PFC Infertility Doctor Blog

The Infertility Blog

January 04, 2012

Tune in and watch PFC's Dr. Liyun Li on KTVU Channel 2 News tonight at 10p.m!  She will be talking about fertility treatment and twin births.  Don't miss it!

December 29, 2011

Growing up in a small town in New England, where the population of dairy cows outnumbered townspeople and the nearest neighbors were miles away, gave me the desire to work with people. As an Amherst College student in Massachusetts, my anthropology studies led me to an economic development project in eastern Africa. Upon my return the social and economic needs of people right here in the United States became more clear to me. My honors thesis included field work with homeless populations in southern California documenting their remarkably savvy ways of engaging in local politics and with the media to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life.

December 20, 2011

ASRM 2011 Updates In addition to the magical wonders of Disney, Orlando welcomed reproductive endocrinologists from around the world this October to attend the annual meeting of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).  Several members of Pacific Fertility Center were among the participants. 

December 14, 2011

According to Resolve, Rep. John Lewis (GA) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 30 that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with infertility medical treatment. 

The Family Act of 2011,” HR 3522, is a companion bill to S 965 which was introduced in the U.S. Senate in May 2011.  Advocates can now push for action on the two bills including bipartisan co-sponsorship, Committee hearings, and a vote in both chambers.

If you would like to support this bill, contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to co-sponsor HR 3522.  According to Resolve, you can do this by completing the following:

November 21, 2011

How does metabolism affect fertility? PFC's Dr. Liyun Li may be able to shed some light on this interesting question. She has studied extensively a key hormone regulater of body weight and appetite called ghrelin, and found that its levels in the ovaries may affect egg and embryo quality.  Her work has just been published in the peer-reviewed and the highly respected journal Fertility and Sterility. For abstract, see here.