There Is Hope: Discover the UH Fertility Center

For couples who want nothing more than to start a family, infertility can be truly devastating. But there is hope, thanks to the new, full-service University Hospitals Fertility Center. Conveniently located in the Kathy Risman Pavilion at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, the program provides patients with access to the most advanced infertility therapies available. A satellite of the UH Fertility Center will remain at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

“Our staff includes nationally recognized board-certified fertility specialists,” says James Goldfarb, MD, Medical Director of the Center. “We are equipped with the latest technology and offer comprehensive care in an inviting, hotel-like setting to help patients realize their dreams of having a baby.”

Compassionate, individualized care

Specialists evaluate patients to identify the cause of their infertility and recommend the most effective and affordable fertility treatments. Some of the therapies available include:

Medications to stimulate ovulation: This treatment can help women produce eggs when they do not ovulate or have irregular ovulation.

Surgery. Surgeons can perform procedures to treat scarred tubes, abnormal uteruses and to reverse previous tubal sterilization.

Intrauterine insemination. Doctors place washed sperm directly into a woman’s uterus for couples with low sperm counts or unexplained infertility.

In vitro fertilization (IVF). A woman takes medications to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are removed, fertilized with sperm in a laboratory and transferred back into her uterus.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. One single sperm is injected directly into an egg as part of the IVF procedure to better assure successful fertilization.

Cryopreservation. Patients can store sperm and embryos for future use. The center also offers fertility preservation services for cancer patients. The center freezes and stores sperm, eggs and embryos to help cancer patients become parents when they complete cancer treatments.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. When families have a history of serious genetic diseases, staff can screen embryos before transfer to identify those that do not have the genetic disorder.

Easing the financial burden

Many insurance plans do not cover IVF and other infertility therapies. Fortunately, the Partnership for Families Foundation offers grants to help cover the cost of IVF for qualifying patients who meet financial guidelines. Those who may be eligible include:

  • Cancer patients who want to freeze eggs or embryos for future use.
  • Couples who have undergone one IVF cycle and cannot afford a second attempt.
  • Couples who are at risk for producing offspring with genetic diseases and need IVF for pre-implantation genetic testing.

Dr. Goldfarb, who helped develop the UH Fertility Center, has a history of success establishing infertility programs that achieve significant milestones. His programs, for example, are responsible for the first IVF birth in Ohio, the first IVF birth with a gestational surrogate in the world (a woman who carries and delivers the baby for the patient or couple), and the first birth following pre-implantation genetic testing.

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