Monthly Archives: March 2018


How Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy Gives New Hope for Pregnancy to Older Women

JZThere is new hope for older women wanting to get pregnant with their own eggs. Older women can achieve a pregnancy using their own eggs through the phenomenal new medical technology known as ovarian rejuvenation. There are very few fertility clinics offering ovarian rejuvenation therapy. This is the specialized Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used to coax a woman’s ovaries into producing viable eggs and achieve a successful pregnancy naturally. At New Hope Fertility Center, our fertility specialist – Dr. Zaher Merhi – provides his expertise for ovarian rejuvenation.

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy

The Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy procedure is performed by puncturing a woman’s ovaries – a technique similar to that used in an egg retrieval procedure. The punctures to the ovaries stimulates the growth of dormant egg follicles.

Ovarian Aging

Many women have made the choice to delay motherhood into their late 30s or into their 40s. As a woman’s ovaries age, they are unable to produce the hormones that stimulate follicles to develop and make them reach a viable stage of development. Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy helps women overcome infertility due to ovarian aging – even post-menopause.Read more: How Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy Gives New Hope for Pregnancy to Older Women

Tips for Preparing for Your Initial Fertility Consultation With Dr. Zhang

82118157 - happy couple signing a contract together at officeAre you preparing for your initial fertility consultation with Dr. John Zhang? Good for you! You are bravely taking your first proactive step toward getting pregnant. Look: Dr. Zhang and his fertility care team at New Hope Fertility Center are pleased to be your partner throughout your journey to get pregnant. It can’t be emphasized enough. Before your first office visit takes place, you must realize the importance of the forms and medical documentation new patients are required to submit.

This crucial first step will:

  • Let us best help you feel comfortable during your first office visit
  • Let us make sure you are well-informed during your first office visit
  • Let us accurately diagnose the root cause of your infertility through recommended diagnostic testing
  • Let us treat you effectively and cost-efficiently so you can build your family

First Office Visit Preparation Tips for Infertility Treatment

The more information Dr. Zhang knows about you during our first office visit will be key to his being able to customize your infertility treatment plan. We have compiled some helpful information on how you can prepare for your upcoming first office visit. At New Hope Fertility Center, every patient undergoes a complete fertility assessment and diagnostic testing before a customized infertility treatment plan is designed and implemented.

Understanding the root cause of your infertility is the only way to cost-effectively help you get pregnant. Knowing the cause of your infertility will also help you cope better with the realization that you are going to have to take on the financial, physical, and emotional demands of infertility treatment.Read more: Tips for Preparing for Your Initial Fertility Consultation With Dr. Zhang

How NGS Works to Increase IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

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MicroscopeNew advancements in the fields of embryology and genetics testing have significantly improved In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) pregnancy success rates. The latest technological innovation, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) enhances how embryologists analyze and select quality embryos for transfer. The embryologists at New Hope Fertility Center give steadfast attention nurturing embryos as they develop in vitro.

Benefits of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Quality embryos identified in vitro through NGS have the highest chance of implantation. Using NGS in conjunction with IVF, high quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus for the best chance of a healthy, successful pregnancy.

Through NGS technology, you can identify the gender of your embryos in conjunction with your IVF procedure. Gender identification and selection is a natural byproduct of NGS technology.

NGS identifies the most suitable and healthiest embryo to transfer by detecting chromosomal deficiencies – aneuploidy – an extra or missing chromosome. NGS is set to replace Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS). NGS allows embryologists to view the genetic makeup of an embryo at levels far exceeding PGS technology.

  • Significant improvement in pregnancy outcomes
  • Enhancement of the knowledge embryologists employ while selecting embryos
  • Substantially more accurate and faster than PGS
  • Comprehensive results
  • Higher resolution
  • Detects more translocations
  • Reduced errors
  • Less costly than PGS

Read more: How NGS Works to Increase IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

National Nutrition Month March 2018

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21512965 - cute african american couple in home kitchenGo Further With Food – is the theme spearheading 2018’s National Nutrition Month in March. Discover resources from eatright.org. Dr. John Zhang encourages healthy nutrition year-round, especially for his patients who are preparing for pregnancy. Establishing nutritious eating habits prior to getting pregnant will help you achieve and maintain a successful pregnancy. And, 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.Read more: National Nutrition Month March 2018

Know Your Fertility Preservation Options: Ovarian Tissue Freezing

You can preserve your future fertility through ovarian tissue freezing. A woman only releases one egg per month during her natural cycle. It only takes one good quality egg to have a healthy baby. There are many females who should consider ovarian tissue freezing if they want to preserve their fertility and have a family in the future.

Candidates for Ovarian Tissue Freezing

There are many females who should consider ovarian tissue freezing.

  • Female children who do not have fully developed ovaries
  • Female children or teenage girls who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Women in their prime reproductive years who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Women wanting to postpone motherhood past their prime reproductive years
  • Women wanting to donate their ovarian tissue to help women who are unable to produce good eggs

Ovarian Tissue Freezing

Ovarian tissue freezing is accomplished through an outpatient surgical procedure by removing a thin piece of the outer membrane of one of the woman’s ovary – the preserved ovary. The outer membrane of an ovary is where a woman’s eggs are located. This ovarian tissue is cryopreserved for later transplant to the woman’s other ovary – the non-preserved ovary.

According to a 2015 study published in the journal of Human Reproduction, 10 out of 32 women facing chemotherapy were able to conceive naturally after undergoing ovarian tissue freezing before cancer treatment.

The National Institutes of Health reported that [h]uman ovarian tissue transplantation has resulted in the birth of over 70 children worldwide. Look: Preserving female fertility through ovarian tissue freezing is trending today because it is a proven safe and successful procedure.

Celebrated Fertility Preservation Expert

New Hope Fertility Center provides all-encompassing cryopreservation techniques for protecting the fertility of both women and men.

Read more: Know Your Fertility Preservation Options: Ovarian Tissue Freezing

Discover the Frozen Embryo Transfer – FET – Facts

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Cryopreservation (3)The flash-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to prepare fresh embryos rapidly for cryopreservation. Using the vitrification method, embryos freeze quickly and damaging ice crystals do not form between cells. New Hope Fertility Center is a leader in embryo freezing. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement the vitrification method of embryo freezing.

Frozen Embryo Transfer

Freezing excess, quality embryos after a fresh IVF cycle will increase a couple’s chances of conceiving in the future. Through embryo cryopreservation technology, couples can avoid the financial and physical strain of undergoing multiple fresh IVF cycles. Pregnancy success rate for a Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) is 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.

Benefits of the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Through Frozen Embryo Transfer (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

World class laboratory technology offered at New Hope Fertility Center has increased pregnancy success rates. 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. 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.Read more: Discover the Frozen Embryo Transfer – FET – Facts

Why Egg Freezing is Trending Among Modern Women in 2018

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Embryo CryopreservationYou can postpone motherhood past your prime childbearing years through the medical marvel of egg freezing – oocyte cryopreservation – Cutting Edge IVF Technology. Pregnancy success rates using a woman’s egg that has been cryopreserved are comparable to success rates using a fresh egg. Egg freezing is a phenomenal technology available for today’s women to preserve their fertility for tomorrow. Today’s women want to ensure they have the ability to be biologically connected to their children in the future.

Egg Freezing in 2018

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 in Conjunction with IVF

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

Read more: Why Egg Freezing is Trending Among Modern Women in 2018

How the Mini-IVF™ Helps Women Suffering From Endometriosis

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shutterstock_98870129_smallRecent studies prove that large amounts of fertility medications do not increase your chances of getting pregnant through IVF treatment. Look: My revolutionary Mini-IVF™ is a cutting-edge treatment for women suffering from infertility due to endometriosis. Endometriosis Awareness Month in March is a movement to increase knowledge about a disease that is a leading cause of female infertility.

National Endometriosis Awareness Month Facts

Here’s the deal: Endometriosis affects one out of ten women.

  • Endometriosis is one of the top three causes of female infertility
  • 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

New Hope Fertility Center is an avid promoter 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

Mini-IVF™ Successfully Treats Women Suffering From Endometriosis

If you are suffering from infertility due to a history of endometriosis, 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.Read more: How the Mini-IVF™ Helps Women Suffering From Endometriosis