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 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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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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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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