parenthood for the majority of LGBTQIA+ individuals. A national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2013 found that 51% of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender either...

Navigating the Real Cost of In Vitro Fertilization May 24th, 2019

Struggles with fertility can be mentally and emotionally draining. Finding the right clinic is only a fraction of the struggle, but one of the most essential in meeting your fertility goals. A quick internet search for ‘average cost of IVF’ will provide you with a variety of answers—many not altogether...

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic (Embryonic) Testing Mar 18th, 2019

Why should you seek genetic testing?Genetic testing can be beneficial for many reasons and helps to determine a couple’s viability for a healthy child. It can aid in determining the cause of frequent miscarriages or previously unsuccessful IVF cycles. Others may want to know if they are carriers of a...