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April 26, 2016
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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  Check in each day this week for a new fertility fact of the day.

NIAW Fact of the Day: What are the signs and symptoms of infertility?

Often there are no signs or symptoms associated with an infertility problem. Listening to your body and getting regular checkups will help to detect a problem. Early detection and treatment of a problem are often critical in achieving successful pregnancy outcomes later.

April 25, 2016
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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  Check in each day this week for a new fertility fact of the day.

NIAW Fact of the Day: What is infertility and who gets it?

Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and the woman is under 35 years of age. If the woman is over 35 years old, it is diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse.

Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 30% of infertility is due to a female factor and 30% is due to a male factor. In the balance of the cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility cannot be explained.

April 24, 2016
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Today marks the first day of National Infertility Awareness Week. This year’s theme for NIAW is #StartAsking, with the mission of motivating all that are part of the infertility community to starting asking questions. According to RESOLVE, the theme this year is “not only an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, but also motivate all that are touched by infertility to commit to the cause”.

Questions RESOLVE suggests you #StartAsking include:

April 22, 2016
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Sunday marks the start of RESOLVE'S National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) will join RESOLVE to recognize National Infertility Awareness Week, April 24-30, joining millions of women and men fighting the disease of infertility, healthcare professionals, psychologists and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.

PFC's goal is to help women and men find answers and get the support they need to make important medical decisions and address the medical, emotional, social and economic challenges infertility can present.

Check in each day next week to learn more about National Infertility Awareness Week and important facts about fertility.

April 21, 2016
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PFC's Dr. Eldon Schriock spoke at the University of San Francisco Law School this week. He presented to law students in a family law class with Professor Maya Manian.

During the presentation, Dr. Schriock gave an update on current Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) technology, focusing on CCS, egg and embryo freezing, reduction of multiple pregnancy, fertility preservation and using ART for family planning. 

He also spoke about the potential legal and ethical issues in ART including:

  • Use of ART for non-fertility issues
  • Potential ethical limits of ART technology
  • Risks and benefits of egg and embryo freezing
  • Legal definition of conception and the “Personhood” legislation
  • Eggs versus sperm freezing
  • Genetic carrier screening
  • CRISPR

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