Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frequently Asked Questions

Our RMA at Jefferson team is here to answer all of your questions, starting with the frequently asked questions below.

How does Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affect my ability to get pregnant?

PCOS is the most common hormonal and reproductive problem during childbearing age. While not everyone with PCOS experiences difficulty getting pregnant, PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility due to hormonal imbalance that interferes with ovulation. If you have PCOS and do not ovulate regularly, you should schedule an appointment with our team of experts. We are here to help you through a personalized treatment plan involving lifestyle changes and medication to induce ovulation.

Does endometriosis impact my fertility?

Endometriosis can cause scarring in and around the ovaries and fallopian tubes, which may cause difficulty getting pregnant. We offer a range of medical and surgical treatment options for endometriosis and will align on the treatment approach best for you based on your symptoms and fertility plans.

When is fibroid treatment necessary?

Fibroids are non-cancerous, and most fibroids do not cause any symptoms. For those who do not have symptoms related to their fibroids, we practice expectant management to monitor, but not treat, the asymptomatic fibroids. For those who do have symptoms, we offer several treatment options. The treatment approach will depend on the fibroid size, number and location as well as your age and desire for future pregnancy. We will work with you to align on the best treatment plan for you.

How common is infertility?

According to the CDC, one in eight couples has difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy through to live birth. One-third of infertility cases are attributed to the female partner, one-third is attributed to the male partner and one-third is attributed to problems from both partners or an unexplained cause.

When should I see a physician for infertility?

You should seek the assistance of a reproductive endocrinologist if you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months or if you are over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for six months.

What are your IVF success rates?

Reproductive specialists in the United States are required to report success rates that include delivery rates as well as other outcome data to the CDC. This data is also published by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART).

Success rates will vary due to patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches and assisted reproductive technology (ART) eligibility criteria. Our IVF success rates are among the highest in the nation. 

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What financing options do you offer for fertility treatment?

We participate in national consumer-lending programs to help couples afford a variety of fertility treatments. We also offer CareShare, a refund guarantee program for IVF. We are available to discuss different payment plans and options with you at any time.

View our Fertility Financing and CareShare for IVF.

What can I expect during a fertility treatment cycle?

To help you prepare for a fertility treatment cycle, we offer training courses for a variety of fertility treatments. View the Treatment Training Courses to learn what you can expect during your treatment cycle.

How do I administer injectable fertility medications on my own?

We offer training videos about preparing and administering a variety of injectable medications. View the Injectable Medication Training videos to feel more confident using injectable fertility medications. 

More Questions?

Please speak with your provider or call  the RMA at Jefferson office at 215-922-1556.

You can also view additional Frequently Asked Questions about fertility and the RMA of Jefferson experience on the RMA website.