Frequently Asked Questions at RGI


When should I see a fertility specialist?

Women who are under 35 should see a fertility specialist after trying to get pregnant for one year without success. If you’re age 35 or older, you should see a specialist after 6 months without pregnancy. Also, you should visit a fertility doctor if you’ve had at least two miscarriages.

How common is infertility?

Very common! About 12% of American women aged 15 to 44 years have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

Is infertility only a female medical problem?

Absolutely not. About one third of infertility cases are due to female problems, one third are caused by male problems, and one third are unknown or caused by a mixture between male and female problems.

What causes infertility?

Many factors can cause infertility. For women, these factors include:

  • Diminished ovarian reserve due to aging
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as drug and alcohol abuse

For men, infertility can be caused by:

  • Testicular blockages
  • Enlarged testicular veins (varicoceles)
  • Testicular trauma
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal and genetic disorders
  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as drug and alcohol abuse

How do you diagnose infertility?

Our fertility specialists have many options for diagnosing infertility in both men and women. Generally, we’ll start by reviewing your entire medical history and asking you a series of questions about your lifestyle choices and sexual activity. Then, we can conduct a variety of tests and imaging evaluations to pinpoint the source of your infertility.

What are my treatment options?

Many fertility treatment options exist. At Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility, we start with the simplest treatment possible and only progress to more advanced therapies when necessary. Because most couples can get pregnant without more complex treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, we can often save you money and give you a child by expertly performing simpler therapies.

What is assisted reproductive technology?

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) refers to a group of advanced fertility treatments that involve combining sperm and egg outside of the uterus to form an embryo (IVF). In addition to standard IVF, we offer many advanced forms that further increase your likelihood of starting a family.

Is fertility treatment expensive?

It can be, depending on the complexity of the therapy. The notoriously high cost of infertility generally stems from the common lack of insurance coverage for procedures such as IVF. However, many people don’t realize that insurance does frequently cover infertility testing and surgery. Also, at RGI we offer both the WINFertility Program and an IVF 100% Success Guaranteed Plan to help offset the costs of fertility treatment.


To schedule an appointment or learn more about Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility in the Ohio communities of South Cleveland/Independence, Akron, Columbus, Canton and Youngstown, call 866-537-2461 today. You can also request an appointment using the form on this page.