Why choose Society Hill Reproductive Medicine
SHRM is a Philadelphia based infertility treatment center working to uncover barriers to achieve successful pregnancies. The center offers a number of diagnostic procedures and therapies to treat patients. Each case receives treatment recommendations based on their unique circumstances and situation.
The center encourages all patients along with their partners to come in for the initial consultation. At this time all medical records and history will be evaluated. Patients will get a chance to meet with the practicing physician and fertility nurse specialist. They can ask any questions or address any concerns they may have about their case. SHRM requires that all patients bring the following to their initial consult:
- Completed patient questionnaires
- Genetic questionnaires
- Medical records for both partners
- Previous fertility evaluation or treatment information
- Insurance information and identification for individuals and couples
- A referral from the primary care physician, if needed
Meet the Team
Dr. Kelly is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She is also board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.
Ms. Tillotson is the Director of Clinical Care at SHRM. She holds national certification in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Nursing. Ms. Tillotson has more than 20 years of experience in this field and is well acquainted with all areas of infertility treatment.
Bet Ferguson is the Andrology and Endocrine Laboratory Medical Technologist at SHRM. He holds certification in specialized lab work in Reproductive Endocrinology. He has over two decades of experience in conducting hormonal assays, specimen preparations, and semen cryopreservation.
Ms. Reigel carries out the administrative and billing responsibilities at SHRM. She provides support to the center's doctors and staff in her daily dealings. Her responsibilities include scheduling and maintaining medical records.
Services and Procedures
Initial Fertility Evaluation
Before diagnostic treatment begins, SHRM will conduct an initial infertility evaluation. This evaluation will include hormonal testing, uterine and fallopian tube testing for female patients. There will be a semen analysis done for male patients.
- Hormonal testingcan help determine the reasons for ovulation inconsistencies. It can also help map out the likely quality of eggs being released.
- Uterus and fallopian tube testingis done using procedures like Hysterosalpingogram, Sonogram or Hysteroscopy.
- Semen Analysisassesses the concentration, morphology, motility and progression of sperm.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step in overcoming infertility is to establish the cause of the problem. Once a diagnosis gets established, SHRM staff will explore all applicable treatment options. Since not all patients need advanced procedures to treat infertility issues, simpler options will be considered first. These can include the following:
- Ovulation Induction - this is one of the most commonly indicted treatments for infertility. Fertility drugs are used to stimulate egg production during the treatment cycle.
- IUI is often used along with ovulation induction. IUI involves placing sperm into a woman's uterus, bypassing the cervix. This is most often done where there may be an issue with sperm motility.
- Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It is administered under general anesthesia to inspect and correct any pelvic abnormalities.
- Hysteroscopy is another type of basic surgery where physicians inspect the inside of the uterus. The procedure helps detect problems like fibroids, polyps, scarring or others growths.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
When simpler treatment options do not work, patients will consult with their doctor to find a suitable solution that can help them conceive. SHRM offers a number of ART or Assisted Reproductive Technologies to help patients achieve their dream of parenthood.
Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor will recommend any one of the following options:
- IVFis an ART procedure involving ovulation induction, egg retrieval, fertilization, and embryo transfer. The procedure involves retrieving the eggs and sperm from partners and combing them in a lab setting before placing them back in the uterus.
- Blastocyst transferis a specialized IVF technique that facilitates embryo development in the lab. Embryos are allowed to develop to the day 5 or day 6 stage known as the blastocyst stage. This additional growth allows embryologists to monitor the health and development of embryos. It also helps them decide which embryos are the most suited for implantation.
- ICSI is an advanced treatment procedure most suitable for male factor infertility. In this procedure, an embryologist injects a sperm directly into the cytoplasm of an egg using a micro needle. Using this treatment method, male patients with moderate to severe infertility issues can benefit. Even those with no sperm during ejaculation can hope to conceive using ICSI. In these cases, sperm is obtained through aspiration or testicular biopsy.
- Assisted hatchingis also used at SHRM to help patients achieve a successful pregnancy. With this technique, a small opening is made in the outer layer of the embryo just before its transfer to the uterus. This helps in stimulating hatching and implantation.
- Cryopreservationis used to freeze high quality embryos not used in an IVF cycle. SHRM offers this option to patients who may wish to preserve their fertility for future use. Patients may decide to do so to before an age related decline in egg quality occurs, or if they are about to start cancer treatment.
Egg Donor Program
SHRM also runs an egg donor program. This program caters to female patients who are not able to produce their own eggs. Or when the eggs provided are of diminished quality and not viable for fertilization.
The process involves eggs taken from a donor's ovaries and fertilized in a lab with the sperm. The sperm may be from the recipient’s partner or from a sperm donor. Once fertilized, the embryos are placed in the recipient’s uterus.
The SHRM Egg Donation Program uses healthy donors from all ethnic backgrounds. Donors undergo extensive screening before being accepted into the program.
Arc Fertility Program
SHRM has partnered with Arc Fertility Program to offer financial solutions to patients. This program provides monthly payment options and shared risk refund guarantees.
Livestrong Sharing Hope Program
This program helps cancer patients looking for fertility preservation services.
Society Hill Reproductive Medicine 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)
Society Hill Reproductive Medicine IVF Success Rates
Fresh Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Society Hill Reproductive Medicine in PHILADELPHIA, PA performed 20 fresh nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||4||5||3||4||3||1|
|Live births (%)||1 / 1||3 / 5||2 / 2||1 / 3||0 / 2|
Frozen Nondonor Eggs IVF Success Rates
According to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Society Hill Reproductive Medicine in PHILADELPHIA, PA performed 30 frozen nondonor eggs IVF cycles in 2015. Below is the number of IVF cycles and babies born by the patient's age.
|Number of cycles||12||8||9||1||0||0|
|Live births (%)||7 / 11||2 / 7||1 / 8||0 / 1|
Donor Eggs IVF Success Rates
In 2015,according to the newest CDC ART Success Rates Data,Society Hill Reproductive Medicine in PHILADELPHIA, PA performed 4 IVF cycles with fresh embryos from donor eggs and 5 IVF cycles with frozen embryos from donor eggs.
|Donor Eggs||Number of cycles||Live births (%)|
|Fresh Embryos||4||3 / 4|
|Frozen Embryos||5||2 / 5|