Monthly Archives: July 2017

How Gender Selection is Accomplished Through PGS

At the request of parents undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), gender selection is accomplished through a medical technology known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS/NGS). The PGS process takes place in conjunction with a fresh IVF cycle by an experienced embryologist while the embryos are developing in vitro. After several days of embryo development in vitro, all embryos undergo PGS to determine each embryo’s gender before transfer to the woman’s uterus for implantation into her uterine lining.

Family Balancing Through PGS

Pick of the MonthFamily balancing is available to New Hope Fertility NYC patients through PGS in conjunction with IVF because gender identification of embryos is an inevitable by-product of the technology. Gender selection through PGS allows parents to select the sex of their child with more than 99 percent accuracy.Read more: How Gender Selection is Accomplished Through PGS

How Acupuncture and IVF Can Help You Get Pregnant This Summer

Without a doubt, beginning acupuncture treatment three months before your IVF transfer will enhance your chances of a successful pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who underwent acupuncture before, during and after IVF embryo transfer increased their chances of pregnancy by up to 42 percent. Why is this important? The pregnancy success rate of those who did not undergo acupuncture was only 26 percent.Acupuncture Treatment - 1

In-House Acupuncture Therapy and IVF

These phenomenal IVF success rates are why New Hope Fertility NYC is set to unveil its in-house acupuncture therapy treatment program in July of 2017! Our acupuncturists are specially trained in acupuncture therapy with a focus on treating women’s infertility. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes for Health have found that acupuncture is a viable and accepted method of treating female infertility.

  • Enhances IVF success rates
  • Reduces stress during IVF treatment
  • Enhance ovarian function
  • Increase blood supply to reproductive organs – especially the uterus

Acupuncture Therapy Basics

Acupuncture points are located on meridians through which gi vital energy runs. The procedure involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin in targeted areas of the head, torso, limbs and extremities. These needles are inserted at various depths, depending upon the patient’s diagnosed medical condition.

A healthy body is the result of a harmonious balance of the life force known by traditional Chinese medicine as gi or chi – energies flowing through pathways within the body. There are 350 acupuncture points in the human body. The body’s energy pathways are accessed through the insertion of small, thin needles in targeted areas of discomfort to release or redirect the body’s energy. Through acupuncture therapy, the body is brought back into its proper balance.

The acupuncture points chosen for treatment of female infertility result in:

  • Better blood perfusion and energy in the uterus
  • Relaxation of the patient
  • Stabilization of the endocrine system

The IVF Embryo Transfer Acupuncture Plan

Acupuncture can begin at any time during your fertility treatment – but this is the best plan of action:

  • Plan an acupuncture treatment on the morning of your transfer
  • Plan another in the afternoon following your transfer
  • Book an acupuncture session five days after your transfer
  • Book a follow up acupuncture session 5 to 7 days later

That’s not all the good news. Other holistic therapies have proved to help IVF pregnancy success rates. These therapies can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance your IVF pregnancy success rate.

  • Reflexology
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Yoga
  • Massage

Beginning acupuncture therapy before you start a fertility drug regimen will help to prepare your body for the physical stress it is about to undergo. Turning to acupuncture during your fertility drug regimen will help with unpleasant side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Therapy

Although coverage varies according to providers and states, your insurance policy may cover the cost of acupuncture treatment. The insurance experts at New Hope Fertility NYC will help you to explore all possible insurance coverage for acupuncture and assist in processing your claims.

The IVF SURE™ Program

Prepare for your IVF treatment by getting as much assistance as possible to reduce your financial stress. The cost of conventional IVF ranges between $7,500 and $12,000 – depending on the patient’s medical needs and personal desires. The cost of fertility medications for single fresh IVF cycle ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. Introducing IVF SURE™ by New Hope Fertility NYC – a revolutionary IVF refund guarantee program. IVF SURE™ is principled on outcome-based pricing minimizing the financial risk of IVF.

Why is this important? No hidden IVF fees or costs. Our patients pay a fixed fee for three (3) IVF cycles. If a viable pregnancy is not achieve, the patient is refunded the fixed amount of money invested in three (3) IVF cycles. Patients pay a fixed fee of $25,000 for three (3) fresh cycles of conventional IVF treatment within a 9-month period. If a viable pregnancy is not achieved within this 9 month period, patients are refunded the fixed fee. With IVF SURE™, patients typically only incur the cost of fertility medications. IVF SURE™ pricing does not include the cost of in-house acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture and IVF Can Help You Get Pregnant

The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC want to do everything possible to treat your infertility. Whether you are exploring IVF – or a less invasive procedure – it is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility. Then, a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your medical and personal needs can be designed specifically for you.

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang – call 917.525.5496.

Preventing Genetic Disease Through PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Genetic screening of embryos – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) – allows fertility specialists to test and identify those embryos having a genetic defect. PGD prevents hereditary diseases from being passed from parents to their children. Dr. John Zhang recommends PGD in conjunction with IVF for couples who are known carriers of a single gene disorder (genetic disease).


PGD Detects Single Cell Genetic Diseases

The most common single cell genetic diseases tested for through PGD are:

  • Hemophilia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sickel Cell Anemia
  • Tay Saches Disease
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy
  • Thalassemia

Read more: Preventing Genetic Disease Through PGD – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

How to Read IVF Success Rates and Locate a Top Clinic

All fertility specialists in the United States report and verify data on the outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures performed in their clinics over the calendar year. According to the success rates report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 231,936 ART cycles performed by 464 clinics in the U.S. during the last reporting period. The demand for the practice of ART has doubled over the past 10 years and 1.6 of all babies born in the U.S. were conceived using

IVF Success Rates

The most sought-after ART procedure is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). IVF involves the surgical extraction of a woman’s egg to be fertilized in laboratory – in vitro. After an embryo has cultured in vitro to a prime stage of development, it is transferred to the woman’s uterus through her cervix.

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.  Read more: How to Read IVF Success Rates and Locate a Top Clinic

How ICSI Enhances IVF Pregnancy Success

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a method of addressing male-factor infertility during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. Rather than allowing fertilization to happen by combining eggs and sperm in a lab dish, ICSI entails the injection of a single sperm directly into an egg in order to facilitate fertilization. Knowing more about the ICSI process, and its effectiveness, can help you decide if this ancillary treatment in conjunction with IVF is an option for you.Father-Baby

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.Read more: How ICSI Enhances IVF Pregnancy Success

Key Roles of Embryology in the IVF Process


Embryology is key to pregnancy success through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) technology because it is the study of an embryo from the first stage of fertilization through fetal development. High quality embryos have the highest chance of implantation into a woman’s uterine lining resulting in a successful pregnancy. After egg retrieval, one or two healthy embryos are transferred after a fresh IVF cycle. Excess embryos culturing in vitro are cryopreserved for future pregnancies through Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET).

Embryology Roles in the IVF Process

  • HRSS – High Resolution Sperm Selection
  • ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • Assisted Hatching
  • In Vitro Maturation
  • EmbryoScope

Read more: Key Roles of Embryology in the IVF Process

What Are the Chances My Eggs Can Make a Baby?

A woman in her prime reproductive years – 20s – has as 26 percent chance of getting pregnant with the one natural egg her body produces each month. Don’t despair if you are in your 30s or early 40s. Your quality eggs can still make a healthy baby. A woman is born with between 1 and 2 million eggs – however – she only releases 300 to 400 eggs through each natural ovulation cycle during her lifetime. Typically, a woman only releases one egg per month during her natural cycle. New Hope Fertility NYC’s policy: It only takes one good quality egg to have a healthy baby.shutterstock_98870129_small

A Synopsis of the Decline in Fertility Levels for Women

  • Most women reach their peak fertility years between the ages of 23 and 31
  • After age 31, a woman’s quality of eggs begins to decline
  • 30 years = 20 percent chance of conceiving
  • 31 years = fertility levels drop by three percent every year
  • 35 years = fertility levels significantly declines
  • 40 years = five percent chance of conceiving

Read more: What Are the Chances My Eggs Can Make a Baby?