Best IVF Clinic San Francisco

Could Bay IVF Be the Best San Francisco Bay Area IVF Clinic for You?

Determining the “best” IVF clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area involves considering success rates, patient satisfaction, and the range of services provided.

Choosing a San Francisco Bay Area fertility clinic that resonates with your needs and goals is crucial for a successful and positive fertility journey.

Meet Your Bay IVF Team

With a focus on cutting-edge reproductive technologies, personalized treatment plans, and a patient-centric approach, Bay IVF has established itself as one of the best IVF clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our goal is to help you achieve the highest possible probability of pregnancy.

Our patients frequently commend Bay IVF for its supportive and inclusive environment, making it their best IVF clinic for navigating the complexities of IVF treatment in the vibrant and diverse San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide a highly supportive, stress-reducing, and caring environment in a non-hospital setting. If you have hesitated to consult an infertility specialist, our Clinic is the perfect choice for you!

You should be able to continue your everyday activities during your treatment.

Among the best IVF clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, our Clinic is known for its excellent and discreet patient communication. You will always be kept informed about your testing and treatment progress.

Meet Your Doctor

  • Dr. Polansky received his medical diploma from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 1978.
  • After completing his OB/GYN residency at Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO, he graduated from the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at Stanford University in 1985.
  • In the same year, he co-founded the Stanford IVF Clinic.
  • Dr. Polansky obtained board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986 and became REI subspecialty board certified in 1988.
  • In 1987, he left Stanford University and established Nova IVF.
  • In 2011, he founded Bay IVF, where he provides advanced fertility treatments with a holistic approach, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Dr. Polansky personally performs ultrasound examinations, egg retrievals, embryo transfers, and ovarian and endometrial stimulations for his patients.
  • He is deeply committed to his patients and freely shares his cell phone number, ensuring accessibility and availability 24/7.

Frank Polansky, M.D.

Bay IVF holds the following licenses and certifications

I feel privileged to be able to assist you in your journey to have a child. You will find me dedicated to you and your treatment. My team and I will spare no effort to make your treatment a success.

Frank Polansky, MD

Treatments at Bay IVF

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most powerful treatment available to help infertile patients achieve pregnancy from their own eggs and sperm. IVF can also be an excellent test of egg and sperm quality.

We use gentle and individualized ovarian stimulation protocols prioritizing egg quality over quantity. This approach minimizes clinic visits and reduces the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation without compromising the chances of a successful outcome.

Most patients will be able to continue their everyday lifestyles during treatment. Our goal is to make your conception experience pleasant, relaxed, and as natural as possible.

Gender Selection

Gender Selection

We were one of the first fertility clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer Gender Selection IVF.

IVF for Gender Selection uses a Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT) procedure to determine the gender of each embryo.

Through this method, prospective parents will know the gender of each embryo with 100% accuracy before transferring them into the uterus.

The Gender Selection IVF procedure requires the creation of embryos and is, therefore, an extension of In Vitro Fertilization.

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF

In reciprocal lesbian IVF, one partner assumes the role of the Genetic Mother by providing the eggs retrieved during the IVF cycle, while the other partner serves as the Birth Mother who carries the pregnancy.

The eggs obtained from the Genetic Mother are fertilized with donor sperm within a laboratory setting. Subsequently, the resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus of the partner who will carry the pregnancy.

This method enables both partners to actively participate in the creation and gestation of their child, fostering a deep sense of involvement and connection.

Egg Freezing

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing success rates are highly influenced by a woman’s age when the eggs are frozen. Ideally, eggs should be frozen before age 35 for the best chance of success. However, thanks to advancements in the procedure, egg freezing can still be a viable option for women past 35.

The process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. These eggs are then retrieved, frozen using a special vitrification technique, and stored in liquid nitrogen.

It’s important to note that the chance of a successful pregnancy using frozen eggs hinges on the quality of the eggs at the time of freezing, not the woman’s age when they are thawed. Once thawed, the eggs can be fertilized with sperm, and the resulting embryos can be transferred to the uterus for implantation and, hopefully, pregnancy.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

PGT can be added to IVF, Donor Egg IVF, and Embryo Banking treatments. It aims to increase the probability of a successful outcome by minimizing the likelihood of transferring genetically abnormal embryos.

Embryo genetic testing has been recommended for patients of advanced maternal age (35 or older), those with a history of repeated early pregnancy loss (three or more), and individuals who have experienced multiple failed IVF cycles despite the transfer of high-quality embryos.

Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Approximately 10% to 15% of men are born with some degree of male infertility, and about one-third of the time, a couple’s infertility can be solely attributed to male infertility.

In recent years, the chances of infertile men conceiving their genetic child have significantly improved. In situations where patients previously had to rely on donor sperm, we can now almost always utilize the partner’s sperm to fertilize the eggs with the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure.

Embryo Banking

Embryo Banking

Some couples may delay starting their family to the extent that when they finally decide to have children, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to conceive naturally.

Embryo Banking can be a valuable option for postponing parenthood while pursuing educational and professional goals.

Embryo Banking involves stimulating the development of several eggs, the retrieval of eggs from the ovaries, fertilization with the partner’s semen, cryopreservation of the resulting embryos, and their storage at our Clinic for future use.

Egg Donation

Egg Donation

Egg Donation can be a highly successful treatment used by patients who no longer have high-quality eggs.

Children conceived with the help of donor eggs are genetically linked to the male partner and the egg donor, while the female partner is the one who becomes pregnant, nourishes the baby throughout the pregnancy, and experiences childbirth.

You have the option to choose an egg donor from an egg donor agency or purchase frozen donor eggs from an egg bank.

Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy

There are numerous reasons why individuals and couples turn to gestational surrogacy. The most common are:

– Same-sex male couples
– Men who are single parents
– Women with previous hysterectomy
– Medical conditions making being pregnant too risky

The intended parents’ or donor eggs are fertilized with sperm through In Vitro Fertilization. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred to the surrogate, typically only one at a time.

The Gestational surrogate carries the pregnancy and delivers the child.

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Fertility treatments may involve embryo freezing and the storage of embryos in liquid nitrogen. Subsequently, the stored embryos can be thawed and transferred into the uterus.

The embryo cryopreservation, storage, and the Frozen Embryo Transfer procedure are done on-site at Bay IVF.

Frozen Embryo Transfer is very safe. Hundreds of thousands of babies have been born worldwide from cryopreserved embryos.

Sperm Aspiration IVF

Sperm Aspiration IVF

Some men either do not produce sperm at all or produce them in insufficient numbers and low quality.

Many of these men can have their sperm directly aspirated from their testicles or the epididymis (tightly coiled tubules attached to the top of the testes that store sperm before ejaculation).

The two most common indications for sperm aspiration are a previous vasectomy and the congenital absence of the epididymis.

Fertility Tests

Fertility Tests

Your reproductive history and the results of your testing will determine the most likely and cost-effective treatment for achieving pregnancy.

We plan your fertility testing based on three categories of infertility factors: (1) Male factor infertility, (2) Ovulation and egg quality disorders, and (3) Uterine and Fallopian tubes factors.

Whenever possible, we utilize fertility test results performed before you become a patient at Bay IVF to minimize your costs.

FAQ — Find Answers to Your Queries

Here are some of the most commonly asked fertility-related questions. A more comprehensive FAQ selection is available on the FAQ page.

Do medications used in the IVF treatment have any side effects?

Most patients should expect minimal, if any, side effects from the medications used in In Vitro Fertilization. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities during the treatment.

How long does it take to complete a cycle of IVF?

It typically takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the start of your treatment to the egg retrieval and embryo transfer.

Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?

Your egg retrieval should be a very comfortable experience as we use effective pain and relaxation medications. Most patients will sleep through the 5-10 minute egg retrieval procedure. Some may experience mild menstrual-like cramping.

What is ICSI, and how does it affect my embryos?

n the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) procedure, a single sperm is directly inserted into the center of an egg. ICSI has been widely used since 1993, and approximately 2 million babies have been born worldwide without significant side effects through the use of ICSI.

I am over 40. Should I plan to do PGT?

You may consider adding Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) to your In Vitro Fertilization or Donor Egg IVF treatment. If you choose to do so, it eliminates the need for amniocentesis. While adding PGT to these treatments has not been proven to improve the chances of a successful outcome consistently, it can help reduce the risk of miscarriage.

How many embryos should we transfer?

We adhere to the recommendation of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that most patients should consider transferring only one or two embryos. While we will always provide guidance, the ultimate decision of whether to transfer one or two embryos will be up to you.

Is bed rest recommended after an embryo transfer?

From a conception standpoint, it is not recommended to rest immediately after embryo transfer. Recent studies have shown that remaining active and moving around after the transfer can increase the probability of implantation. Therefore, it is advised to start moving around immediately after your transfer.

I am from the LGBTQ+ community. Can I have my treatment at Bay IVF?

Yes! We take pride in being one of the first fertility clinics in Northern California to offer In Vitro Fertilization services for lesbian partners. Our clinic is LGBTQ+ friendly and experienced in both lesbian IVF and Reciprocal IVF.

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Prerequisites for IVF, Embryo Banking, and Gender Selection

Only a few treatment prerequisites are needed before the start of your treatment. They assess the egg and sperm quality and ensure that embryos can be accurately placed in a healthy uterus.

Female partner’s age

The likelihood of a successful IVF treatment significantly decreases by the age of 44. To be eligible for IVF treatment, you must be 43 years and 11 months or younger when your treatment begins. Patients who are 44 and older should strongly consider Donor Egg IVF as the most effective treatment option for achieving a successful pregnancy.

Female partner’s weight

For an optimal ovarian response and your safety during the egg retrieval procedure, it is important that your BMI is no greater than 31. If your BMI is higher, we recommend following the IVF Diet and Lifestyle (PDF) recommendations as closely as possible. By doing so, you can achieve weight loss at an appropriate rate, which may significantly enhance your chances of a successful pregnancy.

Pathogen testing

This testing is required by the State of California. You and your partner (if applicable) must be tested for Hepatitis B-Surface Antigen, Hepatitis C-Antibody, HIV I&II, HTLV I&II, and RPR.

Ovarian Reserve Assay (ORA)

ORA assesses the likelihood of producing normal-quality eggs. It involves measuring the levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), estradiol (estrogen, E2), and Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) in the blood.

These test results provide insights into the quality of eggs and are utilized to optimize your ovarian stimulation.

Uterine measurement and saline ultrasound

Knowing the length of the uterus is essential for precise embryo placement. Saline ultrasound is performed to eliminate the presence of intrauterine polyps and fibroids.

Semen evaluation

The male partner’s semen will be assessed at the Bay IVF laboratory to determine the optimal method of semen preparation for IVF egg insemination.

Parents’ genetic testing (optional)

All prospective parents should consider genetic screening for hundreds of the most prevalent genetic diseases. Please inform us during your initial appointment at Bay IVF if you would like to have your blood sample sent for genetic screening.

IVF diet and lifestyle

Environmental factors can greatly influence reproductive health. We encourage you to review the IVF Diet and Lifestyle document (PDF) for a comprehensive list of requirements regarding reproductive health and a recommended source for dietary supplements.

Choosing the Best IVF Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area

Unfortunately, there is no single “best” IVF clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ideal clinic depends on your individual needs and priorities.

Factors to consider when choosing the best IVF Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area

Success rates: While success rates aren’t a guarantee, they offer valuable insights into a clinic’s effectiveness. Look for San Francisco Bay Area fertility clinics that publish their success rates for IVF cycles based on your specific circumstances (age, diagnosis, etc.).

Clinic philosophy: Some San Francisco Bay Area clinics specialize in specific fertility issues or utilize a more holistic approach. Consider what’s most important to you.

Experience and expertise: Research the doctors’ qualifications and experience performing IVF procedures.

Cost and transparency: IVF treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area can be expensive. Compare pricing structures of various “best” clinics, considering medication costs and any additional procedures. Look for clinics with transparent pricing information.

Patient experience: Reading online reviews can offer insights into patient experiences. However, remember these reviews are subjective and don’t reflect everyone’s experience.

Location and convenience: Think about how far you’re willing to travel for appointments and how accessible the San Francisco Bay Area clinic is.

Additional resources in finding the best San Francisco Bay Area IVF clinic

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): Offers patient-focused information on infertility and fertility treatments:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): This professional organization offers a wealth of resources on infertility and IVF treatment.

FertilityIQ: Provides a search engine for finding fertility clinics and resources.

Resolve: A national infertility support organization offers resources and guidance for finding an IVF clinic.


Schedule consultations: Meeting with different San Francisco Bay Area IVF clinics allows you to ask questions, get a feel for the environment, and connect with the staff.

Advocate for yourself: Don’t hesitate to ask questions and voice your concerns during consultations.

By prioritizing your needs and carefully evaluating available options, you can find the best IVF clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area to help you achieve your family-building goals.

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


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I would highly recommend Bay IVF for those wanting to build their family and needing IVF support! Dr. Polansky and the whole Bay IVF team were so supportive and welcoming while also honest and realistic. Our girl is our dream come true!

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This clinic has been amazing to work with. All the nurses and staff made sure I was always comfortable and were there to answer questions any time I needed. We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Polansky and the team for everything they did for us.

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Words could never express the gratitude my husband and I will always have for Bay IVF! We did our research and decided to check out Bay IVF. We scheduled a consultation and felt an instant connection… love at first sight!

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Dr. Polansky’s Communication With Patients

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Initial Appointment Questions

When you call to schedule your consultation, one of our Front Office Coordinators will ask you a short series of questions regarding your reproductive history.

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Do you know which treatment you plan to have?
  • How many times have you been pregnant?
  • For each of your pregnancies, what was the conception date? (month and year)
  • What was the outcome?
  • Were the pregnancies with your current partner?
  • If known, what is the cause of your infertility?
  • What is your average cycle length? (number of days between onsets of your periods)
  • Are you currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Are you allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Your partner’s name (if applicable)
  • Your partner’s date of birth (if applicable)
  • What is the length of your relationship with your current partner? (years and months)
  • When was the last time either of you used any contraception?
  • Is the male partner currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Is the male partner allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • What is the total number of pregnancies the male partner has ever caused?
  • Has the male partner ever caused a pregnancy without the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure?
  • Has the male partner had a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal?
  • If available, for each Semen Analysis, please give the date (day, month, and year), volume, concentration (sperm count), percentage of motile sperm, and percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
  • Have you ever had any treatment for, or problems with, your lungs, heart, blood and blood vessels, breasts, digestive system, genito-urinary system, thyroid disease, diabetes, or neurological disorder? (female partner only)
  • For each X-ray of your uterus and Fallopian tubes (hysterosalpingogram), laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or laparotomy, please give the procedure date (day, month, and year) and the findings.
  • If available, for each FSH, LH, estradiol (estrogen, E2), and AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test you have had, please give the date of the test (day, month, and year) and the result.
  • Have you done any intrauterine inseminations (IUI)? If yes, how many?
  • Have you had ovarian stimulation with injectable medications?
  • For each IVF treatment you have had, please provide the following information if available: Date (month and year), the dose of medications to stimulate your ovaries, your highest estrogen level, number of ovarian follicles that developed, number of eggs retrieved, whether ICSI was done, number of embryos available, number of embryos transferred, number of embryos frozen, and the treatment outcome.
  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how many cigarettes a day during the last three months? (Please remember that you must not smoke during your treatment.)

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Your Initial Visit at Bay IVF

Attending a new patient appointment at a fertility clinic can be stressful. Our primary objective is to ensure that your initial visit is friendly and relaxing. We encourage you to ask questions at every step of the process.

1 — When You Arrive

You will be welcomed by one of the clinic receptionists. One of our nurses will measure your height and weight and take your blood pressure

2 — Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Polansky will ask you a series of clarifying questions and then provide you with a summary of the factors contributing to your infertility

4 — Exam Room

One of the nurses will escort you to an examination room. Your examination will begin with listening to your lungs and heart

3 — Ask Your Questions

You will then have a discussion with him about the most suitable reproductive treatment(s) for you. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

5 — Ultrasound of the Ovaries

The next step is a pelvic ultrasound to examine the uterus and ovaries. This ultrasound will help determine the number of antral follicles present within the ovaries

6 — Financial Part

Following that, you will have a discussion with one of the financial advisors regarding the financial aspects of your treatment, including potential treatment financing options

8 — Support 24/7

If you have any questions after leaving the clinic, please feel free to reach out to us via phone call, text, or email. Open and discreet communication is an integral part of the care we provide at Bay IVF

7 — What About Time?

Your entire visit is expected to last approximately one hour

Schedule Your Initial Consultation With Dr. Polansky

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Call or Text Us: 650-322-0500

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    Next Step: One of our coordinators will call you for information about your reproductive history and to schedule your appointment.

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    We understand that this is a significant decision, and it is important to us that you feel truly comfortable