There are approximately 288,000 people with infertility in Illinois. If you have been trying to conceive a child for six months to one year you may have infertility and should transition from your obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) to a reproductive endocrinologist. (RE) – a fertility doctor. There are approximately 90 fertility doctors in Chicago and the surrounding area.
There are seven fertility clinics in Chicago proper, with an additional 19 in the surrounding Chicago area. Chicago has both free-standing clinics and fertility centers affiliated with hospitals.
FertilityAuthority.com has an extensive database of all fertility clinics in the Chicago area. Simply type in your zip code in the “Find a Doctor” or “Find a Clinic” search at the top of every page on the website.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Fertility Success Rates in Chicago. Federal law requires all fertility clinics to submit in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year. The CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report details the type of ART used (fresh or frozen eggs, for example), the number of cycles a clinic performed, the number of pregnancies and live births, and individual program characteristics.
There were 205 fresh egg donor cycles in Chicago in 2007, resulting in 98 live births according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An additional 110 frozen egg donor cycles in Chicago resulted in 38 live births. In other parts of Illinois, there were 390 fresh donor egg cycles and 196 frozen donor egg cycles. For a breakdown by Illinois fertility clinic, follow this link.
Number of donor egg IVF cycles and live births at Illinois clinics
The following data, from the 2010 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detail the number of IVF egg donor cycles and the number of live births at fertility clinics in Chicago and the surrounding area. When there are fewer than 20 cycles reported in a category, the success rates are shown as a fraction, not as a percentage.
Surrogacy is the most complex of the collaborative assisted reproductive technologies. A gestational surrogate carries a child using the intended parents’ sperm and egg or donated sperm or egg. (A traditional surrogate uses her own egg. Traditional surrogacy is less common and not covered here.) A gestational surrogate may be a family member, friend, or a woman you don’t know and are matched with through an agency. There are many surrogacy programs in Chicago that work with intended parents and gestational surrogates.
Illinois residents have insurance coverage under the Illinois Family Building Act
One of the most overwhelming aspects of dealing with infertility is understanding what insurance coverage is available to help with the substantial costs of fertility treatment. Residents of Chicago and the entire state of Illinois are very fortunate to have insurance coverage under the Illinois Family Building Act (IFBA). The IFBA provides coverage to women who have been unable conceive after one year of unprotected sex or who have been unable to sustain a pregnancy.