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Waiting for Mr (Ms) Wonderful

As women we have all heard of the biological clock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock. But what can it mean to you personally. As a successful woman, you go to college, get an education, set a career path, work ... read more

Divorce and frozen embryos. Embryos divide, but they can’t be split.

The last thing on a couples mind when they are going through an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure is divorce. But, unfortunately, sometimes couples find themselves in that situation down the ... read more

Ho, Ho, Ho The Three H's

No, it's not what you think. This isn't a holiday greeting. The Three H's I'm referring to are: read more


So you have had your insemination or your embryo transfer and the wait has begun. It is so hard to wait until your scheduled pregnancy test. If you are like some people, you start reading on line ... read more

Finally a consensus definition of 'poor ovarian responder'!

Since the early days of the IVF process, it was noted that some patients responded to ovarian stimulation from fertility injections (gonadotropins) with decreased follicular response and low ... read more

Comparison of different routes of administering progesterone Part IV

Progesterone is a hormone that is responsible for making the uterine lining receptive (“secretory transformation”) for the embryo to implant. In natural cycles, progesterone is produced after ... read more

Fertility Treatment is a TEAM Sport!

Well, sports fans, we have just finished the baseball season and are in the peak of football and ice hockey season. For any team to be successful there must be communication and recognition for all ... read more

Mississipi Personhood Amendment

The Mississippi Personhood Amendment is a citizen initiative to amend the Mississippi Constitution to define personhood as beginning at fertilization or “the functional equivalent thereof.” They ... read more

Fertility drugs and ovarian cancer

It was in 1992 when Dan Rather presented a segment on the CBS evening news about a paper that discussed the possibility of fertility drugs causing ovarian cancer (Whittemore et al. Am J Epidemiol ... read more

Terra Incognita The often unexplored world of donor embryos

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the excess frozen embryos being stored at our facility that patients no longer wish to keep? Depending on the parent’s wishes, embryos can be disposed, ... read more

What Do These Numbers Mean???? Part III Pregnancy monitoring

OK, so you have completed your cycle, be it the old fashioned way (intercourse), IUI, IVF. You call with a positive home pregnancy test or you come in for your scheduled pregnancy test. If you got ... read more

What Do These Numbers Mean???? Part II (Cycle monitoring)

OK, so you have had your nurse consult. All you heard was…….blah, blah, shot, needle, blah. Don’t fret. We tell you each step of the way what your results are and your next steps. The "patient ... read more

What Do These Numbers Mean???? Part I (Pretesting work up)

OK, so you have been to your infertility doctor. You hear…..blah, blah, blah…… Then you met with the nurse who also said…….blah, blah, blah. What you missed in the blah’s was your pretesting work up. ... read more

Are my spermies germy? Why do we wash semen before an IUI?

Your partner has been instructed it is time for her IUI and you are on deck to produce a sample. You hear the words “you need to produce a sample” and “we need to wash the sample before we can use ... read more

Egg Donor Compensation Part III I’m Going to Donate ALL the Time!!

Slow down there, Miss Eager Donor. Yes, a donor does receive $8,000 per completed cycle, and yes, that is a lot of money, but there are limitations. First of all, a donor may undergo a maximum of six ... read more

Egg Donor Compensation Part II Why $8000??

This is the competitive rate. It’s that simple. The market forces involved that set the precedent are fair and therefore, we need to be within that range with our own program. We do not believe that ... read more

Egg Donor Compensation Part I You Give Me Money For What?!

First of all, we don’t give donors money for anything. When a couple in need of an egg donor comes in, selects a donor and signs their contract, they are required to put the donor’s compensation of ... read more

Date Night or Intrauterine Insemination

Ok, you have seen the doctor and have had your results reviewed. The doctor has made the recommendation that you proceed with “IUI” intrauterine insemination. For an IUI, the processed sperm are ... read more

What's sperm got to do with it?

Not much credit is given to the sperm, with most of the focus being on the egg. However, male factors can be the cause of around 33% of all infertility. So why, then, do we not pay more attention to ... read more

You want me to fill this cup?

You and your partner have been in to see the doctor for a consultation, they have outlined a potential treatment plan and the nurses have informed you of what testing is required prior to beginning ... read more

How much will my fertility treatment cost?

It is important to know your benefits prior to making your first appointment. You may be covered for everything at 100%, or you may have no coverage for a fertility specialist at all. Although we at ... read more

Are you familiar with the Illinois State Mandate?

Are you familiar with the Illinois State Mandate? If you are not, you don’t know your rights. We are very fortunate that Illinois is one of a handful of states where insurance companies are mandated ... read more

Egg donors do your homework!

Search any news media website. Type “egg donor” in the search box and check out the results. “Eggs forSale”. “Is Egg Donation Worth the Risk?” “Dangers in Donating Eggs”. Those are just some of the ... read more


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