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March 13, 2014

Improving the efficiency of fertility care, maximizing the potential of each egg to produce a healthy pregnancy, is part of the new fertility treatment paradigm we are instituting at Pacific Fertility Center.

Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is one method we use to improve efficiency of fertility care. CCS selects embryos that have normal chromosomes out of a group of embryos produced in an IVF cycle. The majority of embryos in most women do not have normal chromosomes, and stop growing a few days after fertilization. The embryos that pass CCS screening have a very high chance of pregnancy.

CCS allows transfer of a single embryo, rather than the multiple embryos of IVF treatment in the past. Transfer of a single healthy embryo maintains high pregnancy rates with low risk of problems in pregnancy.

March 10, 2014

Pacific Fertility Center is re-engineering fertility care, helping women conceive pregnancy faster, easier and more safely.

An embryo needs a home, an environment to live and grow, and to provide the support for pregnancy. Vigorously growing, combining the DNA of its mother and father from the egg and sperm, the embryo is the earliest promise of a new child. The embryo’s potential for pregnancy is expressed when it implants, forming an attachment to its birth mother and building the placenta, with the support and nutrition that are critical to a healthy pregnancy. Without implantation, the embryo’s potential cannot be fulfilled.

March 03, 2014

A common problem for many of our IVF patients is diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). This happens naturally as we get older but unfortunately, can also occur at earlier ages in some women. When a patient has DOR, she will typically have a higher Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) level, a low Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level or low numbers of antral (small) ovarian follicles. She may have just one or two of these findings, or all of them. Not untypically, women with this problem will require large doses of injectable ovarian stimulating fertility medications to achieve a reasonable response to do IVF (e.g. four or more mature follicles).

February 25, 2014

Dr. Herbert discusses secondary infertility on CBS News. Click here to watch the video of the news program.

January 30, 2014

PFC's Dr. Liyun Li was interviewed and quoted in the below Fertility Authority article about Diet and PCOS. 

Just like with any diagnosis, women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may experience the disease differently from one another. That being said, there are definitely symptoms and associated issues that tend to be very, very common among the diagnosed. Skin problems. A little (or a lot) of extra weight that wasn't really earned (which is wholly unfair). Facial hair. Completely unreliable or the total absence of ovulation. Basically a slew of things that may make you feel like you're personally bringing sexy back.