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    "We cannot say enough about the staff at FCI!"

    Last updated 1 year ago

    We cannot say enough about the staff at FCI! Dr. Uhler and her staff have been with us and supportive every step of the way. After trying to get pregnant for over a year with no luck, we were able to develop a treatment plan an conceive on our first IUI cycle. They really listen to what your concerns are and take your thoughts into account when... More
    Fran Peters

    Get The Fertility Answers You

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Do you still have remaining questions about the possible causes of infertility and how it can be diagnosed and treated? You can find answers to these questions by looking through the helpful articles below or contacting Fertility Centers of Illinois at (877) 499-8730.

    • There are steps that you can take to prevent and improve infertility. Check out this article from the American Fertility Association for more information.
       
    • Many alternative and integrative treatments can be effective in improving problems with fertility. Read these research articles found on PullingDownTheMoon.com to learn more about their effects.
       
    • Infertility is a common medical problem in the United States—find out more about the diagnostic process on Resolve.org.
       
    • Are you interested in learning more about the prevalence of fertility problems in the United States? Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.
       
    • Visit WomensHealth.gov to find a gateway to more information about the facts and statistics associated with infertility in the United States.
       
    • In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an advanced treatment that has helped thousands of couples achieve successful pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association answers many questions regarding the IVF process on their website.
       
    • You can also find a step-by-step guide to IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies on the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology website.
       
    • Many cancer survivors wonder about their ability to conceive after cancer treatment. These articles from FertileHope.org may help to answer some questions regarding this subject.
       
    • Infertility is not only a woman’s issue—read this article to learn more about how men can be affected by the condition.
       
    • This helpful list of fertility terms can help you to learn more about the causes, treatments, and medications that are often associated with infertility.

    "They treat you like family."

    Last updated 1 year ago

    I was struggling to get pregnant and stay pregnant. After going to FCI in Naperville, I had so much hope. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Uhler is great. They found my problems through testing and now I can say with great pride that I am seven weeks pregnant. This has been the best time for me. This staff calls you and is... More
    Martha Cote

    A Look at the In Vitro Fertilization Process

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The term in vitro comes from the Latin for in glass. In the past, in vitro referred to biological experiments or procedures that were performed in receptacles made of glass, such as test tubes or petri dishes. Now, the term is used more generally as any procedure that involves the cultivation of cells or tissue outside of the organism from which it originates. One such process, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), assists in successful conception by promoting fertilization outside of the human body. If you are considering this advanced reproductive technology to help you realize your dream of parenthood, read on for a brief look at the process. 

    • Development of oocytes:
      The first phase of IVF involves the development of the ovarian follicle and maturation of eggs through self-administered injections. During this process, the fertility doctor carefully monitors hormone levels using regular blood tests and follicular growth through ultrasound imaging. Once the eggs have reached a certain degree of maturation, a human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injection is administered to prepare the eggs for removal.
       
    • Egg retrieval:
      At 35 to 36 hours after the hCG injection, the eggs are removed from the body using ultrasound-guided aspiration. While the patient is under sedation, the physician uses ultrasound to guide the aspiration needle to the mature follicles for removal of the eggs. During this process or immediately after, the male partner must provide a sperm sample.
       
    • Assisted fertilization:
      Once retrieved, the eggs and sperm are prepared and incubated together overnight. The eggs will then be checked for signs of fertilization and transferred to a special growth medium. 
       
    • Transfer of embryos:
      The embryos that have been successfully cultivated in the laboratory are then transferred into the woman’s uterus. No anesthetic is needed for embryo transfer.
       
    • Follow-up examination:
      As soon as 8 to 14 days from transfer have passed, the patient returns for a pregnancy test and ultrasound.

    Do you still have questions about the IVF process? You can learn more by contacting the fertility specialists at Fertility Centers of Illinois at (877) 499-8730. Our compassionate and experienced team has been supporting patients on their road to fertility since 1976. Call us today to set up a consultation.

    Phases of IVF

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is one of the most commonly used assisted reproductive technologies. The process is typically performed in five phases, each phase working to promote successful fertilization and implantation in the uterus. By watching this video, you can learn more about the phases of IVF and how the art and science of this fertility treatment can help you to achieve a successful pregnancy. You can also learn more about how the expert embryologists at FCI use state-of-the-art technology to fertilize mature oocytes.

    Are you interested in learning more about the capabilities of this advanced medical technology? Consider contacting the fertility experts at Fertility Centers of Illinois at (877) 499-8730 for more information. We are happy to answer you questions.

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