Dr. Serena Chen

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Clark, NJ
35 years experience female

Locations

IRMS at Clark

Clark, NJ

Address

100 Walnut Avenue, (Just off Garden State Parkway exit 135), Clark, NJ
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Practice website

IRMS at Saint Barnabas

Livingston, NJ

About

Bio

Serena H. Chen, MD, FACOG, is Director of Reproductive Medicine and Third Party Reproduction at IRMS: the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science, Department of Ob/Gyn, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She is Board certified in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She specializes in treating infertility, hysteroscopic surgery, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), recurrent miscarriage, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), egg and sperm donation, egg freezing for fertility preservation, gestational surrogacy, IVF, ICSI and LGBT family building. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, and her MD from Duke University. She completed her residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr Chen is a Clinical Associate Professor at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She has published multiple papers, and has been named by her colleagues as a Top Doctor by US News and World Report in 2012-2014 and NJ Monthly 8 years in a row: 2007-14. She is a Yankees fan, loves yoga, and is trying to learn golf. She is very excited about HealthTap and using the internet and social media to raise public awareness about health issues. She believes knowledge is power and empowering, especially when it comes to your health. Please follow her on Twitter @DrSerenaHChen

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility

Fertility Medicine

Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Doctor Q&A

175 Answers
256 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Pelvis or back: Hopefully if you have an ectopic, you would be diagnosed before you have pain. The earlier the diagnosis the more likely you can be treated with medic... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Maybe: There is a book called "the fertility diet" by chavarro et. Al. These harvard researchers show that a healthy diet may be associated with higher ferti... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Helpful article: Here is an article about some things to do and think about when you are trying to conceive: http://www.Medfusion.Net/templates/groups/5790/10104/scmi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Get a checkup: Most likely your next pregnancy will be normal and healthy. However, after 2 miscarriages in a row, an evaluation by your gynecologist or a reproduct... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Its a good thing: For people who need egg donation or want to adopt but cannot afford these very expensive options, embryo donation may be a cost effective and effectiv... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
May/may not b good: Progesterone vaginal gel - brand name crinone, (progesterone gel) is an fda approved medication for the use of hormonal support during fertility treat... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: Please speak with your oncologist and a board certified/eligible reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist). You are at high risk for infert... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Don't go it alone!: Just because you are pregnant, does not mean you do not deserve medical treatment. Pregnancy, especially post partum, can be a very dangerous time, w... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Anytime is good!: There are many myths about ideal timing of sex for conception. This is one of them. You should have sex when you feel like it. Healthy couples will... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: Please speak with your doctor and get clearance to donate from your gyn. Most people with mild abnormalities will just need to be followed by their g... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Good and Bad: The good news is that you have lots of eggs and most women with this or ohss (ovarian hypserstimulation syndrome) will have a baby. The bad news is t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: All women with multiple miscarriages are at increased risk for another one. Most women with this problem can have a normal pregnancy, but may need he... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
It depends: If you do not ovulate on your own, then if the Clomid (clomiphene) makes you ovulate, your pregnancy rate should be normal - about 15 to 20% chance ea... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: It is ok to exercise on your most fertile days if you take it a little easier than usual. In general, exercise is good for you and normal exercise do... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Fertile foods?: There is no way to directly increase your hormones through food, but there is a diet that seems to improve fertility: the fertility diet by chavarro ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Multiple: At age 44 many women are infertile due to having higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their eggs. This is a normal aging process in women. Mal... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Not really: A bicornuate uterus can increase your risk for preterm delivery, but is usually not associated with infertility. The problem is that this is often mi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Get healthy!: Be a normal weight - a low glycemic index diet and normal weight are associated with enhanced fertility. Overweight and obesity are one of the most c... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Great question!: The first step is to find a good fertility specialist: someone board certified or eligible in reproductive endocrinology. Once the initial evaluatio... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Depends: The timing of pregnancy after cancer treatment varies considerably. Please discuss this with your oncologist. In most cases you will need a period of ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Not usually: Natural cycle ivf resulted in the first ever ivf baby louise brown, who was born in 1978. However, these days most studies find that ivf cycles using ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: Chlamydia can cause scarring of the male or the female reproductive tract. Early detection and treatment can prevent a problem but even if you were t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Go to SART.org: Ivf statistics in the usa are reported annually. You can see pregnancy rates, numbers of cycles, the number of ivf programs, etc. The federal govern... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Blood pressure meds: One of the most common types of blood pressure medications in use today are calcium channel blockers - amlodipine, verapamil, Nifedipine are just some... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
CDC website: The cdc, center for disease control, publishes pregnancy rates after ivf in the usa. Look at www.Cdc.Gov under art. Another helpful site is from the s... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: Once your fallopian tubes are tied ivf is an excellent option for conception. Another option is surgery to put the tubes back together. However surger... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Moderation. : It is ok to exercise when you are trying to conceive and when you are pregnant. In fact, it can be good for you-improving your health and relieving st... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Ok but....: Yeast cannot cause infertility, but the medicine may not be sperm friendly. The good news is that vaginal yeast infections are easily treated. If you ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Maybe: Daily ejaculation can sometimes lower sperm counts. If you are trying to conceive and have concerns, please speak with a doctor. Your partners gynecol... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
See a doctor: Pregnancy can often cause changes in gastrointestinal function like gas, heartburn, bloating and constipation. These may not resolve for several weeks... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
See a Gyn: Please see a gyn. Pain is not normal and should be investigated. Usually these types of symptoms can be treated but the first step is to call your gyn... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Infertility : You now meet criteria for the diagnosis of infertility. At this point you should see your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist for an evalua... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
See a doctor!: You should not be having pain. You could be pregnant. Home pregnancy tests are not always reliable. Given your symptoms it is best for you to be evalu... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Depends: Ideally we like to see 5 million total motile sperm after the wash for an IUI specimen. If you have a good IUI specimen and you respond well to Clomid... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Normal: As long as the cramps are very mild it can be normal. You should call your doctor if they persist, get worse or are associated with other symptoms suc... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Talk to a Doctor: Please speak with your obstetrician before you take anything. Each persons situation is different. You may also need to be evaluated by a breast surge... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Clomid (clomiphene): Inducing ovulation will normalize your hormones. Metformin or glucophage (metformin) can also be helpful but is not as successful as Clomid or clomiph... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
PCOS: The mos common cause of irregular periods that are more than 35 days apart is pcos. Many people with pcos do not have the other classic symptoms: exc... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Now: You should have a regular routine for regulating your periods. One of the best regimens for most pcos patients is the use of low dose birth control pi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Low dose pill: Pcos patients make estrogen without Progesterone because they do not ovulate. This can increase the risk for endometrial cancer (lining of the uterus... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Within 1 to 5 days: Once you stop your ivf medications your lining should shed within a few days. If there is no bleeding after 5 days please call your doctor, you may ne... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Perhaps : Egg quality is very difficult to define. Pregnitude or myoinositol may increase ovulation in women with pcos or ovulatory dysfunction. Myoinositol imp... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Yes: Pcos makes it less likely but does not prevent pregnancy. If you do not want to get pregnant you must use an effective form of contraception. One of t... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Within 1 to 5 days: Once you stop your meds you should start bleeding. If this does not happen within a few days of stopping your hormones please call your doctor.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Possible: At 23 years old it is possible, especially if you are otherwise healthy (non-smoker, normal weight, etc) and you occasionally get your period on your ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
No ovulation: No period means no ovulation. Pregnancy should be ruled out. Many things can stop ovulation like menopause, thyroid dysfunction, medical illness and h... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Infertility Testing : A basic infertility evaluation includes an assessment of your past medical history, a physical exam, a pelvic sonogram, pap, cervical cultures, an hsg... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Maybe: A little spotting occasionally around the time of ovulation can be normal, however heavy bleeding or spotting every month should be evaluated by your ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
PCOS: The bad news is that pcos can be associated with infertility, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and an increased risk for cancer of the linin... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 35 years experience
Endometriosis : It is more likely to be the endometriosis but please speak with your doctor about your symptoms. S/he may want you to be evaluated in the office.
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Testimonials
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I have personally known Dr Chen for over18 years and is an outstanding fertility specialist in the NJ area, I would endorse her without hesitation
Apr 20, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Dec 6, 2012
Excellent physician
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Has been trying for just one more daughter.i already have 4daughrters and nine sons.do h think i could do it one mire time at age 46
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Thanks for your quick reply!..But if all of that is normal and i was told to keep trying then is it anything i can take to better my chances
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Scan showed its a subchorionic hematoma, but the fetus is growing on schedule and has a strong heartbeat. Thank you for your response.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, THE

Awards

US News and World Report Top Doctor 2012-2014
NJ Monthly Top Doctor 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Best doctors, NY Magazine 2013, 2014

Affiliations

ACOG
ASRM
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