Reproductive Medicine & The Risk of Viruses in Sperm

A new article published in the October issue of medical journal Emerging Infectious Diseases has many people talking about a new health worry. This groundbreaking study found genetic evidence of 27 viruses existing in human semen. Some of the viruses discovered in semen by these scientists are well known: Ebola, chikungunya, Zika, Lassa fever, Marburg,…
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How the U.S. Opioid Crisis Affects Women and Infertility Medicine

The current opioid crisis in the United States is a frequent topic across headlines, in many conversations, and throughout the medical community. It is one of the major public health issues of today, and many Americans have suffered from its effects. In her article in the August 2017 issue of the ASRM medical journal, Fertility…
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IRMS’ Fertility Experts Featured on New Jersey’s 101.5FM

Dr. Hessler, Dr. Keegan, Nurse Jennifer Giordano, and the rest of IRMS are very proud to be featured on New Jersey’s 101.5 FM radio station! Their Chief Meteorologist, Dan Zarrow, was one of our patients, and he wrote an article “forecasting” the arrival of “Baby Z” early next year. Dan and his wife Amy will…
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Fertility Preservation Insurance Coverage for New Jersey Cancer Patients

Recently, laws were passed in two states mandating insurance coverage of infertility treatment for patients with iatrogenic infertility. This is defined as an inability to conceive as a result of a medical procedure or treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy treatments for cancer. A blog post on our website detailed Connecticut’s passage of HB7124 requiring…
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Dr. Serena Chen Speaking at 2017 StartART Conference in Las Vegas

StartART is an annual nursing conference for nurses working in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, held this year in Las Vegas during the first week of August. Maria Jackson, RN, MA, who works at IRMS in Livingston as an Ovum Donation Nurse Coordinator, is a co‑chair of the annual congress. There, REI nurses from around the…
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IRMS Applauds AMA Decision to Recognize Infertility as a Disease

Last month in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to recognize infertility as a disease in the United States. This is a very promising step towards increasing national healthcare coverage for infertility treatments, and also hopefully a move towards diminishing the stigma surrounding infertility. This success was spearheaded by the American Society for Reproductive…
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Connecticut bill HB7124 becomes law, bringing infertility coverage to all cancer patients!

Just this week, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to sign into law a bill requiring insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured cancer patients and those for whom it is medically necessary. This is the first law of its kind in the United States, and it passed both the Connecticut House and…
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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 Physicians Dr. Debbra Keegan and Dr. Serena Chen Give Back With LIG Global Foundation

IRMS physicians Dr. Debbra Keegan and Dr. Serena Chen volunteered their expertise on a week-long, multi-disciplinary mission trip to Cajamarca, Peru through the LIG Global Foundation in May. This is the 4th mission trip for Dr. Keegan who has served on the Board of LIG for the past 4 years as the Director of Development,…
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IRMS applauds NJ Governor & NJ State legislature for expansion of infertility insurance coverage

On May 1, 2017 NJ Governor Chris Christie signed into law legislation improving insurance requirements for infertility coverage expanding who is eligible to receive coverage. What a great day for fertility rights in New Jersey! Our very own Serena Chen, M.D. states “It is so exciting that the work that we have been doing along…
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