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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.

Selecting a Fertility Clinic
On the Would Bay IVF Be the Best Fertility Clinic for You? page, you will find suggestions on how to choose among fertility centers, and what distinguishes Bay IVF.

Explore Reproductive Treatments
You can use the Reproductive Treatments at Bay IVF page as a starting point for in-depth learning about reproductive treatments. The Which Treatment Is Most Appropriate for You? page has guidelines to follow if you are not sure which treatment you should be considering.

Learn More About Infertility
The Learn More page has links to additional valuable information related to infertility conditions and treatment modalities.

Please contact us with any questions you might have as you explore your treatment options. We encourage frequent patient communication.

You can also request a free phone consultation with Dr. Polansky by calling our clinic.

We look forward to meeting you at Bay IVF and, when your treatment is successful, celebrating your new pregnancy!


Advanced Reproductive Treatments at Bay IVF



In Vitro Fertilization

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:

Learn more about In Vitro Fertilization.


Genetic Screening

Preimplantation Genetic Screening-PGS

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.

Learn more about Preimplantation Genetic Screening.


Male Infertility

Male Infertility & ICSI

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

Learn more about Male Infertility and ICSI.


Diminished Ovarian Reserve

Egg Quality Infertility

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.

Learn more about Egg Quality Infertility.


Soft-IVF Treatment


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.

Learn more about Soft-IVF.


Donor Egg IVF

Donor Egg IVF

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.

Learn more about Donor Egg IVF.


Frozen Donor Egg IVF

Frozen Donor Egg IVF

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.

Learn more about Frozen Donor Egg IVF.



Single & Lesbian Mothers IVF

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.

Learn more about Single & Lesbian Mothers IVF.


Embryo Banking

Embryo Banking

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."

Learn more about Embryo Banking.


Embryo Freezing

Embryo Vitrification

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.

Learn more about Embryo Vitrification.


Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frozen embryos can be stored almost indefinitely. When you decide to conceive from your frozen embryos, usually one or two will be thawed and transferred into the uterus.

The complexity and cost of Frozen Embryo Transfer treatment are significantly less than if you were to repeat a full In Vitro Fertilization, Soft-IVF, Donor Egg IVF, or Frozen Donor Egg IVF treatment.

Learn more about Frozen Embryo Transfer.


Sperm Aspiration

Sperm Aspiration

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.

Learn more about Sperm Aspiration.

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