PFC Infertility Doctor Blog

The Infertility Blog

February 09, 2012

Among the most common questions we get as fertility physicians from patients trying to conceive a pregnancy are: how much alcohol is safe to consume and when? Should I stop having any caffeine altogether? How much exercise is safe while trying to get pregnant?

Because comprehensive, high quality studies to address these questions really don’t exist, we try to come up with reasonable advice based on the best data we have as well as data from studies on already pregnant patients, plus just medical common sense. That said, even amongst the six PFC physicians, we vary, albeit only slightly, in the individual advice we give our patients. In this article, I have tried to come up with a consensus opinion based on a poll of the advice all of us give to our own patients.

January 30, 2012

Meet with a Registered Dietitian and:

  • Receive an individualized plan based on your specific needs and goals
  • Improve your health and prepare your body for pregnancy
  • Separate nutrition and fertility fact from fiction
  • Correct any nutritional deficiencies

Nutrition consultations consist of:

January 19, 2012

My husband and I never thought having a family would be a struggle.  His siblings and my cousins were all VERY fertile… why shouldn’t we be the same?  Little did we know, as we said our “I Do’s”, that a condition called endometriosis was wreaking havoc on my reproductive organs.

Such was its devastation, that our 1st pregnancy was an ectopic, resulting in the rupture of one of my fallopian tubes.  Had we not gotten to surgery in time I could have died.  My husband still reels from the memory of me handing him my wedding ring as they wheeled me into surgery. 

My doctor at the time didn’t see my other symptoms, (missed menses, constipation, heavy menses) and the ectopic as a problem.  The solution therefore was to put me on Clomid.  After a year of trying, a family member recommended finding a new doctor. 

January 13, 2012

A statistic that we follow closely at PFC is our cumulative pregnancy rate in a given year.  This is defined as a patient’s chance of taking home a baby after one IVF cycle, but it includes the fresh embryo transfer and any frozen embryo transfers resulting from that one cycle.  These rates are shown in the table and are broken down into maternal age groups.  The numbers are calculated by looking at how many patients delivered a baby from their fresh transfer (43% of patients under age 35) and then adding in pregnancies achieved from the frozen embryos for patients that did not get pregnant in the fresh cycle (totals 64% of patients in this group).  So in this age group, 2 out of every 3 patients had a baby from just one IVF cycle.  Similarly, for patients doing a single cycle with donor oocytes, 74% had a baby.

January 04, 2012

Tune in and watch PFC's Dr. Liyun Li on KTVU Channel 2 News tonight at 10p.m!  She will be talking about fertility treatment and twin births.  Don't miss it!