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February 12, 2015
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At the ASRM meeting in October in Honolulu, HI, PFC Embryologists sat down for updated vitrification training using a new technology from Cryotech, Japan.  Although we have been vitrifying eggs and embryos since 2006, and are therefore one of the most experienced labs in the world, there are always opportunities for improvement.  Here we are exploring a new method for egg vitrification that claims to give better survival than current methods.  

Pictured from left to right:  Amy Kittleson (PFC Embryologist), Maria Guadalupe (Cryotech trainer), Joe Conaghan, PhD (PFC Lab Director) and Sergio Vaccari, PhD (PFC Embryologist).

December 23, 2014
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San Francisco, CA – December 23, 2014 – On December 17, 2014, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) launched a new fertility preservation website to provide information and resources for women interested in learning more about egg freezing. No longer considered experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), fertility preservation allows women to freeze their eggs—halting the eggs’ aging process—and to thaw them when it’s a more convenient time to create a family.

November 14, 2014
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PFC's Dr. Chenette was interviewed by SF Weekly about egg freezing and the news that Apple and Facebook will now offer to pay up to $20,000 for their female employees to freeze their eggs.

"The problem is that we're biologically designed to have kids in our twenties, and those are prime working years," said Dr. Chenette.

Read the full story on the SF Weekly website here.

November 12, 2014
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San Francisco, CA – November 12, 2014 – On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) will offer a complimentary seminar on fertility preservation, hosted by Philip E. Chenette, MD, past recipient of the American Fertility Association’s Family Building Award. Beginning at 5:45 pm, participants will also have an opportunity to tour PFC’s clinic at 55 Francisco Street and to ask questions about PFC’s services.

October 17, 2014
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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.

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