Category Archives: IVF


Under what circumstances do I need IVF treatment?

couplesAt New Hope Fertility Center in New York, I have encountered a few couples who, after a few years of trying to conceive and no infertility tests done, come and tell me that they wanted to do and are ready for an IVF treatment. When this situation happens, we explain to patients that not all infertile couples need to do IVF. First, we will need to check the semen quality. If it is poor quality, the woman does not need to have a tubal patency test undergoing IVF treatment. If the semen quality is poor, the sperm does not have the ability to naturally fertilize the egg. On the other hand, if the semen quality is good, the woman will need to have a tubal patency test. If the tubes are normal, they may consider artificial insemination; if the tubes are abnormal (or blocked), they may need IVF treatment.

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What does it mean to have the best in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment?

DoctorWith IVF treatment, best treatment does not exist; only the most appropriate treatment is available from a leading medical provider. The IVF treatment program most suitable to your individual needs is considered the best treatment.

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4 Pros and Cons of PGD

Couple-holdingDuring in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, doctors have a number of tools at their disposal to increase success rates. One of these tools is preimplantation genetic diagnosis, commonly referred to as PGD. PGD is a method of testing embryos during IVF treatment to determine if an embryo has a genetic disease or chromosomal defect. Both of these issues can result in pregnancy loss, so transferring healthy embryos is ideal to increase the likelihood of a live birth and healthy child.

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Pick Of The Month: Why Natural and Minimal Stimulation Protocols are the Future of Fertility and What They Are/How They are Different

It is common for people to think of fertility medication when they are considering seeking professional help to start a family.  While fertility medication may have been necessary in the past for in vitro fertilization, that is no longer the case.  Individuals who have a holistic lifestyle or who wish to limit or avoid fertility medications now have options for treatment.  Minimal stimulation and natural IVF protocols have success rates similar to that of traditional IVF without the side effects.Oct012015
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Rescue IVF-New Hope will save your cycle when others can’t or won’t

I have been doing more and more Rescue IVF procedures.  Rescue IVF is a catch all phrase for any situation where your cycle is in jeopardy of failure.  This covers several different scenarios including:

  • Having started a conventional IVF cycle but only 1 or 2 Follicles develop. Since IVF is recommended when you have 3 or more follicles and you have already taken and/or purchased your medication, rather than abandoning your cycle, I recommend a rescue IUI procedure
  • You are ready to begin triggering or a procedure and your clinic closes
  • You may be doing a Natural IVF cycle and are ovulating but your clinic only performs retrievals at a specific time during the day, which may not be optimal for your cycle
  • You have lost faith in your Dr. or her fertility clinic mid-cycle 2015-16

Regardless of the reasons you may need a Rescue IVF cycle, and for anyone who is changing fertility clinics and doctors, here are some tips to make the transition easier.  It would be ideal (but not necessary) if you could:

Organize your previous cycle information, this will allow your new doctors to be more effective and efficient

  • Request a copy of your IVF lab results and Infectious Disease results from your previous fertility center. Your full medical documents aren’t required
  • Bring a list of the medications you are taking and have been prescribed
  • Bring a list of the medications you currently have
  • If you are using frozen or donor sperm, please get preliminary information about how to transfer the vials to your new clinic. NOTE THAT IT MAY TAKE UP TO 3 DAYS TO ARRANGE THE PROPER TRANSFER.

 

One of the Best Fertility Doctors in New York

Finding the right fertility doctor is one of the most important steps of your fertility journey.  Your chosen doctor will be your partner in the journey to parenthood.  Selecting the right doctor will help to ensure that your needs are met and that you are treated as an individual.  For personalized attention, a focus on continual improvement, and a high success rate, the best doctor in NYC is Dr. John Zhang.shutterstock_108006539_small

Evidence of Dr. Zhang’s expertise and dedication to patient success can be seen in the following:

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Explaining the Benefits of Various Fertility Treatment Options

Many people begin fertility care unsure of where they should begin.  Although there are a vast number of fertility treatment options available, they are not well suited for everyone.  Knowing the benefits of various fertility treatments can help you start a dialogue with your fertility care team.2015-7

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How Does Ovary Removal Work?

Ovary removal, or oophorectomy, may be performed for a number of reasons to address medical issues.  When only one ovary is removed, a woman is still able to become pregnant as her remaining ovary will continue to produce eggs and ovulate.  If fertility issues exist, a woman with one ovary can receive treatment just like any other woman.  Understanding the process of ovary removal and its impact on your fertility may make undergoing this procedure less stressful.

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How Does Embryo Banking Work With Staggered IVF Treatments?

For older women and women with a diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) time can be the greatest factor in the ability to become pregnant and have a healthy baby.  Embryo banking and staggered IVF provides a way for women to take full advantage of viable eggs while they care.

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Breaking Down IVF Treatment Options For Older Women

Biologically, women are best equipped to become pregnant before age 35.  After this point, a woman’s natural fertility begins to decline.  However, fertility treatment methods such as IVF make it possible for women to have children even after age 35. couple
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