How Winter Weather Can Increase Your Chances of Conception

Snow-CityIt is common knowledge that a man should avoid heat around his testicles while trying to conceive. Ideally, a man’s testicles should be kept several degrees cooler than the rest of his body. This is because the testicles need to be at a slightly lower temperature than the rest of the body to be at optimal reproductive performance. Being overheated can impact sperm production and make it more difficult for a man to impregnate a woman. Cold weather can actually increase a man’s sperm count and enhance your chances of conception.Read more: How Winter Weather Can Increase Your Chances of Conception

Update: Nuclear Transfer News from Dr. John Zhang

As you may all know, it has been a busy month for me and my team at New Hope Fertility Center. At the end of September, the first live birth using human oocytes reconstituted by spindle nuclear transfer for Mitochondrial DNA mutation was achieved by New Hope Fertility Center team.

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Breaking News: World’s first baby born with 3-Parent IVF Technique

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As you may all know, the first live birth using human oocytes reconstituted by spindle nuclear transfer for Mitochondrial DNA mutation was achieved by New Hope Fertility Center. I believe this technique will revolutionize and change human reproduction.

Read more: Breaking News: World’s first baby born with 3-Parent IVF Technique

Is Mini-IVF the next breakthrough in fertility treatments?

JZ (8)Life certainly is full of coincidences!  I was just having a discussion with a colleague of my regarding a new, prestigious study that came out comparing MINI-IVF™ and Conventional IVF Techniques.  Our discussion was centered around SART’s inclusion of MINI-IVF™ as a mainstream, reportable technique.  This is great news, and FOX picked the story up too, so you can read along here.

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3-Parent IVF: A Big Leap for Humankind

JZ (9)This morning, I was reading about Darwin’s Theory of evolution.  Even in the 1800’s people knew that the world we live in is ever-changing.  While you may not see it on a daily basis, evolution is constantly taking place.  I relate to this from a reproductive and molecular level and offer my thoughts on the BioNews article which stirs up questions about the readiness of and application of 3-Parent IVF.

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How Many Embryos Get Transferred During an IVF Cycle?

JZ (7)Fertility treatment is filled with a number of decisions. Decisions about protocols during IVF are crucial. Specifically, decisions about medication dosage and the number of embryos transferred are of utmost priority.This is something that many patients struggle with. There is a widely held belief that transferring multiple eggs results in a higher chance of becoming pregnant.

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Should Women Be Freezing Their Ovarian Tissue?

young-woman-in-hippie-style-sitting-on-riverbank-and-looking-at-viewToday, it’s common for women to delay having children until they’re older. This happens for a variety of reasons – from health concerns to wanting to pursue personal goals before starting a family. Regardless of the reason, it is a smart idea to consider fertility preservation including ovarian tissue freezing. While it is socially acceptable to start a family later in life, biologically, women are best equipped to do so before age 35.

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Will Using Electronics Lower Your Sperm Count?

JZ (6)Personal electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and e-readers are becoming a growing part of everyday life. People have information available at their fingertips, never realizing that their electronics may be negatively impacting their fertility. Men, in particular, should be careful when using electronic devices.

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Can You Maintain Fertility While Be Treated For Leukemia?

young-woman-relaxing-at-home-and-reading-a-bookReceiving a leukemia diagnosis is one of the most trying things an individual can experience. Treatment for leukemia often involves chemotherapy and radiation. While both of these treatment methods are effective, they also have the potential to substantially reduce or even eliminate the chance of a woman starting a family in the future.

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What is mDNA and Egg Augmentation?

JZ (5)The field of fertility medicine is ever evolving. Every day, researchers and physicians work to identify new ways of improving fertility treatment in order to help couples achieve their dream of starting a family. Egg augmentation is one of the newest ways of improving the success of fertility treatment for a group of women who have long been the hardest to treat.

Read more: What is mDNA and Egg Augmentation?