Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago ivf

Day 5 blastocyst pictures from IVF
High quality and low quality blastocyst embryos

Day 5 (or day 6) transfer after in vitro fertilization - blastocyst stage culture and transfer
can maintain high pregnancy rates with very low risk for triplets

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

Our Overall IVF Success Rates
Our Blastocyst Transfer IVF Success Rates

Picture of blastocyst at time of embryo transfer
4 blastocysts that were "left over" after the embryo transfer
These 5 day old embryos were cryopreserved (frozen) for future use

Day 5 human blastocyst picture showing inner cell mass
Hatching mouse blastocyst stained with fluorescent dye
Embryo was cultured on human tubal cells (coculture)
Red-stained cells (trophectoderm) - would become placenta
Blue-stained cells are inner cell mass - fetal cells

Low quality blastocysts
poor quality blast
Blastocyst showing poor morphology in cells of both components - the inner cell mass (at 6 to 9 o'clock) and the trophectoderm
blast poor
Poor quality day 6 blastocyst
Most cells are necrotic (dead and disintegrating)
  • These low quality blastocysts show that blastocyst culture is not a magic bullet for infertility.
  • Most human embryos do not have the genetic potential to develop normally to the blastocyst stage, hatch from their shells, implant and continue normal embryonic development in order to result in a live birth.

More blastocyst embryo photos and details about blastocyst grading

More embryo pictures

4920 N. Central Ave
Suite 2C

Chicago, IL 60630

Phone: (773) 794-1818
Fax: (773) 794-1819

30 Tower Court
Suite F
Gurnee, IL 60031

Phone: (847) 662-1818
Fax: (847) 662-3001

820 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176)
Suite 118
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: (815) 356-1818
Fax: (815) 356-1866



I am so grateful for Advanced Fertility Center. I just had my son Leland. I want to thank Dr. Catenacci and all of the nurses that helped us. Especially Ashley in the Crystal Lake office. You made this process easier by being supportive and positive. Thank you very much!


Dr. Sherban and his staff are the most amazing, compassionate, and supportive people. After almost 5 years of trying to conceive, going through numerous tests and meeting with another clinic closer to home, who told me my chances even with IVF were still very low, a good friend recommended advanced fertility center of Chicago. Best decision we ever made! We now have 2 amazing children who are now 5 and 3 years old! I cannot stress enough how amazing this staff is, they make you feel like family!


Our experience was amazing with Dr. Cantanucci and all of the nurses (especially Ashley). After ttc for 4 years and at 41 years of age, we became pregnant after 1 round of IVF, and had our beautiful boy this past October. Can't thank them enough!


2/7/15 our son was born all thanks to the assistance of Dr. Sherbahn and his staff. Everyone was so helpful and here for all our questions, worries, etc. They want this for you just as much as you want this for you! Handled with pure professionalism and care from the very start! Thank you advanced fertility!