PFC Infertility Doctor Blog

The Infertility Blog

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July 16, 2017

We are excited that PFC's Genetic Counselor, Lauri Black, MS, LCGC is a member of the planning committee for the 2018 Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS)!

What used to be a regional meeting, PCRS is now a gathering that brings clinicians, embryologists, researchers, genetic counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals in the field of reproductive medicine from all over the US and abroad. 

The theme for the 2018 meeting is Fertility Innovations. The meeting plans to have focused discussions and presentations on innovative technologies that optimize patient care, improving pregnancy rates while reducing risks to building healthy families. 

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June 15, 2017

San Francisco, CA – June 15, 2017 – PFC’s Pacific Fertility Egg Bank (PFEB) celebrated a milestone this spring when the 100th baby was born through its donor egg bank program. This progress mirrors a growth in the use of frozen donor eggs nationally. According to the the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), there’s been a 34 percent increase in embryo transfers using frozen donor eggs from 2013 to 2015, the most recent year of statistics available.

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June 09, 2017

The Embryology Lab at Pacific Fertility Center has a world-wide reputation as a provider of top quality embryology services.  PFC is recognized as an innovator in the best methods to help build families, one healthy baby at a time.  Visitors from around the world come to learn the skills our embryologists have developed.  We welcome the opportunity to share what we have learned.

Last year, following a visit from 2 Italian embryologists I was invited to participate in a meeting in Milan on the subject of recurrent implantation failure (RIF).  Specifically, this covers those patients that have had 3 or more failed IVF cycles and/or 10 or more embryos transferred to their uterus without pregnancy.

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June 06, 2017

If you’re dealing with the challenges of infertility, you no doubt want to do everything in your power to have a healthy baby. You may be asking, “Is there anything else I can do to increase the chances of becoming pregnant?”

Comprehensive, high-quality studies to address the links between lifestyle and fertility are few and far between. Still, we do know that physical and mental health can influence the health of your reproductive system. That’s why we offer advice like that below. It’s based on the best data we have so far, plus a dash or two of medical common sense.

It may be possible to boost fertility with dietary supplementation, but this is not very easy to prove, especially since there is such a wide array of influences in our diets. Still, the large U.S. Nurses’ Health Study, among others, has shown a link between ovulation problems and dietary factors such as:

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May 24, 2017

PFC has been a pioneer in enabling patients to have just a single embryo transferred at a time, through the use of genetic testing and freezing of embryos for later use.  At PFC we elect to transfer one embryo in over 90% of patients and our twin rate is 6%. Nationally, clinics perform elective single embryo transfer in less than 30% of patients.  North America has consistently had the highest multiple pregnancy rates in the world but this is changing and should continue to change with the new guidelines for number of embryos to transfer.

The numbers tell the tale: Transferring a single embryo has become a big success story (but we already knew that—and you probably did too).