Monthly Archives: April 2019


How Dr. Zhang Promotes National Infertility Awareness Week

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

National Infertility Awareness Week

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

Infertility Crisis in the U.S.

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

Insurance and the Infertility Crisis

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

Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:

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

National Infertility Awareness Week

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

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

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

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

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

Other Fertility Awareness Movements

Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.

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

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

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

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

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

Egg Freezing Trend

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

Aging and the Quality of Eggs

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

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

Egg Freezing Process

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

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

Customized IVF Treatment

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

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

Future Pregnancy

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

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

Genetic Testing and Gender Selection

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

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

High Tech IVF Laboratory

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

  • IVF technology
  • IVF ingenuity
  • IVF customization

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

World Renowned Egg Freezing Expertise

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

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

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

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

Pregnant Women and Stress

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

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

Stress Reducing Tools

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

Stress and a Woman’s Fertility

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

Stress and a Man’s Fertility

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

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

Identifying and Decreasing Stressors

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

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

  • Identify stressors
  • Modify stressors
  • Eliminate stressors

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

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

Coping With Infertility

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

Other Helpful Stress Management Tools

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

Caring and Compassionate Fertility Doctor

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

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

Dr. Zhang Promotes National Infertility Awareness Month in April

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

National Infertility Awareness Month

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

Infertility Crisis in the U.S.

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

Insurance and the Infertility Crisis

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

Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:

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

National Infertility Awareness Month

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

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

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

What can you do to raise awareness about infertility?

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

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

Other Fertility Awareness Movements

Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.

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

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

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

Where to Find First Class Mini-IVF™ Technology

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

First Class Mini-IVF™ Protocol

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

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

First Class IVF Technology

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

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

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

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

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

New IVF Technology Air Filtration

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

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

Pregnancy Success Rates

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

First Class IVF Treatment Based on Patient Reviews

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

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

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

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

First Class IVF Technology

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