Monthly Archives: July 2019

Why Dr. Zhang Promotes Fertility Counseling During IVF Treatment

PCOSBecause you will be investing substantial financial, physical, and emotional 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 and emotional stress of IVF treatment. Being proactive with your mental health may increase the odds of securing your financial investment.

Emotional Health and Fertility Counseling

You may experience emotional as well as financial stress during your upcoming treatment. This is why 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 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 Fertility 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 Dr. Zhang’s Holistic Mini-IVF™ Can Help You Get Pregnant

background-hands-earth_smallThe holistic Mini-IVF™ protocol is custom designed to reduce every patient’s pain, discomfort, and cost per cycle. In addition to the Mini-IVF™, Dr. John Zhang provides a vast array of holistic and patient-friendly IVF Protocols. Look: The self-administration of large quantities of fertility medications is no longer required to achieve a successful IVF pregnancy. Bottom Line: A woman’s body needs only produce a few high quality eggs to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

The Holistic 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

Holistic Mini-IVF™ Protocol Fertility Specialist

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

Dr. Zhang Explains IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

47378703 - happy and young pregnant woman in park in summerDid you know that Dr. John Zhang – founder and medical director of New Hope Fertility Center in NYC – has successfully comprised a multidisciplinary team of World Class Specialists? Only a multidisciplinary fertility team delivers the highest IVF Pregnancy Success Rates. Dr. Zhang’s multidisciplinary team of fertility specialists work in tandem to provide every patient with a customized IVF treatment plan.

Multidisciplinary IVF Team Delivering High Pregnancy Success Rates

A multidisciplinary fertility team effort provides the most evidence-based practice leading to high IVF pregnancy success rates. Through a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, there is no cause for concern if you don’t see your fertility doctor every time you attend a routine appointment.

High IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

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

Patient-Specific IVF Ancillary Procedures

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

  • Genetic Testing
  • In Vitro Maturation (IVF/M)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Egg and Embryo Banking
  • Egg and Embryo Donor Services
  • Fertility Yoga
  • Fertility Acupuncture

Fertility Yoga

When you are investing significant amounts of time, money, and emotion into an IVF cycle, you want to do everything you can to make it successful. New studies have shown that both online yoga and in-person yoga help to increase the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy by up to 26 percent. This is because yoga is proven to reduce stress and anxiety in IVF patients.

Yoga For Infertility instructs on a series of poses and postures designed to improve fertility by:

  • Increasing blood flow to your reproductive system
  • Releasing stress
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Balancing life energy flow throughout the body
  • Helping to reset your endocrine system – aiding hormonal balance
  • Supporting a healthy immune system
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Creating clarity in your mind

Fertility Acupuncture

Fertility acupuncture in conjunction with IVF has been proven by studies to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant by up to 50 percent. New Hope Fertility Center has incorporated an in-house acupuncture service as part of its multidisciplinary fertility treatment approach.

Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Approach

You will receive personalized services from our ultra-talented multidisciplinary fertility team.

  • Medical Assistants
  • Ultrasound Technicians
  • Embryologists

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

  • Doctorates
  • PhD’s
  • Master’s Degrees

Your primary doctor is always fully informed about your patient 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 fullfil 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.

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.

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

World Renowned Fertility Specialist

To achieve your highest pregnancy chances, you must work with a fertility specialist having the educational and clinical experience required to design an IVF protocol meeting your personal and medical needs. Dr. John Zhang and his multidisciplinary team of fertility specialists will work together to provide you with the highest IVF pregnancy success chances. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang, call 917.525.5496.

Is It Time for You to Get With the Egg Freezing Trend in 2019?

shutterstock_192934715Dr. John Zhang is a steadfast promoter of 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.

Informative Egg Freezing in Events in 2019

New Hope’s 2019 egg freezing events 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?

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

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.

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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.

Why Dr. Zhang Promotes Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking

17618021 - red cellsDuring the month of July, the movement known as Cord Blood Awareness Month is actively promoted by Dr. John Zhang. The Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation founded this movement to promote general public awareness of how umbilical cord blood stem cells are successfully used by medical professionals in the treatment of disease and tissue regeneration.

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking

Cord blood stem cells are found in the blood of a baby’s umbilical cord after birth. With their instant availability at birth for banking, cord blood stem cells are a widely used source of healing and regeneration used by transplant physicians.

Healing Stem Cells

Healing and regenerating stem cells can be retrieved from three sources:

  • Cord Blood
  • Bone Marrow
  • Peripheral Blood

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking

As a parent-to-be, you can pre-arrange to have your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells retrieved after the birth and banked for future medical use.

  • Blood in the umbilical cord, and
  • Tissue making up the umbilical cord

Collecting and storing a baby’s umbilical cord blood and tissue is not recommended as an insurance policy for the donor baby. The stem cells from umbilical blood and tissue are primarily used to treat a sibling or relative of the baby that has a medical disease treatable by a cord blood transplant.

Umbilical Cord Blood

This is the blood fluid from the baby that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. This fluid contains special cells – hematopoietic stem cells – that are used to treat diseases. These special stem cells have the ability to mature into different types of blood cells in the body when transplanted.

Benefits of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

The cord blood of your baby is an abundant source of stems cells.

  • Stem cells are genetically related to your baby
  • Stem cells are genetically related to your family
  • Stem cells are able to transform into other types of cells in the body to create new growth and development
  • Stem cells are building blocks of the immune system

Stem cells are dominant cells contributing to the development of:

  • Tissue
  • Organs
  • Systems in the body

Medical Advances in the Use of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Stem cells have the potential of providing medical professionals with the ability to treat a broad range of diseases – up to 70 – or use in future experimental medical research.

  • Cancer – leukemia and lymphoma
  • Blood disease (anemia)
  • Immune system disorders preventing the body’s ability to defend itself
  • Genetic disorders
  • Neurological disorders

Advantages of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells vs. Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Hematopoietic stems cells are also found in adult and children bone marrow. However, umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells have several advantages over those retrieved from bone marrow.

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells:

  • Contain 10 times more stem cells than those collected from bone marrow
  • Newborn stem cells are one-half as likely to be rejected during treatment compared to adult stem cells
  • More matches are possible with cord blood stem cells than when bone marrow is used
  • Cord blood stems cells are less likely to be rejected than bone marrow stem cells
  • Cord blood stem cell collections are very low risk and painless for mother and baby
  • Bone marrow stem cell collections pose medical risks and are painful for the donor
  • Cord blood fluid and tissue can be frozen and banked – ready for use by a match
  • Collection from bone marrow is difficult and the stem cells must be used promptly – no storage vessel is available
  • Unlike umbilical blood cord stem cells, bone marrow stem cells do not have the capability to strengthen the immune system during cancer treatments

Easy Retrieval of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Umbilical cord fluid is not only loaded with stems cells, it is easy to collect after birth and can be performed whether your delivery is natural or via cesarean section.

  • Within 15 minutes after the birth of your baby, the doctor simply clamps the umbilical cord in two places about 10 inches apart
  • The cord is cut – separating mother from baby
  • A needle is inserted into the cord (syringe method) – collecting at least 40 milliliters of fluid from the cord – similar to a draw for a blood test
  • Or, the umbilical cord will be elevated to drain the flood into a bag (bag method)
  • The blood is sealed and labeled before being sent to a cord blood bank within 48 hours for testing, processing, flash-freezing, and storage
  • The entire collection procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes

Pre-Arranging to Collect Umbilical Blood After Birth

  • Private or family banks store cord blood and tissue for autologous use – or – directed donation to a family member for an allogenic transplant
  • Select a private bank and make sure you have a signed contract for cryopreservation within 48 hours after collection
  • Ask about the total cost – including charges for collection, processing, flash-freezing, and annual storage fees
  • Contact your private bank and obtain a collection kit at least six weeks in advance of your due date
  • Note: Your delivery hospital may not have collection kits on hand
  • Note: Your delivery hospital may not provide umbilical cord blood collection services
  • Parents must give written consent before labor begins
  • The mother’s blood must also be tested beforehand

Avid Promoter of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking

Dr. John Zhang is an avid promoter of umbilical cord blood stem cell banking at the time of a baby’s birth. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang, call 917.525.5496.