Watch IRMS New Jersey’s Dr. Serena Chen talk about Nutrition, Exercise, Self-care & its Impact on your Fertility.

Tune in with Dr. Serena Chen, Director for the Division of Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas as she delves into the impact of nutrition, exercise, and self-care on fertility. She is joined by Dr. Georgia…
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IRMS patient Tricia Russo shares her journey of infertility and cancer in her award winning documentary Love Always, Mom

It is insane to think that it was 5 years ago that we first sat down with Dr. Cekleniak of IRMS at Saint Barnabas to see if I could harvest eggs before I was administered chemotherapy. I was 30 years old and had been on the birth control pill for most of my adult years,…
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When More Is Not Better – Why You Should Transfer One Embryo At A Time

If you have a 50% chance of pregnancy with one embryo then your chances with two embryos is 100%….right? Wrong! Mother Nature and science are a bit more complicated than that. Although pregnancy rates are climbing higher and higher, even with the latest technology and the best programs – we are still very far from…
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Infertility & Romance. Romance? What Romance?

The truth is: Infertility can suck the life out of a couple. But you probably already knew that. Infertility just makes it too easy to fall into that bottomless hormone-filled swamp of anger and accusations- that cesspool of mental, physical, emotional, social, and financial exhaustion. Now that I’ve painted you a pretty, sweet-smelling picture… Infertility…
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When Infertility & the Holidays Collide: How to Handle the Relatives

I was at the dentist the other day and everybody- the dental assistants, the hygienists, the patients… everybody was discussing their “Holiday Schedules”. I’m a New Yorker living in North Carolina. I really didn’t know what they were talking about. So maybe it was a “Southern” thing? “Holiday Schedule” to me is: “Tuesday Rudolph is…
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Back to Basics: 3 Things Guys Need to Know About Their Reproductive Health

Our society is lousy when it comes to educating young men about reproductive health. Beyond showing a few anatomy diagrams to elementary students and passing out free condoms to college kids, we don’t spend a lot of time talking to guys about fertility. And that’s a big problem. It’s a problem because infertility rates continue…
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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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The Association of Vitamin D Levels and Fertility

Vitamin D offers many health benefits: it helps maintain calcium and phosphorous levels in the body, strengthens bones, and is thought to be linked somehow to regulation of the reproductive process in both men and women. Previous studies of vitamin D and fertility in animals have shown a link between the two, with vitamin D…
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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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IRMS Recommends Holistic Infertility Treatment: Taking Care of Your Body

An infertility diagnosis can often seem overwhelming, as if it is suddenly taking over control of the reproductive life of a patient. Our physicians at IRMS are always ready to help couples regain this control with expert advice and a state-of-the-art embryology lab, but there are also individual ways to increase one’s chances of successfully…
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