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October 04, 2013

Primo Vision Evo Time-Lapse Embryo Monitoring System with Single Culture Medium

The Primo Vision Time-Lapse Embryo Monitoring System is used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment during embryo incubation to give IVF clinicians the opportunity to observe all embryos as they develop without disturbing them. The system records all moments of embryo development, giving embryologists and physicians an excellent tool for evaluation.

A single culture medium has been developed to allow embryos to remain undisturbed during incubation for up to 6 days while embryologists may continuously monitor them using the Evo time-lapse system.


October 03, 2013

PFC’s Dr. Herbert was recently interviewed about a new technique that may help some infertile women with primary ovarian insufficiency have a baby of their own. The technique is known as "in vitro activation” (IVA). The report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, described several basic science studies in mice as well as a series of 27 women treated by the technique in Japan. 

October 02, 2013

San Francisco, CA – October 2, 2013 – On September 26 and 27, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) was featured prominently in two San Francisco Business Times articles on egg freezing and fertility preservation. The two-part series—“Buying the time for a baby” and “The costs of buying more time for a baby”—highlighted the story of a PFC patient and included interviews with PFC’s laboratory director, Joseph Conaghan, PhD, and PFC partner, Eldon D. Schriock, MD.

October 01, 2013

Pacific Fertility Center quoted in a second San Francisco Business Times egg freezing article, “The costs of buying more time for a baby.”

The article highlights some of the reasons why many women decide to freeze their eggs and the sense of relief and psychological ease these women feel once their eggs are frozen.

According to the article, for many of these women, they “would have children immediately if they had the right partner.” But for these women who have such a strong desire for a family - egg freezing may be the answer they are looking for. Egg freezing is a way for these women to preserve their younger and healthier eggs until they find the right partner, or for other social and psychological reasons. And for many women, “the choice of being able to have a biological child with a future partner – even if it happens later on in life – is worth all the money and trouble of freezing eggs.”

October 01, 2013

PFC was interviewed for the October 3, 2013, San Francisco Business Times cover story on Egg Freezing and Fertility Preservation.

The article, "Buying the Time for a Baby," talks about the increasing popularity of women choosing to freeze their eggs and the subsequent feeling of control and peace of mind that they feel. A few women who have elected to freeze their eggs were interviewed for this article, with one woman stating her feelings that “fertility feels more like an investment than an expense.”