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Dr. Serena Chen

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Clark, NJ
34 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

Wednesday: Closed
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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
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
See a Gyn: Yes you could be pregnant. Take a home pregnancy test. However whether it is positive or negative you should see your gynecologist because of the abno... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
2-3 times a week: The idea that precisely timed sex will increase your chances of having a baby is a myth. Healthy couples will tend to have sex more often during their... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Yes: The fertile window lasts from just when you stop bleeding to 24 hours post ovulation. In a 28 day cycle, that means from day 5 to 16 to 18 or your cy... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
IVF vs Surgery: Most people will need surgery (tubal anastomosis) or in vitro fertilization (ivf) in order to conceive after having tied the tubes. If you do conceive... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Get a check up: Start by speaking with your gynecologist to see if you have any risk factors or if testing should be done. Some common risk factors include: irregula... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Pregnancy test: Please get a pregnancy test done. Pregnancy is a common cause of abnormal menses. If it happens again, please see a gynecologist for an evaluation. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
See your doctor!: Not sure what you mean by internal bleeding but clearly you are concerned by your symptoms. Please call your doctor to be evaluated. Best of luck.
A female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Call the doctor: You could still be pregnant despite the negative home pregnancy test. If you feel something is not quite right get a blood pregnancy test. They are mo... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Take your Meds!: Thyroid health and balance are critical for pregnancy and fetal health. Even mild elevations in TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) can increase the ris... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Yes cycle is short: It sounds like you had a partial response to the clomid (clomiphene). It may be hard to know exactly what happened without blood and sonogram monitori... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Yes!: Primary infertility occurs in women who have never conceived before, while women with secondary infertility have been pregnant before. The treatments ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Delayed Ovulation : Delayed ovulation is common after a stimulated cycle. You can start testing now but remember that 20% of normal ovulations may not be picked up by hom... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Probably : Egg freezing is relatively new. Only about 5, 000 babies have been born from frozen eggs while it is estimated that about 5 million babies have been b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Sometimes: Metformin lowers your Insulin levels and may help women with pcos ovulate. Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a progestin and sometimes will induce an ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Call your doctor: You may need more time for your body to adjust to the pills but other things like infection, pregnancy, fibroids etc can also cause prolonged bleeding... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Ditch the thermomete: Throw out your thermometer and just try to have sex twice a week. The BBT is a myth. It will not help you to conceive and sex does not have to be prec... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Blood test: If you think you might be pregnant but the home test is negative, call your doctor and get a blood pregnancy test. These are more accurate. Talk with ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy symptoms vary widely from nothing to severe and each pregnancy can be the same or different. The only way to tell is to get tested. If the h... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
See a doctor!: The most common cause is irregular ovulation or no ovulation. Other possibilities include pregnancy or even cancer. You should see a gynecologist soon... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 years experience
Consider it now: If you are not pregnant after one year (6 months if you are over 35) of unprotected intercourse, you should see a gynecologist or a reproductive endoc... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Serena Chen
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility 34 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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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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