Fertility Treatment Options
Personalized Treatment in Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
Aurora Health Care has achieved high success rates by creating personalized treatment plans for each patient. Individual factors for each couple determine which fertility treatment options might be most appropriate for your personal situation. A fertility evaluation will need to be completed before determining which options will provide the highest chance of success for conception.
The advanced assisted reproductive technologies we offer couples include:
Blastocyst transfer: A blastocyst is an embryo that has developed for five to six days after fertilization. Transferring these more developed embryos improves success rates as the blastocyst embryo transfer happens at a more "natural" time for the embryos to be in the uterus than when a three-day-old embryo transfer is made. It also reduces the chance of multiple pregnancies.
Egg donation (anonymous or known): An egg donor is used when the woman's eggs are not able to be used for conception. Learn more about our egg donor program.
Embryo cryopreservation (by use of Vitrification): This is a technique used to freeze additional embryos for later use. Vitrification is an ultra-rapid freezing process that hardens without ice crystal formation.
Frozen embryo transfer: Embryos frozen on day five and six after fertilization are thawed and transferred to the woman. The timing of the transfer is coordinated to the woman's ovulation cycle.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection: In this procedure a single sperm is injected into a mature egg. It’s used to assist men who are facing male infertility and who have a biological child of his own.
Intrauterine insemination: Sperm that has been "washed" and concentrated is placed directly in the uterus in a timed fashion to match with a woman's ovulation cycle.
As the most common form of assisted reproductive technology, a woman's ovaries are stimulated to produce eggs. The eggs are retrieved and inseminated before being implanted back into the woman's uterus using a soft ultrasound-guided catheter.
In Vitro Fertilization: In this most common form of assisted reproductive technology, a woman's ovaries are stimulated to produce eggs. The eggs are retrieved and inseminated before being implanted back into the woman's uterus using a soft ultrasound-guided catheter.
Long-term storage of cryopreserved embryos: Additional embryos that were not implanted during an in vitro fertilization cycle can be stored long term until a woman is ready to use them.
Long-term storage of cryopreserved semen: Semen can be frozen and stored for long periods either to preserve a male's fertility options prior to medical procedures such as cancer treatments, or for other personal reasons.
Sperm donation: When the male partner's sperm is not viable to achieve pregnancy or there is no male partner, donor sperm can be used from a bank.
Stimulated insemination cycle: Often a woman’s cycle will be stimulated with medications before insemination in order to maximize the timing and effectiveness of the procedure.
Surrogacy (gestational carrier): A surrogate can carry a pregnancy for an individual (or couple) who wishes to have a child and is unable carry her own child.
Complementary Approaches to Enhancing Fertility
Recently, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating both male and female infertility. For males, acupuncture can increase the quality and quantity of sperm. For females, research has shown acupuncture can provide the following benefits:
- Improve pregnancy rates during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles
- Increase blood flow to the uterus, leading to improved endometrial lining
- Reduce stress-related hormones that can interfere with pregnancy
- Improve ovulation rates for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Improve mood, sleep and energy