The Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders, P.C
At Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders we offer years of experience coupled with high success for all types of infertility. Led by Jerome H. Check MD, Ph.D., who has over forty years of experience in the field of infertility, the Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders has been a member of The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) since 1989.
We average about 350 – 375 retrieval’s, 210 Fresh Embryo transfers and 195 Frozen Embryo Transfers, over the past 3 years. Additionally, we are one of the first centers to offer a shared oocyte program in which one patient can share half of her oocytes with another patient in exchange for almost entirely free IVF services. Aside from the personal, high quality care our patients receive, what makes our center very appealing is that we have one of the most affordable IVF organization in the country.
The physicians in our practice are medical and reproductive endocrinologists who are dedicated to helping our patients in achieving pregnancy. Our team also consists of nurses, embryologists, andrologists, ultrasonographers, medical technologists, and researchers, all with expertise in the field of infertility.
Dr. Jerome Check has published over 800 health care research publications and is known for groundbreaking advances.
We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to bring you the least invasive and least expensive procedures available.
Jerome H. Check, MD, PhD, FACOG
Jerome H. Check, MD, PhD, FACOG is a pioneer in the field of reproductive and medical endocrinology, fertility and reproductive and cancer immunology. He has published over 800 manuscripts in peer review journals involving unique diagnostics and therapeutics for treating various healthcare problems in women.
Dr. Check has developed a method to induce ovulation and achieve pregnancies even in women who are said to be in menopause. He has also developed methods to allow high-tech procedures such as IVF to be offered at relatively low costs.
Dr. Check is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper University Medical School of Rowan University (formerly Robert Wood Johnson). He has been the division head of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Cooper University Hospital for over 30 years.
Male Factor Infertility
Include complete semen analysis:
- anti sperm antibodies
- Hypo Osmotic Swelling test (HOS)
Involves meticulously evaluating the ovulation process (determining if follicle matures, egg releases from follicular and the resulting structure corpus luteum makes adequate progesterone to support embryo implantation
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
A procedure where a specially washed and prepared sperm is injected, via a small flexible catheter directly into the female patient’s uterus. IUI allows the sperm to bypass the cervix, especially helpful for patients with no or poor cervical mucous.
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Offering IVF with conventional stimulation at the same price as our minimal stimulation is just one way we provide you with affordable options. This includes oocyte retrieval, embryo development and embryo transfer. We offer Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, also known as ICSI, if needed.
Frozen embryo transfer
Embryos not transferred after retrieval are frozen and can be used on a subsequent cycle. This could be due to a unsuccessful result after the transfer of fresh embryos from a stimulated cycle or after successful pregnancy and delivery of a baby and you are ready add to your family.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Sometimes high dose stimulation (normal protocol for IVF) creates a hostile uterine environment for embryo implantation leading to failure to conceive, despite multiple embryo transfers. Minimal stimulation can overcome this problem. Also, minimal stimulation can solve the dilemma, which some patients may have, of having excess frozen embryos.
Single embryo transfer
We are willing to transfer 1 embryo in patients who are overly concerned of multiple births. We also will do single egg retrievals, and subsequent single embryo transfer, in woman with such diminished egg reserve that only 1 follicle develops.
3rd Party Reproduction
Including Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryo, Gestational Carrier/Surrogacy and LGBT family planning.
Egg donation can be the best option for women who have experienced premature ovarian failure; ovarian failure due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, advanced maternal age or other medical conditions; poor egg quality; have experienced previously multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles using their own eggs; Additionally, gay men use egg donors to create their families.
Donor Egg (Shared Program)
We offer free IVF including medication through our shared oocyte program in exchange for an oocyte donation to the recipient. This program allows the recipient to receive fresh oocytes instead of frozen and also benefits the donor financially. The only additional cost associated is cycle medication and anesthesia.
Donor Egg with Paid Donor
A woman is compensated for going through the IVF procedures of ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. These fresh eggs are then fertilized in the lab by recipient’s male partner. The resulting embryos are transferred into the recipient.
Therapeutic donor insemination (TDI) is a fertility treatment option for:
• Couples in which the male partner suffers from an absence of sperm
• Single women pursuing conception
• Same sex couples seeking to start a family
Embryos that have been donated to our program from patients who have been successful in having a family through our IVF program and have still have frozen embryos. They would like to donate to help another couple achieve their dream. Since they are embryos, there is no follicular stimulation or retrieval, thus no anesthesia is needed. There is only a minimal price for medication, determined on a per case basis, in preparation of embryo transfer. Our donor embryo program is available at an affordable cost.
Two types of surrogacy are practiced today:
1) Traditional surrogacy: NOT LEGAL IN NJ. Can only be done, via IUI, in our Melrose Park office. A woman called a “surrogate mother” carries an embryo conceived with her own egg and the sperm of a male who, with his partner, wants a baby. Traditional surrogacy can be done via intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
2) Gestational surrogacy: the surrogate, called a gestational carrier, gives birth to a baby conceived with an egg and sperm of a couple or a donor egg and/or sperm. The majority of surrogates today are gestational carriers. With gestational surrogacy, IVF is used to fertilize the eggs in the lab. If the fertilization is successful, embryos are the transferred (usually 2 or 3) into the surrogate’s uterus.
Legal contracts are drawn up between the intended parents and the surrogate/carrier by lawyers obtained by the intended parent(s).
Candidates for surrogacy are:
• Couples who have had multiple miscarriages, or difficulty conceiving and/or carrying a fetus to term. This enables them to have a child genetically related to one or both.
• Woman who have medical contradiction to carrying a pregnancy, where it might be unsafe for the mom or baby.
• Woman who has no uterus, or congenital anomaly of uterus, but does have intact ovaries.
• Gay male couples who want a child with a genetic connection to one partner.
LGBT Family Planning
We are proud to offer fertility assistance to same sex couples to have a family. Possible treatments for same-sex couples include: sperm donation, insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation, and gestational carriers.
Including oocyte freezing, embryo freezing and sperm freezing
Egg freezing/Embryo freezing
We offer oocyte freezing or embryo freezing to women for:
• Women diagnosed with cancer can freeze her eggs/embryos before undergoing chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatment.
• Single women may choose to freeze eggs because they do not yet have a partner.
• Women who desire to postpone childbearing for personal reasons such as furthering education or career, may choose to freeze eggs or embryos.
• Women with a elevated FSH, indicating possible premature ovarian failure (early menopause) may wish to freeze eggs/embryos before their eggs are depleted.
Option for men that may be undergoing potentially sterilizing treatments and wish to bank their sperm specimens.
Out of Town Monitoring
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM