U of I Women’s Health Clinic

For Release on July 15, 2011

Good News for Infertile QC-area Couples

U of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics features satellite fertility treatment at QC location.
Inevitably, the question arises in every woman’s life: to have children or not?  Now, in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, women can explore infertility options closer to home.

(Davenport, IA) – Motherhood.  The word can represent joy, fear, worry or hope.  Not surprisingly, as women consider their personal, family and career goals, oftentimes motherhood and life can clash.  “Our reproductive technology is just now successfully catching up with the cultural expectations of many women who delay childbearing until they are ready,” says Paul Figge M.D., Davenport, a University of Iowa reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Mississippi Valley Health Network.

According to Dr. Figge, between 15 and 20 percent of the reproductive population needs help in getting pregnant.  In fact, one out of every 100 babies born in the United States is a product of advanced reproductive technology.  Dr. Figge has spent more than 20 years treating and counseling women through the often confusing and emotional world of infertility treatments.  Until recently, many Quad City women who wanted advanced fertility treatment had to make numerous and lengthy trips to fertility treatment clinics (especially for the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process).

“I saw a tremendous need to serve women in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, and so began a relationship with the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,” explains Dr. Figge.

The clinic, located at the Mississippi Valley Medical Campus, 3400 Dexter Court, Davenport, serves as a satellite center for women and their families to explore different fertility issues, options and treatments along with the convenience of monitoring care, so frequent trips to distant clinics during the IVF process are no longer necessary.

“We are thrilled to serve women of the Quad Cities,” adds Bradley Van Voorhis, M.D., Director the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care.  “The University of Iowa’s IVF program is more than 20 years old, and in the last 15 years, our success rates have gone from 20% per pregnancy rate cycle to 60% in women under 35.  Our program is three times more successful than it was 20 years ago.”

While Quad City patients still travel to the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care for IVF retrieval and transfer (which can take from 3 to 5 days), the frequent follow-up monitoring during ovulation cycles can now be done at the Quad City clinic.

“The Quad Cities is very fortunate to have the combined expertise of Dr. Figge’s reproductive fellowship training and the resources of the University of Iowa Hosptials & Clinics,” added Dr. Van Voorhis.

Members of the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care team also provide services at this location once a week. Additionally UI Women’s Health – Quad Cities offers appointments with experts in urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Cate Bradley, the state’s only board certified urogynecologist, sees patients with incontinence and prolapsed conditions. Dr. Amina Ahmed, one of UI’s four gynecologic oncologists, provides local care and evaluation for women with cervical, uterine, ovarian and endometrial cancers with an emphasis on keeping treatment local and in close collaboration with the woman’s gynecologist or primary care provider.


More About Infertility Treatments:

Age, hormones and the health of your reproductive system can affect fertility. The fertility experts at UI Women’s Health – Quad Cities can evaluate both partners for possible obstacles to pregnancy. Services include consultation, examinations, evaluations, ovulation and semen analysis as well as and recommendations to improve fertility prior to exploring medications, surgical or assisted reproduction.

Treatments for men – Thirty-five to forty percent of infertility issues are related to men.  If a problem is found, recommendations may be made to improve sperm production, treat sperm for assisted reproductions or a possible referral to a urologist.  Surgical options may include clearing obstructions, treatment of enlarged veins or vasectomy reversals.

Treatments for women – Women can be evaluated and treated for underlying causes including basic tests that check blood and hormone levels, cervical health, imaging tests to view reproductive organs, or tests that include biopsies or laparoscopic procedures to view organs through a scope. Underlying causes that may need to be addressed included fallopian tube blockages, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids, infections or other implantation issues.

Improving ovulation through medication – There are a variety of medications available that stimulate egg development and ovulation as well as treat hormone function related to fertility.

Assisted reproduction – Intrauterine insemination involves placing sperm in the uterus during ovulation to improve the changes of conception.

In Vitro Fertilization – During IVF, the sperm and egg are combined outside the body in a lab. Medication is used to stimulate the ovaries, and then the mature eggs are retrieved. The sperm are then combined with the eggs. After a few days of fertilization, one or more of the embryos are placed into the uterus.

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