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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Debunking the Infertility Diagnosis?

Infertility can be a scary term and a difficult diagnosis to receive, often prompting many questions about the future and what this new information really means. The medical definition of infertility sheds some light on the true meaning of the term: a difficulty in conceiving. It varies based on the age of the woman attempting…
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Connecticut bill HB7124 becomes law, bringing infertility coverage to all cancer patients!

Just this week, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to sign into law a bill requiring insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured cancer patients and those for whom it is medically necessary. This is the first law of its kind in the United States, and it passed both the Connecticut House and…
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IRMS – Experts on Reproductive Medicine Update You on Zika 2017 CDC Findings

Zika-affected pregnancies For those existing patients of IRMS you know we take the Zika virus very seriously, and may have even advised against your taking vacations to Zika-infected areas while on your journey with us. We wanted to share information on a recently published study by the CDC so you are aware of the issues…
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IRMS Examines Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Fertility

I have recently seen a 17 year-old young woman with SCD, who came in for a consultation with her mother. She has a brother without Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) or trait that is her HLA match, and she is considering HCT (hematopoietic cell transplantation: aka bone marrow transplant). Due to the incidence of ovarian failure…
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Dr. Natalie Cekleniak on why “Unexplained Infertility” doesn’t exist anymore

Historically patients who were unsuccessful in trying to conceive came to our office for a fertility work-up that included Day 3 FSH and AHM levels, antral follical count and ultrasound-guided evaluation of the ovaries, an HSG and a semen analysis. If all of that testing came back with “normal” results the patient was often deemed…
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Dr. Jessica Mann discusses oncofertility options in New Jersey “When cancer strikes: What we CAN do today for what tomorrow might bring”

In the US, 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer yearly. Some of these are young pre-pubertal girls. Others are women of reproductive age who may or may not have begun to think about the possibility of having children yet. While each cancer is different, early detection and current medical treatments have allowed more and…
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IRMS’ Dr. Serena Chen discusses Fertility with Jennifer Palumbo & the Huffington Post

Here’s a scary statistic – at least one in eight couples have reproductive health and/or issues that can make building a family difficult. Now, of course you’re thinking…“hey my odds are great then, I should be fine”. Jennifer Palumbo, fertility advocate and Huffington Post contributor discusses with our very own Dr. Serena Chen why you…
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Dr. Natalie A. Cekleniak of IRMS NJ on why “Egg Freezing Empowers Women”

What’s the best thing a young woman can do for her reproductive potential? Freeze her eggs at a young age. I know, “everything baby” is not where your head’s at right now. We (thankfully) live longer, and there’s a lot you want to achieve before you start thinking about a family. But let’s get real,…
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