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Dr. Meintjes’ Research on pH and Embryos Challenges 30-Year-Old Conventional Methodology

By Frisco Institute For Reproductive Medicine

Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine’s lab director presented his major study of how pH affects embryos in the IVF lab at the top European fertility conference

Dr. Meintjes presenting his findings at ESHRE.

Frisco, TX (July 6, 2016) – Dr. Marius Meintjes presented his latest research findings on the effects pH has on embryos during their stay in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab, challenging long-held norms published in medical textbooks and practiced in the field.

His findings caused quite a stir at the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference in Helsinki, Finland, and could change the way IVF labs operate. Dr. Meintjes’ work reflects Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine’s (FIRM’s) relentless work to improve patients’ success rates, challenging the status quo in the field to make such advancements.

Scientific Director Dr. Meintjes was chosen to present his study at this year’s ESHRE conference where less than half of submitted papers are accepted. At ESHRE he shared his research with more than 10,000 clinicians and embryologists from around the world who specialize in infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

The study Meintjes presented challenges the conventional text-book methodology that suggests that a stage-dependent shift in pH around the embryo is much more important than just absolute pH itself. In other words, it is the pH change, and the timing of that change that is important, not the absolute pH value as previously thought.

These findings can influence embryologists around the world to change the way embryos of infertile couples are cultured in vitro. This will help patients have the highest chance at a successful pregnancy.

More research and publication in this area is expected.


About Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine

High pregnancy success rates rely on advanced technologies in IVF, ICSI and PGD. Our world-class IVF laboratory and reproductive surgery center at Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine provide patients with any diagnosis the best opportunity to start a family. We serve Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We believe that to be leaders in Texas IVF, our infertility treatments should be no more complex or expensive than necessary for a reasonable likelihood of success.