Press Releases

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October 16, 2014

San Francisco, CA – October 16, 2014 – Childbearing and career may be mutually exclusive for some women.  But two tech giants are now addressing that conundrum by offering unprecedented egg-freezing fertility benefits. Covering this news, local and national media sought the expertise of Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) physicians on the technical aspects of this development.

Facebook began offering egg freezing and storage as part of its benefits package earlier this year; Apple will begin in January of 2015. Each egg-freezing procedure usually costs about $10,000, and annual storage costs are around $500. Although each company offers slightly different policies, both cover up to $20,000 for egg freezing, a procedure not typically covered by insurance for non-medical reasons.

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June 30, 2014

San Francisco, CA – June 30, 2014 – Staff at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) have been invited to present an abstract on elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Honolulu on October 14, 2014. eSET is the practice of transferring a single embryo after in vitro fertilization, thereby reducing the risk of multiple births and potential complications.

Toward a program of single embryo transfer: Reducing multiple gestation risk using CCS” is the title of the abstract co-authored by Philip Chenette, MD, Isabelle Ryan, MD, Carolyn Givens, MD, Erin Fisher, MS, and Joe Conaghan, PhD—all staff at PFC.

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June 26, 2014

San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2014 – Recognized internationally for his expertise as an embryologist and researcher, Joseph Conaghan, PhD, presented at the Irish Fertility Society’s 8th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin on May 16 and 17, and at the Third Annual Canadian Embryology Summit in Toronto on May 31. Dr. Conaghan is Clinical Laboratory Director at Pacific Fertility Center.

Founded in 2005, the Irish Fertility Society represents a broad cross section of individuals working in the area of infertility, including doctors, scientists, nurses, counselors, and administrative staff. At its annual meeting, Dr. Conaghan spoke about the use of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and time-lapse imaging to promote the wider application of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) with in vitro fertilization (IVF).  

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May 15, 2014

PFC president shares reproductive expertise with Japan, a country with a plummeting birthrate.

San Francisco, CA – May 15, 2014 – Carl M. Herbert, MD, president of the Pacific Fertility Center, is sharing his expertise in Japan this month through a series of guest lectures and interviews about the latest developments in reproductive medicine. Dr. Herbert brings his knowledge to a country with a plummeting birthrate—one of the lowest in the world.

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May 14, 2014

San Francisco, CA – May 14, 2014 - STRESSED OUT WOMEN MAY HAVE A HARDER TIME GETTING PREGNANT-A new study suggests stressed out women are less likely to get pregnant than women with lower stress. Although the relationship between stress and trouble getting pregnant has been hinted at before, it had never been scientifically proven before now. This new research marks the first time that scientists have found a direct link between stress and infertility. Working on stress is something they can try to do on their own to improve their chances of getting pregnant. In a study that followed more than 400 women just as they were starting to try to get pregnant, the researchers found that women with the highest levels of the stress indicator alpha-amylase in their saliva were 29% less likely to get pregnant than women with the lowest levels...