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November 07, 2014

San Francisco, CA – November 7, 2014 – An interactive online network for people seeking fertility information and connections, FertilityAuthority honored a Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) physician last month by naming her Fertility Doctor of the Month.  Carolyn Givens, MD, treats patients with fertility challenges at PFC’s office in San Francisco, where she’s practiced the past 15 years.

With an early focus on genetics and women’s health, Dr. Givens found an intersection of these twin interests in fertility medicine. A board certified reproductive endocrinologist, she co-directs the Bay Area Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program and directs PFC’s Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis/Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGD/PGS) Program, which she was instrumental in getting off the ground.

October 23, 2014

San Francisco, CA – October 23, 2014 - In the first study of its kind, Pacific Fertility Center reports that extending the culture of embryos to day 7 increases the number of normal (euploid) embryos available for future pregnancy attempts. Entitled “Extended culture to day 7 increases euploid embryo yield per IVF cycle,” the report was presented by PFC on Wednesday, October 22, at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Honolulu, HI.

October 22, 2014

San Francisco, CA – October 22, 2014 – Committing to a consistent, clinical program in elective single embryo transfer (eSET), physicians and embryologists at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) have achieved high pregnancy rates without the risks commonly linked to multiple births. PFC reported the results of its retrospective study on Tuesday, October 21, at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Honolulu, HI.

The report was entitled, “Toward a Program of Single Embryo Transfer: Reducing Multiple Gestation Risk Using CCS.”

October 20, 2014

PFC's Dr. Carolyn Givens was chosen as the Fertility Authority Fertility Doctor of the Month for October 2014!

During her interview with Fertility Authority, Dr. Givens said, “If we try and uphold the highest ethical standards, we never go wrong. That’s been a guiding light for our practice.”

Read the full interview on the Fertility Authority site here.

October 17, 2014

San Francisco, CA – October 17, 2014 – Amidst a flurry of media coverage about new fertility benefits offered by two tech companies, Forbes met with Eldon Schriock, MD, a Pacific Fertility Center physician, to seek clarifications about egg freezing.

Facebook began offering egg freezing and storage as part of its benefits package earlier this year; Apple will begin in January of 2015. Both will cover up to $20,000 of egg-freezing costs, which insurance companies don’t typically cover for non-medical purposes. A single round of egg freezing costs about $10,000. Storage is an additional cost.

Dr. Schriock told Forbes that women may choose to freeze their eggs for several reasons, including career considerations, lack of a stable partnership, or imminent cancer treatment, which can destroy a woman’s eggs and fertility.