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January 06, 2016

Watch her discuss age and fertility decline on KTVU Fox TV.

You can view the live interview with Dr. Ryan by clicking on the link in the blog article or on the KTVU TV website.

December 02, 2015

The holiday season has begun. Excited children, crowded stores, decorations, and holiday parties are all set to descend on us.  But because the winter holidays tend to celebrate families and children, these usually joyous occasions can bring up painful feelings when you are struggling to create and celebrate with a family of your own. In order to feel as good as possible during the holidays, you will need to develop some good holiday coping skills.

Here are a few suggestions:

November 21, 2015

In the embryology lab we track “implantation rates” closely for all the patients we treat.  It’s the number of embryos that implant in the uterus after transfer, divided by the total number of embryos transferred.  When we perform genetic testing on embryos, we can get implantation rates of 50-70% or more regardless of the age of the patient, but only if the patient has a chromosomally normal embryo.  With increasing maternal age, the likelihood of having a normal embryo decreases because older mothers have fewer eggs, and in older age groups such as age 42 and above, as few as 10% of the embryos will have the correct number of chromosomes.

November 20, 2015

Most women want to do everything in their power to have a healthy baby. And if you’ve been challenged by infertility, chances are you’re even more motivated. But with so much information out there—on the Internet and circulating among family and friends—it can be tough to know what is critical to do—or not to do—during pregnancy.

Three of the most important things? Eat a well-balanced diet, take prenatal vitamins, and get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Here are a few more specific guidelines to help safeguard your baby and you.

Fish. Fish is a great source of protein. It’s also low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. That makes it good for your cardiovascular health and for your baby’s fetal growth and development. But there’s just one problem: Some fish are also high in methylmercury, which has been thought to affect fetal and newborn motor and cognitive skills.1,2

November 19, 2015

A divorced couple, who have been battling over the five embryos they froze in 2010, have been ordered by a San Francisco judge to destroy the embryos. PFC's Dr. Carl Herbert weighs in on the decision.

Watch the live interview, including remarks from Dr. Herbert, here.