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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IRMS NJ comments on ASRM Case Study: Zika Infection in an IVF Pregnancy

A recent case study of the effect of Zika infection on a pregnant IVF patient brings new warnings about the dangers of the virus.1 The study was published in the latest edition of the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the regulatory body for the field of reproductive endocrinology. About two and…
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Will Personhood Legislation Negatively Impact IVF?

Since the beginning of this year, 11 states and two federal bills have been introduced proposing “personhood” legislation. These include federal bills HR 586 and HR 681, and state bills in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, has a summary page with…
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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 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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