Why IVF Pregnancy Success Rates Increase With FETs

Embryo (3)IVF pregnancy success rates using a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) are higher than a fresh embryo transfer. Look: The patient’s body has the opportunity to wait until her uterine lining returns to an ideal state for embryo implantation. Freezing quality embryos after a fresh IVF cycle will increase a couple’s chance of conceiving in the future. This is not even the best part. Through embryo cryopreservation technology, couples can avoid the financial and physical strain of undergoing multiple fresh IVF cycles.

Benefits of the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Through FET, couples can try again – sooner than later – if their fresh IVF cycle fails. If the fresh IVF cycle is successful, the couple can undergo a FET at a time when they decide to have more children in the future.

Bonus Benefits of FET

  • Couples can plan their family through gender selection
  • Couples increase their chances for a healthy singleton pregnancy
  • Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years

Through world class laboratory technology, our pregnancy success rates through FET has increased substantially in recent years. That’s not all. Only high quality embryos are cryopreserve to be later transferred in future FET procedures. This success has made FETs an increasingly popular option to consider before considering a subsequent fresh IVF cycle. Bottom Line: With FET, couples can increase their chance of pregnancy per fresh egg retrieval and ultimately save money by avoiding the expense of another fresh IVF cycle.

Frozen Embryo Transfer Procedure

To begin the FET procedure, hormone medication is administered to suppress the woman’s pituitary gland and reduce the chances of unexpected ovulation. Estrogen acts to thicken and mature the uterine lining – like the natural estrogen produced by a developing egg follicle during a normal menstrual cycle.

During estrogen administration, monitoring of the uterine lining is required.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound for the doctor to evaluate the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Blood tests for the doctor to evaluate the level of estrogen in the blood

Double Benefit of FET: Monitoring for timing of transfer during a FET cycle is more flexible than in a fresh IVF cycle. The FET procedure is much less stressful on patients because the transfer date can be adjusted.

Progesterone is a medication administered in preparation for the FET to make the uterine lining receptive to the implantation of the embryo.

  • Progesterone matures the uterine lining
  • Progesterone creates a window of implantation in anticipation of a set FET date
  • Lupron injections are ceased upon the beginning of progesterone administration
  • Embryos are scheduled for thaw in the laboratory
  • FET is scheduled on a set date
  • Progesterone is continued daily to help prepare the patient’s uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg – the embryo
  • After the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is scheduled on a date prescribed by the doctor through a blood draw

Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years. Pregnancy success through FETs is determined by the quality of the frozen embryo.

Single Embryo Transfers

Our fertility specialists promote the practice of Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to reduce health risks associated with multiple pregnancies and births. Cryopreservation of surplus embryos for future FET procedures is encouraged by the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC – in lieu of repeated, expensive fresh IVF cycles.

Pioneering Vitrification Method of Freezing Embryos

The flash-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to ready fresh embryos rapidly for cryopreservation. Using the vitrification method, embryos freeze quickly and damaging ice crystals do not form between cells. We are leaders in embryo cryopreservation. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement the vitrification method of embryo freezing.

FET Expertise in NYC

It is important to work with a frozen embryo transfer expert having the clinical experience required to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 212.969.7422.

FREE Wine Cheese & Egg Freezing Social on December 12th!

34073053 - woman making announcement with megaphoneNext Thursday @ 6:30 p.m. – December 12th – you are invited to join our FREE egg freezing social hosted by Dr. Meir Olcha at 4 Columbus Circle – 3rd Floor – in NYC. You will discover everything you need to know about egg freezing. This social event is designed to present our cutting-edge egg freezing in conjunction with IVF. Why do we offer free egg freezing social events? Because every woman needs more information and realistic data about preserving her future ability to have biologically-related children.

Egg Freezing Informative Social Event

Our December 12th egg freezing social event will cover:

  • What is egg freezing?
  • How is egg freezing done?
  • How to choose the best IVF center to freeze your eggs.
  • How many eggs do you need to freeze?
  • What is the cost of egg freezing?
  • What should you know before deciding to freeze your eggs?

Egg Freezing Trend

Success rates for egg freezing have improved significantly in recent years. Women should be informed of their opportunity to freeze their eggs for social reason if they chose not to get pregnant within their prime reproductive years. These women should be aware that egg freezing does not guaranty a baby in the future.The Guardian

The latest data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority (HFEA) shows the following trends in egg freezing:

  • 32 percent of women freezing their eggs were under the age of 35
  • 62 percent of women freezing their eggs were under 38
  • 27 percent of women thawing their eggs for fertilization and implantation were over the age of 44

Egg Freezing Social Acceptance

Social egg freezing should be offered to single women approaching their mid-thirties. Improvements in egg freezing technologies mean a greater chance of egg-thawing survival today. Women should not be faced with childlessness because they cannot find the right partner – nor should they feel pressured into a relationship because of an aging ovarian reserve. – The Guardian

Social Event Financial Benefits

When you sign up for an egg freezing consultation, you will receive:

  • A free consultation worth $500 plus an ultrasound
  • 6 months of free oocyte (egg) cryopreservation valued at $600 or more
  • A medication discount from Ferring Pharmaceuticals for women who qualify

Affordable Egg Freezing in NYC

Your eggs don’t have to age – even if you do!

Egg Freezing is affordable at New Hope Fertility Center.

  • Free Egg Freezing Consultation
  • $3,500 Egg Freezing
  • Free Storage for 6 Months

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

Positive Pregnancy Success Rates

Pregnancy success rates using a woman’s egg that has been cryopreserved are comparable to success rates using a fresh egg.

Successfully increasing IVF Pregnancy Success Rates requires all-encompassing fertility care. At New Hope Fertility Center, we have comprised a team of World Class Fertility Specialists who are committed to working in tandem to bring every patient tomorrow’s cutting edge IVF treatment – today.

Egg Freezing Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor 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 212.969.7422.

NICS Genetic Testing Increases IVF & FET Pregnancy Success Rates

scientist  dropping chemical liquid to flask with lab glasswareNon-Invasive Chromosomal Screening (NICS) is an innovative and non-invasive genetic testing method used to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos culturing in vitro. NICS increases IVF and FET pregnancy success rates by up to 30%. NICS is an in vitro evaluation of the efficacy of a single-embryo transfer at the blastocyst stage (5 days growth). NICS is the sequencing of free genomic DNA in the culture medium of individual blastocysts and obtaining chromosomal ploidy information.

NICS Technology

The development of NICS technology at New Hope Fertility Center marks a huge and truly a momentous achievement. We are now one of only a handful of centers around the world offering a validated and accurate platform for analyzing embryologic DNA in a completely non-invasive fashion.

This cutting-edge technology detects chromosomal deficiencies in embryos – aneuploidy – an extra or missing chromosome.

When abnormal embryos detected using NICS, they are discarded. Only quality embryos are transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – frozen (cryopreserved) for future FETs.

  • NICS does not require an embryo biopsy (extraction of cells)
  • NICS is non-invasive procedure because a small sample of culture media surrounding the embryo is extracted for testing
  • NICS causes little to no stress on the embryo as it develops in vitro

Advantages of NICS Procedure

  • Less embryo manipulation
  • Culture media is processed on site (no transportation concerns)
  • Avoids disruptive embryo biopsies which have been recently shown to increase the risk of pre-eclampsia and placental problems in pregnancy

Other Benefits of NICS

Other benefits of NICS in conjunction with IVF include:

Candidates for NICS

  • Any woman desiring prenatal genetic screening to rule out Down Syndrome or other syndromes
  • Women desiring to lower the risk of a miscarriage
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss (2 or more miscarriages)
  • Recurrent implantation failure (multiple failed embryo transfers)

NICS Can Increase IVF Pregnancy Success Rate Up To 30 Percent!

State-of-the-art genetics technologies have proven to increase IVF pregnancy rates. Through the medical marvel of NICS in conjunction with IVF, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities can be detected in embryos.

  • Only high quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FET procedures

Aging and Embryo Quality

As a woman advances in age, the chance for low quality embryos increases.

Low quality embryos result in:

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

NICS Technology Expertise

Dr. John Zhang’s NICS technology expertise in conjunction with IVF offers the highest pregnancy success rates and best overall patient satisfaction. To schedule your initial consultationcall 212.969.7422.

Discover Dr. Zhang’s New At-HOME IVF Treatment

LoveDr. John Zhang is proud to offer a new IVF protocol specifically designed to help you successfully conceive a baby at home. You can now conveniently get pregnant with At-HOME IVF. Only one office visit is required for your outpatient egg retrieval. This is an individually designed IVF pick-up or deliverable package containing everything you need for an At-HOME IVF cycle – including fertility medications.

At-HOME IVF

  • Zero injections
  • Zero to minimal blood draws
  • Zero to minimal office monitoring visits
  • Lower treatment costs
  • No missed work
  • No pharmacy pick-ups
  • 24/7 personal assistance

At-HOME IVF is a patient-friendly protocol designed to eliminate the fear, pain, and anxiety experienced with injections and blood draws. The patient’s ovaries are stimulated into producing multiple egg follicles through the use of oral fertility medications.

Candidates for At-HOME IVF

  • Women with regular menstrual cycles – regardless of age
  • Women diagnosed with PCOS having irregular menstrual cycles

At-HOME IVF Benefits

Patients are treated in a less-invasive manner.

  • No shots
  • No needles
  • No injections
  • No blood draws
  • Only one office visit to perform your surgical egg retrieval

At-HOME Fertility Medications

Depending on the woman’s medical needs, an oral fertility medication – typically Clomid and/or Letrozole – is 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

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.

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.

At HOME IVF Expertise

It is important to work with an IVF expert having the cutting-edge technology and clinical experience required 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 212.969.7422.

How Fertility Counseling Helps Build a Positive IVF Attitude

Hugging during support groupA positive IVF attitude is crucial to making make sure you have the best chance of conceiving a successful pregnancy. Being proactive with your mental and emotional health care is key. A woman’s whole body health benefits from fertility counseling during IVF treatment. Many challenges can be addressed through individual, couple, and group counseling.

In-House 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

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 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.

  • 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 IVF Clinic Offering Fertility Counseling

It is important to work with a fertility counselor when you undergo fertility treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Allison Rosen at New Hope Fertility Center call 212.969.7422.

Discover a Streamlined Approach to IVF Treatment

31916201 - professional medical doctor team standing in officeA streamlined fertility team approach provides evidence-based higher IVF pregnancy success rates. It is not necessary for you to consult with your fertility doctor at every blood draw and ultrasound monitoring visit. A streamlined approach is cost-efficient IVF. Our team works in tandem with your fertility doctor at every stage of treatment.

Streamlined Fertility Team Approach

A streamlined fertility team approach to IVF treatment is the most successful at increasing pregnancy success rates.

The multidisciplinary team at New Hope Fertility Center is comprised of world renowned fertility doctors, plus ultra-talented:

Our multidisciplinary team has substantial experience in the practice of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and OBGYN.

Our Multidisciplinary Fertility Team

Members of the fertility team at New Hope Fertility Center are professionals who have earned:

  • Doctorates
  • PhD’s
  • Master’s Degrees

Through a streamline approach, your primary doctor is always fully informed about your progress by the multidisciplinary fertility team.

  • Always remember. Just because you don’t see your doctor every time you visit our office for a routine procedure does not mean you are receiving subpar care.
  • Please know this. Our multidisciplinary fertility team has been carefully selected and put in place to make sure you receive the best fertility care in the world.
  • The best part? Our patients do not rely on doctors in residency to fulfil their dreams of having a baby.

At New Hope Fertility Center, all patient cases are evaluated, reviewed and discussed by and between their multidisciplinary fertility team. The team collectively arrives at and executes the best customized fertility treatment plan based upon every patient’s individualized needs.

A Streamlined Fertility Team Approach

To increase your chances of pregnancy, place your trust in a multidisciplinary fertility team approach. Contact the Fertility Experts at New Hope Fertility Center if you’re struggling with infertility. It is important to work with a fertility care team having a thorough understanding of the root cause of your infertility.

A multidisciplinary team approach to treating your infertility will:

  • Offer the highest chances of pregnancy
  • Are the most cost-effective
  • Produce the best overall patient trust and satisfaction

Streamlined Fertility Team Approach

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 212.969.7422.

You Can Choose the Sex of Your Baby Using Gender Selection

31012077 - portrait of happy family in gardenGender selection is socially acceptable and gaining in popularity. No longer is gender selection stigmatized as a social engineering tool used to make designer babies. Gender identification and selection technology can easily help you choose the sex of your baby. PGS/NGS technology in conjunction with IVF will help you choose the sex of your baby with 99% accuracy. You can balance the sexes of your future family with genetic testing technology.

Gender Identification and Selection Technology

Gender selection is a beneficial by-product of genetic testing. The good news: Through genetic testing, the sex of each embryo is identifiable. PGS and NGS technology works to identify embryos with chromosomal abnormalities while they culture in vitro (in the lab). Why is this important? PGS/NGS is the testing of an embryo’s overall chromosomal normalcy prior to being transferred to the patient’s uterus. Chromosomal abnormalities make an embryo too week to thrive into a fetus if it manages to implant into a woman’s uterine lining.

The Make-Up of an Embryo’s Gender

The chromosomes of a sperm determine an embryo’s gender.

  • A man’s sperm can carry either the X or Y chromosome
  • A woman’s egg only contributes the X chromosome to the fertilized embryo
  • An embryo with XY makeup is male
  • An embryo with XX makeup is female

PGS/NGS Increases Pregnancy Rates By Up To 30 Percent

We recommend universal blastocyst embryo screening for our patients because the procedure can help increase the chances of a pregnancy by 30 percent. Our fertility specialists recommend PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF for:

  • Women over 37 who are undergoing IVF
  • Women who have had two or more unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Women under 35 who have experienced two or more miscarriages – recurrent miscarriage
  • Women who are over 35 and have experience one miscarriage

Proven Increase in IVF Pregnancy Rates

State-of-the-art embryo biopsy techniques and genetics technologies have proven to increase IVF pregnancy rates. Through the medical marvel of PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities can be detected in embryos.

Genetic Testing For Informed Decisions

  • Only high quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures

PGS/NGS Testing Detects Low Quality Embryos

As a woman advances in age, the chance for chromosomal abnormalities in embryos increases. Low quality embryos result in:

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

PGS/NGS Procedure

PGS/NGS takes place in conjunction with IVF in a controlled laboratory setting. Three days after fertilization of the patient’s eggs in vitro, cells are removed from each of the embryos developing.

  • A small sample of cells are is removed from the embryo by a highly skilled embryologist using a laser and a microscopic glass needle
  • The cells’ genetic makeup is analyzed by the embryologist under a microscope
  • A decision is made as to the quality of each of the individual embryos
  • Only high quality embryos are used in completion of a fresh IVF cycle
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FET procedures

Other Benefits of PGS/NGS in Conjunction with IVF

The benefits of PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF include:

  • Screening out embryos carrying a genetic disease
  • Predicting the risk of a genetic disease
  • Screening out abnormalities
  • Improving birth rates of healthy babies through IVF

Mini-IVF™ and Gender Selection

Our Mini-IVF™ can increase your chances of pregnancy without the need for large dosages of costly fertility medications used to produce an excessive number of eggs. Here’s the deal: The goal with a Mini-IVF™ protocol is to produce between 3 and 5 quality eggs per fresh cycle. The best part: Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF™ are comparable to Conventional IVF.

World Renowned Gender Selection Expertise

To schedule your gender selection consultation with Dr. John Zhang call 212.969.7422.

Find a Compassionate and Trusted LGBTQ Fertility Doctor in NYC

lgbt pride loveThe mission of Dr. John Zhang is to consistently and fairly share his expertise and counsel with NYC’s LGBTQ community.

The Doctor practices with compassion and trust every day. Every person has the right to have a family of their own. This has been our mission statement since 2004 – the year New Hope Fertility Center was founded in NYC by Dr. Zhang. Sexual orientation bias has no place in the practice of fertility. The Doctor is renowned worldwide for providing cutting-edge LGBTQ fertility treatment to our same-sex patients. Dr. Zhang steadfastly pursues his mission of reducing the physical, emotional, and financial toll of every LGBTQ patient during their quest to have a baby.

Compassionate and Trusted LGBTQ Fertility Doctor

  • No sexual orientation judgments
  • No gender or transgender bias
  • No personal or religious judgments
  • No judgments toward interracial couples
  • No judgments about marital status

Fertility Treatment Options for Male Couples

Gestational Surrogacy – selecting and using donor eggs fertilized in vitro with the sperm from one of the partners

Gestational surrogacy can be used to achieve a pregnancy through IVF using:

  • Donor Eggs
  • Intended father’s sperm

Egg Donor Recipients – selecting and using donor eggs to accomplish gestational surrogacy

Fertility Treatment Options for Female Couples

  • IUI – Intrauterine Insemination (artificial insemination) using donor sperm
  • IVF – In Vitro Fertilization using eggs from one partner and donor sperm

Cutting-Edge LGBTQ IVF Protocols

You can realize your dream of building a family by using cutting-edge reproductive technologies.

Donor Eggs and Sperm

Regardless of the gender combination of LGBTQ couples – or singles wanting to be a solo parent – the process of selecting donor eggs or donor sperm has been substantially streamlined for our patients’ ease.

World class – yet affordable – support packages for the selection of donor eggs and donor sperm are offered. Our donor program is extremely successful because we use the most cutting-edge cryopreservation and IVF technologies.

IUI Procedure

The most common fertility treatment for lesbian couples is IUI. Timed with induced ovulation, the patient is artificially inseminated with a highly concentrated amount of motile donor sperm. The IUI procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia.

  • The patient’s monthly cycle is regulated using oral medication
  • An oral fertility medication – typically Clomid or Femara – is then self-administered by the patient to stimulate multiple egg follicle production
  • The growth of egg follicles are monitored through regular vaginal ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Once the egg follicles have reached a mature stage, ovulation is induced using an injectable trigger medication – hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin
  • The ovulation of multiple eggs, timed with sperm insemination, increases the patient’s chances of pregnancy
  • A highly concentrated amount of motile donor sperm is inserted into the cervix using a very thin catheter – similar to a pap smear procedure
  • The patient is instructed to self-administer progesterone to thicken her uterine lining in preparation for embryo implantation between the IUI procedure and the pregnancy test
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled

Two IUI inseminations are performed between 12 and 36 hours after hCG administration to increase the patient’s chances of pregnancy.

IVF Procedure

One partner’s eggs are harvested for IVF using donor sperm. The other partner carries the pregnancy.

  • The partners’ cycles are regulated to coincide with one another
  • The partner producing the eggs self-administers fertility medications to stimulate multiple egg production
  • The growth and development of egg follicles are regularly monitored with pelvic ultrasounds and blood level hormone measurements
  • Once the egg follicles have matured, the patient self-administers an ovulation inducing medication – hCG
  • The eggs are surgically retrieved using a transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration tool
  • The eggs are fertilized in vitro with donor sperm using The ovulation of multiple eggs, timed with insemination, increases the patient’s chances of pregnancy ICSI – a single sperm is injected directly into one egg
  • All resulting embryos will culture in a controlled laboratory setting until they reach an optimum stage of development – up to 5 days
  • A high quality embryo is transferred to the carrier partner’s uterus via an insemination catheter – similar to a Pap smear procedure
  • The carrier partner is instructed to self-administer progesterone to thicken her uterine lining in preparation for embryo implantation between transfer and the pregnancy test
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled

Gestational Surrogacy Using Donor Eggs

Gestational Surrogacy – Using donor eggs to be fertilized with the sperm from one of the partners. The resulting embryo is transferred to a surrogate who will carry the baby.

Egg Donor Recipient Program – Acquiring donor eggs to accomplish gestational surrogacy.

Gestational surrogacy may be used to achieve a pregnancy and birth using a surrogate  mother.

  • Donor eggs
  • Intended father’s sperm

A surrogate match is selected by the Intended Parents through a leading agency specializing in gestational surrogacy – New Beginnings Surrogacy

  • Once the perfect surrogate match has been located, the surrogate’s cycle is regulated in preparation for embryo transfer timing
  • In sync with the surrogate’s cycle, the donor eggs are thawed and fertilized with the intended father’s sperm using ICSI
  • ICSI is a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into the donor’s eggs in a controlled laboratory environment
  • Once fertilization is achieved, the resulting embryos are monitored regularly for growth and development quality – up to 5 days
  • A quality embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus
  • Excess quality embryos can be cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) procedures

Compassionate and Trusted LGBTQ Fertility Doctor in NYC

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized LGBTQ treatment plan meeting your personal and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 212.969.7422.

Natural Cycle IVF™ Can Help You Have a Baby

61691738 - the arm support embryo support to pregnant women, cent fertilizationOur holistic Natural Cycle IVF™ is a personalized IVF treatment plan that does not require a woman to undergo a harsh regimen of fertility medication administration. By treating each of our patients as individuals, we are able to create IVF treatment plans customized for their specific needs. We encourage a woman’s body to produce her monthly one good egg.

Natural Cycle IVF™

The success of our holistic Natural Cycle IVF™ also improves a woman’s reproductive health. This is because we are steadfast in promoting our One Good Egg Policy. Our mission is to provide women with new and innovative fertility treatment protocols.

Every woman is different based on her unique medical history and fertility assessment. It is quality eggs that matter – not quantity.

We don’t refuse patients because a woman has been diagnosed as a difficult case.

  • No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
  • No refusals based on low FSH levels
  • No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
  • No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication

How Our Natural Cycle IVF™ Works

A woman’s body may need only a little coaxing to achieve a pregnancy with her one egg produced during a monthly menstrual cycle. A woman’s natural egg is the very best she can produce – without the need for numerous, costly, painful, self-administered fertility medication injections.

  • As a woman’s natural cycle begins, the doctor will monitor the growth of her one good egg through pelvic ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Once her natural egg has reached a prime stage of development, an ovulation trigger medication – hCG – will be self-administered by the patient at a designated time
  • On a scheduled date, her egg will be surgically retrieved in an outpatient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia
  • After surgical retrieval, the egg will be fertilized in vitro through a procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • ICSI is an ancillary IVF procedure in which one quality sperm is injected directly into the woman’s natural egg
  • The resulting embryo cultures in vitro to a high quality stage of development – up to 5 days
  • The high quality embryo is then transferred to the woman’s uterus via a thin catheter – similar to a Pap smear procedure
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled in approximately two weeks

Pregnancy Success Rates Using Natural Cycle IVF™

Even though fertility medications are not prescribed, the pregnancy success rates for our Natural Cycle IVF™ rivals those of Conventional IVF and Mini IVF™. The personal attention provided by our fertility support team provides every patient with the medication and technology needed to conceive.

  • No high cost, physically-challenging powerful fertility medications
  • A woman produces her one natural egg
  • Lowers health risks associated with Conventional IVF
  • Avoids the high cost associated with large dosages of fertility drugs
  • Helps women avoid the discomfort and side effects of daily fertility drug injections
  • Eliminates the potential of a multiple pregnancy
  • Resolves ethical and religious dilemmas for patients opposed to producing excess embryos

Candidates for Natural Cycle IVF™

Women who will most benefit from a Natural Cycle IVF™ protocol are those:

  • Women over 35 who have a regular menstrual period and are able to ovulate
  • Women over 35 with elevated FSH levels
  • Women over 35 with a poor ovarian reserve
  • Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Women who are at risk for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) due to high dosages of fertility medications
  • Women who want to avoid costly and painful fertility medication injections
  • Women who are unresponsive to fertility medications
  • Women who have been unable to produce multiple eggs during a Conventional IVF or Mini-IVF™ cycle
  • Women over 35 with elevated FSH levels and poor ovarian reserve
  • Women who do not want to produce multiple embryos for ethical or religious reasons

Natural Cycle IVF™ Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the experience required to design a customized Natural Cycle IVF™ treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 212.969.7422.

You Can Adopt Frozen Embryos to Help You Have a Baby

Man With Baby (2)There is a growing trend for couples who have achieved pregnancy success through IVF to donate their excess frozen embryos in order to help others conceive. Look: One in six couples in America cannot conceive a biological child of their own. Frozen embryo adoption has successfully helped infertile couples build their families when other fertility treatments fail. Bottom Line: The success rate of IVF has led to an increase in the number of excess frozen embryos available to childless couples.

Adopt Frozen Embryos

Freezing excess, quality embryos after a fresh IVF cycle will increase a couple’s chances of conceiving in the future. This is not even the best part. Through embryo cryopreservation technology, couples can avoid the financial and physical strain of undergoing multiple fresh IVF cycles. That’s not all. Pregnancy success rates for a Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) are higher than a fresh transfer because a woman has the opportunity to wait until her uterine lining returns to an ideal state for embryo implantation.

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Through FET, couples can repeatedly try to get pregnant using adopted frozen embryos. If the FET cycle is successful, couples can undergo another procedure at a Couples can plan their family through gender selection

  • Couples increase their chances for a healthy singleton pregnancy
  • Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years

Through world class laboratory technology, our pregnancy success rates through FET has increased substantially in recent years. That’s not all. Only high quality embryos are cryopreserve to be later transferred in future FET procedures. This success has made FETs an increasingly popular option to consider before considering a subsequent fresh IVF cycle. Bottom Line: With FET, couples can increase their chance of pregnancy per fresh egg retrieval and ultimately save money by avoiding the expense of another fresh IVF cycle.

FET Procedure

To begin the FET procedure, hormone medication is administered to suppress the woman’s pituitary gland and reduce the chances of unexpected ovulation. Estrogen acts to thicken and mature the uterine lining – like the natural estrogen produced by a developing egg follicle during a normal menstrual cycle.

During estrogen administration, monitoring of the uterine lining is required.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound for the doctor to evaluate the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Blood tests for the doctor to evaluate the level of estrogen in the blood

Double Benefit of FET: Monitoring for timing of transfer during a FET cycle is more flexible than in a fresh IVF cycle. The FET procedure is much less stressful on patients because the transfer date can be adjusted.

Progesterone is a medication administered in preparation for the FET to make the uterine lining receptive to the implantation of the embryo.

  • Progesterone matures the uterine lining
  • Progesterone creates a window of implantation in anticipation of a set FET date
  • Lupron injections are ceased upon the beginning of progesterone administration
  • Embryos are scheduled for thaw in the laboratory
  • FET is scheduled on a set date
  • Progesterone is continued daily to help prepare the patient’s uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg – the embryo
  • After the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is scheduled on a date prescribed by the doctor through a blood draw

Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years. Pregnancy success through FETs is determined by the quality of the frozen embryo.

Single Embryo Transfers

Dr. John Zhang promotes the practice of Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to reduce health risks associated with multiple pregnancies and births. Cryopreservation of surplus embryos for future FET procedures is encouraged by the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC – in lieu of repeated, expensive fresh IVF cycles.

-Pioneering Vitrification Method of Freezing Embryos

The flash-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to ready fresh embryos rapidly for cryopreservation. Using the vitrification method, embryos freeze quickly and damaging ice crystals do not form between cells. We are leaders in embryo cryopreservation. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement the vitrification method of embryo freezing.

Where to Adopt Frozen Embryos

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang about frozen embryo adoption at New Hope Fertility Centercall 212.969.7422.