IVF Half Moon Bay CA

Local resource for infertility in Half Moon Bay. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fertility specialists who can help you get through the hurdles associated with conception problems, anovulation, male fertility and female infertility, as well as advice on in vitro fertilization (IVF), follicle stimulating hormones (FSH), and fertility treatments.

Stanford Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Center
(650) 498-7911
900 Welch Road, Suite 350
Palo Alto, CA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Peter Lim
(650) 326-6500
900 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Katherine Sutherland, MD
(650) 988-7550
2485 Hospital Drive
Mountain View, CA
Business
Women Physicians Ob-Gyn
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: We do not contract with insurance companies so our reimbursement from your insurance will be determined by their non-contracted rates. Patients are responsible for the remainder of the bill. Although this means more out-of-pocket expenses for our patien
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: El Camino Hospital
Residency Training: Stanford
Medical School: Stanford, 1978
Additional Information
Member Organizations: Relay For Life
Languages Spoken: English

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Laura L Norrell, MD
(415) 285-0448
1580 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
Business
St Luke's Women Center
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Daniel A Grossman, MD
(415) 285-7788
1650 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
Business
St Luke's Women Center
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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NOVA In Vitro Fertilization
(650) 322-0500
1681 E1 Camino Real, #59
Palo Alto, CA
Services and Treatments Available
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Membership Organizations
Internet Health Resources

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Sarah Azad, MD
(650) 988-3232
2490 Hospital Drive Suite 300
Mountain View, CA
Business
Doctor Azad
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, urinary intcontinence urogynecology infertility gynecologic surgery
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Humana, Interplan, Beech Street, United Health Care, Health Net, Aetna, Blue Shield, First Health, Coventry, Anthem, Blue Cross, Multiplan, PHCS, Cigna, Great West
Workmens Comp Accepted: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: El Camino Hospital
Residency Training: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Medical School: Saint Louis University, 2004
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Medical Association American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Awards: The Gold Foundation Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Award from Stanford University Rodney M. Coe, MD with Distinction in Community Service Award from Saint Louis University Office of Multicultural Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award from Saint
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Farsi,Afghan,Arabic,Greek

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Carol Somersille, MD
(650) 988-3232
2485 Hospital Drive
Mountain View, CA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most PPOs
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: El Camino Hospital
Residency Training: Baylor
Medical School: Johns Hopkins, 1988
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Margarita Alvarado, MD
(415) 285-0448
1580 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
Business
St Luke's Women Center
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Michelle L Bourgault, MD
(415) 285-0448
1580 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
Business
St Luke's Women Center
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Infertility

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By Miki Shima, o.m.d.

Over the 23 years I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped hundreds of couples become pregnant without high-tech or pharmaceutical interventions. But many of my patients also add Chinese medicine to conventional fertility treatments to increase their effectiveness and alleviate some of the side effects.

Looking eastward has another benefit, too. In the rush to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to treat infertility, doctors often skip over a critical element: bolstering the patient’s overall health, which can suffer in the course of treatment. Where Western medicine concentrates solely on the reproductive organs, Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance all systems of the body, using a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional supplements.

Here are some of the fertility-related questions I hear most often.

Q: I’ve been trying to conceive for one year, so far unsuccessfully, and I’d like to avoid the hassle and expense of conventional fertility treatments. How effective is Chinese medicine alone in helping women get pregnant?

A:
That depends on several factors. Your first step should be to see your gynecologist for a few exams. She can check for any physical obstructions that might be preventing pregnancy, such as a blockage in your fallopian tubes, and assess your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which affects ovulation, to make sure you haven’t entered early menopause. If your FSH levels are above 10, your chances of getting pregnant without any kind of conventional fertility treatment are very small; if you have high FSH levels and an obstruction, your chances are essentially zero.

However, if your FSH levels are 9 or below, and there are no physical obstructions, traditional Chinese medicine alone can substantially improve your odds. For instance, if you are between the ages of 35 and 40 and your FSH is around 9, you have about a 4 percent chance of getting pregnant without any treatment whatsoever; with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I’ve found that the probability rises to about 25 percent.

If you do need to see an infertility doctor, Chinese medicine can still help. Many of my patients are women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donation, and I’ve found that adding acupuncture, supplements, and herbs to the mix can raise their success rate by about 15 to 25 percent. One recent study from Germany reported that women who received a regular course of acupuncture immediately before and after in vitro fertilization were 58 percent more likely to get pregnant than those who underwent IVF alone.

Q: Will the fertility herbs my acupuncturist gave me interfere with the fertility drugs I’m taking?

A: No, with one exception. The drug Lupron is prescribed to shut down hormone production (as part of IVF treatment), so herbs that promote hormonal activity can interfere with it. I tell my patients to stop all herbal treatments while taking this drug.

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