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April 22, 2014
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San Francisco, CA – April 22, 2014 – Philip E. Chenette, MD, director of Pacific Fertility Center’s Fertility Preservation Program, and Joseph Conaghan, PhD, PFC’s laboratory director, were recently notified that two of their abstracts on time-lapse imaging have been accepted for presentation in Munich, Germany at the 30th Annual Meeting of ESHRE, which runs from June 29 to July 2, 2014. ESHRE is the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Four international referees anonymously evaluated and selected the abstracts for oral presentation at the ESHRE meeting.

April 22, 2014
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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 21, 2014
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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 17, 2014
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The Annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) gives us a chance to observe and present research and clinical projects that help improve the practice of reproductive medicine.  PFC participates in this important event by sending staff from our laboratory and clinical teams for training, education and updates.  The most recent meeting in Boston, MA, was well attended by delegates from across the US and around the world, and PFC was well represented.

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April 10, 2014
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Last October in Boston, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) held its annual meeting jointly with the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).  It is tradition that the meeting opens with the President’s Guest Lecture, usually presented by an influential physician or scientist on a topic with broad health implications and in the context of advancing research and clinical care in reproductive medicine.  Last year the guest lecturer was Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn of UCSF, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2009 for the discovery of telomerase.  Her thought provoking talk was on the effects of telomeres on the chronic diseases of human aging and the potential relationship between telomeres and human reproductive aging. 

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