Monthly Archives: September 2017

2017’s Candidates for Conventional IVF

The most common treatment for infertility is Conventional IVF (in vitro fertilization). Thanks to innovative IVF ancillary technologies – such as ICSI and PGD/PGS/NGS – Conventional IVF is very successful for the right candidate.

coupleCandidates for Conventional IVF

Typical candidates for Conventional IVF:

  • Women under 35 who can produce multiple quality eggs
  • Women having blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes
  • Women who are facing cancer treatment and have little time to cryopreserve their eggs before chemo or radiation treatment
  • Couples diagnosed with male factor infertility

Conventional IVF is recommended for women who have failed to achieve a pregnancy after undergoing a series of IUI.

Varied IVF protocols available today:

·         Natural Cycle IVF™

·         Mini-IVF™Read more: 2017’s Candidates for Conventional IVF

Fertility Doctor Treating Secondary Infertility

While it is mainstream for a couple to seek out the help of a fertility doctor after they have tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant for a year, a typical case of secondary infertility can go undiagnosed. Primary infertility is diagnosed when a couple fails to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sex. For women over 35, this time period is shortened to six months. Secondary infertility is diagnosed when a couple has been successful in conceiving a child, but then is unable to conceive more children.


Dr. John Zhang is renowned for successfully treating couples suffering from secondary infertility. Older men and women considered poor responders are turned down by other fertility clinics offering In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Dr. John Zhang welcomes patients representing a challenge, regardless of their potential adverse affect on his pregnancy success rates. The Doctor completed his clinical training at NYU and holds a PhD in IVF from Cambridge. With over two decades of experience in Reproductive Endocrinology, the Doctor is a leading authority performing a vast array of IVF methods.

  • Conventional IVF – large dosages of fertility medication are administered to produce 10+ egg follicles for fertilization in vitro
  • Mini-IVF™ – minimal dosages of fertility medications are administered to produce between 3 and 5 eggs for fertilization in vitro
  • Natural Cycle IVF – no fertility medications are administered and one good natural egg is harvested for fertilization in vitro

Read more: Fertility Doctor Treating Secondary Infertility

Dr. Zhang’s No FSH Restrictions Policy

Extra.KIt is my strict policy to never turn away women with high FSH levels. Why is this important? Unlike other fertility clinics who refuse to treat women having low egg production due to high FSH levels, I put the patient first at New Hope Fertility NYC. Every patient is unique and deserves to be treated as an individual. Innovative IVF protocols and first-class technology are offered to all women regardless of their FSH level.

Read more: Dr. Zhang’s No FSH Restrictions Policy

How Assisted Hatching Enhances IVF Treatment

The cutting-edge technique of Assisted Hatching is used during the IVF culturing process to enhance an embryo’s chances of implantation. Why is this IVF ancillary procedure amazing? Assisted Hatching helps couples having a poor prognosis finally achieve a pregnancy through IVF. Typically, these couples develop embryos lacking the capacity to erupt naturally from their shells and attach to the woman’s endometrial lining.

  • Assisted Hatching is an ancillary procedure used in conjunction with IVF process
  • Assisted Hatching has improved IVF pregnancy success rates in patients having a poor prognosis

Bottom Line: A better chance for a successful IVF pregnancy even for those couples diagnosed as poor responders or difficult cases.Read more: How Assisted Hatching Enhances IVF Treatment

How to Plan Ahead for Travel During IVF Treatment

2955513 - couple in consultation at ivf clinic talking to doctorFertility medication is an integral and vital part of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. Medication is used to delay the start of a cycle, spur the growth of eggs, and trigger ovulation. In order for an IVF treatment cycle to have the best chance at pregnancy success, it is important that all prescribed fertility medication be taken at the time and dose indicated by your fertility care tam. Failing to do so can result in the IVF cycle being unsuccessful.

Administering IVF Medications While Traveling

Finding the time and place to administer fertility medication can take some maneuvering and coordination.

This is true regardless of your chosen IVF protocol – traditional or holistic.

·         Conventional IVF

·         Mini IVF

·         Natural IVFRead more: How to Plan Ahead for Travel During IVF Treatment

How High Resolution Sperm Selection (HRSS) Treats Male-Factor Infertility

11255204 - human sperm and egg lifeAny and all negative influence of male-factor infertility must be negated to ensure successful embryo development. Why does this matter? HRSS technology is helping embryologists see, identify, and choose only high quality sperm cells for fertilization of an egg in vitro. With HRSS technology, embryologists are able to better visualize sperm for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) administration. Bottom line: Couples who have multiple failed IVF cycles are primary benefactors of HRSS.

HRSS Technology Overview

New Hope Fertility Center NYC is one of only a few fertility treatment providers to offer HRSS technology. Look: HRSS optimizes the sperm selection process for improving the success of ICSI.

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.

The best part? 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

Read more: How High Resolution Sperm Selection (HRSS) Treats Male-Factor Infertility

How In Vitro Maturation (IVM) Increases IVF Success Rates

40767153 - human ivfIVM or IVF/M – egg maturation in vitro – is a revolutionary method of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) helping to increase a woman’s chances of using at least some of her immature eggs for fertilization. The best part? IVM is an innovative ART technique that surgically retrieves a woman’s eggs while they are still in an immature stage. Look: A woman’s eggs can be matured in a controlled laboratory setting – in vitro – through IVF/M.

IVF/M Overview

After the woman’s immature eggs are surgically retrieved, they are placed in a petri dish containing a maturation medium for 24 to 48 hours in New Hope Fertility NYC’s state-of-the-art IVF lab. That’s not all. The retrieved eggs are carefully monitored as they fully mature outside of the woman’s body. Then, each individual egg is injected with a single sperm in a fertilization technique known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The resulting embryos are cultured for several more days until they have developed into a viable stage for transfer. Why does this matter? Only the highest quality embryos are selected for fresh IVF transfer or cryopreservation.

IVF/M Candidates

The best candidates for IVF/M:

  • Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Women at risk for Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
  • Cancer patients who may be sensitive to hormone therapy
  • Young women able to produce high numbers of egg follicles (10 to 15+) through fertility drug stimulation
  • Young women who have an acceptable AMH level
  • Women under 35 having an antral follicle count of 10 or more
  • Women who are at a healthy BMI – not obese

Read more: How In Vitro Maturation (IVM) Increases IVF Success Rates

Know Your Infertility Treatment Options

42109089 - asian couple and babyTo get the best outcome from you infertility treatment, the approach to care must be personalized. Every patient has different medical needs and personal desires when it comes to infertility treatment protocols. Only customized infertility treatment is patient-friendly, cost-effective, and successful.

Infertility Treatment Options

Dr. Zhang will accurately diagnose the root cause of your infertility before designing a customized treatment plan to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is the placement of a concentrated amount of motile sperm specimen directly into a woman’s uterus. The goal is to increase the number of sperm reaching the woman’s fallopian tubes to facilitate egg fertilization. IUI is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia – similar to a Pap smear. IUI treatment is perfectly timed with ovulation whether or not fertility medications are used.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is recommended for women who have failed to achieve a pregnancy after undergoing a series of less complicated medical procedures, such as timed intercourse and IUI.

There are varied traditional and holistic protocols of IVF offered by pioneering IVF Dr. Zhang.

Read more: Know Your Infertility Treatment Options