Fertility Center

  • Where Hope Comes to Life

    The UofL Physicians - Fertility Center
    offers a variety of services to bring hope
    to your family. Learn More

  • More than 5,000 healthy babies born

    Our specialists celebrate the birth of more than 5,000 healthy babies through IVF.
    Learn More

  • Accredited IVF Lab

    Our IVF lab is certified by CLIA, CAP and is a member in goodstanding with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Learn More

  • Patient-Centered Care

    At the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center, we deliver patient-centered care with compassion and excellence. Learn More

  • The Fertility Center has a long history of a successful fertility practice.
  • Our university pioneered the first such program in the Midwest in 1984, making us one of the oldest and most experienced in the region.
  • Our program serves as an accredited training center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) sub-specialists.
  • Since its inception, our fertility center has offered comprehensive assisted reproduction services to support our patients in their desire to build their family.
  • Our specialists have over three decades of experience and have helped patients conceive and deliver thousands of healthy babies.

Your partner in the fertility journey in growing your family. 

  • Our personalized approach is friendly and inspires confidence. 
  • A commitment to our patients is through a personal, compassionate approach to treating each based on their individual needs, concerns and desires. 
  • The expertise that we have developed allows us to offer treatments with chances of pregnancy through an IVF cycle that are amongst the highest in our region.
  • Our specialists celebrate the birth of more than 5,000 healthy babies through IVF.

Patient-Centered Care Delivered with Compassion and Excellence

  • At the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center, you will find our specialists to be sincere, passionate and committed to helping all women and couples achieve their dreams of becoming parents or growing their family. 
  • Our focus is a results-oriented approach addressing the unique needs of every patient and meet the highest quality to help you grow your family.
  • Our physicians combine expertise, experience, innovation and leadership to work together around a common goal: to provide the best possible service to our patients. 

 

The UofL Physicians Fertility Center is a comprehensive, full-service fertility clinic specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive disorders afflicting women and their partners. We also care for women who want to preserve their reproductive potential. 

Click here to learn more about Understanding Infertility.

Common Treatment Strategies 

In vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Fertilization that occurs outside the body, which forms an embryo and is placed into the woman's uterus. Click here to learn more about In vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Ovulation Induction

Using medications to induce ovulation, with a goal to produce a single egg to restore as woman’s chance for pregnancy. Click here to learn more about Ovulation Induction.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Placing washed sperm into a woman's uterus around the time of ovulation. Click here to learn more about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). 

Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH)

Creating more than one egg in an ovulation cycle, often used in couples with unexplained infertility. Click here to learn more about Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH).

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD and PGS)

Testing embryos for specifc known genetic abnormalities before they are transferred back to the uterus. Click here to learn more about Preimplanatation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening, also known as Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT). Click here to learn more about Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Testing.

Third Party Reproduction

Third party reproductive treatment options fall under the governance of the FDA and a number of FDA requirements need to be met prior to cycle initiation.Third Party Reproduction can include utilizing one or more of the following:

Donor Egg

Women with advanced age or poor quality eggs can explore the option of using eggs from a donor in an attempt to optimize the chance of a successful pregnancy. Click here to learn more about donor eggs.

Donor Sperm

Women without a male partner or couples with severe male factor infertility can explore the option to obtain anonymous donor sperm from sperm cryobanks to use with either IUI or IVF treatment options.

Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)

Women who are not able to carry their own pregnancy for medical reasons can explore the option of another female carrying her child. These women serve as a gestational carrier. Click here to learn more about utilizing a gestational carrier.

  • Record of Success: At the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center, our success rate is one of the highest in the region.
  • Established Clinical Expertise: The UofL Physicians - Fertility Center was established in 1984. Since then, we have helped bring hope to thousands of families.
  • Accredited IVF Lab: Our IVF lab is certified by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments), CAP (College of American Pathologists) and a member in goodstanding with SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology).
  • Diverse Treatment Options: We offer a wide variety of treatment options based on individual needs, concerns and desires. See Treatments and Services to learn more.
  • Experienced Team in an Academic Center: Our physicians are teachers and researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. They are at the forefront of medical research, bringing you the latest medical expertise.
  • Personalized Care: Treatment plans are specialized for each family based on the family's individual fertility needs, concerns and desire to build a family. We are sensitive to your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and desires.
  • Convenient: Free parking is available at our new location in the Springs Medical Center off Dutchmans Lane in St. Matthews. Additionally, our lab and monitoring is available downtown in the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center.

Since 1987, our fertility specialists have helped couples throughout Kentuckiana build their families through a variety of options ranging from assisted fertility techniques (such as in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination), corrective surgery, treatment for male infertility, and third party reproduction. To learn more, visit the Treatments & Services tab.

Over these three decades our specialists have helped patients conceive and deliver more than 3,000 children. The UofL Physicians - Fertility Center is "where hope comes to life."

Our fertility specialists have consistently produced in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy rates that are highly competitive nationally with some of lowest rates for multiple pregnancies in the region.

*Medical Disclaimer

A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches, and entry criteria for ART (assisted reproductive technology) may vary from clinic to clinic. 

Click here to see the 2013 SART full clinic report. Our clinic appears in the document labeled page 236.

Our Fertility Center is proud to work together with several partners to provide the maximum support to our patients.

Referring Physicians

We work closely with UofL Physicians - OB/GYN & Women's Health and University of Louisville Hospital, however, we welcome referrals from all OB/GYNs.

Once a family successfully conceives a child, your care is turned back over to your preferred OB/GYN for the remainder of the pregnancy.

MyEggbank

UofL Physicians - Fertility Center partners with MyEggbank for the use of frozen eggs.

Genesis Genetics

Genesis Genetics is our partner for preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis (PGS and PGD). This allows us to screen embryos for known genetic disorders before implanting them back through IVF.

 

When should I consider seeing an infertility specialist? At what point should we seek help?

If you have not become pregnant after one year of trying and having regular unprotected intercourse if you are less than 35 years of age. 

or

If you have not become pregnant after six months of trying and having regular unprotected intercourse if you are 35 years or older. 

or

If you or your partner have a known or pre-existing fertility problem. 

How common is infertility?

Infertility affects 10-15 percent of couples of reproductive age. It is estimated that 1 in 7 women will experience difficulty in conceiving. 

What causes infertility? 

Infertility can be caused by a number of both female and/or male factors. Female factors can be related to tubal disease or blockage, ovulatory factors, such as infrequent or no ovulation, poor egg quality and endometriosis. Male factors can be related to amount and health of the sperm. Often, a precise cause cannot be identified and simply unexplained. 

What is infertility testing?

A series of tests will be done in an attempt to determine the cause of your infertility.

The available female tests include:evaluation of fallopian tube patency and uterine cavity via a test called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or sonohysterography (SHG), evaluation of ovarian reserve that helps assess the amount of eggs remaining in the ovaries with a blood test done at a specific time of your cycle, FSH and Estradiol or AMH level.

The available male test to evaluate the amount and quality of the sperm is the semen analysis.

Even though you may complete the tests, a cause may not be found but fertility treatments can still lead to a successful pregnancy.

What are the chances I will be successful? 

The chances of success are affected by a number of factors to include maternal age, egg and sperm quality, as well as other co-existing medical conditions. In addition, success rates are also depending on maternal age and the type of fertility treatment that is pursued. 

What sorts of options do we have?

The treatment options depend on the cause of the infertility. Options available include ovulation induction or super-ovulation. These can be completed alone or in combination with intrauterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization. 

What about twins and triplets? 

The risk of multiple pregnancies varies and is based on the type of fertility treatment that is pursued. Our goal for each couple is one baby at a time, but despite our joint efforts that may not occur. IVF affords couples the opportunity to electively transfer a single embryo and minimize the risk of twins and triplets. 

How can you tell if someone has male-factor infertility? What can be done for male infertility?

The only way to tell if there is male factor infertility is by performing a semen analysis. If  male infertility is identified, the treatment options are based on the severity of the male factor. Intra uterine insemination is an option in cases where the sperm quantity and quality is mildly to moderately compromised. IVF is recommended for those cases where the sperm is severely compromised. Often times, male partners are asked to consult with a male infertility urologist to assist in the evaluation and identification of the cause of male infertility. If there are no sperm seen in the semen analysis, further testing can be done to determine the cause and identify if sperm can be removed from the testicles and frozen for use with IVF.

What is ICSI (intracystoplasmic sperm injection)?

When there is very few sperm and/or poor quality sperm available for IVF and standard incubation of the egg and sperm in the laboratory dish is not possible, then a single sperm can be identified and under the microscope will be injected into the egg called intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI. 

Will our insurance cover treatment?

Coverage of fertility treatments is completely based on the specific plan that you are enrolled in. It is quite common to only have benefit coverage for fertility testing only, but even that is not a guarantee. We will assist you in determining the coverage for the fertility treatment option that has been recommended, as well as explore with you cost of treatment if no or limited treatment benefits exist prior to the initiation of any treatment.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

We are here to help.

To make an appointment, please call us at 502-588-4400 or fill out the Online Request an Appointment form and a member of our team will call you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

In the case of a medical emergency, please call 911 or visit your local Emergency Room for immediate assistance.

            

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Physicians - Fertility Center at Springs Medical Center
    6420 Dutchmans Parkway
    Suite 190
    Louisville, Kentucky 40205
    502-588-7660
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  • Fertility Center Lab at the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center
    401 E. Chestnut St.
    Suite 400
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-4400
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital

At the UofL Physicians Fertility Center, our medical team is comprised of decades of recognized expertise.

Dr. Kelly Pagidas serves as the director of the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center, and is the division chief for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of OB/GYN & Women's Health. She has been providing fertility treatments and services for more than three decades, and has proven success with more than 3,000 live births. View her profile.

Our embryologists have advanced equipment and a modern laboratory in order to provide you the best chance of conceiving. Our lab is also certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Our nurses and all our staff are always ready to offer you all necessary support.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000