Press Releases

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August 26, 2015

San Francisco, CA – August 26, 2015 – Pacific Fertility Center staff presented two scientific posters at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), which was held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 14–17, 2015.

Coauthored by Carolyn Givens, MD, and Erin Fischer, Bs, one poster was entitled “Do Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) Levels Predict Outcomes for IVF Patients Undergoing Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)?” Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a protein produced by reproductive tissue that helps give an estimate of the remaining egg supply (ovarian reserve).  

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August 12, 2015

San Francisco, CA – August 12, 2015 – Now that they’re expecting their first child, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are taking the opportunity to raise awareness about a challenge facing many prospective parents: miscarriage. Carolyn Givens, MD, a physician at Pacific Fertility Center and an expert on miscarriage, helped start the conversation through an interview with ABC7 KGO news.

Chan and Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, know about the trials of miscarriage from personal experience. Chan, 30, had three miscarriages during their three-year marriage. By sharing their experience, the Zuckerbergs hope to start a more open dialogue on the topic of miscarriage.

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May 19, 2015

San Francisco, CA – May 19, 2015 – Unprecedented high pregnancy rates combined with low pregnancy risks. That’s the promise of elective single embryo transfer (eSET), when combined with comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) and other technologies. Today, with their new program, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) is delivering on that promise, achieving pregnancy rates ranging from 50–75 percent per transfer and multiple gestation rates of just 2 percent—much lower than the 20–30 percent typical of traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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March 19, 2015

San Francisco, CA – March 19, 2015 - 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. Frozen embryos that fail to re-expand in volume by 20-50 percent in the first 2 hours after thawing result in significantly lower rates of ongoing pregnancy, according to study results published in the February issue of Fertility and Sterility. The paper was co-authored by Sergio Vaccari, PhD, senior embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), and Joe Conaghan, PhD, PFC lab director.

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February 20, 2015

San Francisco, CA – February 20, 2015 – On February 2, 2015, the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank celebrated its 100th embryo transfer, reaching a significant juncture in the history of the bank, which opened in August of 2012, making it the first freestanding egg bank in Northern California. “This has been a labor of love,” said Daragh Castenada, program director of PFC’s Egg Donor Agency and the Pacific Fertility Egg Bank. “We’re all incredibly excited about this milestone.”

In 2007, PFC was among the first to begin using new egg-freezing technology (vitrification), which paved the way for the launch of its frozen donor egg bank. However, it first spent several years refining laboratory techniques to ensure the best of outcomes for patients.

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