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Fertility Centers of Illinois

Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) is one of the leading fertility treatment practices in the United States, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services for over 30 years with more than 35,000 babies born.

With a 12-physician team of nationally and internationally recognized doctors who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest state-of-the-art technologies and research.

FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatments with an emphasis on in vitro fertilization, third-party reproduction, egg donation, gestational carriers, genetic embryo screening, and egg freezing/oocyte vitrification, allowing patients to receive all of their care at one center. 

As the premier and largest fertility practice in the Midwest region, Fertility Centers of Illinois serves patients across the region as well as around the country and across the globe.

Patients receive individualized care with accommodating financial options and a free patient support program.


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FCI is a nationally-recognized leader in fertility care that has treated thousands of LGBTQ+ individuals and couples across the country and around the globe for over 20 years.



  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • Donor insemination
  • Day 5 transfer
  • Elective single embryo transfer
  • Frozen embryo transfer
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Egg and embryo cryo preservation
  • Pre-implantation genetic testing
  • 24 chromosome screen for single gene transfer location inversion 
  • Ovulation induction
  • Semen analysis
  • Diagnostic & operative hysteroscopy and laparoscopy
  • Hysterosal pingogram (HSG)
  • Endometrial receptivity array test (ERA)


Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at the University of Chicago, and then completed a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern. Her personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers, Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Allison K. Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine, and she is well-known for her compassionate and individualized patient care. 

Dr. Juan P. Alvarez, Reproductive Endocrinologist

Dr. Juan P. Alvarez is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Dr. Alvarez also has a special interest in LGBTQ+ fertility care and education. Dr. Alvarez is committed to helping, treating, and advocating for the reproductive health of the LGBTQ+ community and has a specific interest in egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy.

Dr. Alvarez takes the time to form a deep connection to his patients and creates individual and personalized treatment plans for each patient in his care. In addition to speaking English, Dr. Alvarez is also fluent in Spanish.  

Caryl Markus, R.N., A.D.N., Manager, The Center for Collaborative Reproduction

Since starting with FCI in 2005, Caryl has worked with hundreds of LGBTQ couples and individuals in the US and abroad pursuing parenthood via IVF, gestational surrogacy, donor egg and donor sperm. As a third party case coordinator for over 10 years she worked with patients to coordinate care and traveled to various countries to share information on the US laws for third party reproduction and gestational surrogacy. She is passionate about offering hope to patients who would not have options to parent due to the laws in their country or sexual orientation. In her current managerial role, she guides patients via a team towards their goal with care, compassion, and precision.

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