August is National Breastfeeding Month

Happy young mother with baby boy at homeWorld Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – 7) and National Breastfeeding Month are launched on August 1st. During this month, the people supporting this movement celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding. Most importantly, women and men give support to those who breastfeed anytime – anywhere.

Breastfeeding Benefits

There is clear evidence that breastfeeding saves lives by protecting babies from life-threatening infections and illnesses. Over 820,000 lives could be saved if all babies were breastfed during the first 6 months after birth.

When women all over the world receive support to breastfeed – children thrive.

Other Awareness Movements

Fertility awareness dates throughout the year.

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month: January
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
  • National Woman’s Health Week: May 12th – 18th
  • 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

Infertility Awareness

Pregnancy success is reliant on many patient-focused variables.

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • IVF protocol recommended
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
  • Genetic testing to select only quality embryos for transfer – PGD, PGS/NGS
  • Gender Selection

Best IVF Protocols

Difficult Patients Welcome

We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a difficult case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are deemed to be hopelessly infertile.

  • 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

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.

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

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

Why Fertility Counseling Before, During & After IVF Treatment is Important

Being proactive with your mental and emotional health will increase the odds of securing your IVF financial investment. Before investing substantial financial resources into your upcoming IVF cycle, Dr. John Zhang strongly recommends fertility counseling. Fertility counseling has been shown to help couples cope with the financial, mental, and emotional stress of IVF treatment.

Emotional Health and Fertility Counseling

A positive attitude is crucial to making make sure you have the best chance of 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 her struggle to conceive. Many of the challenges of infertility 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 917.525.5496.

How a Multidisciplinary Approach to Fertility Treatment Works

Most patients have a natural desire to see their fertility doctor at every routine appointment. Look: There is no cause for concern if you don’t see your fertility doctor at every visit. Why? A multidisciplinary fertility team approach provides evidence-based higher pregnancy success rates.

Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Approach

A multidisciplinary fertility team approach to treatment is the most successful at increasing IVF pregnancy success rates. This is because it is streamline, all-encompassing, and cost-efficient care. Our team works in tandem with your doctor at every stage of treatment.

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 Multidisciplinary 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

Leader in a Multidisciplinary 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 917.525.5496.

How ICSI Improves IVF Pregnancy Success

Pregnant woman touching her bellyIntracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is an ancillary procedure used in conjunction with IVF treatment to help promote fertilization. ICSI is the injection of a single sperm directly into an egg in order to produce a high quality egg. This is the preferred method of fertilization in vitro vs. combining eggs and sperm in a lab dish. Knowing more about the ICSI process and its effectiveness can help you understand if this ancillary IVF treatment option is something you should consider.

ICSI in Conjunction with IVF

A man may be infertile even if he produces adequate quantities of sperm in ejaculate. Should his sperm be misshaped or not move correctly, fertilization will be difficult, if not impossible.

In order to be considered fertile, a man’s sperm must:

  • Be present in sufficient quantities
  • Be shaped normally
  • Swim in the correct direction
  • Swim at the right speed

Should any of these functions be diagnosed as abnormal, a man’s sperm may not be able to penetrate eggs while swimming together in a petri dish.

How ICSI Works in Tandem with IVF

ICSI may be used whenever male fertility is a concern. The process can address issues with the shape and movement of sperm and compensate for low sperm count. If sperm are produced but are not present in semen, they can be manually retrieved and then used in the ICSI process. The process may also be suggested to couples who have had low fertilization rates during other cycles.

ICSI and IVF Process

ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF. Once retrieved, each egg is injected with a single sperm in a laboratory setting. The eggs are then monitored for signs of fertilization. The resulting embryos are closely monitored as they develop through EmbryoScope technology. Healthy embryos are then transferred to the mother’s uterus, or frozen for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET).

ICSI and IVF Pregnancy Success

While pregnancy success may vary based on the quality of the sperm, typically between 75 and 85 percent of eggs become fertilized with the use of ICSI. Our Pregnancy Success Rates are largely a product of the health of the embryo, which is largely tied to the quality of both the eggs and sperm.

Revolutionary Mini-IVF™

Because lower dosages of fertility medications are prescribed to only produce 3 to 5 high quality eggs, the patient’s cost per Mini-IVF™ cycle is reduced. 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 reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.

Candidates for Mini-IVF™

Mini-IVF™ is the best treatment protocol for those women who have been:

  • Diagnosed with blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diagnosed as having a risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo treatment

Mini-IVF™ has also become the preferred treatment protocol for:

  • Those patients who have failed multiple Conventional IVF cycles
  • Those patients suffering from male-factor infertility
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their costs of treatment
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their risk of multiple pregnancy
  • Those patients who don’t want to create excessive embryos due to religious reasons
  • Those patients who want to reduce their use of injectable medications because of an aversion to needles
  • Those patients who want to undergo another fresh IVF cycle immediately after a failed cycle

ICSI and IVF Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized ICSI/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.

How Dr. Zhang is Helping Older Women Get Pregnant Using Ovarian Rejuvenation

78656323 - mother-to-be talking on phone in bed and laughingThere is a new fertility therapy treatment that can help older women get pregnant. Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy. Today’s older women – between 38 and 42 – have more fertility treatment options than ever before. Women who are past their reproductive prime used to be automatically placed on the fast-track to IVF.

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy

Today’s older women – between 38 and 42 – have more fertility treatment options than ever before. Women who are past their reproductive prime used to be automatically placed on the fast-track to IVF . This was typically the most effective treatment option for older women to conceive quickly and cost-effectively. Look: Time is of the essence. Before undergoing IVF, older women can now consider Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy. Bottom Line: As a first line measure, both Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy and IVF can avoid repeated failed infertility treatment cycles.

Older Women and Egg Follicles

All older women – even menopausal women – have egg follicles in their ovaries. These eggs are dormant and don’t grow because their environment for development is not optimal. This occurs when a woman’s rigid ovarian wall pushes on follicles and keeps them dormant. When a woman is unable to ovulated, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy can coax her ovaries into producing viable eggs for fertilization. At New Hope Fertility Center, Dr. Zhang and fellow fertility specialist – Dr. Zaher Merhi – have achieved phenomenal pregnancy success using Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy.

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy may be recommended when:

  • A woman’s egg follicles cannot be seen on an ultrasound; or
  • A woman’s body is not responding to fertility medications administered during IVF

At New Hope Fertility Center, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy is performed in a non-invasive manner compared to other techniques currently being used by other clinics.

Here, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy is similar to an IVF egg retrieval procedure and is performed in office:

  • A woman’s ovaries are punctured multiple times transvaginally
  • Pressure on egg follicles is relieved from the rigid ovarian wall
  • Dormant eggs are revived and freed from follicles

Candidates for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy

  • Women in their advanced maternal years – late 30s and over 40
  • Menopausal women
  • Peri-menopausal women
  • Women who have a low egg reserve and low Anti Mullerian (AMH) hormone levels
  • Women suffering from Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
  • Women suffering from primary ovarian failure
  • Women with unexplained infertility
  • Women having multiple failed IVF treatments due to poor embryo quality

Pregnancy Success for Older Women

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

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy Expertise

If you want to know if you are a good candidate for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy before proceeding to IVF treatment, you can schedule a consultation via Skype, FaceTime or telephone. To schedule your Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy consultation with Dr. John Zhang and Dr. Zaher Merhi at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

What Are Egg Freezing Social Events?

CryopreservationAs the founder and medical director of New Hope Fertility Center, Dr. John Zhang is an avid promoter of egg freezing social events covering:

  • 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 Social Events

When you sign up for an egg freezing consultation at one of our monthly events, 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

Egg Freezing Candidates

Egg freezing promotes the overall health and future fertility of all women. This is especially true when a woman wants to postpone motherhood past her prime childbearing years. She may want to pursue her education, career, or find her soul mate before having a baby. Today, the medical marvel of egg freezing – oocyte cryopreservation – in conjunction with IVF preserves a woman’s fertility.

Natural Aging Process

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 egg fertilization in vitro.

  • Stimulation of a woman’s ovaries using fertility drugs to produce several egg follicles during one fresh IVF cycle
  • Harvesting eggs from the woman’s ovaries through surgical retrieval
  • Preparation and freezing of the eggs for preservation through a process known as vitrification
  • The rapid-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to freeze eggs quickly so that ice crystals do not form between cells

Future Pregnancy

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

  • Her eggs are thawed and fertilized in vitro by injecting a single 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 the uterine lining to achieve pregnancy

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

Our experience designing customized IVF protocols provide a variety of successful treatment options for you to choose from. We offer the highest quality care timed precisely around your body’s optimal state of performance. A multidisciplinary fertility team effort provides the most evidence-based practice leading to higher pregnancy success rates.

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 sign up for one of our Egg Freezing Events – or – to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

How Dr. Zhang Successfully Treats Male-Factor Infertility

Man With Baby (2)Did you know that Dr. Zhang’s patients who are being treated for male-factor infertility have a high chance of IVF pregnancy success through his use of High Resolution Sperm Selection (HRSS) technology? It can’t be emphasized enough. The best quality embryos are created in vitro by using the healthiest sperm to fertilize one good egg.

Male-Factor Infertility

Look: Male-factor infertility is the cause – or a contributing factor – of a couple’s inability to get pregnant naturally in one-third of cases. Why does this matter? Quality selection of sperm is crucial. The best part? The process HRSS and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) administration has improved overall IVF pregnancy success rates.

  • Higher positive pregnancy rates
  • Successful embryo implantations
  • Increased full-term pregnancies

In addition to noticeable increases in pregnancy success rates achieved through HRSS technology, studies have shown a decline in the rate of spontaneous abortions occurring in IVF pregnancies.

High Resolution Sperm Selection (HRSS) optimizes the selection of a quality sperm for direct injection into a woman’s egg in vitro. Higher positive pregnancy rates

  • More successful embryo implantations
  • Increased full-term pregnancies

HRSS Increases IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

Using HRSS, our embryologists are able to better visualize sperm for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) administration. Identifying and choosing high quality sperm to fertilize an egg is crucial in male-factor infertility cases. Any and all negative influence of male-factor infertility must be negated to ensure successful embryo development. Why does this matter? HRSS technology is helping embryologists see, identify, and choose only high quality sperm cells for fertilization of an egg in vitro. Bottom line: Couples who have multiple failed IVF cycles are the primary benefactors of HRSS.

Male-Factor Infertility

New Hope Fertility Center is one of only a few fertility treatment providers offering HRSS technology to treat male-factor infertility. Look: HRSS optimizes the sperm selection process for improving the success of ICSI.

HRSS Technology

At 6000 x magnification – using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscopy – it is possible for embryologists to see finer morphological details of sperm. Using conventional 500 x magnification, these details would go unnoticed.

The best part? By viewing sperm cells at 6000 x magnification, lab technicians can identify quality sperm cells that are optimum for fertilization of a healthy egg.

Once optimum sperm cells have been identified, a two-pronged process takes place.

  • Selection
  • Injection

Once the quality sperm cells are selected and separated using HRSS, they are injected into the egg for fertilization. Each egg receives a single sperm injection.

  • Reduces chances of a negative impact a sperm can have on a perfectly healthy egg
  • Removes any negative influence that male-factor infertility may have on successful embryo development
  • Increase the chances of a viable pregnancy

HRSS Identifies Optimum Sperm

A sperm cell’s normal appearance makes it more likely to be comprised of normal chromosomes and DNA structure. Here’s the deal: Optimum sperm morphology correlates directly with successful egg fertilization and embryo implantation. Morphology is the most important criteria when judging the quality of a sperm cell.

  • Sperm motility – ability of the cell to swim
  • Sperm morphology – overall assessment of the cell’s shape, size, and physical appearance

Male-Factor Infertility Treatment Expertise

The Doctor specializes in male-factor infertility treatment using HRSS and ICSI in conjunction with IVF. To schedule your initial consultation –call 917.525.5496.

How to Get Pregnant With One Good Egg Using Natural Cycle IVF™

Vector natural label in trendy linear styleBecause it only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to get pregnant, Dr. John Zhang has achieved phenomenal pregnancy success using Natural Cycle IVF™. This holistic IVF protocol uses a woman’s naturally produce egg. In support of his One Good Egg Policy, the Doctor continues his mission of innovating and performing new holistic IVF protocols. Why is this important? Every woman is different based on her unique medical history and fertility assessment. Bottom Line: It is one quality egg that matters – not multiple eggs.

Natural Cycle IVF™ Mission

The Doctor doesn’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

One Good Egg Policy

By treating each of our patients as individuals, we are able to create treatment plans customized for their specific needs. This often entails reducing the amount of fertility medication used to increase egg quantity.

Our Natural Cycle IVF™ is a holistic, personalized treatment plan allowing for a high chance of pregnancy success without requiring the patient to undergo a harsh regimen of fertility medication administration.

How the 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.

What’s the real story?

  • 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

Prime Candidates for Natural 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 specialist 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 Center – call 917.525.5496

How Yoga for Infertility Works

Yoga GroupTo be proactive in your quest to get pregnant, you should receive support and nurturing from yoga for infertility. Yoga is strongly recommended by Dr. John Zhang before – during – after your upcoming treatment. Yoga for infertility is a holistic way to prepare one’s body for pregnancy and birth.

Yoga for Infertility

When you are investing significant amounts of time, money, and emotion into fertility treatment, you want to do everything you can to make it successful. When infertility is unexplained – or even if there is a clear medical diagnosis – life under the weight of fertility treatment can be daunting.

How Yoga for Infertility Works

As a pregnancy enhancement tool, yoga is proven to reduce stress, balance hormones, and revamp one’s whole wellness in body, mind, and spirit. There are a myriad of benefits from yoga. Low impact yoga can significantly increase conception success rates in women undergoing fertility 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.

Benefits of Yoga for Infertility

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

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

Yoga in conjunction with fertility treatment 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 Fertility Treatment

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

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

Candidates for Fertility Treatment

  • 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 fertility treatment protocol. Our protocols are specially designed to provide the highest standard of fertility care at the most optimal times for each patient’s body. We welcome difficult cases, regardless of the potential adverse effect on our 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 fertility 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 Before Treatment

Before your fertility treatment begins, 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

Yoga Goals:

  • 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.

Avid Promoter of Yoga for Infertility

It is important to work with a fertility doctor and support team having the experience 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.

How to Overcome Male-Factor Infertility Using ICSI Technology

36629212 - spermatozoon, floating to ovule - 3d renderIf you are struggling with male-factor infertility, Dr. John Zhang wants to help you have a baby using Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) technology. ICSI is an ancillary procedure used in conjunction with IVF treatment. Rather than allowing fertilization to happen by combining eggs and sperm in a lab dish, ICSI is the injection of a single sperm directly into an egg in order to facilitate fertilization. Knowing more about the ICSI process and its effectiveness can help you understand if this ancillary IVF treatment option is something you should consider.

ICSI in Conjunction with IVF

In order to be considered fertile, a man’s sperm must:

  • Be present in sufficient quantities
  • Be shaped normally
  • Swim in the correct direction
  • Swim at the right speed

Should any of these functions be diagnosed as abnormal, a man may not be able to impregnate a woman because his sperm cannot penetrate her egg. A man may be infertile even if he produces adequate quantities of sperm in ejaculate. Should his sperm be misshaped or not move correctly, fertilization will be difficult, if not impossible.

How ICSI Works in Tandem with IVF

ICSI may be used whenever male fertility is a concern. The process can address issues with the shape and movement of sperm and compensate for low sperm count. If sperm are produced but are not present in semen, they can be manually retrieved and then used in the ICSI process. The process may also be suggested to couples who have had low fertilization rates during other cycles.

ICSI and IVF Process

ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF. Once retrieved, each egg is injected with a single sperm in a laboratory setting. The eggs are then monitored for signs of fertilization. The resulting embryos are closely monitored as they develop through EmbryoScope technology. Healthy embryos are then transferred to the mother’s uterus, or frozen for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET).

ICSI and IVF Pregnancy Success

While pregnancy success may vary based on the quality of the sperm, typically between 75 and 85 percent of eggs become fertilized with the use of ICSI. Our Pregnancy Success Rates are largely a product of the health of the embryo, which is largely tied to the quality of both the eggs and sperm.

Revolutionary Mini-IVF™

Because lower dosages of fertility medications are prescribed to only produce 3 to 5 high quality eggs, the patient’s cost per Mini-IVF™ cycle is reduced. 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 reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.

Candidates for Mini-IVF™

Mini-IVF™ is the best treatment protocol for those women who have been:

  • Diagnosed with blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diagnosed as having a risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo treatment

Mini-IVF™ has also become the preferred treatment protocol for:

  • Those patients who have failed multiple Conventional IVF cycles
  • Those patients suffering from male-factor infertility
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their costs of treatment
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their risk of multiple pregnancy
  • Those patients who don’t want to create excessive embryos due to religious reasons
  • Those patients who want to reduce their use of injectable medications because of an aversion to needles
  • Those patients who want to undergo another fresh IVF cycle immediately after a failed cycle

ICSI 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.