Visit Pacific Fertility Center » Volume 13, Issue 2 | May 2015
Highlights from PCRS 2015: Psychological Impacts of Later Parenting
Each year, a team of physicians and staff from Pacific Fertility Center attend the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) annual meeting in Palm Springs, CA. PCRS is a professional meeting and provides an educational forum for reproductive specialists, embryologists, nurses, scientists, and many others who work in infertility field. One of the highlights of this year’s meeting was a talk by Alice Domar, Ph.D, about the psychological aspects of fertility treatment and parenting at an older age.
Highlights from PCRS 2015: CCS Was Everywhere!
Every few years, a new technological development comes along in our field—one creating such an impact, that it eventually becomes nearly ubiquitous. The last time this happened was in 1993 when intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) allowed men with severe male factor to become biological fathers. In 2015, the breakthrough of the decade is clearly the ability to diagnose embryos for the presence or absence of all 23 pairs of chromosomes, what we call comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS).
Highlights from PCRS 2015: PFC Embryologists Publish Key Findings on the Timing of Embryo Hatching and Pregnancy Rates
Pacific Fertility Center embryologists have, for the first time, described the effect of active embryo expansion and contraction on embryo hatching and pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization. Using time-lapse video imaging and high resolution microscopy, the expansion and contraction of embryos prior to implantation was observed.
Highlights from PCRS 2015: BMI’s Effect on the Uterine Lining
In the last issue of the Fertility Flash Newsletter, we reported on a number of studies linking higher body weight to the decreased success of IVF. These were presented at ASRM and the conversation continued at PCRS with the presentation of more papers on the topic. A common culprit? Obesity is linked with lower implantation rates in IVF cycles—whether or not donor oocytes are used.
Highlights from PCRS 2015: Study Suggests ICSI Does Not Increase the Risk of Aneuploidy
At the PCRS meeting, three papers received the PCRS Allied Health Professional Award, which recognizes outstanding presentation in specialties such as reproductive endocrinology, urology, gynecology, nursing, and genetics. One of these winning abstracts focused on the potential relationship between intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and aneuploidy,1 an abnormal number of chromosomes.
New Patient Seminar & Webinar
PFC offers complimentary monthly educational seminars & webinars hosted by our infertility specialists.
Wednesday, June 10 & Wednesday, July 15
Fertility Preservation Webinar
PFC now offers complimentary fertility preservation educational webinars hosted by our infertility specialists.
Wednesday, May 27 & Wednesday, June 17
Mind/Body Workshop
Workshops are taught by Pacific Fertility Center's Marriage and Family Therapist, Peggy Orlin, MFT, and Certified Yoga Instructor, Lauri Black, who is also PFC’s Certified Genetic Counselor.
Saturday, May 30 & Saturday, June 13