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Sacramento Infertility Support GroupCalifornia IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. encourages its patients to seek group support for general infertility issues as well as during advanced reproductive therapy like in vitro fertilization (IVF). The Infertility Support Group of the Sacramento area is one resource for all Northern California women struggling with infertility to turn to so they do not have to struggle with getting pregnant alone. The Infertility Support Group of the Sacramento area is a peer led support group for women that provides a place to discuss the emotional impact of infertility. Women are provided a welcoming space to discuss treatments for infertility like IVF and artificial insemination as well as alternatives like using acupuncture to help with stress and increase ovulation. Recommendations and experiences with Sacramento area infertility doctors and clinics many also be discussed openly and honestly. 

 Women with fertility issues may want to contact the Sacramento Area Infertility Support Group if any of the following statements apply: 

  • I’m feeling lonely and isolated because of my infertility.
  • I have very few people to talk with about my infertility.
  • No one understands how infertility is affecting me.
  • My husband is the only one I have who provides emotional support in dealing with infertility.
  • Infertility is affecting my work and career.
  • I feel that my life plan is out of control because of infertility.
  • I’m having trouble navigating my medical treatment options for infertility.
  • I can’t decide when “enough is enough” of infertility treatments like IVF, IUI and fertility medications like Clomid.
  • Holidays and coping with family and friends is becoming more more difficult the longer I deal with infertility and answer questions about why I am not getting pregnant or having a baby.
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For more information about the Sacramento Area Infertility Support Group, email your questions or comments to Christine at sacramentoinfertilitygroup@gmail.com  

Bimonthly Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month in the Sacramento area.  

Visit http://resolve.org for more information about infertility issues and a list of Northern California Support Groups  

— © California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. – Male and female infertility specialists serving the Sacramento, Roseville and the greater Northern California area including the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Getting pregnant using fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization is stressful for any couple. But for couples in which one or both partners has the potential of having a child with a genetically based disease like Tay Sachs or Gaucher’s disease can be frightening. A new genetic screening under clinical study gives at-risk IVF patients a fuller glimpse of their developing embryos.

Until now, IVF patients have had to choose between testing for chromosome abnormalities like Down Syndrome or single-gene hereditary disorders like Tay Sachs. A new screening from Redwood City, Calif. based Gene Security Network combines single gene hereditary disease testing and a 24-chromosome comparison into one test.

Dr. Ernest Zeringue, founder of California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. says “this test will offer at risk couples an additional tool for increasing their chance of pregnancy while minimizing the risk of having a baby with a genetic disorder.”

While new technology can not completely relieve the worries of getting pregnant, this next step in the genetic testing of embryos will help at risk patients make more informed decisions about their best options for bringing home a healthy baby.

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California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. strives to make in vitro fertilization (IVF) a cost effective approach to maximizing the chances of pregnancy. We understand the additional stress finances place on patients wishing to get pregnant and that for many, the cost of starting or continuing treatment is a barrier to pregnancy.

Cost, Overhead and the Modern Embryology Lab

The combination of physician, embryologist and staff experience along with our modern embryology laboratory, which creates an environment that mimics the human body, is why we can help women get pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, in addition to high staffing costs, maintaining a high tech lab contributes significant overhead and affects the cost of treatment. Major lab systems include the:

Air System – Designed by a specialized engineer, this system creates a positive airflow that pushes air out of the lab, limits temperature fluctuations within 1-2 degrees and constantly removes contaminants with four Hepa filtration units. It is inspected annually for clean air compliance and maintains a 96% seal from the outside world.

Gas System – The oxygen concentration of normal air is toxic to embryos. Specialized incubators, microscopes and handling techniques protect the embryos and maintain a gas mixer that optimizes growth.

Microscope System – Given the tiny size of embryos, high powered microscopes fitted with mechanical manipulation devices are required to perform treatments such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or embryo biopsy for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Safety System – This system continuously monitors the lab for proper air and incubator temperatures and gas levels as well as the liquid nitrogen level of frozen embryos and semen samples. If there is a power outage, our diesel generator automatically starts and can run for several days without refueling.

California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. uses its modern embryology lab to increase the effectiveness of fertility treatment and patient pregnancy rates. If you have any questions regarding the embryology lab and its affect on the cost of treatment, please ask. We remain committed to helping patients realize the joy and miracle pregnancy can bring.

— © California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. Male and female infertility specialists near Sacramento.

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At birth, most women had around 2 million ooctyes or eggs contained within immature folliciles.

According to a recent article in “Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause”:

  • At 28 weeks’ gestation, a developing female fetus has a maximum of 6 to 7 million immature eggs
  • At birth, around 2 million eggs remain within immature follicles
  • At puberty, there are about 500,000 follicles remaining
  • At 38 years of age, around 25,000 follicles remain
  • From 38 to about 51 years of age, follicle loss accelerates until the ovaries stop working

— © California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. male and female infertility doctors in Northern California near Roseville, Sacramento, Fairfield, Stockton and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Fertility treatment using donor oocytes is an excellent option for couples struggling with infertility, who are unable to produce quality eggs on their own and want to take advantage of a highly successful method of becoming pregnant.

Using this option, eggs are taken from an egg donor, usually a woman in her 20’s who is healthy and has no history of infertility. The eggs are fertilized with the sperm from the recipient’s husband or partner. One to two embryos are transferred into the uterus of the recipient.

Infertility treatments with donor oocytes are associated with a 75% to 85% chance of success on the first try. Embryos that were frozen during the first treatment are available for transfer at a later time; further increasing the chances of having a baby.

Egg donors are screened for medical and psychological abnormalities using a variety of tools. In the past, donors completed a written questionnaire which was then mailed to the clinic for review. With the introduction of online applications, California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. is able to streamline the application process. The online donor application will also speed up the review and selection process for oocyte donor recipients.

Oocyte donor recipients are now able to review profiles electronically, view photographs of donor, and make their selection in a more efficient manner. This is a welcome addition to our already successful donor egg program. California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. has given patients some of the highest possible pregnancy rates using donor eggs. Maintaining a large database of donors will allow us to have a broad selection of donors available for matching and also allow us to select the best candidates to participate in our donor egg program.

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As a Sacramento area fertility doctor who regularly helps patients struggling with infertility get pregnant with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Dr. Zeringue said. “Dr. Robert Edwards’ win of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine highlights just how far advanced reproductive therapy has come since the first succesful IVF, “test tube” baby was born in 1978“.

Because of his work, the once revoluntionary and seemingly impossible task of fertilizing eggs outside of the womb is now commonplace at fertility centers across the country and around the world.

However, even as reproductive technology moves into new and exciting areas like the pre-implantation genetic screening of embryos (PGS), we will more than likely never get to look completely “under the hood” or know exactly why some people’s eggs and sperm just don’t seem to work. In many ways, this lack of knowing is what binds fertility experts with couples struggling to get pregnant.

Everyone is looking for a “glimpse behind the curtain” to find out why the magic and mystery of conception and child birth seems evasive to some potential parents. It is this basic human link between cutting edge fertility science and a woman’s need to have a child that will drive the newest innovations in reproductive technology.

As Dr. Edward’s probably knows, the latest technological advances may never compete with seeing the joy patients feel when they are finally pregnant and on their way to having a baby.

— © California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. Male and female infertility specialists in the Sacramento, Roseville and greater Northern California area.

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Social media is changing how California IVF connects with the world. We can now be found on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. Social media continues to expand at a rapid pace.  California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, Inc. has updated it’s web presence by adding new social media outlets.  Using these new avenues for information distribution, we hope to bring the latest clinic updates and infertility news to a wider range of interested readers.
As social media continues to expand, California IVF will continue to evaluate new and exciting ways to bring information to a broader audience.  Over the coming years, infertility clinics may rely more on social networking than static web pages.  We are working on several other exciting initiatives for content delivery.  Until then, please visit us at the following locations:


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The Sacramento infertility specialists and staff at California IVF: Davis Fertility Center, hosted a family reunion BBQ on October 17th to celebrate “overcoming infertility”.


Former fertility patients who are now pregnant or have successfully delivered babies were invited to bring their families to the annual event. Most of 100 plus children who attended the were conceived using treatments offered by California IVF such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination (IUI), egg donors, embryo adoption or tubal reversal surgery.

California IVF Director Dr. Ernest Zeringue says, “Seeing patients overcome infertility and get pregnant is one of the top reasons for choosing to become a fertility specialist. Most local fertility centers do not get the chance to see patients after a positive pregnancy test and hearing a baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound. We like to meet the children who help bring into the world and see the joy a baby brings to our former infertility patients.”

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