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September 29, 2015

PFC participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® this past Sunday, September 27th. According to the official website, the race raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Here are a few pictures of the PFC team who participated in the event!

September 28, 2015

PFC’s Dr. Isabelle Ryan and Peggy Orlin, MFT will present at the Bar Association of San Francisco this Friday, October 2nd.

The title of the talk is Surrogacy: Medical, Emotional, Ethical and Legal Issues.

Topics include:

  • Gestation surrogacy vs. traditional surrogacy medical considerations
  • Relinquishing rights, emotional attachment/distancing, empowerment, depression, impact on surrogate’s own children
  • Ethical/religious regarding exploitation, commodification, coercion; permitting women to make contracts regarding the use of their bodies
  • Enforceability; commercial vs. altruistic, tradition vs. gestational, adoption as recognition of intended parents as legal parents

Learn more or register online by clicking here.

September 22, 2015

When it comes to infertility, women have historically received more than their fair share of the “credit.” Although there’s a growing awareness that infertility affects men and women equally, we’ve found that many people continue to underplay the male side of the equation.1

One potential contributor that doesn’t receive enough attention is a drug used for two different reasons: It was first approved to shrink enlarged prostates, but is now also used to treat male pattern baldness. Called finasteride, the drug works by decreasing levels of a natural body hormone (DHT). This decreases growth of the prostate and can also increase hair regrowth or slow hair loss.2

September 18, 2015

As Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB) marked its third anniversary in August, we found much to celebrate. Our vision remains that of broadening access for patients who want to expand their families by using donor eggs. To that end, we recently celebrated our 100th embryo transfer and 45th birth, and are expectantly awaiting delivery of several more. In addition, we have also grown the number of donors available for selection as requests for frozen donor eggs increase.

Our anniversary also coincides with a widely publicized national report comparing the success rates of fresh and frozen donor egg cycles—a report that has had the media abuzz with considerable commentary, some just a bit misleading.

September 15, 2015

In recent years, the field of infertility has experienced a dizzying pace of change. Just a few decades ago, it was difficult to conceive of the many advances we’d soon witness in the world of assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Since the birth of the first “test tube baby,” we’ve seen a virtual explosion of innovation—from major improvements in the embryology laboratory to advances in cryopreservation to greater and greater accuracy in genetic testing.1

Here is just a sample of some of the firsts in fertility that have made it possible for millions around the world to turn their dreams of family into a reality.

1953.   Successful live birth using frozen sperm.