Doctor Bruce Shapiro, Sub-specialty Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Doctor Said Daneshmand, Board Certified Fertility Specialist and Sub- Specialty Certified Reproductive Endocrinology, discuss various aspects of fertility.
Doctor D. explains, “There is a rigorous process for egg donations. The doctors do not accept everyone. Egg donors have to pass an array of tests including looking for infectious diseases, psychological tests, urine toxicology screening, and studying the quality and quantity of the eggs in their ovaries. Egg donors meet with genetic counselors to determine their genetic history, family history, transmission of genetic diseases, etc. The doctors meet personally with the donors to get an insight into their personality in order to match the donors with their patients. They match not only by looks and physical characteristics, but personality as well.”
Dr. Daneshmand spoke about Fertility Preservation. “As a woman gets older, there is a decline in the number and quality of her eggs. After 34, the options are to preserve fertility either by freezing their embryos or eggs. We have many success stories with women’s frozen eggs. Our center was the first to start this in Nevada.” Oocyte Cryopreservation (“Egg Freezing”) is a relatively new option for women wanting to preserve their biologic fertility potential by freezing their eggs. The Fertility Center of Las Vegas was one of the first to offer this option and report success with subsequent pregnancies including one of the first set of twins born of this innovative technology.
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas has the latest state-of-the-art scientific Endocrinal and IVF labs to offer every possible service there is in infertility: Donor insemination, artificial insemination with the husband’s sperm, ovulation induction using fertility medicine, In-vitro fertilization, surgical correction, control of hormonal problems in infertility, and more. All of the examinations, testing, and procedures are done at the center. Dr. D. calls it “team work with a caring staff taking incredible care of patients.”
Doctors Shapiro and Daneshmand have given the gift of life to over 3,700 babies!
Every year they celebrate with a patient’s reunion picnic. This is an opportunity for the doctors to meet all of the children and see the parents again. Dr. D. feels, “It is a joy to see the fruits of our labor, all of the happy families. When I go to lunch or dinner at a restaurant and run into patients with their children, it is wonderful to reconnect with them. I have been blessed to be here, to have these patients and grow this wonderful practice which evolves around taking care of patients.”
Dr. D. recalled some of his patient’s stories, “A 40 year old woman had been trying different methods to conceive for 10 years, even fertility treatments. When my patient became pregnant she felt as though we had given her the world. It was a wonderful experience listening to her on the telephone when I gave her the pregnancy results. My patient said she kneeled on the ground and was so happy and thankful. Another patient’s husband had no sperm when we performed a sperm analysis with a needle from the testicle. After the biopsy, we spent hours looking for sperm. Finally only one sperm was found and with that one sperm we were able to fertilize one egg from his wife. The embryo developed all the way to the Blastocyst stage when we transferred it to the patient. She had an identical twin pregnancy. We call it our miracle babies. There are many stories like that which makes the practice of fertility so wonderful because it is the joy of seeing them pregnant and achieving their dream of having a family.
Doctors Shapiro and Daneshmand have met the challenge of infertility as they do research in their fields. Dr. D. continued, “This year we have two major publications in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility Research, with another two pending, and are known around the United States and internationally for our papers we have written during the past 10 years.
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is the second clinic in the United States using the technique of Blastocyst Transfer. Dr. D. explained, “We culture embryos for five days, until they get to the Blastocyst Stage. The advantage of this technique, it allows us to access the quality and health of the embryo prior to putting them back inside the womb to achieve the pregnancy. This technique is used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) that improves pregnancy rates while increasing chances for a healthy baby and mom. We developed a grading system which was published in 2002. Based on this grading system, we can get assessment of both the quality and health of the embryo in order to maximize the chance of having a healthy pregnancy. After 10 days, a test will determine whether the patient is pregnant. We like to take care of our patients through the critical time period of the first trimester then they are referred to their OB/ GYN. We can have an impact while minimizing the chance of having a miscarriage and maximizing the chance of having a healthy pregnancy.
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas: www.fertilitycenterlv.com
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