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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Debunking the Infertility Diagnosis?

Infertility can be a scary term and a difficult diagnosis to receive, often prompting many questions about the future and what this new information really means. The medical definition of infertility sheds some light on the true meaning of the term: a difficulty in conceiving. It varies based on the age of the woman attempting…
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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 Examines Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Fertility

I have recently seen a 17 year-old young woman with SCD, who came in for a consultation with her mother. She has a brother without Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) or trait that is her HLA match, and she is considering HCT (hematopoietic cell transplantation: aka bone marrow transplant). Due to the incidence of ovarian failure…
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Dr. Natalie Cekleniak on why “Unexplained Infertility” doesn’t exist anymore

Historically patients who were unsuccessful in trying to conceive came to our office for a fertility work-up that included Day 3 FSH and AHM levels, antral follical count and ultrasound-guided evaluation of the ovaries, an HSG and a semen analysis. If all of that testing came back with “normal” results the patient was often deemed…
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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 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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IRMS’ Dr. Serena Chen discusses Fertility with Jennifer Palumbo & the Huffington Post

Here’s a scary statistic – at least one in eight couples have reproductive health and/or issues that can make building a family difficult. Now, of course you’re thinking…“hey my odds are great then, I should be fine”. Jennifer Palumbo, fertility advocate and Huffington Post contributor discusses with our very own Dr. Serena Chen why you…
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