Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders

2 doctors work here

Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 84%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 8%8.9
84% strongly recommend
28 reviews
Operations
7.9
7.9
Operations

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Scheduling
8.2
8.2
Scheduling

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Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
8.6
8.6
Billing Department

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Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
8
8
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
7.5
7.5
Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is on a 1 - 10 scale, and is scored based on the rate, and severity, of errors committed by the clinic according to the patients.

For example, a severe error might be failing to inform a patient of critical information, while a small error might be failing to call a patient with results.

CDC Success Rates

This is the most recent data from the CDC. The CDC cautions that it should not be used to compare doctors and clinics. This data represents the outcomes of IVF cycles when using a person's own eggs.

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Annual Cycles
610
National Avg
738
This Clinic
National Avg
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38-40
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Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 2 offices

Melrose Park
7447 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027
Mount Laurel
1700 Commerce Parkway
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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2019, Unknown Success
NPS
5
NPS
5
Age 34
Immunological
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $50K - $99K
6th of 6 Docs
12 IUI With Other Docs
5 IVF With Other Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr check is an unconventional dr who definitely does old school testing to try to get to the root of the problem. I do appreciate that but sometimes I think there can be other issues at hand which he dismisses.... We had a very lengthy first consult, I was there for 4 hours and this is partially because I have an extensive history with no real reasons showing why I cannot conceive. He provides you with tons of research articles at your visit which back up his ideas of implementing adderall, extra progesterone, and a lupron shot in the luteal phase
Be prepared to have very old school communication via faxes to get scripts..etc because they [Cooper Institute] don't use email.... I did out of town monitoring and you need to leave messages every time you get blood or ultra sound done with 2 different phone lines or fax them a sheet. If you want to speak to a nurse you need to leave a message and pray they call you back that same day, once or twice they didn't. You just really need to be on top of everything
How was your experience with Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
Dr check is an unconventional dr who definitely does old school testing to try to get to the root of the problem. I do appreciate that but sometimes I think there can be other issues at hand which he dismisses. Prior to dr Check I was seeing a reproductive immunologist who found some immune issues. I did not have success with that dr however brought up these immune issues. Dr check didnt really believe in them and believes adderall will cover all immune issues. We had a very lengthy first consult, I was there for 4 hours and this is partially because I have an extensive history with no real reasons showing why I cannot conceive. He provides you with tons of research articles at your visit which back up his ideas of implementing adderall, extra progesterone, and a lupron shot in the luteal phase of your dr. I do appreciate how research oriented he is but at the same time he did not seem open minded to other tests I have done such as the EFT, ERA, immune testing...etc He also wants to save you money which I appreciate so he initially likes to get you pregnant using timed intercourse on his protocol. I never conceived naturally in the 7 years I have been trying and my husband has a balanced translocation. However I do know other patients that got pregnant with that issue so I figured it cant hurt to try for a few months because prior to him I was doing very intense immune treatments with another dr so can use a break. Ive done 2 cycles so far and no luck yet however they found my progesterone was on the low side despite all the suppositories and oral meds I was on. I am trying to avoid PIO because I got nerve damage from it during a transfer cycle. I will be meeting with him again in a few weeks to talk about my case again and see if he has other ideas. He seems very knowledgeable but he is somewhat scattered and goes off on tangents during the consult. This was frustrating to me because I kept feeling like I had to refocus him. However because I personally know a few women who had success with him after so many failures with IVF I figured it cant hurt to try.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
Be prepared to get lots of research backing up his ideas however all this research he did himself. Be prepared to have very old school communication via faxes to get scripts..etc because they don't use email. He also records your consult via tape recorder so you can get that to refer back to. You need to be on top of everything at this clinic. There is also a somewhat long wait to see this dr in person.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
I am doing out of town monitoring with this doctor because I live in NY and he is located in NJ. However I did need to go there several times for endometrial scratch, consult, post coital test...etc The clinic itself makes you feel like a number and everything is very much outdated. You cannot email anything and everything has to be via fax. I dont feel like the nurses that call me with results remember my case because they make errors with my medications at times.
Describe the protocols Jerome Check used in your cycles at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders and their degree of success.
Like I mentioned, Dr check likes to try to get you pregnant naturally eventhough you never conceived naturally before and have had many failed transfers with PGD tested embryos. He doesnt believe in using letrozole or clomid if you can make an egg on your own. He has you do a scan to make sure you released an egg and then another scan to ensure your lining thickened appropriately. He does a post coital test to ensure your husbands sperm still survives in your cervix 24 hours after intercourse. He puts you on adderall to control inflammation and other issues and uses extra progesterone and one lupron shot during luteal phase.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
There are a few nurses who you deal with and depending on who gets your results first, that nurse will call you with results. My medication protocols got confused at times because not all nurses communicated well with each other. You also need to be on top of them to get results in a timely manner. I found this all very stressful. Ive worked with so many clinics and I never had to be so on top of everything like this before but I was willing to try since I heard some amazing success stories. Jackie is the most compassionate nurse, Tabatha and Kathy tend to rush you on the phone and seem annoyed if you have too many questions.
Describe your experience with Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
Everything is very old school like I mentioned before. I did out of town monitoring and you need to leave messages every time you get blood or ultra sound done with 2 different phone lines or fax them a sheet. If you want to speak to a nurse you need to leave a message and pray they call you back that same day, once or twice they didn't. You just really need to be on top of everything more so than any other of the 5 clinics I have been to.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
I was doing out of town monitoring so had to pay $195 for that fee. Enometrial scratch, post coital..etc went through insurance and so did bloods and scan
What specific things went wrong at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
There was a medication dosing mix-up
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Doctor
Jerome Check
NPS
Humanity
3 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
3 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
5
Clinic
Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders
Mount Laurel
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
2 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
2 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2015, 11 Eggs Frozen
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 30 - 31
2 Egg Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Sales Representative
1st of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Because of my low/declining AMH and lack of insurance coverage, I was put on on mini-ivf [by Dr. Jerome Check[, so my protocol consisted of lower doses of fertility drugs.... only 5 mature eggs were retrieved of the 14+ measurable follicles I had. After a disappointing egg retrieval, we went forward with a second cycle. Again, due to poor communication, (it took me 3 days of calling the clinic to get someone to call me back) I started the second cycle late and missed out on the first couple of days of stimulation. The second round we had less follicles and retrieved 6 mature eggs. Not successful for a healthy 30 year old.
While I was cycling [at the Cooper Institute] the nurses would call me back the same day of my monitoring to advise of any dosage changes and results. I was unable to communicate with them via email, which I would have preferred. My biggest issue was the lack of communication at the start of my second cycle.... The biggest strength of this clinic is the costs. Weaknesses are absolutely poor communication.
How was your experience with Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
Jerome Check is a peculiar man but seems to be very knowledgeable about infertility research. He does not nickle and dime his patients which I thoroughly appreciated. It is not easy to follow his train of thought but he does not rush his patients. I do think he cares about his patients but that does not translate to elevated care. The ONLY pros to seeing Dr. Check is 1) Cost and 2) knowledge of research.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
Personally speak to all parties involved in your treatment BEFORE all procedures take place. Do not assume that the communication you expect to take place among your caregivers will happen without your intervention. Being your own advocate is not enough.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
My medical case is very unique but I was treated as a "normal" patient.
Describe the protocols Jerome Check used in your cycles at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders and their degree of success.
Because of my low/declining AMH and lack of insurance coverage, I was put on on mini-ivf, so my protocol consisted of lower doses of fertility drugs. Looking back, I am not confident that this was the right approach and if the Dr. had looked deeper into my overall health, I think he would have prescribed a different protocol. If Dr. Cho had been informed about my special case and adequately performed the egg retrieval, I would have been satisfied with the results, but due to lack of communication, only 5 mature eggs were retrieved of the 14+ measurable follicles I had. After a disappointing egg retrieval, we went forward with a second cycle. Again, due to poor communication, (it took me 3 days of calling the clinic to get someone to call me back) I started the second cycle late and missed out on the first couple of days of stimulation. The second round we had less follicles and retrieved 6 mature eggs. Not successful for a healthy 30 year old.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
While I was cycling the nurses would call me back the same day of my monitoring to advise of any dosage changes and results. I was unable to communicate with them via email, which I would have preferred. My biggest issue was the lack of communication at the start of my second cycle.
Describe your experience with Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
The biggest strength of this clinic is the costs. Weaknesses are absolutely poor communication. The saying "you get what you pay for" applies!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
I was a long distance patient and monitored off-site.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jerome Check at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
I think an egg retrieval cycle (excluding meds) costs ~$5k
Describe Jerome Check's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
We did not get to the embryo transfer stage.
What specific things went wrong at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders.
Dr. Check did not inform Dr. Cho of my unique medical history which resulted in an unsuccessful cycle.
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Doctor
Jerome Check
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
2 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
2 of 5
Adaptability
1 of 5
0
Clinic
Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders
Mount Laurel
NPS
Operations
1 of 5
Scheduling
2 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
3 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5