IVF Treatment Plans
of the Chicago and Northwestern Indiana regions.
IVF Q & A by Amos E. Madanes, MD
What is IVF and How Does It Work?
At Midwest Fertility Center, once your ovaries are ready, Dr. Madanes performs egg retrievals using ultra-sound guidance. An egg retrieval takes about 30 minutes and is performed under anesthesia to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Once retrieved, an Embryologist fertilizes the eggs with sperms to create embryos.
Laboratory specialists at the Midwest Fertility Center monitor the embryos for healthy development at appropriate developmental phases. Midwest Fertility Center follows the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in determining the appropriate number of embryos to transfer. The embryos will then be transferred into the uterus by our fertility specialists.
A pregnancy test is performed about two weeks later to determine whether IVF has been achieved.
Am I a Good Candidate for IVF?
IVF is a good option, however, for couples diagnosed with low sperm count or poor sperm quality, endometriosis, ovulation or uterine issues, damaged or blocked fallopian tubes, sterilization, or generalized unexplained infertility.
Before entering a fertility treatment cycle, Midwest Fertility Center reproductive specialists perform full diagnostic evaluations to help determine the cause and/or extent of your infertility. The evaluation typically takes less than a month, after which you will begin an individualized treatment plan based on your evaluation results, age, medical history, and quality of eggs and semen.
What are the success rates for IVF?
- Women age 35 and younger have a nearly 70% success rate with IVF; the rate decreases every year after the age of 35;
- Women over the age of 40 have an average between 11.5% – 25% success rate.
- In the United States, one out of every three women undergoing IVF achieves pregnancy
- One in three IVF pregnancies result in a live birth
As technological advances in reproductive medicine continue to improve, success rates across all age groups will increase. The skilled team of IVF experts at Midwest Fertility Center are dedicated to helping you achieve a successful pregnancy.