Parents Magazine Recognizes Dr. Zhang’s Needle-Free IVF

Is the Future of IVF – Needle-Free? – Maressa Brown September 30, 2019

A fertility clinic in New York City has developed a form of in vitro fertilization that uses pills and a nasal spray, as well as urine and saliva tests instead of pricey injections and blood draws. Here’s what you need to know about needle-free IVF, or NF-IVF.

If you’re exploring IVF, you’ve learned about the bevy of side effects and steep cost of the conventional method. But what you might not have heard about just yet is a less invasive alternative called Needle-Free IVF, which is being touted as a groundbreaking technology offered exclusively by New Hope Fertility in New York City. Here’s what you need to know about the specifics and the cost of needle-free IVF.

The method was developed by John Zhang, MD, MSc, PhD, the founder/CEO of New Hope, in 2016. The unique method involves oral pills, vaginal suppositories, and nasal spray, but no injections, notes Zaher Merhi, MD, FACOG, the director of IVF research and development in IVF technologies at New York’s New Hope Fertility Center.

“Conventional IVF protocols have been used for over 35 years,” Dr. Merhi says. “It is about time to update IVF protocols to minimize risks and inconvenience related to conventional IVF. Conventional IVF involves daily injections and almost daily blood draws, which are too intense and heavy on patients’ body and mind. Injections are painful and expensive.”

To sidestep these uncomfortable aspects of traditional IVF, New Hope’s needle-free method involves oral and nasal fertility medications to more gently stimulate the ovaries into producing egg follicles. Because this process isn’t as rough on the body, patients are able to steer clear of conventional IVF side effects like weight gain—and get even higher-quality results, according to Dr. Merhi.

“If you think about pills and injections as food for the eggs, the less eggs there are, the less food they need,” Dr. Merhi explains. “Injections are strong food, so if you overfeed low number of eggs with injections, you will hurt their quality. A lot of studies have shown that less eggs retrieved due to minimal ovarian stimulation is correlated with better quality eggs.” This is especially true for women who are considered advanced maternal age (35+) and/or who have low ovarian reserve.

Like many conventional IVF patients, needle-free IVF patients start with a course of oral contraceptive tablets to prepare and stimulate the ovaries. But unlike conventional IVF, doctors will monitor the levels and baselines of pregnancy hormones (FSH, LH, estradiol, and progesterone) through urine and saliva, as opposed to daily blood draws. These tests “. . . are accurate for the hormone profiles that are needed for cycle monitoring, as long as the patient follows the instructions of the collection method,” Dr. Merhi says.

The patient then takes a “proprietary combination of nasal sprays” followed by a final spray for ovulation induction. Once a patient is cleared for retrieval, egg retrieval is done just as it would be with conventional IVF.

“Generally in the U.S., conventional IVF costs between $10,000-15,000,” Dr. Merhi says. By comparison, needle-free IVF will run between $5,000 and $7,000. The reason: “Conventional IVF involves taking injections which are very expensive,” according to Dr. Merhi.

Your chances of conception with needle-free IVF are “identical” to conventional IVF’s success rates, Dr. Merhi notes. That means that it varies from 40 to 65 percent in women under 35 and declines as women get older, down to less than 5 percent in women over 42.

Although needle-free IVF is suitable for any patient, it’s particularly useful for patients who:

  • Have a fear of needles
  • Want more natural and holistic fertility treatment options
  • Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Have problems self-administering medication
  • Experience discomfort or bruising due to injections
  • Avoid blood draws, perfect for women with difficult veins
  • Have a higher risk of OHSS (Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome)

The only factor that would disqualify a patient from being a candidate for needle-free IVF is an allergy to the oral medications or vaginal suppositories. “Otherwise, everyone qualifies,” Dr. Merhi says. “So far, the majority of patients who have gone through NF-IVF love it.”

Needle-Free IVF Expertise

It is important to work with a Needle-Free IVF expert having the cutting-edge technology and clinical experience required to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

How At-HOME IVF Treatment Can Help You Get Pregnant

Side table with books and flowers in bedroomYou can get pregnant At-HOME with the help of Dr. John Zhang’s innovative IVF treatment. This new IVF protocol is specifically designed to help you successfully conceive a baby at home.

At-HOME IVF

This is an individually designed IVF pick-up or deliverable package containing everything you need for an At-HOME IVF cycle – including fertility medications.

Only one office visit is required for your outpatient egg retrieval.

  • Zero injections
  • Zero to minimal blood draws
  • Zero to minimal office monitoring visits
  • Lower treatment costs
  • No missed work
  • No pharmacy pick-ups
  • 24/7 personal assistance

At-HOME IVF is a patient-friendly protocol designed to eliminate the fear, pain, and anxiety experienced with injections and blood draws. The patient’s ovaries are stimulated into producing multiple egg follicles through the use of oral fertility medications.

Candidates for At-HOME IVF

  • Women with regular menstrual cycles – regardless of age
  • Women diagnosed with PCOS having irregular menstrual cycles

At-HOME IVF Benefits

Patients are treated in a less-invasive manner.

  • No shots
  • No needles
  • No injections
  • No blood draws
  • Only one office visit to perform your surgical egg retrieval

At-HOME 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. 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.

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.

IVF Expertise

It is important to work with an IVF expert having the cutting-edge technology and clinical experience required to design a customized treatment plan meeting your financial and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

How a Holistic Mini-IVF™ Can Help You Get Pregnant

42109089 - asian couple and babyLarge doses of fertility medications are no longer required to achieve a successful IVF pregnancy. Look: A few high quality eggs are what is necessary to achieve a healthy pregnancy. Why does this matter? A 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.

Holistic Mini-IVF™

The Mini-IVF protocol prescribes for 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.

Why Fertility Counseling is Important

Couple in love.Before investing substantial financial 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, mental, and emotional stress of IVF treatment. Being proactive with your mental and emotional health will increase the odds of achieving a successful IVF pregnancy.

Fertility Counseling is Important

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 whole body 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 IVF 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 Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy Helps Older Women Conceive

Mature womanToday’s older women – between 38 and 42 – have more fertility treatment options than ever before. There is a new fertility therapy treatment that can help older women get pregnant. Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy helps women past their reproductive prime reproductive years conceive. No longer is it concluded that older women need to be placed on the fast-track to IVF.

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy

Women who are past their reproductive prime used to be automatically placed on the fast-track to IVF . This was typically the most effective treatment option for older women to conceive quickly and cost-effectively. Look: Time is of the essence. Before undergoing IVF, older women can now consider Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy. Bottom Line: As a first line measure, both Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy and IVF can avoid repeated failed infertility treatment cycles.

Older Women and Egg Follicles

All older women – even menopausal women – have egg follicles in their ovaries. These eggs are dormant and don’t grow because their environment for development is not optimal. This occurs when a woman’s rigid ovarian wall pushes on follicles and keeps them dormant. When a woman is unable to ovulated, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy can coax her ovaries into producing viable eggs for fertilization. At New Hope Fertility Center, Dr. Zhang and fellow fertility specialist – Dr. Zaher Merhi – have achieved phenomenal pregnancy success using Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy.

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy may be recommended when:

  • A woman’s egg follicles cannot be seen on an ultrasound; or
  • A woman’s body is not responding to fertility medications administered during IVF

At New Hope Fertility Center, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy is performed in a non-invasive manner compared to other techniques currently being used by other clinics.

Here, Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy is similar to an IVF egg retrieval procedure and is performed in office:

  • A woman’s ovaries are punctured multiple times transvaginally
  • Pressure on egg follicles is relieved from the rigid ovarian wall
  • Dormant eggs are revived and freed from follicles

Candidates for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy

  • Women in their advanced maternal years – late 30s and over 40
  • Menopausal women
  • Peri-menopausal women
  • Women who have a low egg reserve and low Anti Mullerian (AMH) hormone levels
  • Women suffering from Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
  • Women suffering from primary ovarian failure
  • Women with unexplained infertility
  • Women having multiple failed IVF treatments due to poor embryo quality

Pregnancy Success for Older Women

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

Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy Expertise

If you want to know if you are a good candidate for Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy before proceeding to IVF treatment, you can schedule a consultation via Skype, FaceTime or telephone. To schedule your Ovarian Rejuvenation Therapy consultation with Dr. John Zhang and Dr. Zaher Merhi at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

Find the Best Multidisciplinary Approach to Fertility Treatment

Pregnant woman and her loving man posing at autumn parkA multidisciplinary fertility team approach provides evidence-based higher pregnancy success rates. The multidisciplinary team at New Hope Fertility Center is comprised of world renowned fertility doctors, plus ultra-talented:

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

Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Approach

Most patients have a natural desire to see their fertility doctor at every routine appointment. There is no cause for concern if you don’t see your fertility doctor at every visit.

A multidisciplinary fertility team approach to treatment is the most successful at increasing IVF pregnancy success rates. This is because it is streamline, all-encompassing, and cost-efficient care. Our team works in tandem with your doctor at every stage of treatment.

Our Multidisciplinary Fertility Team

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

  • Doctorates
  • PhD’s
  • Master’s Degrees

Through a streamline approach, your primary doctor is always fully informed about your 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 fulfil 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.

A Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Approach

To increase your chances of pregnancy, place your trust in a multidisciplinary fertility team approach. Contact the Fertility Experts at New Hope Fertility Center if you’re struggling with infertility. It is important to work with a 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

Leader in a Multidisciplinary Fertility Team Approach

It is important to work with a fertility doctor having the expertise required to design a customized 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.

How You Can Get Pregnant by Adopting Frozen Embryos

Embryo CryopreservationMany couples who have achieved pregnancy success through IVF donate their excess frozen embryos in order to help others conceive. Look: One in six couples in America cannot conceive a biological child of their own. Frozen embryo adoption has successfully helped infertile couples build their families when other fertility treatments fail. Bottom Line: The success rate of IVF has led to an increase in the number of excess frozen embryos available to childless couples.

Adopt Frozen Embryos

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

Dr. John Zhang promotes 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 Center – 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.

Where to Adopt Frozen Embryos

To schedule your initial consultation about frozen embryo adoption with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 917.525.5496.

How One Good Sperm Can Get You Get Pregnant Using ICSI

19167098 - baby  cute baby girl portraitUsing Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) technology in conjunction with IVF, our expert embryologists will directly inject one good sperm into each egg. Knowing more about the ICSI process and its effectiveness can help you understand if this IVF ancillary treatment option is something you should consider.

ICSI in Conjunction with IVF

In order to be considered fertile, a man’s sperm must:

  • Be present in sufficient quantities
  • Be shaped normally
  • Swim in the correct direction
  • Swim at the right speed

Should any of these functions be diagnosed as abnormal, a man may not be able to impregnate a woman because his sperm cannot penetrate her egg. A man may be infertile even if he produces adequate quantities of sperm in ejaculate. Should his sperm be misshaped or not move correctly, fertilization will be difficult, if not impossible.

How ICSI Works in Tandem with IVF

ICSI may be used whenever male fertility is a concern. The process can address issues with the shape and movement of sperm and compensate for low sperm count. If sperm are produced but are not present in semen, they can be manually retrieved and then used in the ICSI process. The process may also be suggested to couples who have had low fertilization rates during other cycles.

ICSI and IVF Process

ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF. Once retrieved, each egg is injected with a single sperm in a laboratory setting. The eggs are then monitored for signs of fertilization. The resulting embryos are closely monitored as they develop through EmbryoScope technology. Healthy embryos are then transferred to the mother’s uterus, or frozen for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET).

ICSI and IVF Pregnancy Success

While pregnancy success may vary based on the quality of the sperm, typically between 75 and 85 percent of eggs become fertilized with the use of ICSI. Our Pregnancy Success Rates are largely a function of the health of the embryo, which is largely tied to the quality of both the eggs and sperm.

Revolutionary Mini-IVF™

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.

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

ICSI Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility doctor using cutting-edge ICSI technology and expertise to help get you pregnant using one good sperm. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center – call 917.525.5496.

How to Get Pregnant With Cutting-Edge Mini-IVF™

A cutting-edge Mini-IVF™ protocol will help you to produce 3 to 5 high quality eggs in one treatment cycle. Your chance of a successful pregnancy is dramatically increased. Look: You will spend less on fertility medications because you will be prescribed lower dosages. The best part: Your body won’t be overtaxed by having to produce the 10 to 15 eggs typically reached in a Pregnant Woman Fall (4)Conventional IVF Cycle – which may or may not be of good quality.

Mini-IVF™ Protocol

  • A fertility medication regimen prescribed for you 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

Expertise in Mini-IVF™ Technology

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How Key Nutrient-Rich Foods Boost Sperm Health

30177403 - digital illustration of sperm and ovule in colour backgroundThere are many nutrients in foods that promote optimum sperm health. Healthy sperm is essential for male fertility. If you’re trying to conceive, you can improve the quality of your sperm by eating only nutrient-rich foods. This is because nutrition and male fertility go hand-in-hand.

Key Nutrients for Sperm Quality & Quantity

Zinc

Zinc plays a key in regulating sperm count and quality. Men who are infertile tend to have zinc levels than men who are fertile.

You can up your zinc intake by eating:

  • oysters
  • red meat and poultry
  • shellfish, such as crab and lobster
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • nuts and beans
  • whole wheat grain products
  • dairy

Folate

Folate is a B vitamin that is linked to sperm health. Low folate is associated with damaged sperm DNA, lower sperm densities, and lower sperm counts.

You can up your folate intake by eating:

  • green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus
  • fruits and fruit juices, especially oranges and orange juice
  • nuts, beans, and peas
  • whole grains
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • enriched flour products, such as breads and pasta

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is a critical nutrient to overall sperm health. B-12 improves sperm motility, increases sperm count, and reduces sperm DNA damage.

You can up your B-12 by eating:

  • fish and seafood, especially clams
  • meats and poultry, especially liver
  • dairy products, such as eggs and milk
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • nutritional yeasts

Male-Factor Infertility

Identifying and choosing high quality sperm to fertilize an egg is crucial in male-factor infertility cases. Negative influences of male-factor infertility must be negated to ensure successful embryo development. Using HRSS – High Resolution Sperm Selection, embryologists are able to better visualize sperm for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) administration.

ICSI is the process of injecting a quality sperm directly into an egg for fertilization. HRSS is helping embryologists see, identify, and choose only high quality sperm cells for fertilization of an egg in vitro.

HRSS Technology

At 6000 x magnification – using Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) microscopy – it is possible for embryologists to see finer morphological details of sperm. Using conventional 500 x magnification, these details would go unnoticed.

By viewing sperm cells at 6000 x magnification, lab technicians can identify quality sperm cells that are optimum for fertilization of a healthy egg.

Once optimum sperm cells have been identified, a two-pronged process takes place.

  • Selection
  • Injection

Once the quality sperm cells are selected and separated using HRSS, they are injected into the egg for fertilization. Each egg receives a single sperm injection.

  • Reduces chances of a negative impact a sperm can have on a perfectly healthy egg
  • Removes any negative influence that male-factor infertility may have on successful embryo development
  • Increase the chances of a viable pregnancy

HRSS Identifies Optimum Sperm

A sperm cell’s normal appearance makes it more likely to be comprised of normal chromosomes and DNA structure. Optimum sperm morphology correlates directly with successful egg fertilization and embryo implantation. Morphology is the most important criteria when judging the quality of a sperm cell.

  • Sperm motility – ability of the cell to swim
  • Sperm morphology – overall assessment of the cell’s shape, size, and physical appearance

Fertility Doctor to Boost Your Sperm Health

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