Bay IVF - Advanced Reproductive Care Palo Alto 650-322-0500
Welcome to Bay IVF
Fertility and Reproductive Health Clinic
Helping you to fulfill your dreams of bringing a new baby into your lives is Bay IVF's sole purpose.
We provide a highly successful non-hospital setting that is comforting and relaxing. If you have been apprehensive about seeing an infertility specialist, we are the clinic for you! Your appointments with us should feel like visiting a friend instead of a medical facility.
You will be cared for by Dr. Polansky, a co-founder of Stanford University IVF Clinic, board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and subspecialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
We have designed this website to be informative and educational. We want to help you on your reproductive journey regardless of which clinic you decide to have your treatment.
Optimize Your Fertility
Following our lifestyle recommendations is likely the most significant contribution to the outcome of your treatment you can make. Your close adherence to the reproductive health requirements can result in an improved capacity of your eggs and sperm to result in a healthy baby.
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 probability 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.
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 degree of male infertility is quite significant
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 39 to 40, a great majority of high-quality eggs have already disappeared from the ovaries. For some women, this process of high-quality egg depletion can begin at much younger age.
Diminished ovarian reserve occurs when there is only a small proportion of high-quality eggs left within the ovaries.
Of the three most important factors playing a role in human fertility (egg quality, sperm quality, and the function of Fallopian tubes), egg quality is the most important for the probability of an In Vitro Fertilization pregnancy.
Soft-IVF (mini-IVF, micro-IVF) is Bay IVF's registered, unique In Vitro Fertilization treatment. Soft-IVF represents a new approach to treating infertility by combining very gentle ovarian stimulation with the latest advances in embryology laboratory techniques.
Indications for Soft-IVF are similar to the indications for conventional In Vitro Fertilization including male factor infertility.
Donor Egg IVF is the most effective fertility treatment available.
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 44 years or older.
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 donor's treatment takes place at our center.
Frozen Donor Egg IVF is an alternative to "fresh" (non-frozen) Donor Egg IVF. 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.
We were one of the first clinics to provide In Vitro Fertilization and donor semen IVF treatments to single women and lesbian partners.
In lesbian couples In Vitro Fertilization treatment, both partners can participate in their conception. One partner provides the eggs, donor semen is used to create embryos, and the other partner can carry the pregnancy from her partner’s embryo.
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 in a suspended state, "frozen in time."
IVF, Donor Egg IVF, and Frozen Donor Egg IVF can result in the creation of more embryos than you may wish to have transferred. If they develop normally, these extra embryos can be vitrified (frozen) and stored.
Vitrification uses extremely high cooling rates. Water is transformed directly from the liquid phase to a glassy, vitrified state.
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 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.