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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.

May 13, 2016

It has been assumed that the uterine or maternal environment provides nutritional support to the growing and developing embryo and fetus, but not genetic information.  Now some scientific information is breaking this original dogma, and suggesting that the uterus may also contribute genetic material which can determine the overall health of the embryo.

May 11, 2016

Pacific Fertility Center is passionate about giving back to the community. Part of our community is the educational resources of our universities, and we are pleased to support those educational institutions.

Fertility treatment developed from a long series of research discoveries and innovations over the past 30 years. Many of these discoveries and innovations came from our own labs, and Pacific Fertility Center is truly a leader in patient care. Sharing those advances, and all that we have learned, with the new generation, helps grow that network of leadership and development.

May 05, 2016

Last week, during National Infertility Awareness Week, the Wall Street Journal featured Eldon Schriock, MD, PFC’s medical director, on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Dr. Schriock discussed the growing trend of egg freezing, which is becoming more popular among women who choose to delay childbearing for reasons such as career building.

Dr. Schriock discussed a variety of issues related to egg freezing, including costs and insurance, ideal ages to freeze eggs, the number of eggs to freeze at different ages, and the longevity of frozen eggs.

You can watch the video of Dr. Schriock at the Wall Street Journal website.