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The IVF Fertility Blog

Know Your Meds: The Importance of Being Prepared

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

At New Hope Fertility Center, a common concern that is brought up from outside monitor patients is the availability of medications.   Please take a look at our recommendations on how to make to make sure you are able to get your medications on time and without any issues. 

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Topics: Medication, New Hope Fertility, Fertility Treatment, Fertility Medication

What Is The Best IVF App?

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

IVF treatment is expensive and complex. You will need all the tools available to help coordinate and monitor your treatment. Discover a Smartphone app to help you through your IVF journey. We've gathered information on the best apps on the market to assist you with your IVF cycle progress. These apps can help you track your progress throughout your entire IVF cycle – before, during, and after – especially when you’re waiting on that pregnancy test!

  • Glow Fertility, Period and Ovulation Tracker App
  • My Fertility Diary
  • IVF Predict
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Topics: IVF Medication, Fertility, Medication, IVF, Appointments, Smartphones, Calendars, Ovulation, Apps, Cycles

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

Maximizing Health, Minimizing Risk | Mini-IVF™ Success Stories

Posted by NHFC

With the Jones quintuplets currently claiming the NICU at Southwestern Medical Center as their temporary home, now could not be a more appropriate time to highlight the benefits of minimal stimulation IVF.

Conceived through injectable IUIs, the Jones quintuplets, who range from 1 pounds 12 ounces to 2 pounds 11 ounces, are a prime example of injectable IUIs leading to high risk multiple births.  According to our resident fertility specialist Dr. Lyndon Chang, "many, if not most, higher level gestations (triplets, quads, quints) are not from IVF, but from injectable IUIs, which are unnecessary and dangerous."

That being said, the time has come for those in the assisted reproduction community to start adopting and utilizing more minimally invasive fertility treatments. Mini-IVF™ harnesses the power of nature by relying more on the body's naturally occurring processes and less on copious amounts of injectable fertility medications. In addition, the treatment lessens the risks (ie. OHSS) that come with producing an overabundance of eggs, which often happens with conventional treatments.

At New Hope, we've had a couple of recent IVF success stories using our trademarked Mini-IVF™ treatment.  Our first such case involved a 29-year old struggling with primary infertility.  After just 1 Mini-IVF™ cycle and a single embryo transfer, she got pregnant.  Her particular treatment demonstrates both cost-effectiveness (1 cycle, no injectables) and safety (we transferred just one embryo, as would happen in nature).

Our second IVF success story is similar to our first and involved a  31-year-old also suffering from primary infertility.  She also completed just 1 Mini-IVF™ cycle and chose to freeze her embryos.  After transferring just one of those embryos, she also achieved a successful pregnancy.

Both women are great examples of how safe and cost-effective fertility treatments like Mini-IVF™ (also known as Low Dose IVF, IVF Lite, and Green IVF) work.  Not only do they save future parents money during treatment, but also cut down on neonatal healthcare costs since they greatly reduce the chance of getting pregnant with multiples, which are risky for both mother and child.

As we pray for the Jones' quints as they get stronger in the NICU, the assisted reproduction community cannot wait any longer in letting those undergoing fertility treatments know there are safer and more cost-effective options out there.

Make sure to ask your fertility specialist about low dose and single embryo protocols.
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Topics: IVF Medication, Single Embryo Transfer, Fertility, Medication, Mini-IVF, Success Story, New York, Embryo Transfer, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

Can Fertility Clinics in China Help Bypass One-Child Only?

Posted by NHFC

Amidst ongoing efforts in China to bypass the "one-child only" law, private fertility clinics have started to push "multiple-baby pills" under the guise of general infertility treatment campaigns.

As China's one-child policy remains unchanged, it is not yet clear whether or not fertility care will reach popularity levels like those in the United States and elsewhere; however, it is becoming more common for clinics in the country to announce how fertility drugs can increase the chance of multiple births.

While it is understandable for women and couples to desire more than one child, especially if they want to add to their current family or provide a sibling, the current fertility campaigns taking place are in danger of neglecting to provide important information about the potential side effects of fertility drugs and multiple births (ie. overmedication, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low birth weights).  Current trends among fertility care specialists is the US consistently suggest a shift towards more physiologically sound and natural treatments.  Minimally evasive protocols, such as those at New Hope Fertility Center, avoid the overuse of fertility drugs that can lead to high risk multiple births that put stress on both mother and child.

According to the recent report in the Wall Street Journal, family planning laws were enacted in 1980 as a way to control the population that grew under Chairman Mao.  Today, however, concerns are growing around the fact that the now shrinking (and aging) population may significantly affect the country's economic and social growth.  Officials in Guangdong, China's most populated province, recently requested China's central government to waive the one-child rule under certain circumstances, including if the parents in question grew up as only children.  The same province is home to leading private hospital's in China who are participating in the advertisement of multiple-baby pills, like Guangzhou Women’s Hospital, which currently is running an ad that states the pill "helps women address infertility" and adds "you may get twins" (source: WSJ).

While concrete statistics are not yet available regarding multiple births and the fertility campaigns, there is no question that accessibility and awareness surrounding the availability of fertility care treatments in the country is rising.

We'll continue to keep an eye on the development of fertility care in China and news regarding the country's one-child policy.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, IVF Medication, Fertility, Medication, Mini-IVF, New Hope Fertility, Infertility

Free IVF Treatment in Israel

Posted by NHFC

According to a recent New York Times report, Israel maintains its status as the capital of in vitro fertilization due to a unique treatment policy, which provides free and unlimited IVF procedures for women up to 45.

In the United States, IVF numbers tend to remain low, presumably due to the high costs associated with the procedure.  Israel, on the other hand, has prioritized IVF treatment as one of their main public health expenditures in order to promote and support the institution of family, and as current critics would argue, "counterbalance the the high fertility rates of families in Palestinian territories" (source: Huffington Post). Israel's policy has also inspired an ethical debate for those who believe the government's policy places pressure on women to have children as the accessibility of IVF treatment is promoted, with others who believe the approach turns the process of child-bearing into a commodity.  These ethical questions are prominent within the field of fertility care around the globe, with other such discussions arising from UK's upcoming IVF lottery.

Whether or not Israel's IVF policy is a religious and political issue remains to be seen; however, the idea that IVF coverage exists undoubtedly sparks the interest of those individuals who would otherwise seek IVF treatment if coverage and cost were not such an issue.

At New Hope Fertility Center, we strive to make IVF more accessible with our low medication protocols, which lower overall treatment costs and decrease discomfort.  You can read more about our Natural cycle and Mini-IVF™ treatments here.

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, IVF Medication, Fertility, Medication, Law, International Law, Mini-IVF, IVF, Infertility, Conventional IVF

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