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December 28, 2012

Comprehensive Chromosome Screening: Selecting Healthy Embryos

Comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) is an exciting new tool in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART). We make CCS available to our patients who are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Previously known as pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), CCS can screen embryos for genetic problems prior to implantation. This helps ensure the transfer of the highest quality embryos.

By doing so, CCS helps:

December 18, 2012

“As a unified team, guided by the highest ethical standards, we provide our patients with individualized and compassionate fertility care” is our mission statement here at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC).

PFC is one of the largest single-site fertility centers in the U.S. This offers many advantages, such as the ability to provide a full range of fertility services with constant physician coverage—7 days a week, 365 days a year. It also affords us the volume to adequately evaluate our success and outcomes on a timely basis.

Complementing the assets of PFC's size, we are currently introducing Patient Care Teams to provide even more personalized, coordinated services. Each of our 6 physicians will now head a Patient Care Team, a dedicated team of staff devoted to that doctor's patients.

December 11, 2012

When I was 38, my wife and I decided to have a baby. My initial efforts to conceive were via Kaiser Permanente. We used a sperm donor from the Sperm Bank of California. I had three IUIs, in the summer of 2010, the winter of 2010, and the spring of 2011. I got pregnant each time. Initially I was absolutely confident in my body's ability to nurture a baby, and when I lost the first pregnancy at 7 weeks, I was utterly surprised and disappointed. The second pregnancy only barely got off the ground; I believe that pregnancy lasted only to 5 weeks--just after my missed period. After each of the first two miscarriages, my Kaiser doctor urged me to be optimistic; statistics say that after two miscarriages, the next pregnancy will go to term. So I did a third IUI. That pregnancy lasted a little over 8 weeks.

December 06, 2012

An employee, spouse, or dependent can use a standard Flex Spending Account (FSA) for fertility treatment.  This does not include treatment for a surrogate.

Verbiage from the IRS:

"Fertility Enhancement

You can include in medical expenses the cost of the following procedures to overcome an inability to have children.

  • Procedures such as in vitro fertilization (including temporary storage of eggs or sperm).
  • Surgery, including an operation to reverse prior surgery that prevented the person operated on from having children.”
December 06, 2012
PFC Partner physicians named Top Reproductive Endocrinologists in U.S. News

PFC is proud to announce that all Pacific Fertility Center Partner physicians have been named top reproductive endocrinologists on the U.S. News Top Doctors list! Drs. Philip Chenette, Carolyn Givens, Carl Herbert, Isabelle Ryan, and Eldon Schriock were selected as top doctors based on a peer nomination process by U.S. News Top Doctors and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.