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January 23, 2015

The first large study of its kind has found that in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures are relatively safe and pose a low risk to women. Rarely fatal, complications occurred in fewer than 10 in 10,000 pregnancy attempts. That’s a 1 percent complication risk—reassuringly small. 1

For those requiring more than one IVF cycle, there’s even better news: The frequency of complications decreased with each IVF cycle.2

Published in the January 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National ART Surveillance System (NASS).

January 15, 2015

San Francisco, CA – January 15, 2015 – On December 30, 2014, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) launched a new frozen donor egg bank website. Its main purpose is to help guide patients through the landscape of egg donation, to explain the differences between frozen egg and fresh egg cycles, and to provide information about Pacific Fertility Egg Bank’s unique approach as a full-service donor egg bank offering a guarantee of two embryos.

At the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB) website, patients can learn about the benefits, fees, and steps involved in undergoing a frozen donor egg cycle. They can also learn about the screening and selection of donors as well as the technology behind egg freezing—vitrification—which has made it possible to freeze donor eggs and produce success rates comparable to those of fresh donor eggs.  

December 23, 2014

San Francisco, CA – December 23, 2014 – On December 17, 2014, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) launched a new fertility preservation website to provide information and resources for women interested in learning more about egg freezing. No longer considered experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), fertility preservation allows women to freeze their eggs—halting the eggs’ aging process—and to thaw them when it’s a more convenient time to create a family.

December 16, 2014

San Francisco, CA – December 16, 2014 - The Pacific Coast Reproductive Society has accepted a Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) paper for oral presentation at its 63rd Annual Meeting, which runs from March 11-15, 2015, in Rancho Mirage, CA. The paper is entitled “Timing of Blastocyst Hatching after Vitrification and Warming: Impact on Clinical Pregnancy Rate.” Out of 100 submissions, it is one of eight selected for oral presentation.  

A strong membrane (zona pellucida-ZP) forms around the ovum during development in the ovary. Previous evidence suggested that freezing (vitrification) alters the properties of this membrane, possibly warranting its removal prior to frozen embryo transfer (FET) in certain cases.

December 09, 2014

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2014 - About one year ago, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) formalized a program for Chinese patients—one that is unique in the San Francisco Bay Area and that serves both residents of the United States as well as patients from Asia.

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) first became available in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the mid-1980s. Demand there still can’t be fully met, however, because an estimated 10 million infertile Chinese couples require access to limited ART facilities.1 Combined with a robust economy in China, this has prompted wealthy couples to seek world-class ART services at PFC. In addition, Chinese residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond have found that PFC is highly adept at bridging language and cultural barriers.