The Taiwan Blog

By Serena H. Chen, MD Livingston, NJ December 2014 Disclaimer – the author is a Reproductive Endocrinologist at The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS), headquartered in Livingston, NJ. That’s the formal way of saying that she’s a doctor who helps to make “test tube babies” for a living. She is NOT a writer, [...]

January 19th, 2015|Health|

Facebook and Apple Pay for Egg Freezing: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Image courtesy of Photokanok / As a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist in NJ, I talk about and actually freeze eggs every week. For many years I helped to conduct egg freezing research, so the fact that egg freezing is no longer considered experimental is liberating for me as a physician. It is wonderful [...]

Obesity and Pregnancy: Time For Straight Talk

The New York Times just published an article on the tremendous risks to mom and baby from maternal obesity ( because the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Committee on Ethics just released a Committee Opinion on Ethical Issues In the Care Of The Obese Woman ( ). The prevalence of obesity in the [...]

July 11th, 2014|Health, Pregnancy|

Fibroids and Frozen Eggs – Ask the question.

Should you freeze your eggs before you have your fibroids removed? The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has just declared that freezing your eggs prior to egg-destroying cancer treatments is no longer considered experimental.  However, they did not recommend that all women bank eggs for the future in case the right time to have a [...]

December 17th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility Preservation, Health|

Serious Childbirth Complications on the Rise in the USA: What can you do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported (Callaghan et al, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Nov 2012)  that serious complications during childbirth such as heart attack, stroke, hemorrhage, and kidney failure are up 75% (yes SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT) in 2008-2009 compared to a decade ago.  Post delivery complications rose 114% (one hundred fourteen percent) [...]

December 17th, 2013|Health, IVF, Pregnancy|

Can your weight affect your fertility?

Can your weight affect your fertility?  The short answer is YES.  Fat is an endocrine organ and if you have too much of it, or too little, it can affect your reproductive function in many different ways.  If you are overweight, the excess fat can lead to higher estrogen levels.  Some women will stop ovulating [...]

December 13th, 2013|Fertility, Health, Trying to Conceive|

SEX: timing is everything . . . or is it?

“Honey I’m ovulating!!!!  So what if you are tired exhausted, don’t have time, we have to do it – and we have to do it NOW!” This seems kind of stressful and not very romantic, but this is the norm for many couples who are trying to conceive. Did you know that timing is a [...]

December 9th, 2013|Health, Sex|

Stress and Fertility: Don’t Clown Around!

As I perused a recent issue of the prestigious and widely-read, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:  Fertility and Sterility, I came across an article that caught my eye, titled “The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer.” (Friedler et al. Vol 95, No. 6, [...]

November 17th, 2013|Fertility, Health|

Obese Moms May Increase Heart Attack Risk in Their Children

A small study published in the February 27, 2013 medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition raises concerns about the effects of maternal excess weight upon the cardiovascular health of their children.  The findings were published in a letter and demonstrated that infants of mothers who were overweight (BMI of [...]

August 5th, 2013|Fertility, Health, Infertility, Pregnancy, Trying to Conceive|