Help Lift the Ban On IVF for Wounded Vets! #IVF4VETS

Serena H. Chen MD, IRMS at Saint Barnabas, 2015 @DrSerenaHChen Just got back from Washington DC where I walked a few miles to visit the offices of NJ Senators and Representatives on behalf of two bills:  S 469 in the Senate and HR 2257 in the House.  I spoke, along with other members from the [...]

December 11th, 2015|Infertility, IVF|

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 [...]

Stillbirth Still Matters

Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya is dedicated to taking the taboo out of stillbirth while striving to improve outcomes in this under-recognized maternal health issue.  In July 2011, my world was turned upside down. At a routine 22-week checkup my obstetrician could not detect my baby’s heartbeat. I never knew the true definition of stillbirth. I think [...]

April 15th, 2014|Infertility, IVF|

Frozen Eggs are Starting to Change the Way We Think About Egg Donation

Just last October 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) declared egg freezing for cancer patients to be non-experimental.  Given the huge, recent advances in egg freezing technology, the experts felt that the benefits of freezing eggs to preserve fertility in cancer patients were clear.  Cancer patients often must undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation [...]

October 30th, 2013|Fertility Preservation, Infertility|

Channel Your Inner Fertility Goddess: Tips From Your Friendly Fertility Doctor

People ask me all the time… every day, actually….almost every hour “What more can I do?”  They are referring to getting pregnant – trying to conceive – what else can be done to increase their chances of having a baby.  I get this question from both men and women but mostly from women.  So if [...]

October 28th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility, Fertility Preservation, Infertility|

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|

Should You Freeze Your Eggs? “It Depends…”

The big news is that up until October 2012, Egg Freezing was considered experimental by Those in the Know.  Those in the Know being the ASRM - the American Society for Reproductive Medicine - a group of reproductive endocrinologists and other related professionals/experts in reproductive medicine. Why would egg freezing be considered experimental when the [...]