Monthly Archives: June 2019

Male-Factor Fertility Preservation Awareness

CryopreservationDr. Zhang wants to make you aware of your fertility preservation options made possible by our Division of Fertility Preservation. Look: You can freeze your sperm now and preserve your fertility for the future! Dr. Zhang pushes the boundaries of modern medicine in the field of fertility preservation. Bottom Line: If you want to postpone parenthood, you must locate a fertility preservation clinic having earned a world renowned reputation as a pioneer in the field of fertility preservation.

Division of Fertility Preservation

Our Division of Fertility Preservation provides all-encompassing cryopreservation technology.

Maternal Aging and a Woman’s 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 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 damaging ice crystals do not form between cells

Vitrification – Flash Freezing Method

Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement vitrification as a method of cryopreservation. The Doctor was one of the first doctors in New York to facilitate a live birth using a frozen egg.

Vitrification is a flash-freezing method preventing the formation of ice crystals between the cells forming an egg. Ice crystals can damage an egg’s cells.

Future Pregnancy

When a woman is ready to start building her family at some point in time in the future, the egg freezing process continues.

  • 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 protocols 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.

Embryo Cryopreservation and Future FET Procedures

Embryo cryopreservation is commonly used to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology. A couple can increase their chances of conceiving a biologically-related child when they are ready to build their family.

  • A woman’s ovaries are stimulated with fertility medications to produce multiple egg follicles
  • Her eggs are surgically retrieved
  • The eggs are fertilized in vitro with sperm (ICSI)
  • Resulting embryos are monitored for development in vitro up to 5 days
  • High quality embryos are selected and cryopreserved using vitrification method
  • When thawed, embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus

Avid Promoter of Men’s Health Week

The Men’s Health Awareness movement encourages the early detection of male-factor infertility. Dr. John Zhang is an avid promoter of men’s health week – June 10th through June 16th – to increase awareness of male-factor infertility prevention and treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang, call 917.525.5496.

How to Boost Male Fertility

father-babyThere are several activities hurting a man’s fertility on a daily basis. Look: By making some simple lifestyle changes, a man can boost his fertility within about three months.

Boost Male Fertility

Follow Dr. Zhang’s recommendations to boost your fertility.

Taking Testosterone-Containing Supplements. These can actually lower sperm count to zero. In contrast – taking Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can positively impact sperm production and increase morphology.

Smoking. These two habits are double trouble. Smokers have a high rate of sperm DNA damage which limits the chance of normal fertilization. Smokers also have low sperm counts which reduces the likelihood of successful fertilization.

Alcohol. Five alcoholic drinks per week can lower the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm. Also, alcohol interferes with the ability of a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

Stress. This causes many ailments – including male infertility. Stress causes imbalances in key hormones that ultimately decrease sperm production.

Overheating the Penis. The penis is located outside of the body to keep it from being too warm. Long hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, or wearing tight underwear for extended periods of time will impact sperm negatively. Also, radiation from your laptop and cellphone placed on your lap will impair your sperm

Smoking Marijuana. Social drugs like pot are on the rise. This is a major no-no when it comes to a man’s fertility. Wee, edibles, vapes can genetically alter sperm and drop sperm count drastically in heavy users. Stop using pot at least six months before trying to conceive.

Working with Chemicals. Your workplace may be lowering your fertility. Men who work with petrochemicals, pesticides, or other organic solvents/automotive produces tend to have higher rates of sperm impairment and partners with higher rates of miscarriage.

Being Overweight. As men gain weight, their hormonal balance is thrown off. Men with a BMI greater than 30 are three times more likely to have a low sperm count. An exercise plan and healthy diet are recommended as weightloss tools before trying to conceive.

Healthy Diet. For good quality sperm, an increased consumption of greens, veggies, legumes, and healthy fats is recommended. Avoid trans fats and processed foods.

Male Fertility

Even if a man’s sperm count is normal – it may not be optimal for getting a woman pregnant naturally. Men with normal sperm counts can still be contributing to a couple’s infertility.

A man’s sperm quality is critical – even if his sperm count lab results fall within a normal range.

  • Morphology
  • Motility
  • Forward progression
  • Semen volume
  • Liquefaction time

Plan of Action to Increase Male Fertility

Make an appointment with a fertility specialist for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your male reproductive health. At New Hope Fertility Center, both female and male patients undergo a complete fertility assessment to evaluate their reproductive health.

The good news! Flagging any potential medical cause of infertility is the quick and cost-effectively help you get pregnant. Once the problem is identified, great strides toward a pregnancy can be made through a customized male fertility treatment plan.

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific personal needs.

Customized Protocols

Avid Promoter of Men’s Health Week

The Men’s Health Awareness movement encourages the early detection of male-factor infertility. Dr. John Zhang is an avid promoter of men’s health week – June 10th through June 16th – to increase awareness of male-factor infertility prevention and treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang, call 917.525.5496.

Men’s Health Awareness Begins Next Week

Man With BabyThe Men’s Health Awareness movement encourages the early detection of male-factor infertility. The movement’s mission is to increase public awareness of preventable health conditions for men – especially infertility. This includes preventing sterility. Organizers have developed and implemented creative awareness activities during the month of June.

Men’s Health Awareness Week June 10th through 16th

This movement has developed and implemented creative awareness resources for men utilize in improving their health year-round. A Men’s Health Awareness network coordinates dozens of corporate, government, religious, and fraternal outreach activities across the nation. There are many federal, state, and local government websites providing information about Men’s Health Awareness. Most major broadcast and print media organizations cover stories about men’s health by interviewing experts in the field.

Men’s Health Awareness Movement

The purpose of this movement is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of medical conditions prevalent among men.

Male-Factor Infertility

One third (1/3) of infertility cases are attributed to male factor infertility. Men are less apt to openly discuss their infertility or to have a support system in place to help them cope through treatment. This is because men do not think about their fertility until it comes time to have a baby.

Male Infertility Treatment

Proven, successful treatments to overcome male-factor infertility:

Male Infertility Coping Tools

Coping through male infertility treatment is made easier with some very simplistic proactive tools.

  • Don’t abuse alcohol or drugs
  • Refrain from overeating to reduce BMI
  • Don’t smoke
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Exercise to reduce stress
  • Keep your relationship strong

Successful Male Infertility Treatment

Testing for male infertility begins with a semen sample analysis. A semen analysis reveals the efficiency of sperm function.

Semen Analysis

A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to detect male factor infertility. A semen sample is collected through masturbation and analyzed for sperm quality.

  • Sperm Concentration – This is the number of sperm in the ejaculate.
  • Sperm Motility – This is the percentage of sperm moving and the qualities of movement such as speed and straightness.
  • Sperm Morphology – This is the percentage of sperm having a normal appearance in size and shape.

When a diagnosis of male factor infertility has been made, IUI – or – ICSI in conjunction with IVF using the man’s sperm is typically recommended.

Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Benefits

It is important to work with a multidisciplinary fertility care team having a thorough understanding of the root cause of your infertility. 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 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

Avid Promoter of Men’s Health Week

Dr. John Zhang is an avid promoter of men’s health week to increase awareness of male-factor infertility prevention and treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang, call 917.525.5496.