Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago ivf

Incubators in an IVF lab
A temporary home for in vitro fertilization embryos before they are put in the uterus to continue life

We keep the eggs and embryos in the incubators. They are happier there. Incubators maintain a very constant and clean environment for embryo culture.

  • The most commonly used environmental conditions for human IVF incubators are 5% CO2 in air, 37 degrees Centigrade, and 100% relative humidity.
  • Regular air is about 78% nitrogen gas (N2) and 22% oxygen (O2). The CO2 content of air is less than one tenth of 1%.
  • Some labs, including ours, culture embryos in a low oxygen system using approximately 5% CO2, 5% O2 and 90% N2.

incubator for ivf

Incubators are often stacked like this to save lab space The colored tape on the door of the upper unit is used to identify the location of a patient's eggs or embryos in the incubator before the door is opened This reduces the amount of time that the door has to remain open

The patient's chart, her paperwork, and sperm preparation materials are all color coded and all match her incubator label. This aids in identification - no 2 patients ever have the same color at the same time.

IVF incubator

Here both of the doors are open so you can see inside The embryos are cultured in plastic dishes on the shelve

in vitro ferilization incubator

A close-up view of one of the shelves in the incubator A dish containing embryos looks like this

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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



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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!