IVF Specialist

Couples facing infertility are not alone. Infertility affects roughly 10% of the population but, there is hope! Midwest Fertility Center Director and reproductive expert, Dr. Amos E. Madanes, has helped countless couples achieve their dreams of parenthood through successful in vitro fertilization (IVF). Established in 1984, Midwest Fertility Center is the leading IVF provider of the Chicago and Northwest Indiana regions. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn how Dr. Madanes can help grow your family.


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What is IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure by which female eggs are fertilized in a laboratory, creating one or more embryos. These embryos are then placed directly in the uterus.

Prior to the actual procedure, your ovaries will be stimulated to help mature multiple eggs for the treatment cycle. When your ovaries are ready, Dr. Madanes will perform the retrieval using ultra-sound guidance. 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, and at the appropriate developmental phase, the embryos will be transferred into the uterus. In an effort to reduce the occurrence of multiple gestations, 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.

A pregnancy test is performed about two weeks later to determine whether IVF has been successful.

Am I a good candidate for IVF?

Because IVF is a complicated procedure, it’s rarely the first step in the infertility treatment process.  For many couples, IVF shouldn’t be considered until less invasive and more cost effective treatments have been attempted and deemed unsuccessful.

However, IVF is a good option for couples diagnosed with:

  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm quality
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovulation issues
  • Uterine issues
  • Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
  • Previous sterilization
  • Unexplained infertility

Before entering a reproductive treatment cycle, Midwest Fertility Center reproductive specialists will perform a full diagnostic evaluation to help determine the cause and/or extent of your infertility. This evaluation typically takes up to one month and then you are ready to start your individualized treatment. Evaluation results, your age, the quality of your eggs and semen, and medical history will be used to formulate the ideal treatment plan individually tailored for you.

What are the success rates for IVF?

As with any fertility treatment, several factors influence the success rate, including age, overall health, and egg and semen quality.

Women 35 and younger have a nearly 60% success rate with IVF; for women over 35, that rate decreases every year; and women over 40 have an average between 11.5% - 25% success rate. As a woman’s age advances, success rates diminish into single digits. As technological advances in reproductive medicine continue to improve over time, this should increase success rates across all age groups.

In the United States, one out of every three women undergoing IVF achieves pregnancy, and one in three IVF pregnancies result in a live birth.

Our skilled team of IVF experts — including fertility nurses, IVF specialists, and embryologists — support Dr. Madanes and Midwest Fertility Center doctors. Together, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a successful pregnancy.

Schedule your consultation with our fertility experts today by calling 800-244-0212 or inquiring online.

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
Private Healthcare Systems
United Healthcare

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."

    Verified Patient
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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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