Choosing Between Day 3 vs. Day 5 Embryo Transfer

“You have to be in it to win it.” With all seriousness, I am saying that if no embryo(s) are transferred into a uterus in a fresh IVF/ICSI cycle, there can be no pregnancy (I am excluding embryos biopsied for genetic testing for hopeful thaw and transfer of a normal embryo in the future). I…
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IRMS NJ: What is Cytoplasmic Donation and why should you care? (Or 3 Parent babies?….. NOT)

IRMS is very excited by the publication October 26, 2016 in Reproductive Biomedicine Online, a respected scientific journal, of the results of a follow up survey of children born after a special IVF procedure called cytoplasmic donation. This revolutionary procedure was performed at IRMS at Saint Barnabas from 1996-2001 to help couples with severe recurrent…
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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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IRMS in NJ Applauds that Veterans Affairs will begin covering IVF and adoption costs for wounded veterans

After participating in Advocacy Day on Capital Hill with RESOLVE, the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs will finally begin covering costs for IVF and adoption for combat-wounded veterans struggling with infertility because of their injuries is a HUGE win! For all of those who were with us on Capital Hill that on May…
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IRMS NJ Explains Common Misconceptions of Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI)

For a number of patients coping with unexplained infertility or mild male subfertility, an intrauterine insemination is one of the first treatment options available. Patients have a number of questions that I can hopefully answer below. How does the IUI work? What can I do to improve the odds of this working? Do I have…
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IRMS NJ & ASRM Announce: Urgent Calls Needed to Capitol Hill on IVF Amendment

ACT Today! There is a serious issue being acted on right now in congress that will have serious ramifications for everyone considering IVF treatment. My congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen who represents Livingston and other nearby towns (11th district) is on this committee – please call (202) 225-5034 and ask him to vote NO on the Harris/Fortenberry…
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IRMS NJ – What’s all the Fuss About Genetic Testing & Pregnancy?

Genetics is a very hot topic these days. IRMS of New Jersey uses genetic technology for so many things that just a short time ago was unthinkable. Genetics can be complicated and confusing but very important when you’re thinking about conceiving, now, or in the future, so I’m hoping to shed some light on reproductive…
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IRMS NJ explains the acronym ART

ART is an acronym for Assisted Reproductive Technology. In the broadest sense, some consider all treatment for infertility, such as Clomid for ovulation induction, to be ART. It can also include artificial insemination. However, the term usually refers to the advanced technology used in IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment cycles. In an IVF treatment, the…
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What is AMH?

You may have heard a lot about AMH or been asked “What’s your AMH level?” AMH stands for Anti-Mullerian Hormone and is one of the ways that we can estimate your ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve can only be estimated, as we cannot actually count the number of good quality eggs that are in your ovaries….
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Help Us At IRMS NJ Get Rid of the IVF BAN for our Vets!

Just got back from Washington DC, where I walked a few miles to visit the offices of New Jersey Senators and Representatives on behalf of two bills: S 469 in the Senate and HR 2257 in the House. I spoke, along with other members from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), to staffers about…
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