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Dr. Zhang’s Forward Look to LGBTQ Fertility Treatment in the New Year

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father-babySince 2004, Dr. John Zhang and his team of fertility care specialists at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC have provided state-of-the-art fertility procedures to LGBTQ patients. The Doctor’s goal is to reduce the physical, emotional and financial toll of every LGBTQ patient wanting to have a baby.

LGBTQ Fertility Treatment Mission Statement

Every person has the right to have a family of their own.

  • No sexual orientation judgments
  • No gender or transgender bias
  • No personal or religious judgments
  • No judgments toward interracial couples
  • No judgments about marital status

Fertility Treatment Options for Female Couples

  • IUI – Intrauterine Insemination (artificial insemination) using donor sperm
  • IVF – In Vitro Fertilization using eggs from one partner and donor sperm

Fertility Treatment Options for Male Couples

Gestational Surrogacy – selecting and using donor eggs fertilized in vitro with the sperm from one of the partners

Gestational surrogacy can be used to achieve a pregnancy through IVF using:

  • Donor Eggs
  • Intended father’s sperm

Egg Donor Recipients – selecting and using donor eggs to accomplish gestational surrogacy

Donor Eggs and Sperm

Regardless of the gender combination of LGBTQ couples – or singles wanting to be a solo parent – the process of selecting donor eggs or donor sperm has been substantially streamlined for our patients’ ease.

We offer world class – yet affordable – support packages for the selection of donor eggs and donor sperm. Our donor program is extremely successful because we use the most cutting-edge cryopreservation and IVF technologies.

Cutting-Edge IVF Protocols

State-of-the-Art Fertility Treatment

You can realize your dream of building a family through our state-of-the-art reproductive technologies.

IUI Procedure

The most common fertility treatment for lesbian couples is IUI. Timed with induced ovulation, the patient is artificially inseminated with a highly concentrated amount of motile donor sperm. The IUI procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia.

  • The patient’s monthly cycle is regulated using oral medication
  • An oral fertility medication – typically Clomid or Femara – is then self-administered by the patient to stimulate multiple egg follicle production
  • The growth of egg follicles are monitored through regular vaginal ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Once the egg follicles have reached a mature stage, ovulation is induced using an injectable trigger medication – hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin
  • The ovulation of multiple eggs, timed with sperm insemination, increases the patient’s chances of pregnancy
  • A highly concentrated amount of motile donor sperm is inserted into the cervix using a very thin catheter – similar to a pap smear procedure
  • The patient is instructed to self-administer progesterone to thicken her uterine lining in preparation for embryo implantation between the IUI procedure and the pregnancy test
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled

Two IUI inseminations are performed between 12 and 36 hours after hCG administration to increase the patient’s chances of pregnancy.

IVF Procedure

One partner’s eggs are harvested for in vitro fertilization using donor sperm. The other partner carries the pregnancy.

  • The partners’ cycles are regulated to coincide with one another
  • The partner producing the eggs self-administers fertility medications to stimulate multiple egg production
  • The growth and development of egg follicles are regularly monitored with pelvic ultrasounds and blood level hormone measurements
  • Once the egg follicles have matured, the patient self-administers an ovulation inducing medication – hCG
  • The eggs are surgically retrieved using a transvaginal ultrasound-guided aspiration tool
  • The eggs are fertilized in vitro with donor sperm using The ovulation of multiple eggs, timed with insemination, increases the patient’s chances of pregnancy ICSI – a single sperm is injected directly into one egg
  • All resulting embryos will culture in a controlled laboratory setting until they reach an optimum stage of development – up to 5 days
  • A high quality embryo is transferred to the carrier partner’s uterus via an insemination catheter – similar to a Pap smear procedure
  • The carrier partner is instructed to self-administer progesterone to thicken her uterine lining in preparation for embryo implantation between transfer and the pregnancy test
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled

Gestational Surrogacy Using Donor Eggs

Gestational Surrogacy – Using donor eggs to be fertilized with the sperm from one of the partners. The resulting embryo is transferred to a surrogate who will carry the baby.

Egg Donor Recipient Program – Acquiring donor eggs to accomplish gestational surrogacy.

Gestational surrogacy may be used to achieve a pregnancy and birth using a surrogate  mother.

  • Donor eggs
  • Intended father’s sperm

A surrogate match is selected by the Intended Parents through a leading agency specializing in gestational surrogacy – New Beginnings Surrogacy

  • Once the perfect surrogate match has been located, the surrogate’s cycle is regulated in preparation for embryo transfer timing
  • In sync with the surrogate’s cycle, the donor eggs are thawed and fertilized with the intended father’s sperm using ICSI
  • ICSI is a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into the donor’s eggs in a controlled laboratory environment
  • Once fertilization is achieved, the resulting embryos are monitored regularly for growth and development quality – up to 5 days
  • A quality embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus
  • Excess quality embryos can be cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) procedures

Fertility Doctor Serving the LGBTQ Community in the New Year

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the clinical experience required to design a customized IVF treatment 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.

How Needle-Free IVF Works Without Shots and Blood Draws

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Preganant Asian WomenYou no longer have to undergo painful shots and inconvenient blood draws to achieve a healthy pregnancy through IVF. What’s new in fertility treatment? Our team of fertility specialists made news in the NY Post with the launching of Needle-Free IVF – a holistic method of treatment which promises pregnancy success without shots and blood draws. Why is this news? Our Needle-Free IVF protocol was researched and developed in response to our patients’ feedback concerning the daunting cost, pain, and inconvenience of Conventional IVF.

New Needle-Free IVF

Gone are the days of costly fertility medications, inconvenient daily blood draws, and painful injections.

  • No shots – Injectable drugs are replaced with oral fertility medications to stimulate the production of multiple egg follicles
  • No blood draws – Hormone tests are conducted via urine and saliva sample to monitor egg follicle development
  • No hCG injection – A nasal spray triggers ovulation in preparation for egg retrieval

Women who are afraid of needles are particularly happy to hear about the new technique – (NY Post). They are very, very excited – they’re happy that there are no shots.

Holistic Approaches to IVF

Our research and clinical experience has proven that high dosages of fertility drugs may be associated with poor egg quality – making it more difficult to achieve a healthy pregnancy through Conventional IVF. As part of our commitment to increasing our patients’ chances of conceiving, we have established a focus on holistic IVF protocols – Mini-IVF™ and Natural Cycle IVF™. These holistic protocols give our patients the opportunity to achieve a pregnancy through IVF for less money and with little aggravation.

Candidates for Needle-Free IVF

This gentle and effective IVF protocol is designed to be patient-friendly to patients who have unique needs.

  • Have a fear of needles
  • Have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Have difficulty self-administering medication via injection
  • Experience discomfort or bruising due to injections
  • Have problems submitting to blood draws because of difficult veins
  • Have a high risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • Want a more natural and holistic fertility treatment option

Needle-Free IVF Fertility Medications

Depending on the woman’s medical needs, an oral fertility medication – typically Clomid and/or Letrozole– are prescribed to gently stimulate her ovaries into producing multiple eggs. Synarel is administered nasally for 3 days at the beginning of the cycle and then again 36 hours prior to surgical egg retrieval to trigger ovulation.

  • Clomid and/or Femara to stimulate egg production
  • Synarel to trigger ovulation
  • Oral progesterone tablets
  • Vaginal progesterone suppositories

One Good Egg Policy

Customized IVF care is the best. Remember: It only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to make a baby. Our focus is to help you produce good quality eggs during a fresh IVF cycle – not a high quantity of eggs using large doses of injectable fertility medications. This policy is perfectly suited for our new Needle-Free IVF protocol.

Difficult Patients Welcome

Women diagnosed as difficult or hopelessly infertile by other fertility clinics are welcomed at New Hope Fertility Center. The best part? Because of our One Good Egg Policy, we happily accept candidates for IVF that other fertility clinics decline to treat and have proven success where others failed to even try.

Egg Collection Results and Success Rates

Our Needle-Free IVF protocol has resulted in comparable egg collection results as that of the Conventional IVF protocol. We are – on average – able to retrieve at least 10 eggs from patients who have undergone our Needle-Free IVF protocol. These results are reassuringly comparable with other IVF protocols in terms of number of eggs collected and pregnancy success rates.

Needle-Free IVF and Gender Selection

Many of our patients opt to have their embryos undergo genetic testing during their Needle-Free IVF cycle.

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.

Needle-Free IVF Consultation

It is important to work with a fertility specialist having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your personal medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation about Needle-Free IVF with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 917.525.5496.

The Importance of Precision IVF Fertility Medication Administration

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Antidepressants and Fertility TreatmentTo increase your chance of a successful IVF cycle, your fertility doctor must have a proven history of precision fertility medication administration. Look: Timing is of the essence when it comes to the administration of fertility medications during every infertility treatment cycle – especially IVF. Bottom Line: Your fertility doctor must have the specialization to know when your fertility medication regimens must be adjusted for an optimum outcome.

  • Increased – or –
  • Decreased – or –
  • Stopped

Fertility Medications and the Mini-IVF™

As reported by ABC News, the Mini-IVF™ is a newer and gentler IVF protocol. What’s the real story? As an alternative to Conventional IVF, the Mini-IVF™ has been successfully practiced for over a decade by our fertility specialists. As explained by Dr. John Zhang – Medical Director and CEO of New Hope Fertility Center – to ABC News, You only need one good-quality egg to achieve a live birth. With Mini-IVF™, you make very few eggs, but good quality eggs to achieve a pregnancy. The best part: This holistic IVF protocol is gentle on a woman’s body because patients follow a low-dose oral drug regimen during a fresh cycle – instead of the typical rigorous administration of daily hormone shots.

Mini-IVF™ Protocol

Although medication regimens vary based on the patient’s medical needs, this gentle IVF protocol includes:

  • One Clomid pill consumed daily
  • No more than one to three injections of Menopur
  • A simple nasal spray of Synarel 36 hours prior to egg retrieval instead of repeated progesterone shots

The Mini-IVF protocol prescribes lower dosages of fertility medications so that a woman only produces 3 to 5 high quality eggs. With 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)

Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) vs. Femara (Letrozole)

The fertility drug clomiphene citrate – brand named Clomid – is an oral medication used to stimulate a woman’s monthly egg production and increase her chances of pregnancy. Ovulation of multiple eggs is timed with the insemination of a concentrated amount of sperm into the uterus via a woman’s cervix – similar to a Pap smear.

A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine tested and compared two common fertility drugs stimulating multiple egg production – Clomid v. Femara. Clomid achieved a birth rate of 23 percent, while Femara (generic Letrozole – an aromatase inhibitor) only 18 percent. The study found that Letrozole offered no advantages over Clomid treatment and increased the chance of multiple pregnancy by up to four times. The researchers concluded that Clomid is the most effective medication for stimulating ovaries and increasing the chances of a healthy pregnancy for couples with unexplained infertility.

Benefits of Mini-IVF™

Many women who have failed Conventional IVF have achieved a successful pregnancy after undergoing a Mini-IVF™ – ABC News. That’s not all. Because less medication is used during a Mini-IVF, most women do not have an intolerable experience of unpleasant symptoms – such as extreme swelling/bloating, night sweats, and weight gain.

The Mini-IVF™ is an option for women who may respond better to lower doses of fertility medication. This holistic protocol may help women produce higher quality eggs for successful fertilization. Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF are comparable to Conventional IVF without the high cost of large doses of fertility medications.

The Mini-IVF™ is an option for women who may respond better to lower doses of fertility medication. This protocol may help women produce higher quality eggs for in vitro fertilization. Pregnancy success rates for Mini-IVF are comparable to Conventional IVF without the high cost.

Strategic Administration of Fertility Medications

Your fertility doctor must have the education, training, and clinical experience to precisely determine how a fertility medication protocol must be administered for success. As a patient who is committed to investing your time and resources into getting pregnant, you must become well-informed about fertility medications. It can’t be emphasized enough. Every fertility drug is specifically designed for strategic administration during a woman’s IVF cycle. These medications are a very important component of the IVF cycle process and are determinative of pregnancy success.

That’s not all. My standard of care encompasses the detailed explanation of the important role of fertility medications:

  • Prepare the patient’s body for treatment
  • Control the patient’s natural ovulation function

Customized Fertility Care

It is important to work with a fertility doctor who has the experience to accurately prescribe and regulate fertility medications – regardless of the recommended treatment.

Proven Fertility Medication Administration Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the experience required to design a customized IVF 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 Recommends Fertility Counseling in the New Year

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45649389 - make things happen this holiday season with star ornamentsBeing proactive with your mental health care in the New Year is key to making sure you are doing everything you can do to become pregnant. Look: The New Year offers new hope for those who have been struggling with infertility. Resolution: Reflect and reach out for an expert in fertility counseling. Dr. John Zhang strongly recommends Professional In-House Fertility Counseling with Allison Rosen Ph.D. That’s not all: The Doctor is dedicated to promoting his patients’ awareness of genetic testing in conjunction with IVF to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy.

Fertility Counseling

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 Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

Because advanced maternal age (over 35) adversely affects the quality of a woman’s eggs – oocytes – resulting in chromosomal abnormalities, Dr. Zhang recommends PGS in conjunction with IVF to patients his over the age of 35.

Other Candidates for PGS

  • 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 and improved 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.

World Renowned Fertility Doctor Recommending Fertility Counseling

Dr. Zhang would like to introduce you to an expert fertility counselor in the New Year if you are struggling to get pregnant. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Zhang and Dr. Allison Rosen at New Hope Fertility Center call 917.525.5496.

How a Natural Cycle IVF™ Can Help You Get Pregnant in the New Year

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45569541 - couple looking at their sleeping baby girl, close upThe Natural Cycle IVF™ is almost completely drug-free – compared to Conventional IVF and Mini-IVF™. Using this holistic protocol, a woman’s monthly, natural, high quality egg is surgically retrieve and then fertilized in vitro. Our Natural Cycle IVF™ treatment offers our patients the opportunity to avoid the health risks and cost of high dosages of fertility medications – as well as the trepidation and pain of daily injections.

Natural Cycle IVF™ Pregnancy Success Rates

Our pregnancy success rates for Natural Cycle IVF™ rivals those of Conventional IVF and Mini-IVF™. The personal attention provided by the fertility care team at New Hope Fertility Center provides every patient with the support needed to conceive a baby through Natural Cycle IVF™.

By treating each of our patients as individuals, we are able to create treatment plans customized for their specific medical and personal needs. No longer are high quantities of fertility medications necessary to produce One Good Egg.

Our One Good Egg Policy

It only takes One Good Egg to make a healthy baby. Our approach is not to focus on producing high quantities of eggs to be retrieved during a fresh IVF cycle. A large number of eggs is nonproductive if they are of low quality and not suitable for fertilization in vitro.

Our main goal is to help women produce high quality, healthy eggs.

Women who are accepted for Natural Cycle IVF™ treatment at New Hope Fertility Center are typically those who have been turned away by other clinics because they:

  • Have high FSH levels
  • Are unable to produce a large number of eggs during a single cycle
  • Do not respond well to fertility medication
  • Are at a disadvantage due to advanced maternal age

How the Natural Cycle IVF™ Works

A woman’s body may need only a little coaxing to achieve a pregnancy with her one natural, high quality egg produced during a monthly menstrual cycle. A woman’s natural egg is the very best she can produce – without the need for numerous, costly, painful, self-administered fertility medication injections.

  • As a woman’s natural cycle begins, the doctor will monitor the growth of her one good egg through ultrasound imaging and blood tests.
  • Once her natural egg has reached a prime stage of development, an ovulation trigger medication – hCG – will be self-administered by the patient at a designated time
  • On a scheduled date, the egg will be surgically retrieved in an outpatient procedure while the patient is under general anesthesia
  • After surgical retrieval, the egg will be fertilized in vitro through a procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • ICSI is an ancillary IVF procedure in which one quality sperm is directly injected into the woman’s natural egg
  • Once a high quality embryo has cultured in vitro to a prime stage of development – it will then be transferred to the woman’s uterus via a thin catheter – similar to a Pap smear procedure
  • A pregnancy test is scheduled in approximately two weeks

Benefits of Natural Cycle IVF™

  • No high cost, physically-challenging powerful fertility medications
  • A woman produces her one natural egg
  • Lowers health risks associated with Conventional IVF
  • Avoids the high cost associated with fertility drugs
  • Helps women avoid the discomfort and side effects of daily fertility drug injections
  • Eliminates the potential of a multiple pregnancy
  • Resolves ethical and religious dilemmas for patients opposed to producing excess embryos

Candidates for Natural IVF™

Women who will most benefit from a Natural Cycle IVF™ protocol are those:

  • Women over 35 who have a regular menstrual period and are able to ovulate
  • Women over 35 with elevated FSH levels
  • Women over 35 with a poor ovarian reserve
  • Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Women who are at risk for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) due to high dosages of fertility medications
  • Women who want to avoid costly and painful fertility medication injections
  • Women who are unresponsive to fertility medications
  • Women who have been unable to produce multiple eggs during a Conventional IVF or Mini-IVF™ cycle
  • Women over 35 with elevated FSH levels and poor ovarian reserve
  • Women who do not want to produce multiple embryos for ethical or religious reasons

Customized Natural Cycle IVF™ Specialist

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

Read About Dr. Zhang in the News: How Mini-IVF™ Lowers Your Costs and Risks

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Pregnant Woman (5)By lowering patient financial costs and health risks, a customized Mini-Free IVF™ is a very successful treatment for women suffering from infertility – even if they have failed Conventional IVF. Pregnancy success rates prove that large amounts of fertility medications do not increase your chances of getting pregnant through IVF treatment. Dr. Zhang on the Revolutionary Mini-IVF™

Dr. Zhang Explains Mini-IVF™ in the News

In Very Well Family (8/20/18) – Dr. John Zhang explains that producing too many eggs with large doses of fertility drugs can backfire and cause medical problems such as PCOS. Failing a Conventional IVF doesn’t mean that Mini-IVF™ won’t work.

Failing an IVF cycle happens for a number of reasons.

  • Age-related poor egg quality
  • Stress
  • Poor uterine environment preventing an embryo from implanting
  • Incorrect hormone levels

Some women who fail a Conventional IVF cycle will have better luck with lower or no egg stimulation protocols because these can produce higher quality eggs. It is a case by case situation and by trying more holistic treatments, pregnancy success has been achieved.

Our Mini-IVF™ protocol has changed the entire landscape of IVF treatment. It is a simple, convenient, and patient-friendly IVF protocol. A woman’s body no longer needs to be forced into overproducing eggs to achieve a successful pregnancy.

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. 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.

Mini-IVF™ Overview

Because lower dosages of fertility medications are prescribed to only produce 3 to 5 high quality eggs, the patient’s cost per Mini-IVF™ cycle is reduced. 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 reached in a Conventional IVF cycle.

Look:

The Mini-IVF™ protocol in a nutshell.

  • 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)

Candidates for Mini-IVF™

Mini-IVF™ is the best treatment protocol for those women who have been:

  • Diagnosed with blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diagnosed as having a risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve due to endometriosis
  • Diagnosed with cancer and are about to undergo treatment

Mini-IVF™ has also become the preferred treatment protocol for:

  • Those patients who have failed multiple Conventional IVF cycles
  • Those patients suffering from male-factor infertility
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their costs of treatment
  • Those patients wanting to reduce their risk of multiple pregnancy
  • Those patients who don’t want to create excessive embryos due to religious reasons
  • Those patients who want to reduce their use of injectable medications because of an aversion to needles
  • Those patients who want to undergo another fresh IVF cycle immediately after a failed cycle

Customized Mini-IVF™ Fertility Doctor

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the experience required to design a customized Mini-IVF™ treatment protocol meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 917.525.5496.

How the EmbryoScope Increases IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

19631855 - mother and baby  happy familyUsing the EmbryoScope, our fertility specialists have achieved an increase in IVF pregnancy success rates. Look: Quality embryo development is crucial to a successful IVF pregnancy .The EmbryoScope allows the growth and development of embryos in vitro to be monitored without disturbing the culturing process. The EmbryoScope is an innovative, cutting edge, time-lapsed photography and software solution.

Innovative Technology

The EmbryoScope is an innovative technology designed to improve IVF outcomes.

  • Quantitative data on an embryo’s early stage of development in vitro
  • Objective information on an embryo’s early stage of development in vitro
  • Utilizes time-lapsed photography and software
  • No need to manipulate embryos within the incubator in vitro
  • No need to remove the embryos from the incubator in vitro

Candidates for EmbryoScope technology:

  • Couples having previous failed IVF attempts
  • Couples suffering from recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriage)

Embryology Expertise

From a cell – to a newborn baby – embryology is the branch of biology and medicine focused on the study of an embryo from the point of fertilization through development to the fetus stage. The practice of embryology is key to pregnancy success through IVF technology.

Working with fertility doctors to successfully treat every patient’s underlying cause of infertility, the clinical embryologists at New Hope Fertility Center are responsible for:

  • Assisting in the surgical retrieving of a woman’s eggs
  • Performing post-surgical retrieval tests on eggs
  • Performing in vitro tests on embryos
  • Maintaining patient clinical records

Our acclaimed team of embryologists give careful attention to nurturing quality embryos as they develop in vitro. Only quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus.

  • Quality embryos have the highest chance of implantation into a woman’s uterine lining
  • Quality embryos thrive into a fetus
  • Quality embryos have the best chance of achieving a full-term, healthy pregnancy

After Egg Retrieval and In Vitro Culturing

Excess, quality embryos produced during a fresh IVF cycle are cryopreserved for future transfers via Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). Only the highest quality embryos are cryopreserved for the best chances of a future FET pregnancy success.

Embryology Roles in the IVF Process

Our cutting edge laboratory technology provides embryos culturing in vitro with an optimum environment for healthy development prior to fresh transfer and/or cryopreservation for future FETs.

  • HRSS – High Resolution Sperm Selection is technology used to identify and choose only highest quality sperm cells for fertilization of a healthy egg
  • ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is technology used to treat male factor infertility by assisting in each healthy egg’s direct fertilization with only a high quality sperm
  • Assisted Hatching is technology used to help embryos erupt from their shell and become more amendable to implantation in the uterine lining
  • IVF/M – In Vitro Maturation is technology used to surgically retrieve a woman’s immature eggs and mature same in vitro before fertilization via ICSI
  • EmbryoScope technology is used to gather time-lapsed data by monitoring every embryo’s development without disruption of the in vitro culturing process

HRSS – High Resolution Sperm Selection

Embryologists at New Hope Fertility Center choose only the healthiest sperm to fertilize an egg in vitro. HRSS technology provides embryologists with the ability to view sperm at 6000 x magnification using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscopy. Through HRSS, an embryologist can view the physical details of each sperm – its shape, size, and motility – looking for good morphological appearance. Healthy sperm is essential to the development of a quality embryo in vitro. Normal chromosomes and less fragmentation in DNA are key factors that play a significant role in the quality of an embryo.

ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

ICSI is an IVF laboratory ancillary procedure designed to help resolve male-factor infertility due to low sperm count or poor sperm quality. ICSI is the micromanipulation of fertilizing an egg by injecting a single sperm directly into the cytoplasm of a mature egg using a pipette (glass needle).

Assisted Hatching

A computer-assisted laser procedure – known as Assisted Hatching – helps the mass of cells inside an embryo escape during transfer for better uterine lining implantation success. A tiny opening is made in the Zona Pellucida through a computer-assisted laser after the embryo has cultured for up to five days.

(IVF/M) In Vitro Maturation

Through IVF/M – in vitro fertilization with maturation – immature eggs are retrieved for maturation in vitro and fertilization using ICSI.

EmbryoScope Technology Expertise

We are proud to be one of a select number of fertility centers in the world to utilize EmbryoScope technology and increase our IVF pregnancy success rates.

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.

New Hope’s Division of Fertility Preservation

Cryopreservation

44433399 - beautiful blonde young pregnant woman isolated on white backgroundMy mission continues to ensure that everyone has a pathway to future family planning – regardless of their life circumstance. I founded the New Hope Division of Fertility Preservation with the mission of providing comprehensive, cutting-edge, and reliable 21st Century solutions for your fertility preservation.

Fertility Preservation

You want to save your ability to have biological children in the future. A woman only releases one egg per month during her natural cycle. Remember: It only takes one good quality egg to have a healthy baby.

Look: Men and women must know all options available for preserving their fertility for future family planning. Freeze now and preserve your fertility for the future.

Here’s the deal: 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 in cryopreservation technology.

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

Fertility Preservation in Cases of Cancer

New Hope Fertility Center is a world renowned provider of egg freezing treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We have partnered with Fertility Preservation – an organization founded by leading onco-fertility specialist – Dr. Kutluk Oktay.

We are one of the world’s leading providers of:

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing
  • Ovarian Transplants
  • Ovarian Stimulation for Cancer Patients
  • Fertility Preservation for children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer and Turner Syndrome
  • Fertility Preservation for teenage girls thrown into premature menopause due to an auto-immune disease in which antibodies attack the ovaries and destroy stored egg follicles

Comprehensive Fertility Preservation

Our all-encompassing technology solutions for fertility preservation are increasing in popularity.

  • 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

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through Conventional IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs. Typically, 10 to 15 eggs are produced per fresh IVF cycle. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.

Vitrification – Flash Freezing Method

New Hope Fertility Center’s founder – 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 egg freezing fertility preservation.

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. By surgically retrieving and cryopreserving a woman’s eggs through vitrification for future fertilization, the eggs are protected from the adverse effects of ovarian cancer treatments, such as chemo and radiation.

Embryo Cryopreservation and Future FET Procedures

When egg freezing is not recommended by a patient’s oncologist, or it is not the preferred option by the patient herself – embryo cryopreservation – is commonly used to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology.

  • Embryo cryopreservation is the process of surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing high quality embryos for future transfer.
  • A couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.
  • When thawed, embryos can be transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – to the uterus of a gestational surrogate should the mother’s uterus be unamenable to transfer and implantation.
  • Frozen embryos can give a couple the best chances of pregnancy after recovery from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Tissue Transplant

The outer membrane of an ovary is where a woman’s eggs are located. Ovarian tissue freezing is accomplished in an outpatient surgical procedure by removing a thin piece of the outer membrane of one of the woman’s ovary – the preserved ovary. 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.

Natural Fertility Restored

At some determined time in her future, a woman’s fertility can be readily restored and she can naturally have a baby.

  • The woman’s frozen ovarian tissue is retrieved from cryopreservation and thawed
  • The ovarian tissue is transplanted to the patient’s ovary through simple stitching in an outpatient procedure involving minimal pain
  • The ovarian tissue comes to life and begins to function normally – as though it were never removed
  • The woman can then conceive naturally without the need for IVF

Convenient Conception Options Post-Ovarian Tissue Transplant

To help along the natural conception of a baby for women who have undergone an ovarian tissue transplant, we offer:

World Renowned Fertility Preservation Expert

It is important to work with a fertility preservation expert having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

World Renowned Doctor Offering State-of-the-Art LGBTQ Family Planning Options

Man With Baby (2)Only a worldwide renowned fertility doctor offers state-of-the-art family planning options for LGBTQ couples. Since 2004, Dr. John Zhang has consistently and evenly shared his fertility treatment counsel and expertise with the LGBTQ community. The Doctor offers revolutionary Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) fertility treatment customized for every LGBTQ couple’s personal needs.

LGBTQ Family Planning Options With No Judgment

The Doctor offers no religious or societal judgment in serving the LGBTQ community. He strongly believes that every person – regardless of sexual orientation – deserves the right to have a family of their own. Under the Doctor’s supervision and care, same sex couples have realized their dream of becoming parents.

Fertility Treatment Options

Dr. Zhang has steadfastly maintained his mission of reducing the physical, emotional, and financial toll of every LGBTQ patient during their quest to have a baby.

  • No sexual orientation judgments
  • No gender or transgender bias
  • No personal or religious judgments
  • No judgments toward interracial couples
  • No judgments about marital status

Fertility Treatment Options for Female Couples

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – artificial insemination using donor sperm
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) – the fertilization of one partner’s eggs with donor sperm

IUI Procedure

  • One of the partner’s monthly cycle is regulated with oral medication
  • Oral fertility medications are then prescribed to stimulate multiple egg follicle production
  • The growth of egg follicles are monitored through regular vaginal ultrasound imaging and blood tests
  • Once the egg follicles have reached a mature stage, ovulation is induced using a trigger medication – hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin
  • Ovulation triggered by hCG is timed with the insemination of a highly concentrated amount of motile donor sperm into the cervix using a very thin catheter – similar to a pap smear procedure

IVF Protocol Options:

Fertility Treatment Options for Male Couples

Gestational Surrogacy – using donor eggs to be fertilized with the sperm from one of the partners

Egg Donation – acquiring donor eggs to accomplish gestational surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy may be used to achieve a pregnancy and birth through IVF using a variety of protocols:

A surrogate match is selected by the Intended Parents through an agency specializing in gestational surrogacy – New Beginnings Surrogacy

  • Once the perfect surrogate match has been located, her cycle is regulated in preparation for embryo transfer timing
  • In sync with the surrogate’s cycle, the donor eggs thawed and fertilized with the intended father’s sperm in vitro through an intricate procedure known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • ICSI is a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into the donor’s eggs
  • Once fertilization is achieved, the resulting embryos are monitored regularly for growth and development quality
  • Only a quality embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus
  • Excess quality embryos can be cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) procedures

World Renowned Fertility Doctor Serving the LGBTQ Community

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

Dr. Zhang in the News: Frozen Embryo Adoption is Trending Upward

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Embryo CryopreservationAs reported by PIX 11 TV News, Dr. John Zhang explains how embryo adoption has become a successful path for helping infertile couples build their families when other fertility treatments fail. The success rate of IVF has led to an increase in the number of excess frozen embryos available to childless couples. There are a reported 60,000 embryos available for adoption.

Frozen Embryo Adoption

Many couples who have successfully built their family have decided to donate their embryos to one in six couples in America who cannot conceive a biological child of their own.

Freezing excess, quality embryos after a fresh IVF cycle will increase a couple’s chances of conceiving in the future. This is not even the best part. Through embryo cryopreservation technology, couples can avoid the financial and physical strain of undergoing multiple fresh IVF cycles. That’s not all. Pregnancy success rates for a Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) are 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.

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Through FET, couples can repeatedly try to get pregnant using adopted frozen embryos. If the FET cycle is successful, couples can undergo another procedure at a 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

Through world class laboratory technology, our pregnancy success rates through FET has increased substantially in recent years. That’s not all. 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. Bottom Line: 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.

FET Procedure

To begin the FET procedure, hormone medication is administered to suppress the woman’s pituitary gland and reduce the chances of unexpected ovulation. Estrogen acts to thicken and mature the uterine lining – like the natural estrogen produced by a developing egg follicle during a normal menstrual cycle.

During estrogen administration, monitoring of the uterine lining is required.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound for the doctor to evaluate the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Blood tests for the doctor to evaluate the level of estrogen in the blood

Double Benefit of FET:

  • Monitoring for timing of transfer during a FET cycle is more flexible than in a fresh IVF cycle
  • The FET procedure is much less stressful on patients because the transfer date can be adjusted

Progesterone is a medication administered in preparation for the FET to make the uterine lining receptive to the implantation of the embryo.

  • Progesterone matures the uterine lining
  • Progesterone creates a window of implantation in anticipation of a set FET date
  • Lupron injections are ceased upon the beginning of progesterone administration
  • Embryos are scheduled for thaw in the laboratory
  • FET is scheduled on a set date
  • Progesterone is continued daily to help prepare the patient’s uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg – the embryo
  • After the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is scheduled on a date prescribed by the doctor through a blood draw

Healthy pregnancies have been achieved after an embryo has been frozen for up to 10 years. Pregnancy success through FETs is determined by the quality of the frozen embryo.

Single Embryo Transfers

Our fertility specialists promote the practice of Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to reduce health risks associated with multiple pregnancies and births. Cryopreservation of surplus embryos for future FET procedures is encouraged by the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC – in lieu of repeated, expensive fresh IVF cycles.

Pioneering Vitrification Method of Freezing Embryos

The flash-freezing technique of vitrification makes it possible to ready fresh embryos rapidly for cryopreservation. Using the vitrification method, embryos freeze quickly and damaging ice crystals do not form between cells. We are leaders in embryo cryopreservation. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement the vitrification method of embryo freezing.

Embryo Adoption Expertise

To schedule your initial consultation about embryo adoption with embryo adoption expert, Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center, call 917.525.5496.

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