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July 17, 2015
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It may not have always gotten the attention it deserves. But in several cases infertility can be linked to the man—not the woman. According to Resolve, approximately 30% of infertility is due to a male factor and 30% to a female factor. In the remaining cases, it is problems in both partners or unexplained. Often, for male infertility, the underlying cause remains a bit of a black box.

Now, researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet1 have identified a possible cause in men with a condition that increases the risk of developing autoimmune disease—that’s where the immune system attacks and damages healthy cells. Infertility is common in both sexes with the disease, called autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS1).

Although it was previously known that APS1 acted against the ovaries in women, how the disease affected males was unknown. To learn more, researchers examined 93 men and women with APS1.

July 15, 2015
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Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) makes the grade: A Danish study recently found that kids conceived with ART—including in vitro fertilization (IVF)—received test scores equal to their peers. In ninth grade, their academic performance was no better or worse.1,2

Danish researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital in Hvidovre were eager to investigate whether ART had any impact on the cognitive development of children. In Denmark, as many as five percent of all births begin with ART. That’s more than three times the percentage of those conceived using ART in the U.S.

The researchers looked at data from all Danish children conceived by ART between 1995 and 2000—a total of 8,251 children (4,991 singletons and 3,260 twins). They compared the academic records of these children with 10,052 singletons and 10,833 twins who were conceived spontaneously. From these four groups, they gathered results of a general test taken by all Danish ninth grade students.

July 14, 2015
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A divorced couple is battling over the use of the five embryos that they froze in 2010. PFC’s Dr. Carl Herbert weighs in on the legal issues surrounding the case.

Watch the live interview, including remarks from Dr. Herbert, here.

July 14, 2015
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PFC's Dr. Carl Herbert weighs in on the legal issues surrounding a case over a divorced couple's five frozen embryos. The court case began on Monday, July 13th at San Francisco Superior Court.

Watch the live interview, including remarks from Dr. Herbert, here.

July 01, 2015
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PFC's Dr. Schriock presented to our Acupuncturists about Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) and updates in IVF treatment.

PFC has teamed with Integrative Fertility, a group of qualified practitioners who specialize in treating fertility with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The simple aim of our acupuncture team is to support our patients fertility treatments and improve their success. Learn more about Integrative Fertility at www.integrativefertility.com.

Here are a few pictures from the presentation.

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