IRMS Update – The Zika Virus: A Threat to Women of Childbearing Years

While the number of Zika outbreaks has dropped significantly since 2016, it is still an issue individuals must be cautious of, particularly pregnant women and those who are considering becoming pregnant. Zika is extremely dangerous for infected mothers-to-be and could seriously jeopardize the health of a pregnancy. Complications from the virus could result in miscarriage….
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IRMS NJ Urges National Institute of Health to Recognize Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as a Major Women’s Health Issue. Sign the Petition Today!

Affecting nearly 14 million reproductive-age women, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders today. PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility and includes both physical and emotional symptoms that oftentimes go overlooked. In fact, less than half of women with the disorder experience the appropriate diagnosis. Individuals with PCOS…
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IRMS is excited to announce New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (A-1704)

Today Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Gestational Carrier Agreement Bill sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Huttle, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey. The law will protect all parties involved in gestational carrier arrangements as well as promote the best interests of the children who will be born as a result. Gestational Carrier Contracts will be…
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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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Taking Vitamin B7 – IRMS echoes FDA Warning of Potential Medical Dangers

A new announcement from the FDA warns about the potential medical dangers of taking Vitamin B7 supplements, also known as biotin, regularly. B7 is commonly used without prescription for its purported skin, nail, and hair benefits; the vitamin is also often recommended for patients with multiple sclerosis. This vitamin, also called biotin, can significantly impact…
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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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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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