How Dr. Zhang Promotes National Infertility Awareness Week

2015-2The last full week of April – the 21st through 29th – is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) sponsored by the National Infertility Association (RESOLVE). This week of infertility awareness movement is scheduled just before Mother’s Day upcoming in May. This is with the hope of alleviating distress for women who have been unable to get pregnant.

National Infertility Awareness Week

The movement’s objective is to bring awareness to the crisis infertility and support those suffering from the disease. Infertility is indiscriminate. Every race, religion, sexuality, and economic class is impacted by infertility. NIAW’s mission is to educate the public about the impact of infertility on society. The movement’s goal is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility and reduce the shame suffered by those who are unable to conceive a child.

Infertility Crisis in the U.S.

NIAW’s goal through this awareness movement is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility. Infertility is a challenge facing American women. Infertility needs more attention and awareness from society, as well as the government.

Insurance and the Infertility Crisis

The movement lets lawmakers know about the infertility crisis and why insurance should cover treatment costs. Insurance coverage for infertility is only available in 15 out of the 50 states in America. This is because many lawmakers erroneously believe that including fertility treatments would raise the cost of insurance for everyone.

Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:

  • Reduce cost of IVF
  • Encourage customized treatment
  • Encourage holistic treatment
  • Reduce the high cost of multiple births associated with transferring more than one embryo during an IVF cycle

National Infertility Awareness Week

RESOLVE has set the last week of April aside to provide a time for those suffering from infertility to seek support from their friends and families.

  • Raise awareness about infertility
  • Encourage grassroots advocacy
  • Help couples cope with infertility
  • Reduce shame about infertility

Infertility is a misunderstood medical condition – it impacts men and women of all ages.

What can you do to raise awareness about infertility?,/h3>

The NIAW toolkit gives you the resources you will need to acknowledge this movement.

  • Launching a fertility blog to share your infertility story – and the story of others
  • Throw a local infertility awareness event infertility awareness event in your neighborhood.
  • Writing a letter to your congressional representative about your infertility experience and why insurance should cover the cost of treating the disease
  • Volunteering with your local RESOLVE chapter
  • Share about National Infertility Awareness Week on your Facebook wall
  • Tweet about infertility awareness on Twitter

Other Fertility Awareness Movements

Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month: January
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
  • National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
  • World Infertility Awareness Month: June
  • Men’s Health Month: June
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month: September
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15th

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Parenting Magazine Quotes Dr. Zhang About the Benefits of Egg Freezing

The younger your eggs are when trying to conceive, the better chance you will have of getting pregnant. – Dr. John Zhang as quoted in Parenting. If you know that one day you would like to become a mother, but feel that now is just not the time, we recommend freezing your eggs. No longer do women have to be cornered into motherhood by their biological clock. You can put your maternal instinct on hold by taking advantage of egg freezing – also known as oocyte cryopreservation – in conjunction with IVF. Today’s smart women are planning for the future when it comes to her aging eggs.

Egg Freezing Trend

When you are ready for motherhood, it only takes one good egg and a healthy sperm! More and more women are postponing motherhood past their prime childbearing years. You can join the force of women who are growing more confident in their ability to give birth to a biological child in the future – without fear of maternal aging. Read an amazing story in Harper’s Bazaar that features how our Division of Fertility Preservation has played a major role in informing women of their future family planning options.

Aging and the Quality of Eggs

The natural aging process has a dramatic effect on the quality of a woman’s eggs. A woman in her prime reproductive years (early 20s and early 30s) has the option of freezing her eggs to preserve her future fertility into her advanced reproductive years (mid-30s and early 40s + beyond):

  • Today’s modern women who are focused on their education and career opportunities
  • Women whose circumstances in life are not presently conducive to rearing children
  • Women who have not be able to find their life partner
  • Women who are facing cancer treatment – chemo or radiation – that could damage the quality of their eggs and/or destroy their ovarian function by sending them into premature menopause
  • Women who are undergoing IVF and are likely to produce excessive eggs, but have ethical or religious concerns over freezing embryos

Egg Freezing Process

Egg freezing is accomplished through a fresh IVF cycle, stopping short of fertilization with sperm in vitro.

  • A woman’s ovaries are stimulated by using fertility drugs to produce several egg follicles
  • The eggs are surgically retrieved from the woman’s ovaries and sent to the lab for cryopreservation preparation
  • The preparation and freezing of the eggs for preservation is performed through a process known as vitrification
  • The rapid-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to freeze eggs quickly so that damaging ice crystals do not form between cells

Customized IVF Treatment

Because every patient’s personal, medical, and financial needs are different, we offer customized IVF treatment.

Our experience designing customized protocols provide a variety of successful IVF treatment protocols for you to choose from. We offer the highest quality care timed precisely around your body’s optimal state of performance.

Future Pregnancy

When she is ready to start building her family, the egg freezing process continues.

  • The frozen eggs are thawed and fertilized in vitro by injecting a sperm cell into a single egg – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • The resulting embryos are cultured in vitro for up to 5 days (blastocyst stage)
  • A predetermined number of quality embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus for implantation into her uterine lining to achieve pregnancy

Genetic Testing and Gender Selection

Many of our patients opt to have their embryos undergo genetic testing prior to transfer.

Resulting embryos are cultured to a blastocyst stage (5 days) and then are re-evaluated by our embryologists to ensure good health. PGS/NGS identifies chromosomal abnormalities and identifies the gender of each embryo.

High Tech IVF Laboratory

Our goal is to maximize every patient’s chances of having a successful pregnancy. At New Hope Fertility Center, we offer the latest:

  • IVF technology
  • IVF ingenuity
  • IVF customization

Our IVF laboratory is comprised of a powerful air filtration system to facilitate the best conditions for success of procedures and research. We have one of the largest and most powerful air filtration systems in the world. This quality air filtration system provides optimal clean air pressure in every laboratory process.

World Renowned Egg Freezing Expertise

Pregnancy success rates using a woman’s egg that has been cryopreserved are comparable to success rates using a fresh egg. Continually increasing IVF Pregnancy Success Rates requires all-encompassing fertility care.

It is important to work with a fertility specialist having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized egg freezing plan meeting your personal and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Dr. Zhang Explains How Extreme Weather Causes Stress in Pregnant Women

b1a27922-e509-4fbf-b306-a3ebf3137abfClimate change is a growing concern in the wake of severe storms, floods, and wildfires. These extreme weather conditions may cause pregnant mothers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. New research has shown that extreme weather worsens depression in pregnant women and leaves them more anxious and distressed.

Pregnant Women and Stress

Pregnant women already suffering from depression are more inclined to pass on trauma from an extreme weather experience to their unborn babies. Studies have shown that climate change presents an exponentially greater danger for children born to mothers suffering from prenatal depression (Infant Mental Health Journal as cited by Popular Science). Prenatal depression increases the risk for infants to suffer distress.

Stress can negatively affect your ability to get pregnant. You must be proactive in combatting the stress brought on by infertility. Become well-informed about how to alleviate your stress. Prepare – Relax – Breathe.

Stress Reducing Tools

Decreasing stress by using proven tools will increase blood flow to reproductive organs – improving fertility.

Stress and a Woman’s Fertility

A woman my not ovulate and be prone to skipping periods if she is suffering from a lot of stress and lack of sleep. This makes it difficult to conceive a baby. Stress works at the level of the hypothalamus – the area of the brain controlling a woman’s monthly cycle. Stress can also prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterus.

Stress and a Man’s Fertility

Reducing stress is also an important aspect to promoting a man’s fertility.

  • Stress adversely impacts a man’s sexual function
  • Stress adversely affects a man’s sperm quality

Identifying and Decreasing Stressors

The amount of stress a woman experiences while undergoing fertility treatment may be determinative of her pregnancy success or failure. Research has shown that high levels of stress adversely affects a woman’s ability to conceive.

Identifying, decreasing, and eventually eliminating key stressors in your life will definitely help to promote fertility.

  • Identify stressors
  • Modify stressors
  • Eliminate stressors

An increase in fertility for many couples can be attributed to:

  • Relaxation
  • Positivity
  • Improved diet
  • Overall increase in quality of lifestyle

Coping With Infertility

Studies have shown that women undergoing IVF with high anxiety had fewer eggs retrieved and fewer embryos implanting successfully. Stress has been linked to an egg’s ability to be fertilized and an embryo’s ability to implant in a woman’s uterine lining. Lessening stress levels will help to increased pregnancy success rates.

Other Helpful Stress Management Tools

  • Avoid taking on new responsibilities
  • Journal your thoughts and concerns
  • Get more quality sleep
  • Experience intimacy without sex
  • Have sex for fun and not just baby making
  • Seek help from a therapist or joint a support group

Caring and Compassionate Fertility Doctor

A caring and compassionate fertility doctor will help you to proactively cope with stress before, during and after treatment. Fertility treatment no longer has to be a huge source of stress.

It is important to work with fertility specialist having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Dr. Zhang Promotes National Infertility Awareness Month in April

34073053 - woman making announcement with megaphoneApril 2019 is National Infertility Month (NIAW) sponsored by the National Infertility Association (RESOLVE). This month of infertility awareness is purposely set to occur before Mother’s Day upcoming in May. Infertility Awareness may alleviate some of the distress for women who have been unable to get pregnant.

National Infertility Awareness Month

The movement’s objective is to bring awareness to the crisis infertility and support those suffering from the disease. Infertility is indiscriminate. Every race, religion, sexuality, and economic class is impacted by infertility. NIAW’s mission is to educate the public about the impact of infertility on society. The movement’s goal is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility and reduce the shame suffered by those who are unable to conceive a child.

Infertility Crisis in the U.S.

NIAW’s goal through this awareness movement is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility. Infertility is a challenge facing American women. Infertility needs more attention and awareness from society, as well as the government.

Insurance and the Infertility Crisis

The movement lets lawmakers know about the infertility crisis and why insurance should cover treatment costs. Insurance coverage for infertility is only available in 15 out of the 50 states in America. This is because many lawmakers erroneously believe that including fertility treatments would raise the cost of insurance for everyone.

Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:

  • Reduce cost of IVF
  • Encourage customized treatment
  • Encourage holistic treatment
  • Reduce the high cost of multiple births associated with transferring more than one embryo during an IVF cycle

National Infertility Awareness Month

RESOLVE has set the last week of April aside to provide a time for those suffering from infertility to seek support from their friends and families.

  • Raise awareness about infertility
  • Encourage grassroots advocacy
  • Help couples cope with infertility
  • Reduce shame about infertility

Infertility is a misunderstood medical condition – it impacts men and women of all ages.

What can you do to raise awareness about infertility?

The NIAW toolkit gives you the resources you will need to acknowledge this movement.

  • Launching a fertility blog to share your infertility story – and the story of others
  • Throw a local infertility awareness event infertility awareness event in your neighborhood.
  • Writing a letter to your congressional representative about your infertility experience and why insurance should cover the cost of treating the disease
  • Volunteering with your local RESOLVE chapter
  • Share about National Infertility Awareness Week on your Facebook wall
  • Tweet about infertility awareness on Twitter

Other Fertility Awareness Movements

Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month: January
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
  • National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
  • World Infertility Awareness Month: June
  • Men’s Health Month: June
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month: September
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15th

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Where to Find First Class Mini-IVF™ Technology

Only a fertility doctor using with first class Mini-IVF™ technology provides simple, convenient, and patient-friendly treatment protocols. Why is this important? A woman’s body no longer needs to be forced into producing multiple eggs to achieve a successful IVF pregnancy. Bottom Line: Using a first class Mini-IVF™ protocol reduces the patient’s discomfort and cost per cycle.

First Class Mini-IVF™ Protocol

The Mini-IVF protocol prescribes lower dosages of fertility medications so that a woman only produces 3 to 5 high quality eggs. With a Mini-IVF™ protocol, the patient’s physical discomfort is lessened because her body is not forced into producing the 10 to 15 eggs typically reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.

  • A fertility medication regimen to produce 3 to 5 quality eggs
  • Cycle monitoring through ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Surgical egg retrieval
  • Fertilization of egg and sperm in vitro via (ICSI)
  • Culture and monitoring of embryo(s) via EmbryoScope technology
  • Grading and selection of quality embryo(s) for fresh transfer and/or future (FET)
  • Single Embryo Transfer (SET)

First Class IVF Technology

First Class IVF Technology, ingenuity, and standards set New Hope Fertility Center apart from all other fertility clinics – worldwide. Look: Our patients are our first priority and we strive to provide stellar IVF treatment through a customized, evidence-based approach. Bottom Line: We have designed a cutting-edge environment with the specific goal of maximizing every patient’s chances of having a baby.

Through our new IVF technology, ingenuity, and high standards of care, every patient receives superior IVF treatment.

  • Cutting-Edge IVF Laboratory
  • Powerful Air Filtration System
  • Controlled and Uncontaminated Environment

That’s not the best part. Our IVF laboratory is designed with a powerful air filtration system supporting the success of our intricate procedures and research. Why is this important? This controlled air system facilitates an uncontaminated environment.

  • Highest Medical Standards in the Industry
  • Highest Scientific Standards in the Industry
  • Highest Academic Standards in the Industry
  • Highest Research Standards in the Industry

New IVF Technology Air Filtration

New Hope Fertility Center boasts one of the largest and most powerful laboratory air filtration systems in the world. Having both cooling and purification air filtration systems, our lab facility provides optimal clean air pressure for the performance of intricate IVF technology.

  • Outside air is taken into the filtration system
  • Air is guided along an insulated path toward a main air handling system
  • Air is funneled into an initial triple-filter process to remove the bulk of impurities
  • Air is passed to a custom-designed quad-filtration system
  • The power of a 737 jet engine is then harnessed to completely purify the air and cool it to an optimal temperature
  • Optimally temperate and pure air is released to circulate throughout the entire IVF laboratory

Pregnancy Success Rates

Yearly ART data on IVF success rates is a rich source of information for potential IVF patients. This data gives patients an idea of their average chances of pregnancy success through IVF. At New Hope Fertility Center, IVF success rates vary in the context of patient and treatment characteristics:

First Class IVF Treatment Based on Patient Reviews

Only a first class IVF clinic will accumulate and post online the unlimited patient success stories from their patients. At New Hope Fertility Center, we strive to maintain our position as a first class IVF clinic by producing high pregnancy success rates. Our reputation as a first class IVF clinic, has earned us the status of being a renowned leader in IVF globally.

  • High IVF pregnancy success rates
  • Holistic IVF protocols
  • Customized IVF treatment plans
  • Reduced dosages of fertility medications
  • Reduced patient physical stress
  • Reduced patient emotional stress
  • Reduced patient financial stress

At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome difficult patients – those previously diagnosed by other fertility specialists as hopelessly infertile.

  • No age restriction
  • No FSH level requirement
  • No requirement to produce multiple eggs per cycle
  • No sexual orientation discrimination

First Class IVF Technology

It is important to work with an IVF expert having the cutting-edge technology and expertise to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Discover the Benefits of Yoga for Infertility

Yoga GroupYou can receive support and nurturing from yoga for infertility during your upcoming treatment. When you are investing significant amounts of time, money, and emotion into an IVF cycle, you want to do everything you can to make it successful. There are a myriad of benefits from yoga. Low impact yoga can significantly increase conception success rates in women undergoing IVF treatment. It can’t be emphasized enough: Always begin with a moderate yoga regimen – not high intensity exercise – and always get pre-approval from your fertility specialist. Look: Too much high-intensity yoga or other exercise has been shown to hinder successful IVF pregnancy outcomes.

Yoga for Infertility

Whether there is a clear medical reason – or when infertility is unexplained – life under the weight of IVF treatment can be an extreme struggle. Don’t despair. During IVF treatment, yoga is a magnificent and holistic way to prepare one’s body for pregnancy and birth. The best part? As a pregnancy enhancement tool, yoga is proven to reduce stress, balance hormones, and revamp one’s whole wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Benefits of IVF Yoga

Yoga during an IVF cycle combines mindful meditation with physical movement. Physical activity prepares the body for undergoing the challenges of an IVF cycle. Yoga prepares the body for pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress
  • Balances hormones
  • Balances body, mind, spirit
  • Reduces BMI

Yoga in conjunction with IVF will:

  • Elicit a relaxation response in your body to reduce chronic stress
  • Counteract harmful stress hormones
  • Direct blood flow

Creative yoga sequences are specifically designed to:

  • Center attention on breathing
  • Center attention on relaxing the mind and body

Customized IVF Treatment

Because every patient’s personal, medical, and financial needs are different, we offer customized IVF treatment.

We offer the highest quality care timed precisely around your body’s optimal state of performance.

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  • Women with extremely damaged Fallopian tubes
  • Couples suffering from male-factor infertility
  • Couples suffering from idiopathic – unexplained – infertility
  • Women suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss – more than two miscarriages
  • LGBTQ couples using donor eggs and/or sperm

At New Hope Fertility Center, every one of our patients is provided with a unique IVF protocol. Our array of IVF protocols are specially designed to provide the highest standard of IVF care at the most optimal times for each patient’s body. We welcome difficult cases, regardless of the potential adverse effect on our IVF pregnancy success rates.

Supportive and Nurturing Yoga

You will discover a love for restorative or Yin style yoga practices that will nourish your mind and body while alleviating the stress associated with IVF treatment.

Warning: Avoid practicing high-intensity yoga, such as:

  • Ashtanga
  • Power
  • Vinyasa
  • Hot Yoga

Yoga is easily adaptable to your lifestyle choices. If you have been practicing high intensity yoga methods – pump your brakes and adapt to a more moderate routine.

Remember: Your body will be working hard to produce healthy eggs and make a baby.

  • Soft Yoga Routine
  • Medium to Low Intensity
  • Nourishing Yoga Routine

Yoga Leading Up To IVF Treatment

In the months leading up to the beginning of your IVF cycle, scale back high intensity yoga practice with a more gentle and less forceful routine.

Avoid:

  • All twisting postures
  • All inversions
  • All postures requiring jumping
  • All postures requiring unstable movements
  • All intense forward bending
  • All intense backward bending

Goals leading up to the beginning of your IVF cycle:

  • Reduce the amount you sweat
  • Breathe steady and evenly – practice pranayama
  • Become in tune with your egg growth and ovulation

Yoga for Infertility

Once you have started your treatment cycle, make sure you are practicing a very gentle pregnancy-appropriate yoga.

For self-control, include:

  • Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Soft pranayama
  • Mindfulness

To honor the intensity of yoga, maintain a ritual afterward:

  • Sip a cup of tea
  • Enjoy a healthy juice
  • Indulge in some quiet time

Egg Retrieval

On the morning of your surgical egg retrieval, allow time for meditation or pranayama.

Embryo Transfer

Practice meditation or pranayama on the morning of your embryo transfer. Then, refrain from any physical yoga in the days following.

Yoga and Customized IVF Care

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized fertility treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Discover the Benefits of Fertility Counseling During Treatment

Crying woman with husbandYou have invested large financial resources in your fertility treatment plan. Look: To secure your investment, it is important to do everything you can to make sure you are successful. Bottom Line: Being proactive with your mental and emotional health care is key to making sure you are doing everything you can to be successful in getting pregnant.

Fertility Counseling

Professional In-House Fertility Counseling with Allison Rosen Ph.D. is recommended by the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center. That’s not all: We are dedicated to promoting how patients can increase their chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy through genetic testing in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Introducing In-House Fertility Clinical Psychologist, Allison Rosen, PhD

As an experience clinical psychologist specializing in infertility, Dr. Allison Rosen has helped hundreds of couples cope during their struggle to have a baby.

  • Experienced Clinical Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Author
  • Educator

Through individual, couple, and group counseling, the Doctor addresses the many challenges of dealing with infertility including:

  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Couple Conflict and Coping
  • Complex Decisions Involved in Family Building Through Donor Egg or Sperm
  • Parenting After Infertility

Education of Dr. Rosen

  • A. – University of California – Graduated Summa cum Laude and Honored as most outstanding student in the college of science
  • Master’s Degree and Ph.D – Michigan State University
  • Certificate of Psychoanalysis – William Alanson White Institute

Reducing Pregnancy Loss through Genetic Testing,/h3>

Today’s Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) helps to increase the healthy birth rates of babies through genetic testing. This is because only the healthiest embryos are transferred for implantation during a fresh IVF cycle and/or Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). Genetic testing helps to reduce the number of cycles required to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

PGS is the testing of an embryo’s overall chromosomal normalcy prior to being transferred to the patient’s uterus in conjunction with IVF. PGS detects chromosomal deficiencies – aneuploidy – an extra or missing chromosome in an embryo.

PGS Increases Pregnancy Success Rates Up To 30%

PGS dramatically increases a woman’s chance of conception. Only the healthiest embryo(s) are transferred. Embryo biopsy and screening can increase a patient’s chance of a successful pregnancy by up to 30 percent.

Candidates for Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

Because advanced maternal age (over 35) adversely affects the quality of a woman’s eggs – oocytes – resulting in chromosomal abnormalities, New Hope Fertility NYC recommends PGS in conjunction with IVF to patients over the age of 35.

Other Candidates for PGS

  • Women having a history of recurrent miscarriages (2 or more)
  • Women having failed IVF cycles
  • Gender Selection – Family Balancing

PGS Detects Low Quality Embryos

By extracting a cell from an embryo and analyzing it, poor quality embryos are detected. Biopsy of this cell will not damage the embryo.

Low quality embryos result in:

  • Low pregnancy success rates
  • High miscarriage rates
  • High chance for birth defects

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

NGS is a new method of PGS. NGS is the latest genetic screening test for primary candidates undergoing IVF. NGS is used for comprehensive chromosome testing of embryos created through IVF. NGS is on the horizon to replacing PGS because of the procedure’s lower cost and reduced errors.

NGS allows embryologists to screen for defects on the chromosomal level with higher accuracy and more detail than ever before. PGS results are comprehensive and a higher resolution than any other genetic testing method because it detects more translocations.

NGS is also helpful for those couples wanting to plan their family through gender selection.

Celebrated Fertility Clinic Offering Fertility Counseling

It is important to work with a fertility counselor in the New Year if you are struggling to get pregnant. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Allison Rosen at New Hope Fertility Center call 917.525.5496.

National Nutrition Month in March 2019

27878469 - lifestyle  cute, attractive woman during yoga exercise2019’s National Nutrition Month in March is a campaign focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Discover resources at from eatright.org. Look: Our fertility specialists encourage healthy nutrition year-round for patients who are preparing for pregnancy. Establishing nutritious eating habits prior to getting pregnant will help you achieve and maintain a successful pregnancy. Bottom Line: The birth of a healthy baby!

National Nutrition Month

Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is movement to increase awareness about the importance of:

·         Making informed food choices

·         Developing sound eating habits

·         Establishing good physical activity routines

Nutrition to Boost Fertility

Your level of fertility is greatly increased with healthy diet and body mass index (BMI). Don’t wait until you are pregnant to get serious about a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle choices will greatly boost your fertility.

A healthy diet and lifestyle before pregnancy will solidify your habits during pregnancy. It is very important to take advantage of the natural resources and tools available to help enhance the fertility treatment and pregnancy experience.

The DASH Diet

The DASH Diet also earned the Best Diet for Healthy Eating category in the comparison study conducted by US News and World Report. The DASH Diet was developed with the goal of lowering blood pressure. More good news: A 12 week study of women on the DASH Diet by Kashan University of Medical Sciences resulted decreased anti-Mullerian hormone. The women studied were suffering from PCOS and high BMI – obesity. The findings of the study show that the DASH Diet improves metabolic profile, BMI in PCOS.

DASH recommends:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Whole grains

DASH is rich in:

  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Protein

The DASH Diet emphasizes:

  • Portion size
  • Eating a variety of foods
  • Getting the right amount of nutrients

The DASH Diet contains the same components of a regular low-calorie diet.

  • 52% to 55% carbohydrates
  • 16% to 18% protein
  • 30% total fats

The DASH Diet is:

  • Low in Saturated Fats
  • Low in Cholesterol
  • Low in Refined Grains
  • Low in Sweets

Maintain a Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)

A healthy body weight and diet is essential to increasing your chances of becoming pregnant. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. A BMI of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above 24 or below 19 may be hindering your chances of ovulation and conception. Fertility Diet Tips

Women eating diets high in transfats (trans fatty acids), animal proteins, and carbohydrates are more likely to suffer from an ovulatory disorder. Switch your protein sources by replacing the beef, port, or chicken you eat with vegetable protein sources. Vegetable protein sources include beans and nuts. Making this change can reduce a woman’s risk of ovulatory disorders by more than 50 percent.

Include high-fat dairy in high dosages. Avoid eating low-fat dairy products as these may increase your risk of an ovulatory disorder. Replace at least one low-fat dairy serving of dairy with a high-fat serving. For instance, replace low-fat ice cream with one glass of whole milk.

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized fertility treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

National Endometriosis Awareness Month of March 2019

Endometriosis AwarenessInfertility is a classic and devastating symptom of endometriosis. National Endometriosis Awareness Month in 2019 is a movement to increase knowledge about this leading cause of female infertility. Every March, a movement for awareness about endometriosis takes place worldwide. The aim of the movement is to increase awareness and highlight the symptoms of this debilitating condition that affects the fertility of an estimated 176 million women worldwide – 1 in 10 women. Endometriosis has a devastating effect on the quality of life of sufferers due to painful symptoms and infertility.

National Endometriosis Awareness Month

  • 60 percent of women suffering from endometriosis have no symptoms other than the inability to conceive naturally.
  • An estimated 6.5 million women in the U.S. – and 200 million globally – are affected by endometriosis
  • The most common symptom of endometriosis is painful periods
  • Endometriosis often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed for years because women and teenage girls believe painful periods are normal – this myth must be denounced

Avid Promoter of Endometriosis Awareness

The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center are avid promoters of Endometriosis Awareness, with the specific goals of:

  • Promoting a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis as a real and debilitating disease
  • Highlighting the consequences of living with endometriosis for the women suffering from it
  • Creating a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis among the medical profession, employment sector, and society in general
  • Seeking a best practice and consistent care and treatment for women suffering from endometriosis
  • Providing an opportunity for those whose live have been affected by endometriosis to play a key role in helping make a difference

Endometriosis Awareness

Endometriosis affects a woman’s reproductive and surrounding organs when uterine lining tissue (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of her body.

  • Abdominal cavity and pelvis
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes and supporting ligaments

This errant tissue is generated by hormones creating endometrial cells. The disease causes adhesions (scar tissue), lesions, and blood-filled cysts. Endometrial cells appearing in abnormal locations cause endometriosis. When these errant endometrial cells grow and then sluff off, there is no escape outlet from the body, and internal bleeding leads to:

  • Inflammation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Formation of scar tissue (adhesions)

Symptoms of Endometriosis

Infertility is a classic and devastating symptom of endometriosis. Other pelvic pain symptoms:

  • Pain in the lower abdomen and/or lower back that can radiate to the legs
  • Pain before and during periods
  • Mid-cycle pain as a woman’s monthly egg ruptures through the ovary (ovulation pain – Mittelschmerz)
  • Lengthy and heavily bleeding periods, with or without clots
  • Irregular periods with spotting before period begins
  • Fatigue and/or depression

Infertility Caused by Endometriosis

Women with endometriosis are three to four times less likely to conceive or maintain a pregnancy. Endometriosis causes infertility in several different ways.

  • Anatomical pelvic/tubal adhesions – tubal infertility
  • Diminished ovarian reserve – reduced egg supply
  • Toxic pelvic peritoneal factors – toxic pelvic environment
  • Autoimmune implantation dysfunction – embryo implantation failure

Diagnosing and Treating Endometriosis

The suspicion of endometriosis usually begins based on a woman’s symptoms and is followed up with blood and ultrasound testing to detect ovarian cysts. Laparoscopy is the definitive method of accurately diagnosis endometriosis and determining its severity.

  • Endometriosis is usually treated by prescribing anti-hormonal drugs with the purpose of blocking estrogen production and shrinking lesions
  • When medications fail, lesions are can be removed through laparoscopic surgery

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized fertility treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

Dr. Zhang Explains How Needle-Free IVF Works

42109089 - asian couple and babyOur innovative Needle-Free IVF protocol does not require injections or blood draws. Look: The patient’s ovaries are stimulated into producing multiple egg follicles through the use of oral fertility medications. That’s not all. Hormone levels are measured through urine and saliva tests. This holistic IVF protocol eliminates the fear, pain, and anxiety many patients experience with injections and blood draws. Needle-Free IVF also lowers the patient’s cost of fertility medications.

Needle-Free IVF is New – Simple – Pain Free – Convenient

  • No shots
  • No needles
  • No blood draws

Needle-Free IVF Benefits

Through Needle-Free IVF, patients are treated in a less-invasive manner.

  • No shots
  • No needles
  • No injections
  • No blood draws

Needle-Free IVF Protocol

How is Needle-Free IVF patient-friendly?

  • Improves patient safety
  • Improves patient compliance with medication regimen
  • Reduces possibility of error in medication administration
  • Eliminates the risk of accidental needle sticks

Needle-Free IVF Fertility Medications

Depending on the woman’s medical needs, an oral fertility medication – typically Clomid and/or Letrozole– are prescribed to gently stimulate her ovaries into producing multiple eggs. Synarel is administered nasally for 3 days at the beginning of the cycle and then again 36 hours prior to surgical egg retrieval to trigger ovulation.

  • Clomid and/or Femara to stimulate egg production
  • Synarel to trigger ovulation
  • Oral progesterone tablets
  • Vaginal progesterone suppositories

Compared to the Mini-IVF Protocol

In Very Well Family (8/20/18) – Dr. John Zhang explains that producing too many eggs with large doses of injectable fertility drugs can backfire and cause medical problems, such as PCOS. Look: Our Mini-IVF protocol is a simple, convenient, and patient-friendly fertility treatment protocol calling for a minimal amount of stimulating fertility medication injections to produce 3 to eggs. Bottom Line: A woman’s body no longer needs to be forced into producing multiple eggs to achieve a successful IVF pregnancy.

Compared to Conventional IVF Protocol

A Conventional IVF protocol calls for daily injections of hormone medications to produce multiple egg follicles – 10 – 15 one cycle. These egg are retrieved surgically and then fertilized in vitro for transfer to the woman’s uterus. Excess quality embryos may be cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures.

strong>One Good Egg Policy

Customized IVF care is the best. Remember: It only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to make a baby. Our focus is to help you produce good quality eggs during a fresh IVF cycle – not a high quantity of eggs using large doses of injectable fertility medications.  This policy is perfectly suited for our new Needle-Free IVF protocol.

Difficult Patients Welcome

Women diagnosed as difficult or hopelessly infertile by other fertility clinics are welcomed at New Hope Fertility Center. The best part? Because of our One Good Egg Policy, we happily accept candidates for IVF that other fertility clinics decline to treat and have proven success where others failed to even try.

Egg Collection Results and Success Rates

Our Needle-Free IVF protocol has resulted in comparable egg collection results as that of the Conventional IVF protocol. We are – on average – able to retrieve at least 10 eggs from patients who have undergone our Needle-Free IVF protocol. These results are reassuringly comparable with other IVF protocols in terms of number of eggs collected and pregnancy success rates.

High Tech IVF Laboratory

Our goal is to maximize every patient’s chances of having a successful pregnancy. At New Hope Fertility Center, we offer the latest:

  • IVF technology
  • IVF ingenuity
  • IVF customization

Our IVF laboratory is comprised of a powerful air filtration system to facilitate the best conditions for success of procedures and research. We have one of the largest and most powerful air filtration systems in the world. Bottom Line: This quality air filtration system provides optimal clean air pressure in every laboratory process.

Celebrated Needle-Free IVF Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized IVF treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.