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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.

August 10, 2016

After long-term follow-up, a study conducted in the Netherlands has found that there is not a link between in vitro fertilization (IVF) and an increased risk of breast cancer. In fact, among women undergoing IVF, the risk of breast cancer did not differ significantly from that in the general population.

In the past, a variety of studies suggested that in vitro fertilization (IVF) might be a risk factor for breast cancer. However, these findings were inconclusive because follow-up was limited. Therefore, the Dutch researchers chose to assess the long-term risk of breast cancer after ovarian stimulation for IVF.

Large study, long follow-up. The researchers collected information from mailed questionnaires and medical records from all 12 IVF clinics in the Netherlands. They assessed rates of breast cancer through the Netherlands Cancer Registry, looking at a median follow-up period of more than 21 years.

June 22, 2016

Dr. Isabelle Ryan with Michelle Meow, San Francisco PRIDE President and Host/Producer of the Michelle Meow show. Dr. Ryan, on behalf of Pacific Fertility Center, accepted an award of appreciation from San Francisco PRIDE for our support of the 2016 LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration!

On behalf of all of us at PFC, we wish everyone a happy and safe PRIDE celebration!