It is my distinct pleasure to be invited to partake in two panels at this year’s Fortune Brainstorm Health Conference in San Diego, CA. They focus on the biggest and brightest ideas in the digital healthcare revolution. I am privileged to sit with titans of health care, tech, telecom, and investment arenas to debate recent breakthroughs like our 3-Parent IVF technology and what impacts they may have moving forward.
A big congratulations goes out from all of us at New Hope Fertility Center in New York to Serena Williams on her pregnancy announcement! A lot of public questions are being raised about her being pregnant and winning The US Open. But we are saying, don’t worry about it!
Even bad news has good lessons, and we are still hearing about United Airlines in the News.
It reminds us all to look at our practices and company interactions. Dr. Zhang asks in the morning meeting, “are we going to be a 2nd United Airline?” The answer is NO. United Airlines is employee centric, profit centric, and protocol centric. They are seemingly inflexible at the ground level, which, arguably is the most important place. And to be sure, a great company is made up of happy employees with good margins and a strong foundation of how things are done.
As the year comes to an end, Dr. John Zhang have the following message to everyone:
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.
Fertility struggles are among the hardest things a couple will have to deal with. Navigating treatment options can be difficult, especially when you’re not sure what treatment types are available. Selecting the right fertility doctor can help make this process easier and can increase the likelihood that you’ll become pregnant.
One of my latest published works is currently featured in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. It analyzes the effectiveness of medication used in Conventional IVF based on the number of eggs produced and the number of successful pregnancies. The study involved 250 participants from ages 18 to 38 undergoing their first IVF treatment.
In the middle of February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had issued guidelines for preventing the spread of the Zika virus. According to CDC, it is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika includes:Read more: Pregnancy and Zika Virus: Prevention and Guidelines
Congratulations – you have tested positive for pregnancy 14 days after your successful embryo transfer! In another 14 days, you will have a transvaginal ultrasound performed. If the doctor determines that the results are normal, you will undergo another follow-up ultrasound in one month. Through New Hope Fertility Center’s Customized Fertility Care, it is normal for you to undergo two vaginal ultrasounds in the beginning of your first trimester.
A woman’s biological clock is directly related to her ability to become pregnant and have children. Biologically, a woman is best equipped to become pregnant before age 35. After age 35, her natural fertility begins to decline. This means that while she still can become pregnant, the process to do so may take longer and may be more difficult. For many years, the biological clock was thought of as women’s issue. However, recent research indicates that men have biological clocks as well. A man’s biological clock can impact both his fertility levels and the health of the children he helps to produce.
As people age, their bodies begin to function differently – particularly in how hormones are produced in the body. As a man ages, he produces lower levels of the hormones required for semen production and fertility. Testosterone, DHEA, estrogen and FSH are all required for fertility and decline as a man ages. These declines can result in reduced sperm counts and higher percentages of abnormal sperm.
The results of the change in male fertility has several impacts. As a man gets older it will be more difficult to conceive naturally. Additionally, the trend with sperm quality and aging can also be seen during fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization. Furthermore, men who are older are more likely to have a child that is lost to miscarriage. This is true even if the child’s mother is young and has no other health issues. These findings stand in stark contrast with the widely held belief that male fertility is not impacted by age because men produce sperm on a daily basis.
Research indicates that there is a link between the age of a child’s father and the likelihood of developing birth defects. Specifically, having an older father raises the risk of having a child with autism. Due to these new findings, researchers are taking a hard look at birth defects that were thought of as resulting due to issues within the mother.
Living well is the most important thing a man can do to improve his fertility and the quality of his sperm. This includes eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly. Getting to a healthy weight and maintaining that weight is also key. Furthermore, annual physical exams help to discover issues before they become major problems, thus improving a man’s health and his ability to reproduce.
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