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March 27, 2013

San Francisco, CA – March 27, 2013 – The Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) reports exceptionally high pregnancy rates while minimizing risk of multiples through its new technology of elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET).  eSET works by identifying an embryo with the highest chance for pregnancy. One embryo is transferred to produce one child, with the rest stored for later use.

One embryo, one healthy child.

Multiple gestation, common after traditional fertility treatment, increases the risk of complications for both mother and child. Low birthweight increases health problems for the neonate, and the risk of lasting disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and vision and hearing loss. According to the March of Dimes, more than half of twins, and all higher order multiples, are born at low birthweight.

March 25, 2013

If you have been following Fertility Flash newsletters, you may have noticed several recent articles about Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). CCS is the process of analyzing blastocyst-stage embryos for chromosomal make-up. This process helps to ensure that embryos transferred to a patient have the proper number of chromosomes (i.e. 46XX or 46XY) and do not have abnormalities that could result in failed implantation, miscarriage or an abnormal fetus at the time of amniocentesis or birth. We at Pacific Fertility Center have taken the lead in developing and promoting CCS for many of our patients. 2012 was a banner year for the emergence and application of this technology for patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.

March 20, 2013

Dr. Liyun Li's commentary was published on the Pregnancy & Newborn online magazine!

Read her Ask the Experts answer regarding the best timeline to conceive here.

March 19, 2013

The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of our neck that produces thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).  The signal to produce thyroid hormone is given by the pituitary gland in the form of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), a protein hormone. The pituitary incidentally is also the location of the signals for normal ovulation.

March 12, 2013

Already boasting one of the largest egg donor programs in the country, the Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) opened the first freestanding egg bank in Northern California last year.

PFC now offers patients frozen donor cycles through its Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB). As with donors providing fresh eggs, donors of eggs for frozen cycles have passed extensive medical, genetic, and psychological screening.

Along with other published studies worldwide, PFC's clinical results confirm that the chance of a live birth using frozen eggs is comparable to that of using fresh eggs. World data also shows no increased incidences of birth defects in babies born from embryos derived from frozen eggs.

A frozen donor cycle translates into a shorter treatment cycle by about two to four months, costing about half that of a fresh donor cycle because fewer embryos – a guarantee of two – are available in an PFEB cycle.