We want to introduce those programs which, in either format, extent or quality, are unique in the way they are offered at the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR).
- Egg and Oocyte Donation Programs
- Embryo Adoption Program
- Gender Selection Program
- Shared Risk (Refund) Programs
- Repeated Pregnancy Loss Program
- Special Care Programs
- Alternative Lifestyle Programs
- Prematurely Aging Ovaries
- Fertility Preservation
CHR's Egg Donation Programs describe the unique features of these programs, which are one of the largest, if not the largest, egg donation and Oocyte donations programs in the nation. Our programs also serve a large overseas clientele of recipients, and are well prepared to address language and travel concerns for our patients from other countries, who are interested in getting pregnant.
CHR's Embryo Adoption (Embryo Donation) Program is renowned worldwide. "Embryo donation", a term coined by CHR, is an example of the many possibilities available for infertile couples interested in getting pregnant. The process of adopting embryos is otherwise similar to egg donation and oocyte donation. We ask recipient couples to fill out the Embryo Adoption Wish List, which allows us to match donors with recipient couples. Once a match is made, the cycle usually proceeds quickly.
In the Gender Selection Program,qualified patients can select the gender of their child for family balancing and medical purposes. For medical purposes, some genetic diseases are only expressed in certain genders and parents, therefore, at times make a conscious choice to have only a certain gender offspring.
In the Shared Risk Program, qualified patients and their physicians share in the financial risk. In two out of three programs, patients receive a full refund if they have not conceived upon completion of their treatment. All three shared risk programs are offered to couples without insurance coverage as a tool to decrease their financial burden.
Miscarriage of pregnancy is a physically and emotionally challenging ordeal. When pregnancy loss is repetitive, these feelings are magnified. Approximately 15-20% of all first pregnancies miscarry. Fortunately for most couples, the risk of a second consecutive miscarriage is small (15-20%). However, the risk of miscarriage after two consecutive pregnancy losses rises to 35-40% and continues to rise with each subsequent miscarriage. It is estimated that 2-5% of couples desiring pregnancy will suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss.
Establishing the correct diagnosis is important in treating couples with recurrent pregnancy loss. Causes of recurrent pregnancy loss include chromosomal defects, abnormalities of the uterus, hormonal insufficiencies, microbial infections and immunological factors.
CHR is well recognized for its expertise in reproductive immunology. CHR's Repeated Pregnancy Loss Program focuses on identifying the underlying causes of miscarriage and, when possible, preventing them. When an immunological cause of recurrent miscarriage is diagnosed, all forms of immunotherapy are available through the program.
Recently, a new genetic cause of repeated pregnancy loss has been described in the literature where selectively male fetuses are lost. How this kind of pregnancy loss can be reduced through the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
Most fertility centers will NOT accept patients into treatment if their chance of conceiving is judged to be improbable. To service these patients, CHR has established our Special Care Program.
At CHR we believe that our principal responsibility is NOT to our program statistics, but to our patients. We strongly believe that the well-informed couple, who fully recognizes their low chance of conception but still wishes to conceive, is entitled to receive their desired treatments.
The following human reproduction circumstances may qualify you for participation:
- Advanced Female Age
- Poor Ovarian Response to Prior Stimulation
- Age - Inadequate Response to Prior Stimulation
- Multiple Failed IVF (in-vitro fertilization) Cycles
- Immunological Disease
As a participant in our Special Care Program, your treatment will be individualized to your special circumstances. We are proud to have become known as Chicagoland's and New York's "programs of last resort". Even some of our human reproduction competitors refer their poor prognosis patients to CHR. They know that we will give them a chance.
CHR has considerable experience in supporting couples as well as individuals who have chosen alternative lifestyles. We strongly feel that reproduction is an essential and personal right and should be unencumbered by other people's judgments.
Prematurely Aging Ovaries
CHR has a special interest in "aging ovary" and have been conducting a lot of research on Prematurely Aging Ovaries. If you are older than 40 and are unable to get pregnant after trying for six months , click here to determine if you qualify for a new study we are conducting with considerable success.
CHR offers various methods of fertility preservation for women facing complete loss of ovarian function due to chemotherapy, radiotherapy or both. What unifies all of the current treatment is the need for quick and proactive treatment once the initial cancer diagnosis has been made. Click here for more information on fertility preservation for women facing cancer.
If you have any questions regarding any of CHR's Special Programs, please Contact Us.
Last Updated: October 31, 2011