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October 20, 2017

What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book? Can you send some baby pictures?

These were some of the questions I had to answer in order to donate eggs through the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. As a 25-year-old studying to be a physician’s assistant and the niece of a woman who couldn’t have her own children, I had long been open to the idea of sharing my eggs.

Then came my favorite, and most thoughtful, question: How do you deal with conflict? I answered something like: I’ll confront whatever problem I have, compromise is huge, and peace is more important than my pride. I didn’t mind answering these personal questions. I thought it was cool, that families wanted to really get to know me.

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September 21, 2017

Fertility workplace benefits is gaining a lot of attention. Dr. Liyun Li from Pacific Fertility Center was interviewed by the San Francisco Business Times about this topic.

“Companies are taking notice that they need to think about this to attract and retain talent. If we can’t stop our biological clock, the only alternative is to stop time a little bit and get the eggs that we have. If anything, to give women a few extra minutes to think,” said Dr. Li.

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September 21, 2017

This past August marked the 5th anniversary of the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB). Today, as always, our vision remains that of broadening access and options for patients who want to expand their families by using donor eggs. To that end, last year we transitioned our program away from offering a guarantee of two Day-3 embryos to a guarantee of two cryopreserved blastocyst embryos. This helps maximize the chance of pregnancy success, and it is one of the most compelling guarantees for intended parents looking to use frozen donor eggs.

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September 19, 2017

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infertility is not simply an inconvenience. It should be viewed as a disease of the reproductive system. In June, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) authored a resolution supporting this perspective. It was joined by another influential organization, the American Medical Association (AMA) when delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting voted to adopt the designation of infertility as a disease.1

The ASRM resolution was co-sponsored by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Urological Association (AUA), the Endocrine Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.1

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September 15, 2017

In August I was invited to attend and speak at the Brazilian Congress for Reproductive Medicine in Saõ Paulo.  This is an intense multi-day conference for medical and laboratory professionals in Brazil and other South American countries where the latest advances in reproductive technologies are presented.

I spent 2 days conducting intense vitrification workshops for advanced embryologists teaching the detailed methodologies that have allowed us to be so successful with oocyte and embryo frozen storage.  We did hands-on training for 8 groups of students using mouse embryos and bovine oocytes as practice materials.  Following the workshops, there was 2 days of lectures and I was invited to give 3 talks on embryology laboratory procedures that we have developed here at PFC.