San Francisco, CA – October 2, 2013 – On September 26 and 27, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) was featured prominently in two San Francisco Business Times articles on egg freezing and fertility preservation. The two-part series—“Buying the time for a baby” and “The costs of buying more time for a baby”—highlighted the story of a PFC patient and included interviews with PFC’s laboratory director, Joseph Conaghan, PhD, and PFC partner, Eldon D. Schriock, MD.
Pacific Fertility Center quoted in a second San Francisco Business Times egg freezing article, “The costs of buying more time for a baby.”
The article highlights some of the reasons why many women decide to freeze their eggs and the sense of relief and psychological ease these women feel once their eggs are frozen.
According to the article, for many of these women, they “would have children immediately if they had the right partner.” But for these women who have such a strong desire for a family - egg freezing may be the answer they are looking for. Egg freezing is a way for these women to preserve their younger and healthier eggs until they find the right partner, or for other social and psychological reasons. And for many women, “the choice of being able to have a biological child with a future partner – even if it happens later on in life – is worth all the money and trouble of freezing eggs.”
PFC was interviewed for the October 3, 2013, San Francisco Business Times cover story on Egg Freezing and Fertility Preservation.
The article, "Buying the Time for a Baby," talks about the increasing popularity of women choosing to freeze their eggs and the subsequent feeling of control and peace of mind that they feel. A few women who have elected to freeze their eggs were interviewed for this article, with one woman stating her feelings that “fertility feels more like an investment than an expense.”
For several years now, Pacific Fertility Center has been a leader in freezing of blastocyst-stage embryos and eggs. This is because we were an early adopter of the technique of vitrification. Vitrification is an ultra-rapid freezing method that leads to much higher survival rates of eggs and embryos as compared to older slow-freezing methods. This technology has made it possible and realistic for women to electively freeze eggs before their age-related fertility declines to truly infertile levels.