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Trouble Getting Pregnant? | How to Overcome Primary Infertility

Posted by NHFC

Have you been trying to conceive for over a year and still have trouble getting pregnant?  You're not alone. Nearly 7.3 million women and couple struggle with infertility in the United States alone, and this includes those trying to get pregnant for their first, second, or even third time.

At New Hope Fertility, we treat a diverse group of women of all ages, ethnic, and health backgrounds. One thing these women have in common?  Trouble getting pregnant.  While women oftentimes are suffering from unexplained infertility, that is, they do not know the root cause of their inability to conceive, others suffer from a multitude of fertility-related issues, from PCOS to male factor infertility. One thing is certain -- infertility does not discriminate.

We have recently been able to help a number of women who had trouble getting pregnant with their first child, with their ages ranging from 26 to 39 years of age.  Ms. 26 arrived at New Hope with primary infertility, and after a few unsuccessful cycles, finally got pregnant with twins after her Mini-IVF™ treatment. Our next patient, Ms. 32, also suffering with issues trying to conceive for her first time, was able to conceive after just 1 Mini-IVF™ cycle and a single embryo transfer (one of the safest IVF practices that we promote at our clinic).

Ms. 30, although dealing with primary infertility and an unsuccessful initial frozen embryo transfer, pulled through to get pregnant after her second frozen embryo transfer. Our final IVF success story for today comes from Ms. 39, who also got pregnant through Mini-IVF™ after freezing her embryos and having a frozen embryo transfer (which is highly successful at our clinic thanks to our vitrification freezing method, with a 98% thaw survival rate).

Congratulations to all of our recent IVF pregnancies, who all prove that you can still get pregnant after dealing with primary infertility.  Hooray!
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Topics: Single Embryo Transfer, Fertility, Flash Freezing, Vitrification, Mini-IVF, Success Story, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

Vitrification | The Best Way to Freeze Your Eggs

Posted by NHFC

As a recent New York Times article points out, fertility preservation (freezing ones eggs for future use) is still considered experimental by the The American Society for Reproductive Medicine; however, many women (and their parents) are now turning to this revolutionary technology to lessen the stress involved with the infamous biological clock.

While it is true that egg freezing is still considered experimental, the advances in egg freezing techniques have produced amazing results in the field of fertility preservation.  Once reserved for oncofertility to help cancer patients preserve their fertility before undergoing chemotherapy treatment, everyone from career women to young adults are freezing their eggs in hopes to one day use them when they're ready for a family.  And, as the NY Times feature shows, many parents of these women are helping foot the bill to ensure a grandchild in the near future.

Regardless of who is paying, it is important to understand your options when it comes to fertility preservation.  As the NY Times article notes, freezing your eggs does not guarantee they will be viable for future use. Vitrification, on the other hand, can lessen the additional concerns in something happening to eggs during the freezing and thawing process.  This flash-freezing method yields a 98% survival rate compared to traditional, "slow-freezing" cryopreservation techniques, and New Hope Fertility Center continues to employ vitrification and frozen embryo transfers with continued success; since 2004, we've welcomed nearly 150 healthy babies born from frozen embryos.

Read more on our egg banking and freezing options over at New Hope Fertility Center and preserve your fertility today!

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Topics: Vitrification, New York, New Hope Fertility, Egg Freezing, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic, Fertility Preservation

Frozen Embryo Babies May Be Healthier

Posted by NHFC

Recent research set forth at the British Fertility Society last week suggests babies born from frozen embryo transfers (FET) may be healthier than those born from fresh embryo transfers during IVF treatments.

According the the study, conducted by the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health in London, babies born from frozen embryo transfers weighed an average of half a pound more than those babies born from fresh embryo transfers (source: BioNews).  In addition, babies born from fresh embryo transfers were born an average of .65 weeks earlier than those conceived from frozen embryo transfers (source: The Huffington Post UK).

While there remains no clear link to frozen embryo transfers and higher birth weight, Suzanne Cawood, who led the study, suggests the difference may be due to the state of the uterine environment during a frozen embryo transfer, which is less stimulated than that of a woman receiving a fresh embryo transfer.  Fresh embryo transfers are conducted close to the time the eggs are retrieved, which means the embryo is being put into an environment that has been hyperstimulated to produce multiple viable eggs during the IVF process.  Frozen embryos, on the other hand, have been cryopreserved for an amount of time and enter the woman's uterus in a more natural state.

While more research will be needed to understand the major advantages of frozen embryo transfers versus fresh embryo transfers, the application of FET indeed supports the growing trend in single embryo transfers.  In an effort to reduce the complications that arise with multiple pregnancies and premature births, FET offers another way to reduce the risks associated with premature births and lower birth weights, which we at New Hope are all for.  Healthier babies mean happier families.

You can read more info on frozen embryo transfers here and more on our freezing process, vitrification, here.

 
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Topics: Frozen Blastocyst Transfer, Single Embryo Transfer, Fertility, Vitrification, Oocyte Freezing, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, IVF, Research, Infertility, Fertility Preservation

End of November IVF Success Stories

Posted by NHFC

A few IVF success stories to share from New Hope Fertility Center:

1) 40 y/o came to New Hope with a history of primary infertility.  She completed one Mini-IVF™ cycle and had a frozen single embryo transfer, resulting in a positive pregnancy test.  Congratulations!

2) 39 y/o arrived at NHFC with a history of primary infertility.  She completed one Ultra Mini-IVF™ cycle (no injections) and had a fresh single embryo transfer, recently coming back with a positive pregnancy test.  Congrats!

3) 41 y/o came to New Hope with a history of primary infertility. She returned a positive pregnancy test after completing our donor program with a donor frozen embryo transfer.  Congratulations!
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Topics: Egg Donor, Single Embryo Transfer, Vitrification, Mini-IVF, Success Story, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

Vitrification | Freezing Your Eggs

Posted by NHFC

Among our other guiding philosophies at New Hope Fertility Center, having the fertility care options that best meet the needs of our potential patients is another prominent protocol at our clinic.

As we've outlined in the past couple of weeks as a response to New York Magazine's Parents of a Certain Age cover story, New Hope continuously seeks to give all patients struggling with infertility issues a chance, no matter what age or FSH level.  Indeed, in the same way, we're proud to be able to utilize the most recent method in fertility preservation and freezing eggs and embryos: vitrification.

Many of the concerns involved with a woman's age include the "ticking" of the biological clock, a term developed from our understanding that as a woman ages so do her eggs as their production slows down and a woman enters menopause.  For this and other reasons, many women choose to freeze their embryos in an effort to prevent running into infertility issues in the future when they decide to have children.  As a matter of fact, many sources will mention the risk of eggs not surviving the freezing method, our vitrification method for freezing embryos boasts a 98% survival rate compared to that of traditional egg freezing methods.

Our vitrification method is also what makes our donor program unique.  Many donor programs require the donor recipient and egg donor to cycle at the same time.  At New Hope, we can freeze donor eggs until the recipient is most ready for the donor egg transfer.  By using vitrification to preserve donor eggs, we ensure our fertility care is playing best to the needs of the patient, while also avoiding overmedication often involved in trying to synchronize cycles.

 

 
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Topics: Fertility, Flash Freezing, Vitrification, Oocyte Freezing, Unique Technology, New Hope Fertility, Egg Freezing, Infertility, Fertility Preservation

Fertility Care and Older Mothers

Posted by NHFC

Many of you may have read or heard about the feature story, Parents of a Certain Age, that appeared in the latest New York Magazine and which can also be found online.  We read the article as well and were very interested to read about the narratives described in it.  While we won't take your time summarizing the article, we did want to comment on some of the content.

One aspect of Parents of a Certain Age that is worth addressing is its focus on older women who hope to be parents.  Indeed, Parents of a Certain Age highlights how women around the world are putting off having their first child until much later in life compared to earlier generations. Similarly, the number of older women in their 40s and early 50s having the urge to become mothers is much higher.  For some of these women, IVF and donor programs may not be an option, as some clinics have restrictions on age.  At New Hope Fertility Center, we know that each individual and their physiology is unique, which is why we do not have firm restrictions based on age.  Instead, the doctors and staff at New Hope look at your current medical condition to assess whether or not you may be able to have a successful pregnancy and let you make the decision from there.

As a matter of fact, just like the fertility center mentioned in Parents of a Certain Age, New Hope Fertility supports women in their journey towards motherhood in every way possible, and runs a donor program that stands to challenge any other donor program worldwide -- not only in terms of the number of donors and the quality of physicians, but in terms of the support and care that goes hand in hand with a comfortable, joyful experience.

Additionally, we have written many times over about New Hope Fertility Center's use of the most modern freezing technology, vitrification, to freeze embryos. This is particularly important for our donor program because, while most donor programs require the donor and the recipient to cycle together, this is not necessary at New Hope -- we can thaw the eggs when your body has the most optimal conditions for conceiving.  In addition to having control over the timing of a donor egg implantation, this also means that no medications need to be used to synchronize cycles, which makes our fertility care not only more effective, but gentler on the body.
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Topics: Fertility, Vitrification, Mini-IVF, IVF, Egg Freezing, Infertility, Fertility Preservation

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