Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago ivf

In Vitro Fertilization laboratory tour at the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

IVF laboratory equipment, IVF techniques

What does the IVF lab equipment look like?

IVF lab picture

Grading IVF embryos prior to embryo transfer procedure
The embryos are in a Petri dish inside an isolette in our IVF lab
The embryologist is using a stereo microscope to view them at high magnification

IVF lab

From left to right: Isolette, incubators, hood with microscope

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What does an embryologist really look like?


We keep the eggs and embryos in the incubators. They are happier there.

incubator for ivf

The laminar flow hood and the stereo microscope where we find the eggs at the time of the IVF egg aspiration procedure

IVF hood

The inverted microscope where we do the ICSI and the assisted hatching procedures

inverted microscope for ICSI

Dishes in the hood containing eggs and follicular fluid from an IVF egg retrieval

follicular fluid from ivf

The embryo freezers - used to freeze spare embryos

embryo freezer for ivf

The embryo freezing procedure

embryo freezing straws

The storage tank for the frozen surplus IVF embryos

frozen embryo storage tank

8 cell embryo 2
A 3 day old embryo containing 8 cells
This is a high quality embryo for transfer back to the woman's uterus

More IVF pictures of eggs, sperms, and embryos

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
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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!