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California has more fertility clinics than any other state in the US. A number of these are in the San Francisco area, which has at least 10 fertility clinics specializing in reproductive medicine according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) report.
Complimentary fertility treatments such as acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, yoga, and massage abound throughout the Bay Area, sometimes in conjunction with the traditional medical care provided by fertility clinics. More than any other city perhaps, San Francisco’s fertility clinics have a focus on treating infertility holistically. As you choose a fertility clinic in San Francisco, your fertility doctor's approach to complimentary and/or holistic care will be important to consider.
Many Bay Area fertility clinics have multiple offices in different parts of the city to ensure that you are able to easily get to appointments, something especially important in an area as spread out as the Bay Area. This allows you to choose a fertility clinic for its overall treatments and approaches but also be able to consider accessibility.
The mean age of women undergoing IVF in San Francisco-area fertility clinics is somewhat higher than in other areas of the country. This is probably partly because California does not have mandatory insurance coverage for IVF (though it does for some other fertility treatments) and so people wait longer before trying IVF. The delay in seeking treatment is also at least somewhat responsible for differences in infertility diagnoses as compared to other parts of the country. As you look at information from San Francisco’s fertility clinics, it is important to consider this.
California’s fertility clinics, including those in the Bay Area, are so abundant and successful that a growing number of clients from overseas are pulled to the Bay Area for treatments that are not available in other countries. Some clinics specialize in these patients.
Fertility treatment information and statistics from individual San Francisco-area fertility clinics are available in the CDC and ASRM report.