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December 16, 2014
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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
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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.

November 19, 2014
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San Francisco, CA – November 19, 2014  - On Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) will host their next free Mind-Body Fertility Workshop at 55 Francisco Street in San Francisco. The workshop is open to women and men—gay, straight, single, or partnered—who are experiencing feelings of isolation or stress related to attempts to conceive. Marriage and family therapist Peggy Orlin, MFT, and certified yoga instructor Lauri Black, who is also PFC’s licensed certified genetic counselor, lead the monthly workshop. The final workshop of the year will be held on December 13, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

November 14, 2014
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PFC's Dr. Chenette was interviewed by SF Weekly about egg freezing and the news that Apple and Facebook will now offer to pay up to $20,000 for their female employees to freeze their eggs.

"The problem is that we're biologically designed to have kids in our twenties, and those are prime working years," said Dr. Chenette.

Read the full story on the SF Weekly website here.

November 12, 2014
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San Francisco, CA – November 12, 2014 – On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) will offer a complimentary seminar on fertility preservation, hosted by Philip E. Chenette, MD, past recipient of the American Fertility Association’s Family Building Award. Beginning at 5:45 pm, participants will also have an opportunity to tour PFC’s clinic at 55 Francisco Street and to ask questions about PFC’s services.

Whether participants are pursuing an advanced degree or professional career, haven’t yet found the right partner, or are simply not quite ready to begin a family—they will learn how fertility preservation allows them to manage their biological clock by freezing eggs for future use. A fertility subspecialist at PFC for 15 years, Dr. Chenette will discuss the process of egg freezing and explain ways to ensure the greatest chances of success.

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