UI Hospitals and Clinics

Infertility Care

A desire to have a child is extremely personal. Dealing with infertility is as well. The experts with the UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care blend skill, compassion and sensitivity to help you weigh your options for the best course of treatment.

We are committed to providing you with a caring and supportive environment offering the latest techniques and services.

Our team of reproductive health professionals works through the personal and emotional issues you will face throughout treatment. Our team includes board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, nursing specialists, clinical laboratory scientists and embryologists who provide a wide variety of reproductive evaluations, treatments and assisted reproductive services.

Infertility Care In the News

Read articles and view videos in the news about infertility care at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Become a Donor

Interested in becoming an oocyte or sperm donor? Learn more about the process.

Fellowship Program

We offer a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship with superior training.

IVF

The UI Center for Advanced Reproductive Care's in vitro fertilization (IVF) program was established in 1987. Over the years, the highly skilled and innovative team of reproductive health professionals has provided over 2,000 infertile couples with the most advanced reproductive therapies (ART). The Center is recognized as an innovative, international leader with the ability to culture and select embryos most likely to lead to a pregnancy. This has resulted in fewer multiple births while maintaining exceptional pregnancy rates.

Learn more about our IVF Clinic. 

Surgery

Surgery can correct some conditions, including:

  • Endometriosis - a common condition where endometrial glands become implanted in the pelvic cavity, outside the uterus
  • Uterine fibroids - common smooth muscle tumors of the uterus that may interfere with fertility by impairing fetal implantation and perhaps causing miscarriages
  • Pelvic adhesive disease - a condition in which adhesions from scar tissue may interfere with fertility by blocking the fallopian tubes
  • Tubal ligation reversal - reconnects the fallopian tubes

In most instances, surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery to correct these problems.

IUI

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a technique that places prepared sperm directly into the uterus. IUI is used to treat a variety of causes of infertility, including:

  • Couples with unexplained infertility
  • Cervical factor infertility
  • Endometriosis-associated infertility
  • Male factor infertility (though generally advised against for men with extremely low sperm counts or motility).

Sperm donation can come from a partner or from frozen donor sperm obtained from commercial donor sperm banks.

Fertility Preservation

Fertility preservation is offered through the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. There is a range of people that would benefit from exploring the option of fertility preservation. Most commonly, individuals may elect to undergo a fertility preservation procedure due to a medical condition or treatment that may threaten their future fertility, or for elective reasons. Talk to your doctor to find out if fertility preservation is a good option for you.

Learn more about our Fertility Preservation Program. 

Male Infertility

Male fertility issues play a role in about 50 percent of all couples facing fertility problems. Many of the causes of male infertility are treatable, and a careful medical history and physical exam will identify most of these.

Learn more about our Male Infertility Clinic

Locations

Our services are available in two locations in eastern Iowa. In addition to our location at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, we offer our UI Women's Health – Quad Cities, located at:

3385 Dexter Court, Suite 110
Pavilion 3
Davenport, IA 52807
Phone: 563-355-2244

FAZST Study

Are you and your partner trying to conceive?

You may be eligible to participate in a study evaluating the effects of a special formulation of folic acid and zinc on semen quality and conception rates. Available data suggests that folic acid and zinc are fundamental to the process of sperm development and several aspects of reproduction.

Our goal is to increase a couple’s chance of becoming pregnant while studying the effects of a special formulation of folic acid and zinc on semen quality and conception rates.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health and Department of Health and Human Services. The NICHD is conducting the study as part of its mission to sponsor research focusing on factors impacting human reproduction and development.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the FAZST study?
FAZST stands for Folic Acid and Zinc Supplementation Trial. The study will evaluate a special formulation of folic acid and zinc compared to a placebo (a pill that contains NO supplement) in men who are in a committed relationship and who are trying to conceive and seeking assisted reproduction.
How can I benefit from the FAZST study?
The male partner will receive 4 semen analyses at no cost, and you will learn about your personal fertility through your semen analysis.
Will the FAZST study cost me anything?
No. All research-related medications, supplies, and procedures are at no cost to you. You will be compensated for your time and effort.
What will the male partner be asked to do?
  • Meet four times with our research staff
  • Complete questionnaires on your health and medical history
  • Provide urine, semen, saliva and blood samples at study visits
  • Keep a simple journal of daily activities
  • Take one supplement tablet daily
What will the female partner be asked to do?
  • Meet once with our research staff
  • Complete questionnaires on your health and medical history
  • Provide a urine and blood sample at the one study visit
  • Complete monthly questionnaires on treatment or pregnancy progress

Want to learn more about the FAZST Study?

Please call 319-356-8862 or email FAZST@uiowa.edu for more information.

Why Choose Us?

The University of Iowa has a long-standing reputation as a world leader in infertility care. Our clinical services include specialized centers focusing on reproductive health issues for both men and women. Since the world's first semen bank was established at the University of Iowa in the mid 1950s, we have built upon our legacy as an international resource for people with infertility issues.

  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield designated UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Blue Distinction Center in assisted reproduction quality program in 2009.
  • Optum Health Care Solutions designated our infertility services as a "Center of Excellence" in 2009.
  • The University of Iowa Reproductive Testing Laboratory is a full-service facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of infertile men using the highest standard of quality of care.
  • Established in 1987, the Center for Advanced Reproductive Care was Iowa's first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program, which has led to more than 3,000 deliveries.
  • We are recognized as a national leader for elective single embryo transfers that contribute to health and safety of mother and child.
  • Our delivery rate has remained consistently above 50% per oocyte retrieval for women under age 35 for the past five years.
  • We were the first medical center in Iowa to establish a formal donor embryo program.

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