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New Hope's Dr. Zhang in Time Magazine

Posted by NHFC

A recent Time Magazine article, Frontiers of Fertility, quoted Dr. Zhang when talking about Mini-IVF™, the newest and most advanced "art of IVF." As we have talked about in numerous posts and on our website, the article mentions that a primary advantage of Mini-IVF is that "the physiologic changes the body experiences [with this protocol] are close to the natural cycle, without excessive drugs." The article says that while some people question the efficacy of Mini-IVF™, "Zhang just completed a five-year look at mini-IVF success rates that he is submitting for publication and promises will be a “time bomb”—presumably the good kind—in the field." The article also touches on Embryoscopes (they call it a time-lapse-photography system), as an advanced tool for monitoring embryonic development. New Hope is one of only a dozen clinics in the country that has EmbryoScope Technology.
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Topics: Mini-IVF, New Hope Fertility, Technology, Research

EmbryoScope Technology at New Hope Fertility

Posted by NHFC

New Hope Fertility Center is happy to announce that we are currently using EmbryoScopes which have been described as a new hope for couples who want to conceive.

EmbryoScopes, approved by the FDA in 2011, are incubators used for monitoring developing embryos.

This technology is only currently available in about 15 reproduction centers around the country according to NBC news.

So why is this cutting edge technology important?

Unlike conventional monitoring methods which only capture single static observations, Embryoscopes come with a built-in camera that can be set to capture images at set intervals.

The images can be strung together to create a time-lapse video, documenting the development of the embryo over time, until it is ready for transfer (usually at the blastocyst stage).

This technology is helpful in making the best embryo selection decisions and some believe it will also contribute to higher IVF treatment success rates.

At New Hope, we are committed to your success.
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Topics: Fertility, Embryo Transfer, IVF News, Research, Best Fertility Clinic

CGH Testing: Reducing Risk & Promoting Success During IVF

Posted by NHFC

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Topics: PGD, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, Technology, IVF, Research, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

New IVF Strategies Aren't So New After All

Posted by NHFC

As seen in this morning's Wall Street Journal article titled "New Strategy May Help Success of In Vitro Fertilization," recent studies within the fertility care field are linking frozen embryo transfers with an increase in healthy pregnancies following IVF treatment.

The "3 separate randomized and controlled studies involving 633 women with an average age of 35" fairly represent the group of couples we've helped get pregnant with frozen embryo transfers: New Hope's latest SART statistics show 44% of our patients age 35 and under achieved a healthy pregnancy following frozen embryo transfers, and 64% of our patients got pregnant using frozen donor embryos.

Frozen embryo transfers (FET) have indeed produced high rates of success at our clinic, and we continue to encourage the practice when counseling our patients.  Not only do FETs increase chances of healthy pregnancy and live births, but the process with which we freeze them also contributes to the health of embryos.  Vitrification, a flash-freezing method we've utilized since our center opened in 2004, has a 98% thaw survival rate here at New Hope, giving our patients peace of mind with every frozen embryo transferred.

The practice of frozen embryo transfers also encourages the practice of single embryo transfers. Because frozen embryos increase the chance of pregnancy, FETs subsequently decrease the need to transfer more than 1 embryo at a time.  Single embryo transfers, along with our minimal stimulation protocols like Mini-IVF™ and Natural Cycle IVF, significantly decrease risks associated with multiple births.  At the hands of our experienced team of fertility specialists, we've been able to prove time and again that with these methods combined, IVF can be safe and more cost-effective for patients wishing to get pregnant without overstimulation.

Read more of our success stories involving frozen embryo transfers here.
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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Single Embryo Transfer, Fertility, Flash Freezing, Vitrification, Mini-IVF, New York, New Hope Fertility, Dr. Zhang, Embryo Transfer, IVF, Egg Freezing, Research, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic, Fertility Preservation

Building Post-War Lives | IVF for Veterans

Posted by NHFC

Family building is a priority for many veterans returning from their service overseas. Pelvic, spinal cord, and genitourinary injuries, however, can prevent injured war vets from being able to conceive.  Oftentimes these wounds cause damage that lead to ejaculatory problems, erectile dysfunction, and in women with shrapnel injuries, damage to the pelvis and fallopian tubes (source: Washington Post).

At New Hope, we fully support the bill up for proposal in the Senate right now, which will add fertility care services to the VA's medical benefits package.  For men and women who have served and are trying their best to introduce a sense of normalcy back into their lives, it only makes sense that those injured continue to receive the support they need -- mentally and physically -- as they come home and rebuild their personal and family lives.

While the VA already covers some assisted reproduction services, like IUI (artificial insemination), the new proposal would add coverage for IVF, which yields a greater success rate compared to other treatments.  It would also include coverage to compensate for the partners' side of IVF treatment, since the procedure involves both parties -- sperm extraction, egg retrieval, embryo creation, and implantation.

We look forward to Veterans getting the care they deserve as they return home and work to build a family life.  At the end of the day, paying to achieve the dream of parenthood should be the least of an injured vet's concerns as he or she comes back home.
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Topics: New York, IVF News, Research

Postpartum Care and Transvaginal Mesh

Posted by NHFC

A guest post concerning postpartum health from our friends at Drugwatch.com:

After a woman gives birth, she can become overwhelmed with the advice she receives regarding infant care, breastfeeding, proper sleep techniques, and so on. She may be instructed to do Kegel exercises in order to prevent postpartum incontinence. However, postpartum reproductive health care does more than just prevent annoying stress incontinence. It can prevent the onset of a common condition called Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).

Women who develop healthy reproductive health habits early on have a lower chance of being diagnosed with POP later on in life. Some methods used to treat POP have been linked to serious health complications, so working to avoid POP is worth the effort.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

As many as 50 percent of women will develop some form of POP in their lifetime, although most women will never experience any symptoms. Usually diagnosed during menopause, POP is a condition in which pelvic tissues and muscles begin to weaken. This weakening can allow organs, such as the bladder, uterus and rectum to drop. In worst-case scenarios, the organs can bulge, or drop, into the vaginal canal.

There are several ways to prevent and/or treat POP. Some of these treatments are considered non-invasive and have little to no risk. Other treatments involve surgical intervention to rebuild support in the pelvic region. In these cases, the risks can be more severe. One common surgical procedure used to reverse POP uses a medical device called transvaginal mesh. Unfortunately, this mesh material has been linked to thousands of reports of complications, many of which are serious and/or permanent.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh was introduced as a surgical solution to POP about a decade ago. It can be made from synthetic or biologic materials. It is inserted through the vagina and used like a hammock to support pelvic organs. When the surgery is successful, the hammock-like mesh material prevents organs and tissues from further prolapse and stops POP from progressing.

Unfortunately, by the mid-2000s, an alarming number of health complications were being reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by women who had received transvaginal mesh implants. In 2008, the FDA issued its first warning to health care professionals about the growing number of complications. By 2011, a second warning was issued labeling transvaginal mesh as a risky medical device and stating that serious health complications related to the mesh were no longer rare.

Risks Associated with Transvaginal Mesh

Vaginal mesh products have a tendency to erode and/or protrude into vaginal tissues and surrounding organs. It can also contract over time, pulling tissues with it. These complications can cause pain, discomfort, repeat infections, pain during sexual intercourse and even chronic incontinence. Damage from transvaginal mesh can be very difficult to reverse. The women who have been harmed and are still experiencing the painful side effects, have filed surgical mesh lawsuits.

By prioritizing postpartum care, living a healthy lifestyle and committing to daily exercises that strengthen pelvic floor and core muscles, women can take an active role in their reproductive health, and minimize their chances of developing POP.
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Topics: New York, New Hope Fertility, Research, Best Fertility Clinic

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