Adv. Fertility Cntr, Chicago area


#1

Hello all!

Has anyone had success at the Advanced Fertility Center of Illinois near Chicago? Wanting to start IVF for the first time in the fall, and I think this is who we are going to try. Thanks for any feedback.


#2

I don’t go there (live in CA) but I love their website! So educational. When I was starting the infertility process, that was a website I checked out a ton. Good luck there!


#3

I was looking into them as well and found some previous threads by searching keywords “sherbahn” or “gurnee”

Hope that helps


#4

After three failed IVF attempts in our home state, my husband and I traveled to IL last fall for IVF with Dr. Sherbahn. We had the best experience there and are expecting our little girl in two weeks. We are also happy to have 13 frozen blastocysts from our cycle there.


#5

That’s great to hear, and congratulations! May I ask, did you do the single cycle, or their 2/2 package?

Hoping so much to begin this fall, completely depends on if we have the savings ready.


#6

We have been Dr. Sherbahn’s patients for 3 cycles. Prior to going to him, we had 3 other unsuccessful IVF rounds in MI and WI.

We saw his clinic website and his results speak for themselves. He does some things differently than other clinics and I I think that is part of the reason we have a beautiful baby girl now 16 months (Fresh IVF) and we are pregnant with a baby boy (16 weeks) FET. We have 2 more embryos on ice.

We have had some communication problems with his staff, but for the most part they have been helpful and the most important thing is that we have a baby and another on the way!


#7

I have done 2 fresh cycles with Dr Sherbahn, both were unsuccessful so we are going for a 3rd cycle with him at the end of July/beg. of Aug. We really like him and his staff. Have you had a consultation with him yet? If not I just want to give you a warning up front, he is a VERY straight forward doctor who will not sugar coat anything for you (one of the main reasons we chose to go with him b/c we don’t want a dr that is going to hold our hands the whole time, we want one who is blunt and doesn’t beat around the bush). I have a friend who chose to go to another clinic b/c she didn’t like that Dr Sherbahn was so blunt to her but the way I look at it is, he’s the one who has been the specialist for several years so I think I can suck up my emotions if he can give me a baby. I have another friend who is one of his patients who is now pregnant with triplets. Good luck with your cycle and if you have any questions, please let me know! :grouphug:


#8

Thanks so much everyone! This is encouraging!

I don’t mind bluntness at all—I’m 39 now, have gone through four failed adoptions, and don’t need anything sugar coated—just want to know what is what! :slight_smile:

This is very personal, so I understand if none of you want to answer–but if you are willing, could you give me a ball park of the total expenses I should expect? I’ve been to the website and spoke to a nurse on the phone, but I know there are sometimes costs that people don’t quite anticipate.

I haven’t been for the consultation yet, but hope to go soon to see what our odds are. What should I expect during the consultation appointment?

You all are so helpful, thank you again!!


#9

Appointments

I am looking for a 2nd opinion from another doctor. How long does it typically take to get an appointment with Dr. Sherbahn?


#10

They told me on the phone about a month or so.


#11

[QUOTE=aimeep25]Thanks so much everyone! This is encouraging!

I don’t mind bluntness at all—I’m 39 now, have gone through four failed adoptions, and don’t need anything sugar coated—just want to know what is what! :slight_smile:

This is very personal, so I understand if none of you want to answer–but if you are willing, could you give me a ball park of the total expenses I should expect? I’ve been to the website and spoke to a nurse on the phone, but I know there are sometimes costs that people don’t quite anticipate.

I haven’t been for the consultation yet, but hope to go soon to see what our odds are. What should I expect during the consultation appointment?

You all are so helpful, thank you again!![/QUOTE]

I’m sorry about the adoptions failing, I can’t even imagine how tough that must be! I’m glad to hear that you have thick skin, I think your going to like him! I believe that out of pocket each cycle is around $15,000 with meds but they do give discounts. My ins covers some of the cycles so I don’t know an exact amount. But I would also ask when you go in if they have any donated medications that you can have for your cycle to help save you some money. I donated any leftover meds (that were un-opened) after my cycles so that they could give them to others who could use them and save them some money. I love that they do that!

As far as what to expect during your consult, they did a trans vaginal ultrasound on me and then we went into his office where he pulled up a worksheet on his computer that showed us what our chances with IUI/IVF with their clinic depending on my age/weight/bmi/follicle count. He is very thorough with everything and answers all questions you have. My advice is to make a list of all of your questions as you think of them ahead of time b/c he moves through things quickly and you want to make sure that you do not forget anything. We had to wait about a month to have a face to face consult with Dr Sherbahn. I hope that helps!


#12

Thank you—this is such great info!

Would you recommend I have bloodwork or anything done in advance of my consult? I only know my “situation” because of surgery for my Crohns and my doctor visually seeing all the damage to my tubes, along with one trans-vaginal ultrasound and a doc saying IVF was basically my only option. Haven’t had the AMH test or anything like that. Wasn’t sure if I should have a doc do that in advance for more info to have on hand at consult. Thanks again!


#13

Hi there
I really like Dr. Sherbahn. I had 1st IVF in his clinic in November which ended in chemical. I had FET in Feb and I am about to start IVF #2 in July. Like someone else mentioned, he is blunt and honest. I like that very much as I just want to find answears and don’t wont anyone to sugercoat anything. I like that I know at all times where I stand with him. DH and I like his wierd sense of humore :slight_smile:
I am hoping he will help me get my baby this time around.:pray:
I travel for work a lot and they did a great job in working on my IVF around all this travel and are very understanding of my work schedule.
Also, since I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility, he was really good at letting me know what tests are worth doing (that would give us answears or help us get a baby) and what tests are waste of money. He seemed to be very aware of the costs and understanding that our pockets do have a bottom and never pushed us into going straight to another cycle or doing expensive tests that would not help us anyway.

Sorry for the long rant, but I do like him. Some of the nurses are not so great but there are some that I just love so at the end of the day, it is all a good experience.

As to doing tests in advance, he will test lot of it with your next period anyway, so you could just wait and get it all done at once

Good luck


#14

[QUOTE=aimeep25]They told me on the phone about a month or so.[/QUOTE]

Thank you.


#15

Thank you, this is great to know. I certainly appreciate the tips on asking for donated meds, and knowing that they won’t push a bunch of tests. My insurance only covers AI, nothing for IVF, so this is ALL coming from savings.


#16

[QUOTE=aimeep25]Thank you, this is great to know. I certainly appreciate the tips on asking for donated meds, and knowing that they won’t push a bunch of tests. My insurance only covers AI, nothing for IVF, so this is ALL coming from savings.[/QUOTE]
We did ICSI so with that, meds (which were for the most part covered by insurance), freezing and storage of our embies the cycle came up to about 13k. Very reasonable price comparing to clinics in WI that we researched.


#17

Thank you for this. I’m still new to everything with IVF, and reading more about it every day. For years, I lived in the adoption world and learned all that lingo/discourse, but now I’m trying to switch gears.

One of the pricey parts Adv. Fert. Center mentioned was the PGD testing—that it was about $3500 on top of the IVF fees. Is this something that everyone typically elects to do? I don’t know much about this.


#18

[QUOTE=aimeep25]Thank you for this. I’m still new to everything with IVF, and reading more about it every day. For years, I lived in the adoption world and learned all that lingo/discourse, but now I’m trying to switch gears.

One of the pricey parts Adv. Fert. Center mentioned was the PGD testing—that it was about $3500 on top of the IVF fees. Is this something that everyone typically elects to do? I don’t know much about this.[/QUOTE]
They recommended PGS if there are known chromosomal issues with you or DH or if they suggest that the embryos ate chromosomaly abnormal. It helps to ensure that bad genes are not transfered to the baby. So it is not normally done during a regular ivf cycle. The costs doing pgs gets even higher past the cost of the test because it requires frozen cycle which is additional 3k.
Look at the website, they explain all the costs very well. There are no hidden costs beyond what you can find on the site


#19

Thanks. I checked out the site and talked to someone there. I think we will do the 2 fresh/2frozen “package”, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I’m sure it will depend on what the doc has to say at the consultation. That’s just what we are thinking now, with the limited info we have.


#20

[QUOTE=aimeep25]Thanks. I checked out the site and talked to someone there. I think we will do the 2 fresh/2frozen “package”, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I’m sure it will depend on what the doc has to say at the consultation. That’s just what we are thinking now, with the limited info we have.[/QUOTE]
Sounds like a good plan. Good luck with your consultation.