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November 19, 2015

A divorced couple, who have been battling over the five embryos they froze in 2010, have been ordered by a San Francisco judge to destroy the embryos. PFC's Dr. Carl Herbert weighs in on the decision.

Watch the live interview, including remarks from Dr. Herbert, here.

August 13, 2015

These are exciting times for reproductive medicine. New technology is expanding the realm of possibility beyond what was imaginable even just a few decades ago. However, along with new techniques often comes a new round of ethical questions.

Pacific Fertility Center’s insights on one such technology were recently tapped for an article on AUGMENT, developed by OvaScience, a Cambridge-based research company. AUGMENT involves injecting healthy mitochondria—the cells’ energy providers—into aging eggs to improve their quality. According to OvaScience, AUGMENT has led to six live births.

In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that AUGMENT come under its purview as a new drug. So OvaScience stopped offering AUGMENT in the U.S., and simply went elsewhere.

August 10, 2015

A recent Guardian article included an interview with PFC’s Carolyn Givens, MD, on the growing popularity of elective egg freezing among professional women. The article covered much of the waterfront, from financial considerations to ethical, social, and emotional ramifications.

August 05, 2015

Carolyn Givens, MD gave her expert opinion on the subject of miscarriage in light of the recent announcement that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby. The Facebook CEO also announced that his wife, age 30, had three miscarriages during their journey to pregnancy. Zuckerberg said in his Facebook announcement, "We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well."

Dr. Givens weighed in on the facts about miscarriage, saying, "What most people don't realize is how common miscarriage is...most of the time it's because the embryo itself doesn't have everything it takes chromosomally or otherwise to make it to live birth, so this is nature's way of taking care of it."

See the entire interview segment on ABC 7 News here.

July 14, 2015

A divorced couple is battling over the use of the five embryos that they froze in 2010. PFC’s Dr. Carl Herbert weighs in on the legal issues surrounding the case.

Watch the live interview, including remarks from Dr. Herbert, here.