People have come from many states in the U.S. to have their IVF or egg donation treatment cycle at the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago. About 20% of our in vitro fertilization patients do not live in our area.
This page is about options for coming to us for in vitro fertilization procedures if you do not live in our area.
There are several ways we work with people from out of town and out of state:
You can make one extended trip to our area and have your entire ovarian stimulation and IVF cycle and then return home. This option requires a 2-3 week stay here. The exact duration of the stay depends on the ovarian stimulation protocol used in your case, the length of time required by your ovaries to respond to the medications, and whether you have a day 3, or a day 5 blastocyst transfer.
In this scenario, we have you do a "long distance consult" first so that we can go over your case and discuss the options.
You can come for a "new patient visit" now and then come back for #1 above when we do the cycle. This way we meet in person and can do an ultrasound on you and often a "mock embryo transfer" (a trial, or "dry run" of the embryo transfer procedure).
You can do a long distance consult and then be monitored during the stimulation in your home area and come here when the follicles are almost mature. This will probably cost you more, unless insurance is paying for the IVF, because you will have to pay someone in your area for the ultrasounds and blood tests. With this option, you will need to be in our area for about 2-8 days. Some couples return home between the egg retrieval and the embryo transfer to minimize time away from home.
For most people, the decision of how to have the monitoring of the cycle done depends on how far away they live and what their work and home schedules are like. For more details, call our office and talk with one of the nurses.
We prefer (but do not insist) that you to come to our center for a new patient visit within about 1-2 months prior to beginning the injectable fertility drugs. During this visit, you will meet with Dr. Sherbahn and also spend some time with one of our nurses reviewing the use of injectable medications and other important issues regarding the cycle monitoring and procedures.
You should have day 3 FSH and estradiol blood tests prior to starting your IVF stimulation. This is a test of ovarian reserve - egg quantity and quality. The blood specimen needed for this test can be drawn by a facility in your home area and mailed to us. We will then run the assay in our laboratory. It can also be run by a lab in your home area.
If you choose to have your ovarian stimulation for your IVF cycle monitored in your home area, we will need to get the estradiol levels and ultrasound findings faxed to us every day that they are done. One of our nurses will call you later that same day with instructions on what to do next.
We prefer (but do not insist) that you come here about 1-2 days before the egg retrieval procedure. This allows us to do ultrasound and blood tests to decide on the best day to do the procedures. If this is not possible for you, we allow you to arrive here the day prior to (or even the early morning of) the egg retrieval procedure.
We will need a sperm specimen from the male partner on the day of the egg retrieval. This will be used to inseminate the female partner's eggs.
We perform the embryo transfer procedure either 3 days, or 5 days (blastocyst transfer) after the egg retrieval. We then request that you have "modified bed rest" for the remainder of that day (day of the transfer procedure). However, many (successful) couples have traveled back to their home areas that same day.
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