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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IRMS NJ Explains Abnormal Sperm Count and How It Affects Male Infertility

So your sperm count came back (ab)normal… What next?! That’s the question many guys are faced with once they receive their initial semen analysis. First, we almost never diagnose male factor infertility from one semen analysis. Your doctor will almost always have you do a repeat sample, and make sure that you have the right…
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IRMS in NJ Discusses Genetic Testing in Fertility Treatment: Carrier Screening vs. Genotyping

By Guest Blogger Stephany Foster, Recombine Your genes encode the instructions for all parts of your body to grow and function. Changes in your genes, called mutations, can disrupt those instructions and may lead to genetic disease. Carrier screening allows you to learn about what changes you carry in your genes and what risk you…
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New Jersey’s Fertility Leader Recommends Folic Acid to Reduce Birth Defects

Taking Your Vitamins Actually Decreases The Risk For Birth Defects! It has become fairly common knowledge that when gearing up to become pregnant increasing our intake of folic acid (a B vitamin) is important to aide in preventing birth defects in our offspring, neural tube defects specifically. So we are not suggesting that you take…
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IRMS Answers questions about Egg Donation for Recipients in New Jersey

Since the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, in vitro fertilization has helped many couples fulfill their dreams of parenthood. However, significant problems with ovarian reserve or egg quality have not been conquered. For some patients, egg donation is a viable alternative with an excellent prognosis for success. The decision to pursue this treatment plan…
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Weighty Matters: IRMS in NJ talks about Maternal Weight and Pregnancy

It is now well known that maternal obesity, a high fat diet and a high GWG (gestational weight gain) have harmful effects on fetal metabolic programming; awareness of harmful effects on the fetal brain is less widespread. There are increased odds of cognitive deficits, decreased IQ and intellectual disability by 1.3 to 3.6 fold. Maternal…
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The Facts About Egg Freezing, Stephanie Marshall Thompson of IRMS sets the record straight!

Elective oocyte cryopreservation commonly known as “egg freezing” has been increasing in popularity since it was labeled non-experimental by ASRM, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, in 2012. This has come with an explosion of attention from media outlets, sometimes surprisingly negative. To set the record straight, Egg Freezing is a way to address preserving…
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IRMS NJ Examines “The Impact of Obesity on Female Fertility and Pregnancy”

There are numerous risks to women’s fertility to conceive, as well as, increased risks during pregnancy from obesity, and these risks increase with the degree of obesity. Obesity is defined as a pre-pregnancy BMI > 30 Kg/m^2. While diabetes mellitus (DM) increases with obesity, there is still an increase in complications and adverse pregnancy outcomes…
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