Welcome to Bay IVF Center
Since 1985, after starting the Stanford IVF Clinic, we have been providing state-of-the-art infertility treatments including In Vitro Fertilization, male infertility treatments, egg quality infertility, donor egg IVF, and embryo banking in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
Over these years, we have seen close to two thousand In Vitro Fertilization babies conceived and born.
We provide a stress-free, caring, and very supportive setting for your treatment. Your appointments with us should feel like visiting a friend instead of a medical facility.
We hope that after you browse our website and talk to our staff, you will decide that Bay IVF Center is the best place to conceive your baby!
Bay IVF Center stands out among the San Francisco Bay Area IVF clinics for its:
- Natural, holistic approach to reproductive treatments to mimic spontaneous conception as closely as possible.
- Gentle ovarian stimulation to minimize side-effects without compromising your outcome.
- Careful selection of the most appropriate treatment to maximize your probability of success.
- Use of very comfortable "twilight" sedation for egg retrieval procedures to eliminate risks of general anesthesia.
- Unrivaled clinic environment: our compassionate and dedicated team will spare no effort to make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible.
We look forward to meeting you at Bay IVF Center and helping you achieve your pregnancy as soon as possible!
Our Principal Reproductive Treatments
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most effective treatment available to help infertile patients achieve pregnancy from their own eggs and sperm.
Because we strive for the highest embryo quality and to minimize the probability of ovarian hyperstimulation, our IVF ovarian stimulation protocols are gentle and always individualized.
You should consider IVF treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- History of tubal blockage and pelvic adhesions
- Male factor infertility
- Infertility associated with endometriosis
- Infertility associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCO)
- Unexplained infertility
- Long-standing infertility: no contraception use for a year and a half or more
- Decreasing "ovarian reserve"
IVF may be the most appropriate treatment for women over the age of 39.
Learn more about In Vitro Fertilization.
The goal of Preimplantation Genetic Screening is to increase the probability of a successful treatment outcome by decreasing the likelihood of transferring genetically abnormal embryos.
PGS has been proposed for patients at risk for having an increased likelihood of genetically abnormal embryos, including women of advanced maternal age and those with a history of recurrent early pregnancy loss, repeated IVF failure, or severe male factor infertility.
Learn more about Preimplantation Genetic Screening.
It is believed that approximately 10% to 15% of all men are born with some degree of male infertility, and approximately one third of the time, infertility can be solely attributed to male infertility.
In recent years, the prospect of being able to conceive one’s genetic child has increased considerably for men with male factor infertility. In situations, where patients had to use a sperm donor in the past, we will now almost always be able to use the partner’s sperm to fertilize the eggs, even if the male infertility is quite severe.
Learn more about Male Infertility and ICSI.
The egg quality factor refers to frequency of genetically and biologically "perfect" eggs present within the ovaries.
This frequency begins to decrease at the age of approximately 32 and by the age of 40, a great majority of high quality eggs have already disappeared from the ovaries.
Learn more about Egg Quality Infertility.
In 1988, our patients were some of the first in the San Francisco Bay Area to have an option of Donor Egg In Vitro Fertilization treatment. Since that time, Donor Egg IVF has become a mainstream treatment for infertility.
You should consider Donor Egg IVF treatment if you cannot or should not, for genetic reasons, conceive with your own eggs. With few exceptions, Donor Egg IVF will be needed if you (female partner) are 43 years or older.
Donor Egg IVF is the most effective fertility treatment available.
Finding an egg donor is the first step in initiating the egg donor treatment. The donor can be a relative, a friend, or you may wish to use an egg donor agency. These agencies have pre-selected egg donors for you to choose from. Once you have chosen a donor, the subsequent treatment takes place at our Center.
Learn more about Donor Egg IVF.
Frozen Donor Egg IVF is an alternative to "fresh" (non-frozen) Donor Egg IVF treatment. It can be a highly successful treatment typically used for patients who no longer have high quality eggs within their ovaries.
You choose your frozen donor eggs from a donor Egg Bank catalog. This is similar to choosing donor semen from a Sperm Bank.
Children conceived from "fresh" or frozen donor eggs are genetically linked to the male partner and the egg donor, but the female partner is the one who becomes pregnant, nourishes the baby throughout the pregnancy and experiences the childbirth.
Learn more about Frozen Donor Egg IVF.
Some couples may delay starting their family so much that by the time they decide to have children, it may be very difficult, if not impossible, to conceive. Embryo Banking can be used to postpone having children while pursuing your educational and professional goals.
Embryo Banking consists of retrieving eggs from your ovaries, fertilizing them with your partner's semen, cryopreserving the resulting embryos, and storing them for your future use.
Cryopreserved (vitrified) embryos are kept in liquid nitrogen which allows them to remain in a suspended state, "frozen in time".
Learn more about Embryo Banking.
When living cells are frozen, the water component of the cell forms ice crystals damaging the cell. The goal of successful cryopreservation is to eliminate such ice crystal formation.
Vitrification uses extremely high cooling rates. Water is transformed directly from the liquid phase to a glassy vitrified state. The physical definition of vitrification is the solidification of a solution at low temperature, not by ice crystallization but by extreme elevation in viscosity during cooling.
Learn more about Embryo Vitrification.
In Vitro Fertilization, Donor Egg IVF, and Frozen Donor Egg IVF treatments can result in the creation of more embryos than you may wish to have transferred. It is typically possible to freeze (vitrify, cryopreserve) these "extra" embryos and store them in liquid nitrogen. The stored embryos can be thawed and transferred into the uterus at a later date.
The complexity and cost of Frozen Embryo Transfer treatment is less than if you were to repeat a full In Vitro Fertilization, Donor Egg IVF, or Frozen Donor Egg IVF treatment.
Learn more about Frozen Embryo Transfer.
Some men do not produce sperm at all or only in insufficient numbers and poor quality. Many of these men can have their sperm aspirated directly from their testicles or from the epididymis (tightly coiled tubules, attached to the top of the testes) that stores the sperm prior to an ejaculation.
Sperm Aspiration can be an alternative to vasectomy reversal (a microsurgical operation). Most men who had a vasectomy can have sperm aspirated from the epididymis above the point where the sperm delivering tubes were severed by vasectomy.
Learn more about Sperm Aspiration.