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February 20, 2015

San Francisco, CA – February 20, 2015 – On February 2, 2015, the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank celebrated its 100th embryo transfer, reaching a significant juncture in the history of the bank, which opened in August of 2012, making it the first freestanding egg bank in Northern California. “This has been a labor of love,” said Daragh Castenada, program director of PFC’s Egg Donor Agency and the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank. “We’re all incredibly excited about this milestone.”

In 2007, PFC was among the first to begin using new egg-freezing technology (vitrification), which paved the way for the launch of its frozen donor egg bank. However, it first spent several years refining laboratory techniques to ensure the best of outcomes for patients.

February 12, 2015

At the ASRM meeting in October in Honolulu, HI, PFC Embryologists sat down for updated vitrification training using a new technology from Cryotech, Japan.  Although we have been vitrifying eggs and embryos since 2006, and are therefore one of the most experienced labs in the world, there are always opportunities for improvement.  Here we are exploring a new method for egg vitrification that claims to give better survival than current methods.  

Pictured from left to right:  Amy Kittleson (PFC Embryologist), Maria Guadalupe (Cryotech trainer), Joe Conaghan, PhD (PFC Lab Director) and Sergio Vaccari, PhD (PFC Embryologist).

February 09, 2015

In the recent past, more than one research team has reached similar conclusions: A higher body mass index (BMI) leads to lower fertility treatment success rates. Reporting at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the researchers presented findings from three different studies.1

One donor, several recipients. Investigators from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at records of fresh, shared donor cycles performed between 2004 and 2012. These included cases where one donor’s eggs went to women with different BMIs. Among all 4,000 recipients:

February 06, 2015

A new study from Australia brings good news for women who’ve previously undergone tubal sterilization and unsuccessful reversal, and wish to become pregnant: In vitro fertilization (IVF) is just as likely to be successful for them as for women who are challenged by other types of infertility.1 Recently reported in the journal Contraception, the results are consistent with previous studies looking at similar data.

Also known as tubal ligation, tubal sterilization involves clamping and blocking or severing and sealing a woman’s fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from reaching the uterus.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Crawley analyzed 178 IVF cycles performed between 1996 and 2010 in Western Australia. The women were 20 to 44 years old at the time of the first embryo transfer.

February 03, 2015

Reporting in the journal Human Reproduction, Scandinavian researchers have found that babies born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) are healthier than ever.1

The researchers looked at data from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden for about 92,000 children born through ART in the years 1988 to 2007. They compared the health of these babies at birth and during the first year of life with about 362,000 conceived without ART during the same 20-year period.

A few study highlights