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NHFC and Women's Health Magazine

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Have you seen the July issue of @WomensHealthMag#NHFC's first #eggfreezing ad is featured on page 69. Pick up one today! #fertilitypreservation

 

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New Hope Fertility Center is Honored with The Hope Award for Achievement from RESOLVE

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On Wednesday, November 6th, RESOLVE hosted their annual Night of Hope, where organizations from across the nation were celebrated for their efforts in infertility. Actress and activist Elizabeth Rohm hosted the event, which honored the awardees for their dedication to improving the lives of individuals fighting infertility.

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Why Would I Elect for Single Embryo Transfers

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When faced with fertility care, specifically IVF, many patients believe the best way to become pregnant is by transferring multiple embryos.  Despite this widely held belief, transferring more than one embryo increases the chances of having multiple births, which can result in health issues for both the mother and babies.

New Hope Fertility Center has a unique approach to fertility care.   We encourage our patients to transfer a single embryo during a cycle.   While this technique is relatively new in the United States, numerous studies have shown that single embryo transfer, or SET, is the best way to achieve positive outcomes.   After all, it only takes one embryo to become pregnant.

Studies

In April 2013, a clinical study that tracked 175 patients found that pregnancy rates with SET matched that of double embryo transfers.  Rather than transferring multiple embryos, researchers transferred one embryo after screening so that the healthiest embryo was implanted.  Not only were similar pregnancy rates achieved, but better results were received for both the mother and child.  Participants that had SET saw decreases in:

  • Deliveries before reaching full termsingle embryo transfers

  • Multiple birth

  • Babies born with low birth weights

  • The number of days of NICU support


The study found that the frequency of multiple births was significantly different between the group that had multiple embryos transferred and the group that had one embryo transferred.  All of the SET pregnancies resulted in singleton births while 48 percent of the multiple embryo transfers resulted in multiple births.

Adaptation

SET is becoming the new normal in Europe, with many countries focusing on SET.  The percentage of SET in early adapting countries include:

  • Sweden – 69 percent 

  • Finland – 50 percent

  • Belgium – 48 percent

  • Slovenia – 30 percent


While the United States currently has multiple embryo transfer rates over 90 percent, those figures are beginning to change. In 2007, 7.2 percent of transfers used SET.  This was up from 5.2 percent in 2008 and 0.7 percent in 2003.

SET at New Hope Fertility Center

At New Hope Fertility Center, we have been champions of SET for years.   When used in conjunction with our Natural IVF and Mini IVF procedures, we are able to work with your body’s natural cycle.  We focus on fully understanding the needs of your body and prescribe a regimen that enhances your body’s naturally occurring fertility.  We believe that SET allows for the best outcomes for both mother and child without decreasing success rates.

To learn more about single embryo transfers or to find out what fertility treatments may be right for you, please contact us.  Our highly trained, board certified physicians take time to understand each of our patients needs then design a personalized fertility plan and protocol.
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Topics: Single Embryo Transfer, Mini-IVF

How Does Mini-IVF™ Avoid Some of the Side Effects Associated with Conventional IVF

Posted by NHFC

Conventional IVF can be a useful and successful treatment for certain patients.  Using injected medications daily, a woman’s ovaries are stimulated so they produce a large number of eggs for harvesting. Although a large number of eggs is produced, not all of them will be suitable for fertilization and implantation.  Once retrieved, the eggs are analyzed by our embryologists and the ones that are viable are fertilized.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Mini-IVF, IVF

What Are The Side Effects of Fertility Medications?

Posted by NHFC

Before beginning any fertility treatment, it is important to understand the potential side effects.  Side effects during fertility care are common, but are often minor.   Knowing what to expect can help avoid stress and anxiety about how you are feeling during treatment.

Taking medication to regulate or stimulate ovulation is common while undergoing fertility treatment.  Reported side effects from regularly prescribed fertility medication include:

Clomid – Clomid is used to stimulate ovulation. As a result multiple eggs may mature.  If natural conception is attempted or an insemination is performed, multiple eggs may  fertilize producing twins, triplets or high-order multiples.  Additionally, patients have reported mood swings and headaches.

Lupron – Lupron may be used during cycles where in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is done.  Lupron suppresses the body’s natural hormones temporarily putting a woman into a menopause-like state.  Some of the side effects include those commonly experienced by menopausal women:

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Topics: IVF Medication, Medication, Mini-IVF, Fertility Medication

New Hope in The New York Times

Posted by NHFC

As the title of a recent NY Times article suggests, Hope springs eternal at New Hope Fertility Center. The piece, which is a look into one person's experience at NHFC talks as much about our center as it does about the personal experience of going through IVF, generally - and we would like to think, about the hope that the best of today's care and technology can provide.
We understand that there are many factors that impact your ability to get pregnant. That’s why we designed our clinic and treatments to help optimize your fertility in every way. From our hours—we are open 7 days a week—to the spa like environment we strive to create, we do everything that we can in partnership with you to help you have a healthy baby -- even going as far as to customize treatments to each individual with our trademarked Mini-IVF™ protocols.

Our trademarked Mini-IVF™ protocol, like our Natural Cycle IVF, is a holistic approach to fertility care. Only 3-5 high quality eggs are ideal for developing a healthy baby. When more aggressive IVF drug treatments are used (like with conventional IVF), although more eggs are produced, those beyond 3-5 are typically not viable and are either discarded prior to implantation or are prone to failing in a later natural miscarriage.

Mini-IVF™ minimizes the amount of chemicals and drugs used in fertility treatment, may increase the chances of pregnancy, and may even provide surplus embryos to freeze for a later cycle.

Mini-IVF™ may be the right fit for you if you are looking to reduce health risks and discomfort caused by ovarian hyper-stimulation (OHSS), to eliminate the pain of daily drug injections (which can be 20-60 per cycle), to reduce the high cost of drugs in conventional IVF protocols to avoid the wait time of two to three months between cycles, and to minimize the potential risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer from prolonged use of high-dose IVF drugs.

Learn more about us: http://www.newhopefertility.com/

“Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.”

--Samuel Smiles
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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Mini-IVF, New Hope Fertility, IVF News

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