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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IRMS New Jersey’s Dr. Serena H. Chen Speaks at Women’s Empowerment Week!

We are proud to announce that our very own Dr. Serena H. Chen, MD, FACOG, will be a featured speaker during Women’s Empowerment Week on Wednesday April 5th at 7pm at the Blue Stone Café in Montclair, NJ. Serena will be separating fact from fiction as she discusses “The Truth About Reproduction and IVF”. This…
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Endometriosis & Fertility: Informative Video from IRMS NJ’s Dr. Serena Chen

In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Week, please watch this very informative video from Dr. Serena Chen. Endometriosis is defined as the abnormal growth of cells outside of the uterus. The cause of endometriosis is still not known and though some women have specific symptoms endo can be associated with pelvic pain, pain on intercourse, heavy…
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IRMS addresses Multiple Miscarriages and Pregnancy Loss

Experiencing a pregnancy loss can be a devastating event, unfortunately more women and couples experience miscarriage or pregnancy loss than most people realize. Approximately 15- 20% of all pregnancies are lost in a miscarriage; most often early in the first trimester (within the first 13 weeks). The miscarriage rate may be even higher when you…
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PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) vs PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening)

IRMS defines this state-of-the-art lab technology to isolate normal embryos Genetic testing of embryos for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities has been possible in IVF laboratories since the early 1990’s. At that time, the term “PGD” was used for all types of this testing, not differentiating between chromosomal abnormalities or a disease. Before long, the terminology…
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