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Ovarian Stimulation, Egg Retrieval, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Freezing

  • Most commonly used fertility preservation option
  • Standard technique used for more than 30 years
  • Requires 4-6 weeks for ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, egg fertilization and embryo freezing
  • Elevated estrogen/progesterone levels may impact cancer prognosis in patients with hormone sensitive cancers
  • Pregnancy rates per embryo transfer range from 10% to 40%, depending on the patient's age
  • Frozen embryos stored successfully up to 15 years
  • Costs: About $10,000 plus fertility medications (~ $5,000) and about $400/year fee for long term storage of frozen embryos
  • Patients who are not covered by medical insurance should be aware that the UIC IVF program offers a complete IVF cycle for under $10,000. Certain tests and procedures are excluded and medications are not included in this package. Please contact our IVF/REI/RPL Coordinators at 312.996.9820 for more information.

Unstimulated Egg Retrieval with In Vitro Maturation, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Freezing

  • Investigational (research) technique which requires Institutional Review Board approval
  • Requires 1-2 weeks for egg retrieval, in vitro maturation, fertilization and embryo freezing
  • No fertility drugs required
  • There is no rise in estrogen or progesterone hormone levels
  • Pregnancy rate per embryo transfer in women
  • There are 1,000 live births reported
  • Costs: $10,000 plus $250/year fee for long term storage of frozen embryos

Ovarian Stimulation, Egg Retrieval and Egg Freezing

  • Investigational (research) technique which requires Institutional Review Board approval
  • Requires 4-6 weeks for ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval and egg freezing
  • Approximately 2-5% live birth rate per thawed oocyte (>200 live births reported)
  • Pregnancy rate per embryo transfer varies according to freezing technique:
    • Computerized slow egg freezing 1-10%
    • Immediate egg vitrification 20-40%
  • Costs: About $10,000 plus fertility medications (~$5,000) and about $250/year fee for long term storage of frozen eggs

Unstimulated Egg Retrieval with In Vitro Maturation and Egg  Freezing

  • Investigational (research) technique which requires Institutional Review Board approval
  • Requires 1-2 weeks for egg retrieval, in vitro maturation and egg freezing
  • No fertility drugs required
  • No rise in estrogen or progesterone hormone levels
  • Pregnancy rate per embryo transfer in women
  • Approximately 2% live birth rate per thawed egg (>200 live births reported)
  • Costs: $10,000 plus $250/year fee for long term storage of frozen eggs

Ovarian Tissue Freezing

  • Investigational (research) technique which requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
  • UIC is part of the Oncofertility Consortium and we have received IRB approval to obtain ovarian tissue from patients who are at risk of losing future fertility to study the best ways to freeze and then thaw frozen ovarian tissue and eggs
  • Outpatient laparoscopic removal of one ovary
  • Tissue divided into small strips and frozen in the laboratory
  • Costs: About $13,000-15,000 for outpatient surgery and about $250/year fee for long term storage of frozen ovary

Surgical Transposition of the Ovaries

  • Standard surgical technique used to reposition the ovaries away from the pelvis in patients who are scheduled to undergo pelvic radiation therapy 
  • Must be done before pelvic radiation begins if no chemotherapy is administered
  • Laparoscopy outpatient surgery can be done to "shield" the ovaries behind the uterus or high in the abdomen, away from the field of radiation
  • Ovarian function after treatment may be compromised up to 50% of the time due to decreased blood supply to the ovaries or radiation scatter
  • Costs: About $13,000-15,000 for outpatient surgery

Radical Surgical Removal of the Cervix (Trachelectomy)

  • Standard surgical technique to remove the cervix in patients with invasive cancer (stages Ia and Ib) in order to preserve the uterus and ovaries for future fertility
  • Involves inpatient surgery
  • It does not increase the risk of cancer recurrence in appropriately selected patients (cervical cancer stages Ia and Ib)
  • Costs included in the treatment for cervical cancer