Patient Odyssey

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April 22, 2015

Every couple’s infertility experience is unique. The same is true for the patients who seek services at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC). But there is an experience all our patients do share: respectful, expert, cutting-edge care.

Hear from one couple what this experience was like for them—a process they describe as “positive” and “smooth,” infusing them with the confidence they needed to try—and succeed—a second time after their initial success.

On the occasion of National Infertility Awareness Week, let Erica and Matt tell you in their own words how PFC helped them create their own special family.

Click here to watch their story.

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July 23, 2013

“Don’t be late, Don’t be late,” I repeated to myself as I pulled into the parking garage at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco where I had planned to freeze my eggs. My lateness was surely a reflection of an ambivalence I had about the whole process. I was in too much of a rush as I pulled open what appeared to be an entrance door  with a “NOT AN ENTRANCE” sign on it. I scurried up five flights of stairs and yanked on the 5th floor door. It didn’t budge. I raced up and down the stairs pulling on the doors at the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st floors. I was locked out of all of them.

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December 11, 2012

When I was 38, my wife and I decided to have a baby. My initial efforts to conceive were via Kaiser Permanente. We used a sperm donor from the Sperm Bank of California. I had three IUIs, in the summer of 2010, the winter of 2010, and the spring of 2011. I got pregnant each time. Initially I was absolutely confident in my body's ability to nurture a baby, and when I lost the first pregnancy at 7 weeks, I was utterly surprised and disappointed. The second pregnancy only barely got off the ground; I believe that pregnancy lasted only to 5 weeks--just after my missed period. After each of the first two miscarriages, my Kaiser doctor urged me to be optimistic; statistics say that after two miscarriages, the next pregnancy will go to term. So I did a third IUI. That pregnancy lasted a little over 8 weeks.

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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. 

November 15, 2011

Tune in for a Channel 5 news special! The story shares the journey of Dino, a single restaurant owner, and his quest to have his own son. The special also features PFC's Dr. Carl Herbert.

The two part special will air on Channel 5 on Wednesday, November 16th at 11pm and Thursday, November 17th at 6pm.

You won't want to miss it!