The Hinsdale Center for Reproduction (HCR) for Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) facility is full-service, private practice In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program located in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale.
The IVF program was founded in 1991, and boasts over 5000 babies born from ART. Dr. Michael J. Hickey, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist and Surgeon, is one of the founding partners of HCR, and still sees patients daily.
A new patient visit typically involves spending the better part of an hour reviewing your history and any procedures or treatments you may have had. Generally, we don't need to repeat tests you have already had done if they were done well and properly recorded. By the end of the session, you will understand your working diagnosis and what can be done to address any underlying, or newly discovered problems.
While it isn't required, it is helpful if both members can attend this consultation. Patients often comment how much better they understand their situation and options after this meeting. Together, you and Dr. Hickey will propose a treatment plan that you can understand.
Initial treatment generally includes evaluating how well you ovulate. After your initial visit, you will also understand the medications we use to improve ovulation. Evaluation of the male involves obtaining at least one semen analysis. In addition, we will describe a way to document that your reproductive anatomy is normal usually involving an X-ray. If an anatomic problem is evident from your history, Dr. Hickey is a nationally recognized expert in Minimally Invasive Reproductive Surgery.
These techniques are often used in pursuit of a pregnancy:
- Ovulation Induction – both simple and complex.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
- Intracytoplasmic Insemination (ICSI).
- Assisted Zona Hatching (AZH) by Laser.
- Sperm, Egg and Embryo Vitrification – Cryopreservation.
- Carrier status screening by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) by Counsyl.
- Trophectoderm Embryo Biopsy (together with the procedures listed below.)
- PreImplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) by Array comparative Genomic Hybridization. (Array cGH)
- PreImplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
- Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET).
You are not alone.
Whether you're longing for your first, or your next child, fertility can be a frustrating and painful experience. While uniquely personal, infertility is a problem shared by one in six couples today. Many social and environmental factors may contribute to a couple’s having a difficult time conceiving a child. Many seemingly simple factors, such as where on his body a man carries his cell phone, which chemicals you are exposed to in your diet, or how you prepare your meals, may be involved. The Hinsdale Center for Reproduction offers an environment of special sensitivity for those seeking treatment for infertility in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Our on-site, full service Embryo laboratory is fully accredited by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) and College of American Pathologists (CAP). Our dedicated team of specialists focus on the specific details of each patient’s history and tailor a unique course of therapy. Everything is done in one office – you will be in familiar hands every step of your care.
When to Seek Fertility Help
If you have not had success with your desired family building within 6 months while using an ovulation predictor to time intercourse, if you are anovulatory, or if you are 35 years of age or older you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Hickey. Additionally, any couple with a known medical problem likely to impair reproductive processes should be seen initially by Dr. Hickey.
Your initial evaluation should clarify three key factors as a couple:
- How well does the man produce sperm/how viable is that sperm
- How well does the woman ovulate/how viable are her eggs
- Is the woman’s anatomy providing the best opportunity for fertilization, early cell divisions and embryo implantation
By systematically evaluating these factors, Dr. Hickey will identify the problem and its possible causes.
Dr. Michael J. Hickey has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly — America’s trusted source for the identification of Top Doctors. Their physician-led research team reviews and screens the credentials of tens of thousands of physicians who are nominated by their peers annually, via a nationwide online process, before selecting those physicians who are regionally or nationally among the very best in their medical specialties.