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September 13, 2016

Since the opening of the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB) in August of 2012, we have continually looked for ways to be more successful and to make the process easier and more efficient for our patients. When PFEB first opened, we offered patients an embryo guarantee of two Day-3 embryos. Now, with 4 years of operational experience, and many more years of vitrification (freezing) experience under our belts, we recently transitioned our program from a “Day-3 embryo guarantee” to a “Blastocyst embryo guarantee.” Here are a few of the specific benefits of the new blastocyst embryo program.

September 08, 2016

Last May in Bologna, Italy, Pacific Fertility Center staff attended the 15th International Conference on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis—a gathering that brings together experts in the field of genetics and reproductive endocrinology. This year’s conference covered wide-ranging topics such as innovations in embryo biopsy, mitochondrial DNA, and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), the newest platform for genetic testing and a subject of hearty debate.

August 23, 2016

PFC's Dr. Philip Chenette was quoted in a recent article by The New York Times about why some people wait till later in life to have children.

“People are so much healthier today,” said Dr. Philip Chenette, adding that, "If your life expectancy is longer, why wouldn’t you want to fill that time with your kid?”

Read the full article in The New York Times here.

August 16, 2016

Timing is everything. . . . well, maybe not everything. But when it comes to getting pregnant, it’s clear that timing is crucial. A wide range of methods have been used to get the timing right—from taking basal body temperatures or assessing cervical mucus to using ovulation prediction kits. These all have certain advantages and disadvantages.

In the recent past, a wide range of websites and apps have also gotten in on the act, using programs to predict the fertile window—when conception is most likely to occur—by prompting a woman to enter her last menstrual period and the length of a typical cycle. Millions of prospective parents have accessed these apps and sites. Unfortunately, nearly 79 percent of fertility apps and 75 percent of websites inaccurately define the fertile window, according to findings reported by New York researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC and New York-Presbyterian in Queens.1

August 12, 2016

Many researchers conduct infertility studies on men and women who are already seeking medical attention. But by surveying a general population in the UK, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine may have revealed a more complete picture about the scope of infertility—which they defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after trying for more than a year.

Conducted between 2010 and 2012, Britain’s third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 10 men have struggled with infertility at some point in their lives. After surveying more than 15,000 women and men, ages 16 to 74, the researchers published their findings in the journal Human Reproduction.