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The IVF Fertility Blog

What is the Best IVF Protocol?

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

Dr. Zhang’s Video Blog

There is no one best protocol approach to IVF. Dr. John Zhang – founder and medical director of New Hope Fertility NYC, developed his trademarked Mini-IVF™ with the goal of producing high quality eggs – not an excessive quantity of low quality eggs.

According to Dr. Zhang:

In many cases, someone who fails a conventional cycle will have better luck with lower stimulation protocol like Mini-IVF™ since it can produce higher quality eggs. – Dr. John Zhang

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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Mini-IVF, Dr. Zhang, IVF, Trying to Conceive, Conventional IVF, IVF Treatment, ivf cycle

Want to Increase Your Chances of Conceiving? - Ways to Reduce Work Stress

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

Managing stress is a crucial part of the fertility treatment process.  Stress in one area of your life can easily spill into another.  Compounding stress is a real issue while trying to conceive. Unfortunately, these high levels of stress can interfere with your reproductive system.  Therefore, to increase your chances of conceiving, it is important to reduce stress.  One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to reduce your stress levels at work.  While some stress from work is normal, excessive stress can negatively impact several aspects of your health.  

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Topics: Trying to Conceive

How the DHEA Supplement Can Help You Get Pregnant

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

As a woman ages, her ability to get pregnant declines.  This is primarily the result in a decline in the quality of her egg reserves which makes becoming and remaining pregnant harder.  Additionally, the rates at which hormones are produced in the body changes, the resulting imbalance can result in fertility issues.  When used as a supplement, DHEA treatment has been clinically shown to improve fertility and pregnancy rates.

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Topics: Fertility, Infertility, Pregnancy, Fertility Medication, Trying to Conceive, DHEA

Are Egg Donors Always Compensated?

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

Choosing to help a couple achieve their dreams of growing their family is admirable.  Many women are interested in how they can help by becoming egg donors but are unsure about the process.  Compensation and the process for harvesting eggs are common concerns.  The guidelines below can help you decide if becoming an egg donor is right for you.

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Topics: Egg Donation, Egg Donor, TTC, Fertility Medication, Trying to Conceive, Successful Cycle, Compensation, Egg Harvesting

Problems Getting Pregnant in Your 20s | IVF Success Stories

Posted by NHFC

The stigma surrounding infertility often holds a torch up to women who "waited too long" or those trying to get pregnant in their late 30s and 40s. As you've probably heard before, though, infertility does not discriminate.  In fact, there are plenty of women we treat here at New Hope that come to us in what is considered the "most fertile" age group.  We're talking about women in their 20s.2015-31-1.jpg

There are a wide range of reproductive health issues that can make it difficult for women of all ages to get pregnant. According to one of our resident embryologists, Amie B., "a common theme we have at New Hope among patients in their 20s involve tubal factor infertility and hormonal dysregulation. Fallopian tube obstruction can be common, since it is the result of a wide variety of issues including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, appendicitis, or even infections contracted after the woman's first childbirth. While hormonal issues typically stem from thyroid problems and other issues with the endocrine system."

With a simple sonogram, we've been able to help a wide range of women in their 20s identify tubal blockage being the reason behind their infertility.  While some women elect for a tubalectomy to unblock their problem tube, many elect to try IVF to utilize their functioning fallopian tube in order to avoid unnecessary surgery.

We have a few recent IVF success stories involving women in their 20s facing primary and secondary infertility.  One such patient was only 24 when she arrived at New Hope with trouble getting pregnant with her second child.  After freezing embryos from her Mini-IVF™ cycle, she had a frozen embryo transfer and soon came back with a positive pregnancy test.

Our second story comes from a 28-year-old struggling with primary infertility.  She returned a positive pregnancy test after a fresh embryo transfer from her  Mini-IVF™ cycle.

Our third case involved a 26-year-old, who came to New Hope with secondary infertility like Ms. 24. After consulting with our fertility specialists, she elected to do a few cycles of Mini-IVF™ in order to create several good embryos and increase her chances of achieving pregnancy, which she did after her frozen embryo transfer.

And our final IVF success story is from Ms. 29, who got pregnant (with twins!) after 1 Mini-IVF™ cycle and a fresh embryo transfer.  This will be her second pregnancy thanks to the help of our expert team.

Congrats to all of our recent IVF pregnancies, who prove infertility can affect women of all ages, not just those of advanced maternal age.  And not to mention, all 4 women got pregnant using our minimally invasive IVF protocol -- Mini-IVF™!

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Topics: Fertility, Mini-IVF, Success Story, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic, Trying to Conceive

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