When you need help starting or expanding your family, we can help. We offer the latest approaches, including the newest techniques through clinical trials and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) — our IVF success rates are above the national average. You can get leading-edge fertility treatments right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Leading-edge fertility treatments, close to home
We’re all about family — and helping you create your own. We offer personal attention, comprehensive services, and advanced fertility treatments. Our fertility experts create a treatment plan just for you.
Evaluating and Diagnosing Fertility Problems
If you've been trying to get pregnant for a year or more and haven't been successful, or you've had previous miscarriages or have a health condition — such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis — a fertility specialist can help. We discover what’s preventing a healthy pregnancy, including:
- Comprehensive evaluation. Before your physical exam, we learn about you and your partner’s health, lifestyle, and sexual history and habits to understand potential causes. We know it’s embarrassing to talk about, so we make you feel as comfortable as possible.
- Screening and diagnostic tests. Blood tests measure your reproductive hormones, and imaging tests (fluoroscopy or ultrasound) let us look inside your uterus and fallopian tubes.
- Male fertility tests. We use blood tests to measure reproductive hormones and antibodies that affect fertility and take a sperm sample for analysis.
Women’s Fertility Treatments
We create a personalized treatment plan to give you the best chance for success. Your treatment may include:
- Natural monitoring cycle. We use this initial step to discover when you ovulate (release eggs for fertilization), pinpointing the best time for intercourse or insemination. You receive a blood test and transvaginal ultrasound at least five times over two or three weeks to allow us to map out your cycle.
- Ovulation stimulation. We use fertility medicines to control when you ovulate and stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs in a cycle.
- Intrauterine insemination. When you’re ovulating, we place healthy sperm (from your partner or a donor) in your uterus to fertilize one or more eggs.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF). This assisted reproductive technology (ART) approach stimulates your ovaries to produce multiple eggs, retrieves them, and fertilizes them with sperm in the lab. Several days later, we place the fertilized eggs (embryos) in your uterus.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). If sperm quality or quantity is low or previous IVF attempts haven’t been successful, your doctor may suggest this approach during IVF. We inject a single, healthy sperm directly into an egg.
- Embryo freezing (cryopreservation). During IVF or ICSI, you may have extra, unused embryos. These can be frozen, stored, and thawed and placed in your uterus later — either after an unsuccessful IVF cycle or to become pregnant years later.
- Egg freezing. You can choose to have some of your eggs removed from your body, frozen, and stored. When you’re ready to have a child, we thaw them, fertilize them in the lab, and place them in your uterus.
- Surgery. If a uterine condition is causing fertility problems — such as endometriosis, scar tissue, or structural issues — our experienced surgeons use the least invasive approach, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery.
Fertility Preservation for Women with Cancer
Cancer treatments, rather than the disease, are more likely to affect your ability to have children:
- Chemotherapy can reduce or change hormone levels or cause damage to your eggs.
- Radiation therapy in the pelvic area can affect reproductive organs, and radiation to the brain can affect your reproductive hormones.
- Surgery may remove an organ or tissue that’s involved in pregnancy or fertility.
You can take steps to preserve your fertility so that you can try to have a child after cancer treatment. Our fertility specialists will talk to you about all your options and help you decide what's right for you.
- Egg or embryo freezing. We use a thin, flexible tube (catheter) to collect eggs from your ovaries before cancer treatment. The egg can be frozen and stored for later use, or it can be fertilized using IVF, frozen, and stored.
- Donor eggs. You can use donated eggs from another woman and use intrauterine insemination or IVF to become pregnant after treatment.
- Ovarian tissue freezing. We use this approach before you have chemotherapy. A gynecologic surgeon uses minimally invasive surgery to remove part of your ovary, which is frozen and stored. After cancer treatment, the tissue can be thawed and placed back in your body. Once your ovary begins functioning, the eggs can be collected and fertilized using IVF.