Infertility Specialist

Dealing with infertility can be discouraging. After months of trying to conceive unsuccessfully, couples often begin to doubt they will ever have children — but help is available. Dr. Amos E. Madanes, the director of Midwest Fertility Center, is the Chicago area’s leading IVF specialist and has helped countless couples overcome infertility to conceive happy, healthy babies. To discuss your options with Dr. Madanes, call or schedule a consultation online.

Infertility Q & A

by Amos E. Madanes, MD


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Am I infertile?

While not getting pregnant is the clearest sign of infertility, there are many others.

Female infertility can be a hormonal issue. Periods that are irregular, too heavy, too light, or painful most often suggest a problem with ovulation. Less commonly women might sense a decrease in sex drive, sudden weight gain, hair loss, or hair growth in random places.

The symptoms of infertility are not as evident in men. Men with low libido, pain or swelling in the groin area, or problems getting or maintaining an erection should see a doctor right away.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you’re infertile, but it’s important to see a qualified fertility doctor for a full evaluation.

Women who were exposed to venereally transmitted disease such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhea might have suffered tubal damage which will cause infertility.

What can I expect from a visit to a fertility doctor?

Women who have trouble getting pregnant or keeping a pregnancy should consult with a fertility specialist like Dr. Madanes as early in the process as possible.

To treat infertility, Dr. Madanes must first determine its cause. During your first visit to the Midwest Fertility Center, he will discuss:

  • How long you have been having unprotected sex
  • Your health history, including previous surgeries or chronic conditions
  • Any medications you are using, including vitamins and supplements
  • Whether you have ever had an STD
  • Your lifestyle, including smoking, drinking, diet, and exercise
  • The female partner’s menstrual cycle

For men, the next step is usually a semen analysis, where a sperm sample receives testing for sperm count, shape, and movement.

For women, the next step is often a tubal evaluation, where an X-ray is used to view dye moving through the fallopian tubes. This test shows any blockages that may be preventing pregnancy. Dr. Madanes will also test your blood for the various reproductive hormones, including FSH or AMH, to help determine your ovarian reserve and progesterone levels to assess your ovulatory functions.

How is infertility treated?

Dr. Madanes can treat infertility with one or more of the following:

  • Medication: often used to regulate female hormones and stimulate ovulation
  • Surgery: can address a wide variety of structural issues, including fibroids and endometriosis in women, and vasectomy reversals in men
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): sperm is inserted directly into the uterus
  • Assisted reproductive technology (ART): a collective term for fertility treatments that combine eggs and sperm outside of the woman’s body (e.g., In vitro fertilization - IVF) 

Infertility can be stressful and discouraging. Dr. Madanes and his team strive to help you realize your dream of parenthood. Schedule your appointment with the Midwest Fertility Center online or by calling the office.

Accepted Insurance Options & Plans

Midwest Fertility Center contracts with a variety of local and national insurance carriers, HMO, and PPO networks. A comprehensive list of accepted insurance options and plans is available for your review on the right. Often, our patients find they have more insurance coverage than anticipated! To confirm your specific coverage, please contact our office to speak with a patient advocate.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
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Words from our patients

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    "The best decision of my life was to come here! Everyone at the clinic treat you as a person. Thank you Midwest for making our dreams of become parents a reality."

    Marcia A.
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    "I am eternally grateful to Dr. Amos Madanes for the opportunity to be able to become pregnant and enjoy giving birth to my three boys!"

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    "Midwest Fertility Center is awesome! The staff and doctors are outstanding. They are so kind and sweet! I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you for all you do."

    Lisa T.
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    "My husband and I are on our third IVF cycle. I would highly recommend Dr. Madanes and his staff. They are warm, caring and invested in our success."

    Mary A.
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    "The team showed a lot of dedication, passion and care. In February we were blessed with a bouncing baby boy. We are full of joy and very grateful to the amazing team."

    Ajay A.
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    "I went see Dr. Madanes and am happy to say that I ended up having 2 kids!! I would recommend Dr. Madanes to every woman who is struggling to get pregnant."

    Bianca P.
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    "Our first appointment was 6 months ago, and we are proud to say we are almost 3 months along. The entire staff was professional, friendly, assuring, and helpful."

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    "We had a successful IVF cycle with Dr. Madanes after two failed IVF cycles in another clinic. Dr. Madanes was very professional, warm and compassionate."

    Emily C.
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    "I had a wonderful experience with my treatment at Midwest Fertility Center. They held my hand through every step of IVF. I am due to deliver in October of this year."

    Kris B.
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