How to Plan Your Family Through Gender Selection

Pick of the MonthMany women undergoing IVF are choosing the sex of their baby through PGS/NGS technology. Celebrities and public figures, like Chrissy Teigen recently interviewed by Vogue, are increasingly opening up the discussion surrounding gender selection. Look: No longer is gender selection frowned upon as a social engineering tool used to make designer babies. What’s the bottom line? Gender selection is an accepted fertility procedure used to choose the sex of a baby for family balancing purposes.

Gender Selection Technology

Demand for gender selection is growing and our innovative IVF and genetic testing technology has been responding in kind with more than 99% accuracy. That’s not all. Gender selection is an inevitable by-product of genetic testing. Through genetic testing, the sex of each embryo is identifiable.

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

PGS and NGS technology works to identify embryos with chromosomal abnormalities while they culture during the IVF process. The best part? PGS/NGS is the testing of an embryo’s overall chromosomal normalcy prior to being transferred to the patient’s uterus. Chromosomal abnormalities make an embryo too week to thrive into a fetus if it manages to implant into a woman’s uterine lining.

An Embryo’s Gender Chromosomal Make Up

The gender of an embryo is determined by the chromosomes carried in the sperm.

  • A man’s sperm can carry either the X or Y chromosome
  • A woman’s egg only contributes the X chromosome to the fertilized embryo
  • An embryo with XY makeup is male
  • An embryo with XX makeup is female

PGS Increases Pregnancy Rates By Up To 30 Percent

Universal blastocyst embryo screening is recommended for our patients because the procedure can help increase the chances of a pregnancy by 30 percent. Our fertility specialists recommend PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF for:

  • Women over 37 who are undergoing IVF
  • Women who have had two or more unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Women under 35 who have experienced two or more miscarriages – recurrent miscarriage
  • Women who are over 35 and have experience one miscarriage

Read more: How to Plan Your Family Through Gender Selection

How to Boost Your Sperm Count by the New Year

2015-8When a couple under the age of 35 cannot conceive after having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for one year, there is a 30 percent chance it could be due to male-factor infertility. Why is this important? Even if a man’s sperm count has been analyzed and determined to be normal – it may not be optimal. Bottom Line: It is advisable for men to seek out fertility boosting treatment in conjunction with their female partner’s fertility plan.

  • Male-factor infertility = 30 percent of cases
  • Female-factor infertility = 30 percent of cases
  • Unexplained – idiopathic – infertility = 10 percent of cases

Checking Your Sperm Count With A Semen Analysis

A computer assisted semen analysis is a simple – yet sophisticated – diagnostic test used to judge a man’s sperm quality and quantity.

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

Average Sperm Counts Have Diminished Significantly

Studies have shown that over the past 50 to 60 years, average sperm counts have diminished significantly. The average sperm concentration in a milliliter of ejaculate has been cut in half since the 1940s. Men with normal sperm counts may be contributing a couple’s struggle to get pregnant naturally.

  • Normal sperm counts show a baseline of 15 million per milliliter of ejaculate
  • Optimal sperm count baseline = 40 million+

Optimum Sperm Quality is Important

A man’s sperm quality matters a lot – even if his lab results fall within a normal range.

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

Read more: How to Boost Your Sperm Count by the New Year

New Hope’s In-House Acupuncture for Fertility

4540703 - close-up of acupuncture needles on belly - selective focusAcupuncture in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has been proven by studies to increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant by up to 50 percent! National Institutes of Health research has shown a direct correlation between acupuncture and pregnancy. Why is this important? Because New Hope Fertility Center has incorporated an in-house acupuncture service as an integral part of our all-encompassing infertility treatment options. Bottom line: Acupuncture is a useful tool during the practice of the vast array of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures offered at New Hope Fertility Center.

Acupuncture Increases Pregnancy Success

Acupuncture is the holistic practice of inserting ultra-thin, sterile needles into the body’s specific trigger points serving as meridians to a woman’s reproductive system. The insertion of needles into one’s reproductive trigger points through specific channels serves to regulate the body’s functions.

What’s the real story? This remarkable Chinese medicine has been used in conjunction with Western medicine for centuries. According to the American Pregnancy Association, acupuncture helps increase a woman’s fertility by alleviating medical conditions preventing her from getting pregnant.

Look: Acupuncture . . .

  • Reduces patient stress and produces a calming effect during infertility treatment
  • Reduces uterine spasms after embryo transfer
  • Improves clarity and overall whole body wellness during infertility treatment
  • Improves egg quality – FSH level
  • Improves embryo implantation – conception – success
  • Reduces chance of miscarriage

Our acupuncture practitioners are skilled in determining a patient’s individual medical challenges in overcoming infertility.Read more: New Hope’s In-House Acupuncture for Fertility

Vitrification Method of Fertility Preservation

27868048 - happy  mother holding smiling child babyMany studies have shown that the vitrification method of cryopreservation increases the chances of pregnancy for women and men opting to preserve their fertility through the several cryopreservation alternatives being offered by New Hope Fertility Center.

What do we offer?

Vitrification Method of Freezing

New Hope Fertility Center’s founder and medical director – Dr. John Zhang – pioneered the use of modern freezing method of vitrification. Look: Used by our fertility specialists since 2004, vitrification is an advanced technique designed to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy being achieved through fertility preservation. Vitrification is the rapid freeze method of cryopreservation. Extreme, rapid freezing avoids the formation of harmful ice crystals between cells. Why is this important? The vitrification method increases the chances of pregnancy.

How Vitrification Works

Preparing an egg, embryo, ovarian tissue graft, or sperm sample for rapid freezing via vitrification entails:

  • Placement in a high concentration of cryoprotectant solution while at room temperature
  • Being directly plunged into liquid nitrogen to immediately drop the temperature in a large number of degrees
  • Implementing an extreme rapid rate of thawing to prevent damage to cells

Read more: Vitrification Method of Fertility Preservation

Dr. Zhang’s Division of Fertility Preservation

27462460 - baby newborn sleeping on parents hands, kid and family conceptOur Division of Fertility Preservation was founded with the goal of ensuring every hopeful parent-to-be has a pathway to family planning. Freeze now and preserve your fertility for the future. We provide the most comprehensive, cutting-edge, and reliable 21st Century solutions for fertility preservation. With over 400 live births from cryopreservation technology, Dr. John Zhang has earned his world renowned reputation as a pioneer in the field of fertility preservation.

Fertility Preservation Leaders

New Hope Fertility Center has partnered with Fertility Preservation – founded by leading onco-fertility specialist – Dr. Kutluk Oktay.

Working in tandem with Dr. Oktay, New Hope Fertility Center’s Division of Fertility Preservation is one of the world’s leading providers of:

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing
  • Ovarian Transplants
  • Ovarian Stimulation for Cancer Patients
  • Fertility Preservation for Children Diagnosed With Cancer and Turner Syndrome

Comprehensive Fertility Preservation

New Hope Fertility Center’s comprehensive solutions for fertility preservation are increasingly becoming popular every year. Both men and women are discovering their reproductive options for future family planning.

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing and Transplantation
  • In Vitro Maturation
  • Infertility Treatments After Chemotherapy
  • Post-Mortem Emergency Fertility Preservation
  • Medically Indicated Oocyte (Egg) Freezing
  • Random Start Ovarian Stimulation
  • Pregnancy After Cancer

Women must know all of their options to preserve their fertility for future family planning, including:

Read more: Dr. Zhang’s Division of Fertility Preservation

How World Class IVF Technology Helps Treat Infertility

The latest IVF Technology, ingenuity and standards sets New Hope Fertility Center NYC apart from all other 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.

World Class IVF Technology

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

  • State-of-the-Art IVF Laboratory
  • Powerful Air Filtration System
  • Controlled and Uncontaminated Environment

That’s not the best part. Our cutting-edge 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

Read more: How World Class IVF Technology Helps Treat Infertility

How to Treat Anovulation: Ovulation Induction

Pregnant woman touching her bellyThe key to finally getting pregnant is a correct diagnosis of the problem. Why is this important? Diagnosing anovulation is critical because pregnancy is not possible without the maturation and release of an egg. An anovulatory cycle is one in which ovulation does not occur. Approximately 40 percent of women suffer from anovulation making it difficult for them to get pregnant naturally. Anovulation is diagnosed when a woman’s ovary does not release an egg (oocyte) during her monthly menstrual cycle. Look: Ovulation Induction through IVF stimulates the growth of a single follicle in a woman’s ovary to release its egg.

Causes and Symptoms of Anovulation

When a woman’s ovary does not release an egg during her natural menstrual cycle, the condition diagnosed is anovulation. The goal of ovulation induction is to stimulate the growth of a single follicle to release its egg. Bottom Line: Superovulation – through the administration of fertility medication – to stimulate and grow multiple follicles and release more than one egg during a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Causes of Ovulation Dysfunction – Anovulation

The most common causes of anovulation:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Obesity
  • Extreme exercise
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Perimenopause (low ovarian reserve)
  • Thyroid Dysfunction (hyperthyroidism)
  • Extreme stress

Read more: How to Treat Anovulation: Ovulation Induction

Ovarian Tissue Freezing Basics

CryopreservationOvarian tissue freezing lets a woman freeze hundreds – if not thousands – of her eggs for future use in family planning. The ovarian tissue freezing procedure is performed by laparoscopy to remove tissue from the outer membrane of a woman’s ovary. Later, this ovarian tissue is re-implanted and regains its function by producing eggs naturally. As a new and cutting-edge method offered by New Hope Fertility Center’s Division of Fertility Preservation – ovarian tissue freezing is growing in popularity for women.

Candidates for Ovarian Tissue Freezing

Ovarian tissue freezing can be performed on very short notice – unlike egg and embryo freezing alternatives. 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

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

How PGD is Helping to Eliminate Common Genetic Disease

52853590 - egg is holding by a pipet and a neeldle.When my patients are known carriers of a genetic disease – a single gene disorder – I strongly recommend Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) testing in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Genetic diseases can be detected through PGD testing of embryos in vitro to eliminate passing on a single gene disorder to a child conceived via IVF.

Eliminate Common Genetic Disease From Being Passed On To Your Child

The most common genetic diseases tested for through PGD in conjunction with IVF are:

  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Tay Saches Disease
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Duchennes Muscular Dystophy
  • Thalassemia

After a woman’s eggs have been surgically retrieved and fertilized in vitro, developing embryos will be tested upon reaching the blastocyst stage (5 to 6 days after fertilization occurs). Cells are gently removed from each embryo using microsurgery technology. Our expert embryologists then analyze the cells using a probe that is specifically designed to test for a specific gene disorder. PGD diagnoses a genetic defect in an embryo.Read more: How PGD is Helping to Eliminate Common Genetic Disease

Femara for Infertility Treatment

42109089 - asian couple and babyLetrozole – brand named Femara – is an oral superovulation drug commonly used for the treatment of infertility. The specialists at New Hope Fertility Center have decades of education, training, and clinical experience in fertility medication therapy. It can’t be emphasized enough. Having the expertise to know how long a patient should remain on Femara therapy is determinative of pregnancy success.

Look: Here is an overview of how Femara is used.

  • To induce an egg to develop and be released in a woman who is not ovulating naturally
  • To increase the chances of pregnancy for a woman who can ovulate naturally through superovulation

About Femara

Femara is an oral medication working to block a woman’s production of estrogen. The components making up Femara belong to a classification of medications known as aromatase inhibitors. Aromatase is an enzyme responsible for producing estrogen. Femara works to inhibit aromatase – suppressing estrogen production.

Decreased estrogen production stimulates a woman’s ovaries into growing multiple egg follicles. The pituitary gland produces more of the hormones needed to stimulate a woman’s ovaries into producing multiple egg follicles – FSH and LH.

  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

These hormones cause:

  • Ovulation in women who have diagnosed as anovulatory, or
  • Increase in the number of eggs developed in women who have the ability to ovulate

Read more: Femara for Infertility Treatment