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Institute for Reproductive Health (Cincinnati, OH)

Contact Information
3805 Edwards Rd, Suite 450, Cincinnati,OH45209

Why choose Institute for Reproductive Health?

IRH is a fertility clinic that specializes in complete care of infertile patients. The clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic workups along with a complete range of treatment options.

IRH is a full service facility center providing both basic as well as advanced therapies. They have two office locations in Cincinnati and Kentucky with clients coming from Cincinnati, Dakota, Indiana and Lexington among other areas.

Doctors and Staff

Physicians at IRH

Sherif G. Awadalla

Dr. Awadalla is the Medical Director at IRH and holds board certification in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. His areas of interest include embryo transfers, endometriosis related infertility, and microsurgical tubal reconstruction.

Michael D. Scheiber

Dr. Scheiber holds board certification on OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. At IRH, Dr. Scheiber is the Director of Reproductive Research and Co-Director of the IVF program. His areas of interest include embryo development, ovarian stimulation, and PCOS.

Thomas Burwinkel

Dr. Burwinkel is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also board certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. His expertise includes pelvic reconstructive surgery and IVF.

IRH Nursing Staff

Elizabeth West 

Ms. West is the Nursing Director at the Institute for Reproductive Health. She been associated with Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Nursing since 1990. At IRH she supervises policy development, everyday operations and management of clerical and nursing staff. She also oversees the Donor Ovum and Third Party Reproduction Program.

Sarah Price

Ms. Price is a nurse practitioner at the clinic. She is responsible for participating in a range of patient care services.

Penny Muench

Ms. Muench is the Charge Nurse at the facility. She coordinates PGS/PGD cycles, clinical research studies and scheduling.

Ricia Holscher

Ms. Holscher is the Outreach Education Nurse supporting and educating patients. She also reaches out to other OB/GYNs in the area and handles sharing clinical information.

Lab Director

Erica Behnke

Dr. Behnke heads the ART labs at IRH. As Lab Director, she supervises all procedures administered at IRH. She is board certified as a High Complexity Clinical Lab Director by the American Board of Bioanalysis.

Office Manager

Cathy Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham has been with the clinic for more than ten years and works in the capacity of Office Manager. She has vast experience in clinical and medical office management and is always available to assist patients.

Services and Procedures at IRH

Basic Infertility Therapy

Many patients only require basic treatments to combat infertility. These methods are often simple, cost effective and less complex than there in vitro counterparts. Basic treatments offered at IRH are divided into the following:

  • Ovulation Drugs

These medications are often used to correct ovulation disorders. Drugs are categorized as either oral or injectable. Among these, oral drugs are simpler and inexpensive options that deliver modest results. Injectable drugs are more effective and potent.

  • Artificial Insemination

This procedure uses sperm that is placed in the woman's uterus. It is a basic and inexpensive technique compared to some other IVF treatments and is done as an outpatient procedure.

  • Surgical Procedures

IRH uses basic surgery techniques like laparoscopy to address infertility issues. This is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis. It can treat issues like endometriosis and scarring.

The other surgical option is hysteroscopy where the physician opens and stretches the cervix to reach the inside of the uterus. Hysteroscopy is done to deal with fertility problems like removing scar tissue, polyps or fibroids from the uterus.

  • Treating PCOS 

Patients with this condition have ovulatory dysfunction or absent ovulation. Treating the condition can help improve chances of natural conception and pregnancy.

Advanced Infertility Treatments

For patients who need more involved techniques, IRH offers a number of Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART. Most of these procedures work by collecting eggs from the ovaries and placing them in direct contact with the sperm in a lab setting.

IVF Treatment Options

In vitro fertilization is a number of different methods by which the egg and sperm are united in the lab. The resulting embryos get transferred back into the uterus via the cervix and the pregnancy begins.

  • GIFT- this procedure involves laparoscopy for an egg and sperm intrafallopian transfer.
  • ZIFT- this procedure is another IVF option where the fertilized cell gets transferred into the fallopian
  • Blastocyst Transfer- after embryos are cultured in the lab, they are transfer to the womb at the blastocyst stage.
  • ICSI-this is an IVF technique where a single sperm gets injected into a mature egg. It is recommended for patients with few sperm or sperm with motility issues.
  • Donor Egg- this option is for women who are not able to conceive using their own eggs. It can also be used for giving gay couples a chance to become parents.
  • PGS - this option screens the embryo for genetic diseases before placing it into the uterus. Where one or both partners carry a genetic trait, PGS can help detect any abnormality with the embryo.
  • Cryopreservation - this process allows eggs to be frozen for future use. Patients may decide to do so because of professional, social or health reasons.

LGBTQIA Services 

At IRH there are a number of services available to the LGBTQIA community. Patients can choose from options like IVF, IUI, IA, donor egg or sperm and gestational carrier.

Financial Options

Once treatment options are laid out, patients at IRH can speak with one of the clinic's Financial Counselors.

IRH accepts most major insurers and counselors can assist in exploring available financing options.

IRH 70% Money Back Program

The pricing for IVF cycles at IRH are as follows

age < 35 IVF only: $18,950

age < 35 with ICSI:$20,950

age 35-37 IVF only:$21,950

age 35-37 IVF with ICSI:$23,950

But with the money back program where patients fail to conceive, they can get back a 70% refund. There are medical criteria to meet with for eligibility into the program.

IVF Loan Companies 

Patients can also get financing for treatment and medication from the following companies:

  • Arc Fertility
  • CapexMD
  • Compassionate Care
  • First Steps
  • IVF Greenlight

Institute for Reproductive Health Services and Profile

  • Donor egg services (Yes)
  • Donor embryo services (Yes)
  • ART for single women (Yes)
  • Gestational carrier services (Yes)
  • Embryo cryopreservation services (Yes)
  • SART member (Yes)
  • Verified lab accreditation (Yes)

Institute for Reproductive Health IVF Success Rates

Fresh Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates

According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Institute for Reproductive Health in CINCINNATI, OH performed 698 fresh nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.

Number of cycles386162954681
Live births (%)45.040.320.525.01 / 7

Frozen Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates

According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Institute for Reproductive Health in CINCINNATI, OH performed 316 frozen nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.

Number of cycles2196526510
Live births (%)44.136.740.01 / 40 / 1

Donor Eggs IVF Success Rates

In 2015,according to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Institute for Reproductive Health in CINCINNATI, OH performed 51 IVF cycles with fresh embryos from donor eggs and 53 IVF cycles with frozen embryos from donor eggs.

Donor EggsNumber of cyclesLive births (%)
Fresh Embryos5156.3
Frozen Embryos5353.2