Jefferson Health

Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after six to 12 months of trying. Women over the age of 35 or women with known conditions such as irregular menstrual cycles, problems with their fallopian tubes or problems with their partner's sperm can be evaluated sooner.

Infertility can arise from causes that affect the female partner, the male partner or both.

At Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) at Jefferson in Philadelphia, we are able to perform a complete evaluation for men and women seeking pregnancy. It is important that both partners be evaluated to determine the cause(s) of infertility and to direct treatment options. In some cases, even after comprehensive testing, a cause cannot be determined; this is called "unexplained infertility" and it, too, can be treated.

How Is Infertility Diagnosed?

At your first visit, you will meet with one of our expert reproductive endocrinologists to discuss your personal goals, review your medical history and begin the necessary diagnostic testing. For most patients, testing can be completed in a matter of two to three weeks.

For women, diagnostic testing may include hormone testing, ovulation testing, evaluation of the fallopian tubes by X-ray (also called hysterosalpingogram or HSG) and assessment of the uterus by ultrasound.

For men, we perform a complete semen analysis to assess sperm counts, motility and shapes.

After your evaluation your fertility doctor will discuss test results and will outline the best treatment options to achieve pregnancy and have a healthy baby.

How Is Infertility Treated?

Treatment options depend on the cause(s) of infertility. Many conditions leading to decreased fertility will respond well to therapy, including problems with the male partner, the female partner or both partners. Treatment options may also be determined by the age of the female partner, patient resources and patient preference.

Fertility treatments and/or fertility-promoting surgeries are common treatments for some patients. Infertility treatments may include oral or injectable medications to stimulate ovulation/egg production, and may include intrauterine insemination (IUI), where washed sperm are placed into the uterus using a small catheter.

In some cases, in vitro fertilization (IVF) will be the best treatment option to achieve pregnancy. For men, treatments may include medication to improve fertility, surgery or IVF.

Once pregnant with well-established pregnancies, patients will return to their generalist obstetricians for ongoing obstetric care and childbirth.

Why Choose Jefferson for Infertility Treatment?

Recognized as leaders in reproductive medicine, our fertility doctors aim to use the least invasive yet most effective therapies available in order to help patients have healthy babies without delay. Each patient will receive an individualized treatment plan suited to his or her needs and preferences.

We are extremely proud of our pregnancy success rates with in vitro fertilization.

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Schedule an Appointment with a Fertility Expert

To schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, please call 215-922-1556.

Flexible financing options, a refund guarantee program, military and first responder discounts, and financial aid programs each aim to make our world-class care as widely available as possible. To reach out to a financial counselor, please e-mail info@rmaphiladelphia.com.