Latest News on Three-Parent IVF

family-standing-on-pier-and-looking-at-sea-at-sunsetWell, today has certainly been an interesting day and I thought it would be great to share some of the fantastic news with you, my dear friends, colleagues, and patients.

I was reading an article recently in some tech magazine, or the like–I really cannot remember.  And the focus was on human invention.  The claim is that since the creation of the internet, mankind has had very few redefining creations (carefully excluding the personal and mobile technologies).  Over the past hundred years, we have done some really great things, like creation of penicillin and going to the moon, creating the wheel, discovering fire.  But as time progresses, according to the article, revolutionary ideas have slowed.  They say that this is because the easy inventions have all been taken.  New, revolutionary ideas are becoming more and more complex and costly.  And this, to me is a rather bleak outlook.

In April we created the world’s first baby born from 3-Parent’s DNA.  In September and October the world tuned in to hear the breaking news.  And just today, the UK has passed legislation granting license to begin 3-parent treatments to prevent disease.

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How Autoimmune Disease Affects Fertility

jz-12There are many medical conditions that belong to a group of disorders known as autoimmune diseases. The immune system that is designed to protect a person against disease becomes misdirected and attacks itself. These disorders can impact every system in the body, including the reproductive system. Women are disproportionately impacted by autoimmune disease accounting for nearly three quarters of those suffering from these disorders.

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How To Prepare For A Winter Storm During Fertility Treatment

jz-11Effective and personalize fertility treatment is centered around the timing of a woman’s cycle. In order to get the timing right, monitoring is needed throughout the cycle. What happens when a woman is in the middle of a cycle and a winter storm hits? The New Hope Fertility Center fertility experts have all-encompassing strategies in place to address unexpected circumstances such as winter storms.Read more: How To Prepare For A Winter Storm During Fertility Treatment

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

Unhealthy Holiday Foods You Should Avoid

16216510942_76be383bbe_zThe holiday season is a time for spending time with family and eating traditional food. While the holidays are a great time for bonding while eating, you should take care to ensure that your holiday celebrations don’t sabotage your diet. This doesn’t mean you have to abstain from enjoying delicious holiday meals.Read more: Unhealthy Holiday Foods You Should Avoid

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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