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Make Fertility Counseling a Priority This Holiday Season

Couple Counseling (2)If you are planning on investing your hard-earned money into IVF in the New Year 2020, we highly recommend that you try fertility counseling. Look: We are dedicated to our patients’ IVF pregnancy success. Bottom Line: Secure your IVF financial investment by engaging in fertility counseling.

Celebrated In-House Fertility Counseling

A solid mental and emotional state can increase your chance of IVF pregnancy success. Professional In-House Fertility Counseling with Allison Rosen Ph.D. is recommended by the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC. As an experienced clinical psychologist specializing in infertility, Dr. Allison Rosen has helped hundreds of couples cope during their struggle to have a baby. 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

NICS Methodology

This cutting-edge technology detects most chromosomal deficiencies in embryos – aneuploidy – an extra or missing chromosome. Non-Invasive Chromosomal Screening (NICS) is an innovative and non-invasive genetic testing method used to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos culturing in vitro. NICS increases IVF and FET pregnancy success rates by up to 30%.

The development of NICS technology at New Hope Fertility Center marks a huge and truly a momentous achievement. We are now one of only a handful of centers around the world offering a validated and accurate platform for analyzing embryologic DNA in a completely non-invasive fashion.

  • Oocyte – egg retrieval
  • ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
  • Day 5 or 6 Blastocyst – development of embryo in vitro culture
  • Culture Medium Collection – no intrusion on embryo
  • NICS Sample Preparation
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Result Reporting

NICS Outcome

NICS is an in vitro evaluation of the efficacy of a single-embryo transfer at the Blastocyst stage (5 to 6 days development in vitro). NICS is the sequencing of free genomic DNA in the culture medium of individual Blastocysts and obtaining chromosomal ploidy information.

When abnormal embryos detected using NICS, they are discarded. Only quality embryos are transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – frozen (cryopreserved) for future FETs.

  • NICS does not require an embryo biopsy (extraction of cells)
  • NICS is non-invasive procedure because a small sample of culture media surrounding the embryo is extracted for testing
  • NICS causes little to no stress on the embryo as it develops in vitro

Advantages of NICS Procedure

  • Less embryo manipulation
  • Culture media is processed on site (no transportation concerns)
  • Avoids disruptive embryo biopsies which have been recently shown to increase the risk of pre-eclampsia and placental problems in pregnancy

Other Benefits of NICS

Other benefits of NICS in conjunction with IVF include:

Candidates for NICS

  • Any woman desiring prenatal genetic screening to rule out Down's Syndrome or other syndromes
  • Women desiring to lower the risk of a miscarriage
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss (2 or more miscarriages)
  • Recurrent implantation failure (multiple failed embryo transfers)

NICS Can Increase IVF Pregnancy Success Rate Up To 30 Percent!

State-of-the-art genetics technologies have proven to increase IVF pregnancy rates. Through the medical marvel of NICS in conjunction with IVF, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities can be detected in embryos.

  • Only high quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FET procedures

Aging and Embryo Quality

As a woman advances in age, the chance for low quality embryos increases.

Low quality embryos result in:

  • Low pregnancy success rates
  • High miscarriage rates
  • High chance for birth defects

Fertility Counseling Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility counselor when you are undergoing IVF treatment. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Allison Rosen at New Hope Fertility Center call 212.969.7422.

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