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Dr. Joseph Pena

Fertility Medicine
West Islip, NY
26 years experience male

Locations

Long Island IVF

Stony Brook, NY

Address

2500 Nesconset Highway (Route 347), Building 19A, Stony Brook, NY
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Joseph Peña graduated with a B.S. Degree in Biology, summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Recipient of the prestigious Roland Walker Prize for outstanding academic achievement and promise of a successful career," Dr. Peña received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the esteemed oldest hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Peña then completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he so greatly impressed, he stayed on as faculty as Assistant Professor at the highly regarded Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University before joining East Coast Fertility in 2004. Dr. Peña is board-certified in Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. For Dr. Peña, the field of reproductive medicine is a good day-to-day mix of office infertility practice, surgery, and reproductive endocrinology using the most advanced technologies to help patients resolve their family-building challenges. <strong> </strong><em><strong>In college I contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a paralyzing autoimmune disorder. After six weeks in ICU and then a year-long rehabilitation, I realized that I was drawn to the field of medicine. Having been a patient myself, I know the importance of having a caring and competent physician.</strong></em>

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Fertility Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York

Doctor Q&A

282 Answers
38 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Usually no delay: Depending in your physician's ivf stimulation protocol, one can usually start another ivf cycle with one's next cycle, pending a baseline ultrasound a... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Need evaluation: I would recommend following-up with your gynecologist for an evaluation. The differential diagnosis is varied and more info which could be obtained w... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Miscarriage,Diabetes: In women with pcos who get pregnant, there is an increased risk of miscarriage and gestational diabetes.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on ovulation: Menstrual cycle * if know exactly when one ovulates, then intercourse within 5 days of ovulation up to day of ovulation is when pregnancy most likel... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Not necessarily: If birth control you are taking is a monthly oral contraceptive pill (ocp), then most can expect to have a monthly period induced by the placebo week ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Seek consultation : The most common reason for irregular periods is ovulatory dysfunction, which may be due to a variety of conditions - pcos, hypothalamic amenorrhea, th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: While eating disorders can present at any age, adolescence is one of the more common presentations. If an eating disorder is suspected, important to s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
2009 IOM guidelines: Here are the 2009 institute of medicine guidelines for pregnancy weight gain, based on a woman's bmi (body mass index) before becoming pregnant with o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Scary: I believe the public's general impression of brain tumors is a negative one. The exact nature and prognosis of brain tumors obviously depend on the ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Pregnancy: Most common cause of persistent corpus luteum is pregnancy. If not pregnant, one cause of persistent cysts is use of ovulation induction agents such ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Painful contractions: Regular painful contractions with cervical change is indicative of being in labor. Confirmation of labor usually requires an evaluation of someone who... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Timing in cycle: If one has regular cycles, menstrual bleeding occurs at time of expected menses, and is of normal flow. "implantation bleeiding", if it does occur, w... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Risk vs. benefits: Citalopram is fda pregnancy category c drug. Prospective comparative study show citalopram use during embryogenesis is not associated w/apparent majo... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
~18 wks 2days ago: By convention, your estimated gestational age is from time of last menstrual period. Assuming 28-day cycles or ovulation on cycle day 14, conception i... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Normal BMI: Based on your height and weight, your calculated bmi is: 24.3, which is in the normal range (18.5-24.9). Based solely on this and no other pertinent ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
It depends: - Clomid (clomiphene) side effects include hot flashes, headaches, irritability, pelvic discomfort, bloating. Much less common may include visual sym... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
See urologist : Management of "male infertility" depends on the nature and etiology of male infertility. For example, mildly decreased sperm count or severe (no sper... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Best to consult with your gyn or infertility specialist. Most ovarian cysts do not directly cause infertility. In addition, surgery may sometimes caus... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Fertility evaluation: Infertility evaluation involves confirmation of ovulation, patency of fallopian tubes, and assessment of sperm characteristics. Abnormalities in any o... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Probable no effect: Unlikely to have significant effect, especially if semen analyses have been normal. Worst case, if spermatozoa count or motility is subnormal, then th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Mainly STD's: Std screening usually includes hiv-1 and hiv-2 antibody, hepatitis b surface antigen, hepatitis b core antibody, hepatis c antibody, serologic test-sy... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: If normal pregnancy, 7 week ultrasound should be consistent (+/- 3 days) with estimated gestation by last menstrual period (assumes ovulation 14 days ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Not necessary: There are too many variables that go into calculating chance of conceiving. While proven fertility is a positive, being older is a negative. Thus, it'... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
~20% per cycle: The ideal time to have sex is 1-2 days prior to ovualtion. Doing so would probably yield ~20% chance of conceiving each cycle (lower with advancing re... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Coital timing: Be supportive and available. The ideal time to have intercourse is 1-2 days prior to ovulation. If not pregnant after one year (6 months if woman gr... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Sperm and tubes: Blood work is just one part of the evaluation. Even if that was normal, important to evaluate a possible male factor (semen analysis) and tubal facto... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
See Ob/Gyn: See a ob/gyn or infertility specialist for infertility evaluation. Infertility = failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected sex, and affects ~15%... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
ULH kit, mucus, BBT: 1. Urinary ovualtion kits - determine the lh surge in the urine signifying ovualtion about to occur; can be obtained over-the-counter. 2. Cervical mu... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Usually not a factor: As long as the sperm parameters are normal (count, motility, morphology), this is probably not a factor. Important that if couple is having difficult... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Yes to both: It is not unusual to have irregular periods with or without an iud. It is unlikely that one is pregnant due to the very low failure rate of iud's. H... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Many causes: Whatever prevents a man from being able to have intercourse and ejaculate semen with normal parameters into vagina can lead to male factor infertility... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
No, but other STD: Gential herpes does not generally cause infertility. However, it is a sexually transmitted disease. A person with 1 std is at increased risk of havin... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Evaluation important: Irregular periods usually indicates ovulatory dysfunction. Since there are many reasons what may bring on ovulatory dysfunction (pcos, hypothalamic am... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Sorting vs PGD: For gender selection - 1. Sperm sorting (microsort) since gender is determined by sperm (x or y chromosome) - may increase isolation of gender of inte... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: If having unprotected intercourse regularly for over a year and have not conceived, it is possible that fertilty may be an issue. When you are ready ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Usually: Unless the std (e.g. Gonorrhea, chlamydia) affects the pelvis and/or fallopian tubes that results in scarring and possible blockage, conceiving should... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Wt loss, evaluation: - losing weight if overweight improves chances of conceiving, decreases risk of miscarriage, decreases risk of developing maternal complications such ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Not while taking: Contraceptive pills will not help one get pregnant while being taken. It may be taken for other indications (e.g. Painful menses, heavy bleeding). I... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
For PCOS?: In women with pcos, about 80% of women will respond and ovulate with clomid (clomiphene). About half of these women will achieve a pregnancy within 6... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
See Gyn: See a ob/gyn or infertility specialist for infertility evaluation. Infertility = failure to conceive after 1 year of unprotected sex, and affects ~15%... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Several: 1. 2nd and 3rd trimester ultrasound 2. Amniocentesis if done, will have that information 3. Wait until baby is born there are a lot of old wive's ta... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
85% by one year: Chance for conception in couples trying to get pregnant is ~20% per month - ~50% of couples pregnancy by 6 months, ~85% pregnant by one year. Cf carr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Indication important: Just because one has fibroids does not automatically necessitate removal. It depends on whether the fibroid is causing symptoms (e.g. Pain, heavy ble... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Irregular cycles: Irregular or absent menstrual cycles is strongly correlated with infertility. This is most likely due to ovulatory dysfunction.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Unlikely: Most side effects of Clomid (clomiphene) are short-term = headache, hot flushes, irritability, bloating, ovarian cysts. Theoretical long-term risk ma... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on meds: Clomiphene citrate for ovulation induction costs ~$50-70 per cycle. Injectable gonadotropins (bravelle, menopur, gonal f, (follitropin alfa) follisti... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Depends on cyst: Ovarian cysts usually do not cause infertility. Most ovarian cysts that rupture have no effect on future fertility. Ovarian endometriomas however are... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
~20% per cycle: The ideal time to have sex is 1-2 days prior to ovualtion. Doing so would probably yield ~20% chance of conceiving each cycle, ~50% chance conceiving... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: There are many different insurances, each with different levels/plans offered, and many with addiitonal riders that is arranged with the company. It ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Pena
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Seek evaluation: There are a variety of reasons on why one may have repeated miscarriages. Seeking an evaluation is reasonable after 2-3 miscarriages. Different causes... Read More

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Jan 27, 2015
Dr Pena is a highly trained fertility specialist who really cares about his patients. Highly recommended!
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Feb 2, 2012
Dr.Pena will give you the greatest advice and give you great information and options
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pena is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you Dr. Pena for even taking time to read my question. I will take your advice and make an appointment with an OB/GYN. It has been 3 months we been trying now but still no results. Starting to t...Read More
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I appreciate the answer. its hard for me because the type of insurance i have only covers yearly exams. but i do appreciate the advice. thank you
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i wanted to know cause i took an ovulation test on the 21 of last month it said i was ovulatin hadsexual intercoures 2daysbefore and no af

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

Pennsylvania Hospital
Completed 2000

Awards

2002 Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Poster Award
2000 Pennsylvania Hospital CREOG Award
1992 Summa Cum Laude (R.P.I.)

Affiliations

American Society Of Reproductive Medicine
American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists
Society For Reproductive Endocrinology And Infertility
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