Reproductive Medicine & The Risk of Viruses in Sperm

A new article published in the October issue of medical journal Emerging Infectious Diseases has many people talking about a new health worry. This groundbreaking study found genetic evidence of 27 viruses existing in human semen. Some of the viruses discovered in semen by these scientists are well known: Ebola, chikungunya, Zika, Lassa fever, Marburg,…
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The Association of Vitamin D Levels and Fertility

Vitamin D offers many health benefits: it helps maintain calcium and phosphorous levels in the body, strengthens bones, and is thought to be linked somehow to regulation of the reproductive process in both men and women. Previous studies of vitamin D and fertility in animals have shown a link between the two, with vitamin D…
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How the U.S. Opioid Crisis Affects Women and Infertility Medicine

The current opioid crisis in the United States is a frequent topic across headlines, in many conversations, and throughout the medical community. It is one of the major public health issues of today, and many Americans have suffered from its effects. In her article in the August 2017 issue of the ASRM medical journal, Fertility…
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IRMS’ Fertility Experts Featured on New Jersey’s 101.5FM

Dr. Hessler, Dr. Keegan, Nurse Jennifer Giordano, and the rest of IRMS are very proud to be featured on New Jersey’s 101.5 FM radio station! Their Chief Meteorologist, Dan Zarrow, was one of our patients, and he wrote an article “forecasting” the arrival of “Baby Z” early next year. Dan and his wife Amy will…
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Fertility Preservation Insurance Coverage for New Jersey Cancer Patients

Recently, laws were passed in two states mandating insurance coverage of infertility treatment for patients with iatrogenic infertility. This is defined as an inability to conceive as a result of a medical procedure or treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy treatments for cancer. A blog post on our website detailed Connecticut’s passage of HB7124 requiring…
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IRMS Recommends Holistic Infertility Treatment: Taking Care of Your Body

An infertility diagnosis can often seem overwhelming, as if it is suddenly taking over control of the reproductive life of a patient. Our physicians at IRMS are always ready to help couples regain this control with expert advice and a state-of-the-art embryology lab, but there are also individual ways to increase one’s chances of successfully…
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Dr. Serena Chen Speaking at 2017 StartART Conference in Las Vegas

StartART is an annual nursing conference for nurses working in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, held this year in Las Vegas during the first week of August. Maria Jackson, RN, MA, who works at IRMS in Livingston as an Ovum Donation Nurse Coordinator, is a co‑chair of the annual congress. There, REI nurses from around the…
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IRMS Applauds AMA Decision to Recognize Infertility as a Disease

Last month in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to recognize infertility as a disease in the United States. This is a very promising step towards increasing national healthcare coverage for infertility treatments, and also hopefully a move towards diminishing the stigma surrounding infertility. This success was spearheaded by the American Society for Reproductive…
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The Difference Between Sex and Gender, and Why it Matters in Reproductive Medicine

The words sex and gender are often used interchangeably, but in truth have very different definitions. These distinctions are not only important, they apply directly and in many ways to the fertility field of medicine, and their correct usage can contribute to a more accurate and more respectful health care experience. The WHO defines sex…
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Leading New Jersey Fertility Center Recommends When to Seek Infertility Treatment

Many patients who walk into our office for the first time have been trying to conceive naturally for a very long time, and enter quite confused and discouraged. Making the decision to seek help from a reproductive endocrinologist is a very personal and often daunting process, and so patients generally take their time to book…
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