This August marks the 2nd Anniversary of the official opening of PFC's Donor Egg Bank. The PFC Donor Egg Bank (DEB) is the first free-standing egg bank in Northern California, and represents the culmination of highly innovative egg freezing technology (vitrification), proven success rates, and a wonderful option for patients seeking donor eggs. While PFC first started freezing donor eggs using vitrification technology in 2007, and our first baby from frozen donor eggs was born in 2008, we did not officially open our Egg Bank until August 2012. During those few years, we were further refining techniques in the laboratory, to be as confident as possible about success rates for our patients.
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March 2014, marked my six year anniversary in my current position with Pacific Fertility Center. As the Director of PFC's Egg Donor Agency and Donor Egg Bank, I have had the privilege to work with many wonderful and amazing patients and have taken much pride in being able to contribute to their dream of building a family.
Staff at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) have been invited to present an abstract on elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Honolulu on October 14, 2014. eSET is the practice of transferring a single embryo after in vitro fertilization, thereby reducing the risk of multiple births and potential complications.
“Toward a program of single embryo transfer: Reducing multiple gestation risk using CCS” is the title of the abstract co-authored by Philip Chenette, MD, Isabelle Ryan, MD, Carolyn Givens, MD, Erin Fisher, MS, and Joe Conaghan, PhD—all staff at PFC.
If you are a patient you probably think that the biggest problem with IVF treatment is that not every cycle results in a pregnancy or baby. But if you are a Physician, you will know that the biggest problem is the high incidence of multiple births that result from fertility treatments. And you will know that it is a global problem. The United States and Canada lead the world in the multiple births table, where over 30% of all IVF births result from twin or higher order deliveries. We are the countries that transfer a single embryo least often, in fewer than 20% of all cycles. In contrast, countries like Sweden and Australia, where single embryo transfer is mandated by law for most patients, multiple births make up about 5% of deliveries and 70% of patients transfer one embryo in an IVF cycle.
This is a book written by a non-medical writer who was also a former infertility patient. It was published only this year and is available in paperback. As with most books about infertility, there are good points and bad points. On the whole, however, it is very readable and to the author’s credit, she does give extensive references to back up most of the statements made.
The chapter “Understanding Egg Quality” is excellent and gives the reader good insight into why fertility declines with age and why most embryos do not implant: it is almost always about the egg and about the high proportion of human eggs that have chromosomal abnormalities.