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August 12, 2016

Many researchers conduct infertility studies on men and women who are already seeking medical attention. But by surveying a general population in the UK, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine may have revealed a more complete picture about the scope of infertility—which they defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after trying for more than a year.

Conducted between 2010 and 2012, Britain’s third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 10 men have struggled with infertility at some point in their lives. After surveying more than 15,000 women and men, ages 16 to 74, the researchers published their findings in the journal Human Reproduction.

August 10, 2016

After long-term follow-up, a study conducted in the Netherlands has found that there is not a link between in vitro fertilization (IVF) and an increased risk of breast cancer. In fact, among women undergoing IVF, the risk of breast cancer did not differ significantly from that in the general population.

In the past, a variety of studies suggested that in vitro fertilization (IVF) might be a risk factor for breast cancer. However, these findings were inconclusive because follow-up was limited. Therefore, the Dutch researchers chose to assess the long-term risk of breast cancer after ovarian stimulation for IVF.

Large study, long follow-up. The researchers collected information from mailed questionnaires and medical records from all 12 IVF clinics in the Netherlands. They assessed rates of breast cancer through the Netherlands Cancer Registry, looking at a median follow-up period of more than 21 years.

June 22, 2016

Dr. Isabelle Ryan with Michelle Meow, San Francisco PRIDE President and Host/Producer of the Michelle Meow show. Dr. Ryan, on behalf of Pacific Fertility Center, accepted an award of appreciation from San Francisco PRIDE for our support of the 2016 LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration!

On behalf of all of us at PFC, we wish everyone a happy and safe PRIDE celebration!

May 19, 2016

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) reported that 65,175 live births resulted from fertility procedures in 2014—up from 63,286 the year before. SART has tracked and produced annual reports like these on the fertility industry since the mid-1980s. But starting with 2014 data, it redesigned the structure of its reporting, providing patients and health care professionals with new and more detailed information.

What’s Changed in the Reporting?

According to SART, transparency and clarity are underlying goals of the new reporting system.

Reflecting reality. Given many changes in how infertility is treated today, SART is striving to help patients better understand what’s involved in success rates. Increases in embryo cryopreservation, comprehensive chromosome screening, and single embryo transfer are more adequately captured by the new reporting system.

May 17, 2016

At Pacific Fertility Center, we are committed to providing our patients all the information they need to make informed choices and to have the very best chance of delivering one healthy baby at a time.

One way we do this is by offering both our patients and donors carrier screening. Why is it important? It’s very helpful because—regardless of ethnicity, family background, or family history—you can be a “carrier” for an inherited genetic disease and not even know until you have a child who is affected. Carrier screening can put your mind at ease because it can predict your chances of having a child with certain genetic disorders—before you give birth, and even before you transfer an embryo.