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Oak Brook Fertility Center Services — Chicago Artificial Insemination, Egg Donation, IUI, Fertility Drugs, and More

Through assistance, support, and a full range of advanced treatments, the board-certified physicians at Oak Brook Fertility Center are dedicated exclusively to fertility care. We serve Chicago, Illinois and other areas of the Midwest with artificial insemination (IUI), egg donation, the latest fertility drugs, and a full range of other services to help couples realize their dreams.

If you have experienced trouble conceiving, we are here to help. If you would like to speak with a caring and compassionate fertility specialist, contact Oak Brook Fertility Center today. 

Oak Brook Fertility Center Services

Embryo Cryopreservation

Embryo cryopreservation involves the freezing of embryos for later transfer. Virtually every woman has excess embryos. By retrieving, separating, and preserving these excess embryos, they can be successfully used in future IVF cycles.

Egg Donation in the Chicago, Illinois and Midwest Areas

Occasionally, the absence of eggs in the ovary, or poor egg quality, may be the cause of infertility. This typically begins in women approaching 33 to 35 years-of-age, but is also seen in women experiencing early menopause or in women whose ovaries have been surgically removed or destroyed by endometriosis. In such cases, as long as the uterus is healthy, a woman can successfully conceive through donor egg IVF. Donor eggs can be obtained from a woman's healthy female relatives or from unrelated known or unknown donors. Chances for pregnancy with donor egg IVF are high and are dependent on the age of the donor rather than age of the recipient.

In Vitro Maturation (IVM)

IVM is a groundbreaking alternative to IVF treatment. Although long-term information has not yet been obtained for this relatively new procedure, IVM seems to provide some women with a safer and less expensive means of achieving pregnancy when compared to IVF. IVM involves the collection of immature eggs, which are then matured and fertilized in the laboratory before being transferred to the woman. IVM differs from IVF in that there is no risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Because costly gonadotropin protein hormone injections are not needed for IVM, as they are for IVF, the procedure is also less expensive. Our fertility specialists can help you determine if IVM treatment is right for you.

Artificial Insemination — Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) at Our Chicago, Illinois Area Medical Center

At Oak Brook Fertility Center, we provide artificial insemination services to couples from Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and other areas. Artificial insemination, also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), is a technique that involves the insertion of sperm directly into the woman’s cervix, uterus, or fallopian tubes.

Blastocyst Transfer

Blastocyst transfer can help increase success rates for IVF treatment. A blastocyst is formed when an embryo develops for five to seven days. In a natural cycle, the embryo would reach this stage before entering the uterus. Blastocyst transfer involves the development of an embryo to the blastocyst stage in the laboratory and its subsequent transfer into the uterus, where the embryo will hopefully implant and developing into a fetus. Blastocyst transfer increases the success rate of IVF procedures because a blastocyst is more likely to implant and develop than an embryo that has not reached the blastocyst stage of development. This also means that fewer embryos need to be transferred during IVF treatment, lessening the chance of a multiple pregnancy.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

When the failure of IVF treatments remains unexplained, PGD can help increase success rates. When selecting embryos to be used in IVF treatment, each embryo’s appearance under the microscope is analyzed. In IVF treatment, embryos that exhibit appropriate cell division, among other indicators, are thought to be good candidates for use. Sometimes, however, certain embryos may be genetically predisposed to resist implantation in the uterus. If IVF treatment is initially unsuccessful, a woman’s embryos can be analyzed genetically to further determine the most appropriate embryos for use in IVF treatment. This additional analysis can greatly help couples experiencing difficulties conceiving through IVF. PGD is also used to determine the sex of an embryo during gender selection.

Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT)

GIFT is a variant of an assisted reproductive technique performed in specific cases. During the GIFT procedure, eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and placed laparoscopically with sperm in the fallopian tube. Typically, not more than two eggs are transferred and fertilization occurs in the fallopian tube (in vivo) rather than in the laboratory (in vitro). This approach is more acceptable to some religions but does not supply any information on the egg-sperm interaction and early embryonic development.

Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT) — Tubal Embryo Transfer (TET)

To improve the likelihood of pregnancy, embryos may be transferred into the fallopian tube rather than into the uterus. These procedures include zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) and tubal embryo transfer (TET). The procedure used depends on the stage of development the embryos are in. Both ZIFT and TET require laparoscopic surgery.

Micromanipulation and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

If the sperm have low-to-no fertilizing capacity or if the number of sperm are low, micromanipulation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can help couples achieve fertilization. This procedure involves injecting sperm directly into the middle of the egg.

Sperm Retrieval

It may be that sperm is being produced but for any number of reasons, it is not present in the ejaculate. In these instances, sperm can be retrieved from the male for later artificial insemination. At Oak Brook Fertility Center, this procedure is performed with minimally invasive techniques. Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) and testicular sperm extraction (TESE) are two methods of retrieving sperm. PESA is a useful means of obtaining sperm from men who have had a vasectomy or a failed vasectomy reversal. TESE is typically used when a male experiences a lack of sperm production (azoospermia) that is not associated with an obstruction. Micro- epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) is another means of retrieving sperm. MESA involves a surgical incision in the scrotum and the collection of sperm from the epididymis (which serves to store, mature, and transport sperm). MESA many times allows for the highest quality and greatest quantity of sperm to be gathered for later use.

Fertility Drugs — Ovulation Induction in the Chicago, Illinois Area & the Midwest

After a thorough evaluation of the couple, one of our board-certified  Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility specialists (RE/Is) will discuss with you the options that specifically pertain to further management of your case. An option may be to prescribe fertility drugs to help stimulate the female and/or male reproductive system(s) to increase the chances of pregnancy. Thorough information regarding fertility drugs and their intended effects will be discussed.

Tubal Ligation Reversal

Tubal ligation reversal is a surgical procedure that may return the fallopian tubes to a functional state. Although IVF procedures can also be successful for women who have had tubal ligiation surgery, many women prefer to achieve pregnancy by having the procedure reversed. The decision is a personal one and our fertility specialists will provide you with detailed information and guidance.

Contact Oak Brook Fertility Center

At our Chicago area fertility clinic, we help couples not only from Illinois but also from Milwaukee and across the Midwest. Through fertility drugs, egg donation, artificial insemination (IUI), and other services, we are proud to assist couples achieve the families of their dreams - be it starting a family or adding another member. Many couples experience fertility difficulties. If you are one of these couples, please contact Oak Brook Fertility Center today toll-free at 888-331-3336