Hometown: Orange County, Calif.
Occupation: Fertility Specialis
Dr. Bruce Shapiro concurrently founded Las Vegas’ first fertility practice, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Since then, the Center has earned the worldwide respect of colleagues and the gratitude of patients. After completing his fellowship training in reproductive medicine at Yale University, Shapiro, sub-specialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, became established as the city’s first fertility specialist.
When it comes to why patients choose The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, the answer is very clear, explains Shapiro. “We’ve been here for over 20 years, and we are on the cutting edge of research. We offer our patients the latest in infertility care and treatment. We have an active research division and are known around the world for our treatments.”
While the myths about pregnancy run rampant, Shapiro assures us that certain things we do, such as drink a particular soda or wear a particular type of underwear, won’t affect a man’s or woman’s ability to have children. If so, then we would just have to not do those things to prevent pregnancy. “It is all hearsay, if men had to wear a particular type of underwear, then those that didn’t should be infertile. It would mean that a good portion of the population wouldn’t be getting pregnant.”
If a woman is experiencing a challenge with becoming pregnant, there are two key timeframes to consider before the need to see a reproductive endocrinologist. “Generally, we consider women under the age of 35, who don’t have any known problems, to have an infertility problem if they haven’t been able to get pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. For women over the age of 35, it is six months,” Shapiro says. “The reason is that those women have a greater likelihood of having a problem with the number and quality of their eggs.”
Just in case you were wondering if a some rest and relaxation or a vacation will be the key factor in becoming pregnant, the answer is no, according to Shapiro. “Sometimes it just takes more than a year to get pregnant, like in the normal population.”
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas helps patients to achieve their dream of having a family in the most comfortable and successful ways possible. Currently, they perform pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to weed out developmental abnormalities and are implanting single embryos to limit the number of multiple gestations. They’ve also been able to eliminate something that has been a major problem with fertility treatments in the past: ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome. “We made in vitro fertilization safer and more effective. We are very, very proud of that,” says Shapiro.
Recently, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas presented some work on the biggest problem with IVF, and that is putting the embryo back into an endometrium that isn’t receptive for the embryo. “We’ve been able to freeze those embryos in the cycle that we take them out and then put them back in another cycle where we can control the development of that endometrium. That way we have very high implantation rates and therefore very high pregnancy rates,” said Shapiro.
For those facing fertility challenges, they can take comfort in knowing that The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is proud of their very high success rates. “If a woman has a normal uterus that can sustain a pregnancy, she has eggs of sufficient quality to develop into a baby and the sperm are present, we can usually have a treatment that results in pregnancy. The vast majority of patients will have a pregnancy after that,” Shapiro concludes.Office contact information The Fertility Center of Las Vegas
8851 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89117