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January 30, 2015

More than five million children have come into the world thanks to assisted reproductive technology (ART).1 Will they—or their mothers—have any increased long-term health risks?

The picture is still somewhat incomplete—largely because it’s difficult to tell whether other social, environmental, or medical factors such as multiple births are influencing outcomes. However, studies presented at the recent 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) provided mostly reassuring findings—for both children and mothers.

Low overall birth defects. Between 2004 and 2008, researchers examined more than 300,000 births in Massachusetts—including 11,000 children (3.8 percent) conceived with the help of reproductive technology. These ART-conceived children had slightly higher rates of cardiac and non-cardiac birth defects than children, but their overall rates of birth defects were low.2

January 27, 2015

Comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) is one of many cutting-edge technologies Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) offers. This type of screening doesn’t just look for one type of genetic disease. Using highly sensitive molecular genetic techniques, CCS reliably detects all 23 pairs of chromosomes. Embryos with normal chromosomes, euploid embryos, produce very high pregnancy rates at very low risk.

CCS can benefit you in many ways.

By identifying embryos with missing or extra chromosomes, CCS reduces miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. 

Selecting the healthiest embryos, CCS improves implantation, pregnancy rates, and the health of babies. It also allows for transfer of a single embryo, which reduces risks linked to multiple gestation.

January 23, 2015

The first large study of its kind has found that in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures are relatively safe and pose a low risk to women. Rarely fatal, complications occurred in fewer than 10 in 10,000 pregnancy attempts. That’s a 1 percent complication risk—reassuringly small. 1

For those requiring more than one IVF cycle, there’s even better news: The frequency of complications decreased with each IVF cycle.2

Published in the January 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National ART Surveillance System (NASS).

January 15, 2015

San Francisco, CA – January 15, 2015 – On December 30, 2014, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) launched a new frozen donor egg bank website. Its main purpose is to help guide patients through the landscape of egg donation, to explain the differences between frozen egg and fresh egg cycles, and to provide information about Pacific Fertility Egg Bank’s unique approach as a full-service donor egg bank offering a guarantee of two embryos.

At the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB) website, patients can learn about the benefits, fees, and steps involved in undergoing a frozen donor egg cycle. They can also learn about the screening and selection of donors as well as the technology behind egg freezing—vitrification—which has made it possible to freeze donor eggs and produce success rates comparable to those of fresh donor eggs.  

January 08, 2015

For the first time in its 70-year history, the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting was held outside of the continental United States. This year the meeting was in Honolulu. This meeting is one of the two largest meetings of reproductive specialists, embryologists, nurses, scientists, geneticists, genetics counselors, students and practice administrators in the world. The 2014 meeting did not disappoint. Of course, being in Hawaii didn’t hurt our expectations either!

The keynote address was given by Dr. Robert Wah, the current President of the American Medical Association. A special note pride: Dr. Wah is the first board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist to be President of the AMA. He is a teacher and continues to see patients at the NIH and Walter Reed National Medical Center.