Rated 7.4
Strongly recommend: 65%Neutral: 2%Don't recommend: 33%7.4
65% strongly recommend
36 reviews
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Medical School
U. of Michigan
Residency
Metrohealth Med / Clev Clinic
Fellowship
U. of Texas

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Christopher Sipe works at

Fertility Centers of Illinois
Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 61%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 21%8

At 2 offices

Chicago/River North
900 N. Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60610
312-222-8230
Hinsdale
907 N. Elm Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630-889-7900
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2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
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8
Age 35 - 36
3 IUI
1 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I loved working with Dr. Sipe because he has a great personality, doesn’t sugar coat things and tells you his honest opinion, and gives you information to help guide you to make a decision. He doesn’t push you one way or another. ... I went through 3 IUI cycles with clomid and they were unsuccessful. ... He is changing protocol for our next retrieval and we will be getting started as soon as the covid restrictions are lifted.
Clinic [FCI] operates mostly on time but sometimes falls behind with appointments. Expect to have a wait just to be on the safe side, some days longer than others. ... The clinic has kept us very informed as far as what their plans are with covid going on. ... Communication is great between their team members but be sure to ask questions during treatment. Their portal communication has been helpful since they have limited office hours.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I loved working with Dr. Sipe because he has a great personality, doesn’t sugar coat things and tells you his honest opinion, and gives you information to help guide you to make a decision. He doesn’t push you one way or another.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Be your own advocate and ask questions when needed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Lots of patients being treated at the office and sometimes different nurses would call back with results. But Dr. Sipe always treated us like a human instead of a number in all of his consults.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I went through 3 IUI cycles with clomid and they were unsuccessful. He gave me the option of doing another IUI with a 10% chance of success or IVF with 50% chance of success. I chose to go with IVF and had a failed fresh transfer and have no embryos left. He is changing protocol for our next retrieval and we will be getting started as soon as the covid restrictions are lifted. The clinic has kept us very informed as far as what their plans are with covid going on.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Patricia)
Patricia is my favorite nurse at the clinic. She showed compassion, gave me lots of information, and took her time answering all of my questions. The other nurses were good but Patricia is the best in my opinion.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Clinic operates mostly on time but sometimes falls behind with appointments. Expect to have a wait just to be on the safe side, some days longer than others. Communication is great between their team members but be sure to ask questions during treatment. Their portal communication has been helpful since they have limited office hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Costs seemed the same as other clinics from the other ladies I have talked to. I have had no problems with the billing department.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Sipe felt that with my age and other factors, the risk of multiples was not worth the benefit of transferring more than one embryo. I agreed with his assessment.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The dosage of clomid was incorrect for my second round of IUI. The doctor had planned on increasing the dose from 50mg daily to 100mg daily, but the Rx sent to the pharmacy was for 50mg. Since it was a weekend, they were not open for phone call questions so I ended up taking the lower dose for a few days until I could call on Monday. I was going to page the on call nurse but I was afraid I would get charged extra for paving on a weekend. In hindsight, I should have paged.
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Christopher Sipe
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Adaptability
8
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
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2015 - 2020, Unsuccessful
9
9
Age 38 - 43
1 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Lawyer
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
He is very busy and not very accessible; most communication is done through the nurses [FCI]. But otherwise we had no complaints about working with Dr. Sipe. He was warm, funny, and direct, which was what we wanted. He was never pushy or judgmental, just laid out the options and the odds and left it to us to make the decisions. ...
We weren’t turned off by the high volume of the practice [FCI] and appreciate that they were up on the latest tech and advancements. They certainly have plenty of real case experiences to learn from. It’s far from small or intimate in terms of the experience, but it was fine for our needs. ... very high patient volume. That makes it convenient in terms of lots of appointment slots available, but don’t expect a lot of contact or communication with the doctor.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is very busy and not very accessible; most communication is done through the nurses. But otherwise we had no complaints about working with Dr. Sipe. He was warm, funny, and direct, which was what we wanted. He was never pushy or judgmental, just laid out the options and the odds and left it to us to make the decisions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Take notes during your consult because he goes over things pretty fast and the clinic doesn’t provide a lot of written summaries.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He explained everything clearly and honestly, without sugar coating.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I’m not sure what this question is asking. First we tried IUI 2 or 3 times in early 2015, then changed to egg retrieval and fresh embryo transfer. My protocol included intramuscular injections of progesterone. That led to a single live birth. We tried a frozen embryo transfer in early 2020 with the progesterone IM injections, as week as pills, patches and suppositories. Although my lining ended up at 10 mm, which was good, and everything looked good with the embryo after thawing, sadly this transfer resulted in a negative pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
It’s a baby factory, with very high patient volume. That makes it convenient in terms of lots of appointment slots available, but don’t expect a lot of contact or communication with the doctor. We weren’t turned off by the high volume of the practice and appreciate that they were up on the latest tech and advancements. They certainly have plenty of real case experiences to learn from. It’s far from small or intimate in terms of the experience, but it was fine for our needs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The first round of IVF was covered by my insurance so our total costs including drugs ended up being about $6000. The frozen embryo transfer in 2020 wasn’t covered by insurance. They charged us $2575, not including drugs or out-of-state monitoring.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The doctor initially told us in 2015 that they’d recommend transferring two embryos, on the day of, Dr.Sipe switched to recommending a single transfer. When we did the frozen transfer in 2020, he again recommended transfer of one.
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Christopher Sipe
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Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
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2015 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 30 - 34
1 IVF
Unexplained
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sipe was highly recommended to us when we needed help conceiving. After our first consultation we walked out of there knowing we made the right decision on who we chose to be our doctor. He was compassionate, knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process step by step leaving us with no questions about everything. ... He answered all of our questions throughly and made us feel very comfortable with our decision to do IVF.
I LOVE everything about FCI Oakbrook (actually Hinsdale now). From their receptionist, ultrasound tech, nurses and billing department, everyone has been amazing. I have not had one issue with anyone there and I love how compassionate they are all and I truly believe they want us all to succeed in building our families and we are not just a number to them. ... I never waited for more than a few minutes for my ultrasounds!
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe was highly recommended to us when we needed help conceiving. After our first consultation we walked out of there knowing we made the right decision on who we chose to be our doctor. He was compassionate, knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process step by step leaving us with no questions about everything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Write all of your questions down before your consultation appointment and he will be sure to answer them all.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He answered all of our questions throughly and made us feel very comfortable with our decision to do IVF.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I don't really remember as for it was a few years ago, but I do remember that it worked on our first try!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Karen(2015) and Patricia (current))
Both Karen and Patricia (was)is an amazing nurse and always helped us whenever we needed it. They were on top of everything and always made sure to communicate everything to us when needed.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I LOVE everything about FCI Oakbrook (actually Hinsdale now). From their receptionist, ultrasound tech, nurses and billing department, everyone has been amazing. I have not had one issue with anyone there and I love how compassionate they are all and I truly believe they want us all to succeed in building our families and we are not just a number to them.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I never waited for more than a few minutes for my ultrasounds!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I believe our whole IVF was around $11,500 as a self pay patient (not including meds).
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Sipe recommended only transferring 1 embryo at a time because of my history and age and I am so glad we trusted him and did what he recommended.
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Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
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Explained risks
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10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Hinsdale
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2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28
3 IUI
Unexplained
European
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Sipe is warm but also doesn’t sugar coat anything. I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t pump you up with false hope either. He was very clear about the odds of IUI. With each cycle he changed the medication dosages to help increase follicle size. I always feel like we are moving forward, not just trying the same thing over & over again. Iui did not work for us, so we will be moving on to IVF, sticking with Dr. Sipe. He is wonderful...You will mainly be communicating with him via his nurse. She is the one who will call with results.
The staff at hinsdale [office of Fertility Centers of Illinois] are all warm and caring, even the receptionists and financial coordinator. Dr. Sipe is also very warm and personable...You will mainly be communicating with him via his nurse. She is the one who will call with results...Patricia is wonderful. She is informative and prompt with her call backs and when you are waiting to hear results you do NOT want to wait all day. She never acts in a hurry to get off the phone and will answer questions and explain further. Very warm and compassionate when delivering negative test results as well.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe is warm but also doesn’t sugar coat anything. I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t pump you up with false hope either. He was very clear about the odds of IUI. With each cycle he changed the medication dosages to help increase follicle size. I always feel like we are moving forward, not just trying the same thing over & over again. Iui did not work for us, so we will be moving on to IVF, sticking with Dr. Sipe. He is wonderful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
You will mainly be communicating with him via his nurse. She is the one who will call with results.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
The staff at hinsdale are all warm and caring, even the receptionists and financial coordinator. Dr. Sipe is also very warm and personable.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
IUI #1- 50mg clomid day 3-5, only 1 mature follicle. Trigger shot and then IUI 12h past the trigger. IUI #2- 100mg clomid day 3-5. 2 mature follicles, trigger and IUI 16h past. IUI #3- 150mg clomid day 3-5. 4 mature follicles. Trigger and IUI 16h past.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Patricia )
Patricia is wonderful. She is informative and prompt with her call backs and when you are waiting to hear results you do NOT want to wait all day. She never acts in a hurry to get off the phone and will answer questions and explain further. Very warm and compassionate when delivering negative test results as well.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Wonderful office staff. They are all so kind and make the whole process bearable. I have never waited long in the Hinsdale office, and if I were to arrive early they take me back early most of the time. Efficient staff.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Roughly $1000-1500 per IUI cycle. I did have to have multiple ultrasounds each time though.
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Christopher Sipe
Humanity
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Frequency Seen
Compassion
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Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Hinsdale
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Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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Educational Resources
2015 - 2019, Successful
10
8
Age 38 - 42
3 IUI
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Anovulation
Other
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sipe made us feel comfortable the first time entering his office. ... He is practical with his responses and backs everything up with stats. You know where you stand with the IVF numbers game, and I found comfort in that. He feels like a friend more than a doctor. And we deeply share the same goal. ... He backs everything up with science, and I appreciate that. ... You won't feel rushed, so come prepared with questions to get the most out of your visit.
I will say making appointments [at Fertility Centers of Illinois] is easy. Check-out it easy. Depending on when you go, wait times can be tough. I opt to go during lunch so it's much less busy! The worst part about the clinic is the location - no easy public transportation to get there. It's along the Chicago River in River north. ... The technicians are wonderful. Very personable and informative. (Blood & Ultrasound)
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I trust him implicitly. He has already shown us success with my first born, and now we are trying for a sibling. Our experiences with him are thorough and we leave with a great deal of confidence knowing that we (and him) are doing everything we can to achieve a pregnancy. I was successful on my first IVF cycle, so in my book, he is pretty darn good! I also appreciated his candor when I asked him questions about different things to do that I read off the internet to boost my chances. He did say half of his job is de-bunking stuff people read on the internet. He backs everything up with science, and I appreciate that. made the process less stressful to not try every herb out there that claims to help with infertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He gives you a lot of time. You won't feel rushed, so come prepared with questions to get the most out of your visit.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe made us feel comfortable the first time entering his office. My OBGYN had recommended him, and said he was the best. We already went into the appointment knowing we were in good hands. He is practical with his responses and backs everything up with stats. You know where you stand with the IVF numbers game, and I found comfort in that. He feels like a friend more than a doctor. And we deeply share the same goal.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
3 IUI's failed before moving into IVF. I honestly don't remember the specific protocol. But here it goes: Birth control to suppress system. Lupron injections. Added Follistim for stimulation. Trigger shot HCG, I believe. Retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Laila)
Very responsive. Answered all my questions. Super helpful!
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I prefer the doctor to the clinic - my experience is with the doctor and his staff. I will say making appointments is easy. Check-out it easy. Depending on when you go, wait times can be tough. I opt to go during lunch so it's much less busy! The worst part about the clinic is the location - no easy public transportation to get there. It's along the Chicago River in River north.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Has improved since my first run, but I think switching to go during afternoon hours made a difference. The technicians are wonderful. Very personable and informative. (Blood & Ultrasound)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Handled through insurance, so can't comment on costs.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
For my first, it was a fresh transfer and due to my age and quality of embryo's we transferred 3! Hey, one stuck, so yeah! For my transfer now, I am over 40 and protocol has changed. Because of my age, I need to do PGS testing so I have to do a frozen cycle. I have a 65% chance of pregnancy with 1 embryo, so we are only transferring 1 for my upcoming FET.
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Christopher Sipe
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8
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
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2018, Unknown Success
9
9
Age 32
3 IUI
IVF
Donor Eggs
Other
European
Income $50K - $99K
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He was the first doctor to really help me understand why after countless IVF attempts over the last three years I was unable to even get to the retrieval phase of the treatment. He told me medically what was happeneing and also was the only doctor who gave me the best explanation in laymen’s terms. I have a receptor issue not an imbalance. I was originally misdiagnosed with PCOS....He is real. He talks with you not at you like most doctors do. I loved how supportive he was of my situation and he answered all of our questions without hesitation or making us feel like they were dumb questions. He makes me feel safe and welcome and not just another patient.
I really appreciate the hours for monitoring appointments. They [FCI] start at 630 am so I can get in and out before work. They do retrieval’s and transfers on your schedule not just once a month which means they do them 7 days a week which really helps with scheduling. There have been a few appointments where I was waiting to go in for 20 minutes past my time, but the staff was super apologetic and got me in and out once I went back for my appointment...Their billing and financial departments are so far very easy to work with and we have worked out payment plans that work best for my husband and I.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is real. He talks with you not at you like most doctors do. I loved how supportive he was of my situation and he answered all of our questions without hesitation or making us feel like they were dumb questions. He makes me feel safe and welcome and not just another patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Ask those question you have been wanting to ask. He will explain it or draw out diagrams for you. He is there to help.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He was the first doctor to really help me understand why after countless IVF attempts over the last three years I was unable to even get to the retrieval phase of the treatment. He told me medically what was happeneing and also was the only doctor who gave me the best explanation in laymen’s terms. I have a receptor issue not an imbalance. I was originally misdiagnosed with PCOS.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I am still with Dr. Sipe for treatments. So far we have only done a saline ultrasound and blood work up for my husband and myself. We are in the process of starting an egg donor treatment which will start in December.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Patricia and Monica for egg donor)
She is friendly and so wonderful. She always calls even for the small stuff. She always answers questions and does not make me feel like I am lost on what the treatment will be or is. She always has a warm smile on her face too.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I love the location. They just moved from Oak Brook to Hinsdale and it is easy to get too and close to the highway. I really appreciate the hours for monitoring appointments. They start at 630 am so I can get in and out before work. They do retrieval’s and transfers on your schedule not just once a month which means they do them 7 days a week which really helps with scheduling. There have been a few appointments where I was waiting to go in for 20 minutes past my time, but the staff was super apologetic and got me in and out once I went back for my appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
So far my cost has just been my co-pay for insurance. As we get further into our egg donor treatment we will have a cost of roughly $10-16 thousand dollars. Their billing and financial departments are so far very easy to work with and we have worked out payment plans that work best for my husband and I.
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Christopher Sipe
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Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Oakbrook Terrace (closed)
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2016 - 2017, Successful
10
9
Age 35 - 36
2 IUI
2 IVF
Unexplained
European
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
Writer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sipe has a very sympathetic and kind disposition. He helped my husband and I keep a sense of humor throughout this process, which really resonated with us. He was also very upfront about the risks of multiples and advised against multiple embryo transfers in our particular situation. He took great care to explain our test results and treatments. We met with him at our first initial consult, a follow-up consult to begin IUI treatment, a consult to begin IVF treatment and then a r
[Nurse at FCI] Agnes called me with test results and always responded to my emails in a timely fashion if I emailed her with lower-priority questions. It was obvious to me that she works with a lot of patients because she would not remember specific details about my past with the practice, such as whether or not I had IUIs prior to IVF, etc. The more time I spent with the practice, the more familiar I felt she was with me. When other nurses subbed in for Agnes or when I was monitored over the weekend at a different office, I found that other nurses often gave me more information as far as specific numbers; sometimes I would have to ask for exact values rather than just hearing from her that they were "good" or "normal" or "a little low."
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe has a very sympathetic and kind disposition. He helped my husband and I keep a sense of humor throughout this process, which really resonated with us. He was also very upfront about the risks of multiples and advised against multiple embryo transfers in our particular situation. He took great care to explain our test results and treatments. We met with him at our first initial consult, a follow-up consult to begin IUI treatment, a consult to begin IVF treatment and then a review of our first IVF cycle, which failed, to talk about what he would change for the second cycle. He also did perform my embryo retrieval. 3 different other doctors performed my first transfer, second retrieval and second transfer--doctors in the practice rotate for those procedures and you work with whomever is on duty that day. Dr. Sipe is just the right combination of frank and empathetic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Do your own research and ask questions! The more you show that you know about the process, the better conversations you can have. Also, there are no dumb questions. Dr. Sipe can break down anything for you and make it more understandable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
FCI is a very large organization, but I primarily went to a suburban satellite office that was small in size. There was always the same receptionist, same billing person, my doctor and three nurses. 90% of the time, it was my primary nurse who called with my results. It was only on weekends for monitoring for my two IUIs and IVF cycles that I felt more like a number when I had to go to their central River North location. The waiting rooms are full and several women are herded in many at a time for ultrasounds and blood draws. During IVF procedures, however, the experience was very intimate and we did not feel like a number at all.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
For the first IVF cycle, we did the standard protocol for an unexplained diagnosis: One month birth control, Lupron for suppression, followed by Follistim and Menopur. We retrieved 11 eggs, 8 of which were mature and 4 fertilized. 3 made it to Day 3, he recommended we transfer 2 10-cell embryos and the third leftover made it to blastocyst and was frozen. At our IVF post-mortem, Dr. Sipe told us that I didn't respond as well as hoped to this protocol and that my follicles grew in a wide spread of sizes. His goal with the second cycle would be to change the protocol with the goal of creating more eggs that are closer in size. The second cycle protocol was three days of Ganirelix only for suppression, followed by higher doses of Follistim and Menopur, then Ganirelix introduced again prior to retrieval. The second cycle retrieved 11 eggs, all 11 were mature, 8 fertilized and 6 made it to blastocyst stage on Day 5. We transferred one single embryo on Day 5 and have just received two positive betas with hope for a successful pregnancy. We have 1 embryo frozen from the first cycle and 5 from the second cycle for future attempts. Though we did not meet the goal of creating MORE eggs the second cycle, it was far and away a better cycle with better results, and my follicles grew close in size with the second protocol. It was obvious throughout the whole cycle that my body responded better. I was also more relaxed because I knew what to expect.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Agnes)
Agnes called me with test results and always responded to my emails in a timely fashion if I emailed her with lower-priority questions. It was obvious to me that she works with a lot of patients because she would not remember specific details about my past with the practice, such as whether or not I had IUIs prior to IVF, etc. The more time I spent with the practice, the more familiar I felt she was with me. When other nurses subbed in for Agnes or when I was monitored over the weekend at a different office, I found that other nurses often gave me more information as far as specific numbers; sometimes I would have to ask for exact values rather than just hearing from her that they were "good" or "normal" or "a little low."
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
FCI has a state of the art IVF clinic that's one of the biggest and best in the area, which I consider a good thing for IVF because you want experience on your side when it comes to embryologists and doctors. One thing to keep in mind is that the chances are small that your doctor will perform one or more of your procedures. Nurses perform IUIs and the doctors rotate for retrievals and transfers. I had 4 different doctors (one was my own doctor) for the 2 retrievals and 2 transfers I did and you will be meeting those doctors on the day of the procedure just a few minutes before. Being monitored at one of the smaller suburban satellite offices provided a more intimate experience than the main hub in River North, which is higher volume.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
We have insurance coverage for infertility after meeting our $5,000 deductible. Items not covered by our insurance included backup sperm freeze for IVF ($500) and embryo freezing ($1200 up front plus additional yearly cost, about $500)
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Sipe recommended a single embryo transfer on Day 5 for my age (35). We also wanted to reduce the risk of multiples and we agreed with this recommendation.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
For our first IUI, we were scheduled for the procedure on Friday for Monday morning. Because my nurse called after office hours and the scheduler had gone home for the day, our IUI appointment did not get on the actual schedule. We showed up early Monday morning and the staff was not expecting us for our IUI. The one andrology staff member had been moved to a different office that morning because they were needed elsewhere and the schedule at our clinic showed no IUIs. Once the oversight was realized, the staff worked quickly to resolve the problem and sent us to a nearby clinic 20 minutes away to have our IUI. As an added complication, we brought our semen sample with us and were on a time limit, which added to the stress. This was not any one person's fault, but rather a perfect storm of scheduling snafus that could have been prevented if a better system was in place. I notified my doctor of the situation (he was away at a conference at the time) and he responded quickly and apologetically, which I appreciated. We never had a scheduling problem after that first time.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Oakbrook Terrace (closed)
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Successful
10
10
Age 27
1 IUI
Donor Sperm
European
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sipe is direct and precise. He lets you know what you’re looking at and is very honest and clear about your situation. All the while, he’s still able to show compassion and very willing to hear you out and try to ease any concerns.... The intial steps were a series of tests throughout my cycle to make sure everything was okay. Everything came back fine except my progesterone level. It was lower than he would have liked to see so I was prescribed Clomid 50mg for 5 days. Once that was through they monitored the follicles to make sure they were growing okay, and when they got to a sufficient size, I did a trigger shot of hcg to force ovulation. The following day and the day after that they performed an IUI. 12 days later they did a blood test and found I was pregnant! Prescribed me Crinone 8% vaginal gel to help my progesterone levels continue to rise, which I continued for 30 days. Had a vaginal Ultrasound at 5 weeks and found out it’s twins!
Wonderful staff and beautiful office [at Fertility Centers of Illinois] . Many locations so if there isn’t an appointment available, you do have the option of seeing another clinic considering most of the tests are time sensitive. It felt like the nurses are always available or get back to you quickly. Never any mishaps or confusion, the staff seemed to always be aware and on top of everything.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe is direct and precise. He lets you know what you’re looking at and is very honest and clear about your situation. All the while, he’s still able to show compassion and very willing to hear you out and try to ease any concerns.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
See him, he’s great!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
The entire staff was helpful and kind. There were many quick appointments and tests but I never felt like I was just being shuffled around. They always took time to answer any questions and make sure I felt comfortable.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
The intial steps were a series of tests throughout my cycle to make sure everything was okay. Everything came back fine except my progesterone level. It was lower than he would have liked to see so I was prescribed Clomid 50mg for 5 days. Once that was through they monitored the follicles to make sure they were growing okay, and when they got to a sufficient size, I did a trigger shot of hcg to force ovulation. The following day and the day after that they performed an IUI. 12 days later they did a blood test and found I was pregnant! Prescribed me Crinone 8% vaginal gel to help my progesterone levels continue to rise, which I continued for 30 days. Had a vaginal Ultrasound at 5 weeks and found out it’s twins!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
All the nurses were incredible. Kind and patient and very knowledgeable. They did so much during the whole process and I will forever be grateful for all their help.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Wonderful staff and beautiful office. Many locations so if there isn’t an appointment available, you do have the option of seeing another clinic considering most of the tests are time sensitive. It felt like the nurses are always available or get back to you quickly. Never any mishaps or confusion, the staff seemed to always be aware and on top of everything.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Thankfully my insurance had great coverage, once I met my $3000 deductible. That is the amount I paid for everything excluding the specimen.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2017, Successful
9
10
Age 30 - 31
2 IUI
1 IVF
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
South Asian
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I absolutely trust Dr. Sipe's medical opinion. Especially during the whole IVF process, I had tons of questions and he very patiently explained all of them. He always explained why he was taking the course of action he did, what were medical standards, what were reasons that he adopted certain standards. Probably my main negative is that he was sometimes paternalistic. My husband found that very comforting, myself less so. Also he was very thorough at explaining risks even if sometimes we'd rather not have heard it.
The staff at FCI is excellent. My nurse was the one who coordinated my treatment, called with results, etc. They were always responsive and responded within the day. They were the ones who bore the brunt of my questions. They always called when they said they would so I knew that I would always get my test results within the day... The clinic itself is very well run - from the nursing staff to the administrative staff to the lab. They know what they're doing and they do it well. Probably the hardest part of dealing with the clinic is getting that initial appointment (which can sometimes be a bit of a wait).
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I absolutely trust Dr. Sipe's medical opinion. Especially during the whole IVF process, I had tons of questions and he very patiently explained all of them. He always explained why he was taking the course of action he did, what were medical standards, what were reasons that he adopted certain standards. Probably my main negative is that he was sometimes paternalistic. My husband found that very comforting, myself less so. Also he was very thorough at explaining risks even if sometimes we'd rather not have heard it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Expect most of the communication to be through his nurses. Advocate for yourself if you need to.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I think feeling like a number is almost inevitable during the fertility process - there's just so many tests and checks. But I also realized that the further in the process I went (IVF vs easier treatments), the more personalized care and check-ins I got from the nurses/doctors. In the early days, being treated like a number was almost comforting - it gave me hope that this is all so routine that I'll be out of there in no time.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I had a long delay in starting treatments while I started thyroid treatment to get my TSH to < 2.5 which seems to be the norms expected in the fertility/OB community. There was also a long back and forth between my endocrinologist and RE because my TSH values aren't as stable as they say it should be (in retrospect I think other factors, including time of day of testing make a difference). Eventually, I pushed to start fertility treatments once my endocrinologist was comfortable with it. Fertility Treatments: chemical pregnancy (no treatment, while waiting to start) IUI #1: clomid 50mg, HCG trigger. No pregnancy IUI #2: clomid 50mg, HCG trigger. Ectopic pregnancy. Treated with methotrexate. HSG shows tubes are clear but aren't functioning the way they should. Birth control for 3 months after ectopic to (a) prevent a pregnancy while methotrexate clears out of the system (b) resets the body in preparation for IVF. IVF (egg retrieval): gonalF + menopur + cetrotide. Doses adjusted as needed based on regularly blood tests/ultrasounds. Protocol chosen since it often works well for PCOS. HCG trigger. ICSI+assisted hatching (not sure if they did the latter but we gave consent to). ICSI was recommended for PCOS and we saw no downside. 13 eggs retrieved -> 9 fertilized -> 4 day5 blasts IVF (fresh transfer): PIO+minivelle patches+baby aspirin to prep lining. Transferred 1 embryo. No pregnancy FET: Lupron+Minivelle+PIO+baby aspirin. 2 embryos transferred (recommended because frozen success rates are lower than fresh). 2 gestational sacs : 1 blighted ovum, 1 (so far) healthy pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Liala)
The staff at FCI is excellent. My nurse was the one who coordinated my treatment, called with results, etc. They were always responsive and responded within the day. They were the ones who bore the brunt of my questions. They always called when they said they would so I knew that I would always get my test results within the day.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I've been very happy with FCI. The clinic itself is very well run - from the nursing staff to the administrative staff to the lab. They know what they're doing and they do it well. Probably the hardest part of dealing with the clinic is getting that initial appointment (which can sometimes be a bit of a wait). But once you're in the door, they are very easy to work with.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
IL has a fertility mandate in place so everything (including up to 4 egg retrievals) is covered by insurance. In brackets are the amounts that I personally owed/paid. Initial battery of tests ~$3.5k (out of pocket $800). Each of the IUI's were ~$2.5k (out of pocket ~$400). The ectopic was another $2k (meds/monitoring/etc) (out of pocket $400). HSG had a facility fee so $1.2k. IVF $17k (out of pocket $3k) FET $5k (out of pocket $500)
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Sipe is very careful to try and avoid a multiple pregnancy. With our FET, he recommended 2 with the following logic: 1 embryo has a 40% chance of a pregnancy; 2 embryos has a 55% chance of a pregnancy with an equivalent increase in the chance of twins. In the end, it turned out to absolutely be the right choice for us.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The one time there was an error was when a blood test result was lost and we had to repeat the blood test. Luckily this didn't affect any treatment cycles.
9
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2017, Successful
10
10
Age 31 - 35
3 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr.Sipe was caring and easy to work with. During such a hard time in life he some how was able to make me smile and laugh during appointments. I trusted everything he was doing... After IUI didn't work we moved again with IVF on a more standard protocol of drugs. This worked great and retrieved 29 eggs, 23 fertilized and ended up with 9 very good embryos. Did the first transfer with two and negative. Dr.Sipe believed this was do to my progesterone going down too quickly. So we next did a frozen transfer with two embryos and got a positive! This resulted in twins. We just completed another frozen transfer 4 years later and now have a singleton. Frozen transfers seemed to be better for my body.
The clinic [FCI] has several locations, which helps if you don't live in the city of Chicago. The downtown location is available all 7 days when in monitoring a cycle, which was great! Some people don't like how busy the main clinic is but I liked it...made me feel "normal". Also went to the Hinsdale clinic and loved getting to know everyone there b/c it is smaller.... The nurses are all great to work with. They help with questions and support with getting meds/samples etc.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Fabulous. Great bedside manner and easy to work with. Explains procedures well and answered questions. I always felt like he would give us as much time as we needed when we met.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Trust him and his experience. We had to change treatment courses twice but once we figured out what my body needed (which you can only do by seeing how you react to treatments), we were good to go!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr.Sipe was caring and easy to work with. During such a hard time in life he some how was able to make me smile and laugh during appointments. I trusted everything he was doing. While at the clinic b/c they have so many doctors it can feel like a "number" for daily appointments but I personally didn't mind b/c with all the visits you see the same faces and it made me feel like I wasn't alone in this!
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
First round of IUI discovered that my body reacted to Clomid too well and had to cancel b/c of 13+ eggs. Due to this had to move to IVF. Started on very low doses of meds b/c of the Clomid situation. However, my body didn't react to these as much and ended up converting from IVF Egg Retrieval to IUI b/c Dr. Sipe thought this was better than doing a retrieval on such a low amount of eggs (3). After IUI didn't work we moved again with IVF on a more standard protocol of drugs. This worked great and retrieved 29 eggs, 23 fertilized and ended up with 9 very good embryos. Did the first transfer with two and negative. Dr.Sipe believed this was do to my progesterone going down too quickly. So we next did a frozen transfer with two embryos and got a positive! This resulted in twins. We just completed another frozen transfer 4 years later and now have a singleton. Frozen transfers seemed to be better for my body.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The nurses are all great to work with. They help with questions and support with getting meds/samples etc.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The clinic has several locations, which helps if you don't live in the city of Chicago. The downtown location is available all 7 days when in monitoring a cycle, which was great! Some people don't like how busy the main clinic is but I liked it...made me feel "normal". Also went to the Hinsdale clinic and loved getting to know everyone there b/c it is smaller.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The first round was not covered by insurance and was around $15K. The second time was covered by insurance so just co-pays per my plan. Meds are separate and depend on pharmacy or insurance coverage.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Sipe is supportive of your desires but also educates well on risks etc. to these decisions.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2017, Successful
10
10
Age 35 - 37
2 IUI
2 Embryo Freezing
IVF
Unexplained
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Christopher Sipe has] taken care to understand our specific circumstances and adjust treatment courses accordingly...was the right fit for us by far. However, he may not work for all. He tells it like it is, but still has so much compassion. He will do everything he can to get a single live healthy birth for all of his patients. He’s also worked seemlessly with other care providers that I have in order to ensure the IVF process was as safe as possible for me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the care Dr. Sipe has given us.
During one of my transfers [at Fertility Centers of Illinois], a nurse (not my primary) told me to start pio shots on a different day than I had in the past. Thankfully I looked at my previous transfer calendar from two years prior and reached out to her again and she changed it to the correct day... The drawback to FCI’s structure is the lack of time with the drs...My nurses were/are the most compassionate humans out there. They’ve held my hand throughout this entire process and I couldn’t be more grateful to them!
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe is an extremely knowledgeable RE and I believe he’s one of the best in his field. He’s taken care to understand our specific circumstances and adjust treatment courses accordingly. We’ve referred our best friends to him because we believe in his care. Dr. Sipe was the right fit for us by far. However, he may not work for all. He tells it like it is, but still has so much compassion. He will do everything he can to get a single live healthy birth for all of his patients. He’s also worked seemlessly with other care providers that I have in order to ensure the IVF process was as safe as possible for me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the care Dr. Sipe has given us. While he can be blunt, he provides hope and compassion when it’s needed. We feel like we’re in great hands with Dr. Sipe!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Prepare questions for your consults ahead of time. He will take the necessary time to review them with you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
At times, I felt like both. It’s very obvious that Dr. Sipe has his patients best interests in mind. I have some unique circumstances and he’s on top of my treatment. I do my own exhaustive research and agree wholeheartedly with every treatment course he prescribed for us. His goal is a single live birth for all of his patients due to risks involving multiples for mom and babies. So, he cares. And that was obvious to us. However, there was one time that I felt like just another number - I had a confirmed pregnancy and when we met to discuss the ultrasound, he eluded to me having a precious loss, which I had never had. Had ge taken time to review my file prior to us entering his office, this misstep could’ve been avoided. I expected this at a clinic the size of FCI. The drs have so many patients, and with good reason. I would take his expertise and care over and over again. Dr. Sipe is one of the best RE’s out there! I only trust him to do my surgeries and transfers. That says a lot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: I’ve had a couple primary nurses during my ivf transfer cycles - Anto Higgins, Liala Malke and Debra while going through my retrieval cycles)
My nurses were/are the most compassionate humans out there. They’ve held my hand throughout this entire process and I couldn’t be more grateful to them!
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
FCI is the best clinic for me. Although not everyone likes their structure, it works wonderfully for my career and life. They have very early appointments available, which allows me to not have to take time off of work. I can always get a monitoring appointment with one days notice. All of the ultrasound techs and phlebotomists are highly skilled and super sweet. The drawback to FCI’s structure is the lack of time with the drs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
We paid for two IUIs and associated medications and two IVF retrieval’s and associated medication, pgs testing and freezing/biopsying out of pocket. After that, my insurance provider changed to a policy that began covering infertility costs. I believe we are all in for $40-50k at this point. However, I try to block it from my mind. Every penny Has been worth it
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
One of the things I really appreciate about Dr. Sipe is that he will only transfer one pgs normal embryo at a time. He feels that the risk of multiples is too great for mother and babies. He really looks out for his patients and has their best interests in mind
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
During one of my transfers, a nurse (not my primary) told me to start pio shots on a different day than I had in the past. Thankfully I looked at my previous transfer calendar from two years prior and reached out to her again and she changed it to the correct day. Also, I had a transfer cycle cancel by a dr when my dr was away on a speaking engagement. I pressed for the reason upon my drs return and he said he wouldn’t have canceled my cycle (though he understood why the other dr did). He indicated that he would’ve continued for a couple more days to see if the results fell in line at that point. FCI is a very large clinic and you see multiple drs throughout the course of your treatment if your dr isn’t on procedures or at that location the day of retrieval. It allows them to cycle all year, however sometimes a dr that doesn’t know much about your circumstances has to make decisions regarding your treatment.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016, Successful
10
10
Age 36
7 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
South Asian
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Sipe] is kind and comforting during what is an extremely stressful process. You don't get a lot of time with him. Frankly, I only saw him when I was in for a consult. Over a year, I believe we had 5 consults, but I was okay with that. His job was to get me pregnant and to oversee my treatment not to hold my hand for every step of the way...You are your own best advocate. My advice is to go in prepared with a list of questions. Chances are Dr. Sipe will answer them without you having to ask them, but it's good to have them handy. Time with an FCI doctor is precious so use it to your advantage and ask as many questions as you want/need to...
My understanding is that FCI is the third largest infertility practice in the country. This means there are a LOT of patients in the waiting room (especially at the River North Clinic) and you may feel like a number. Do not let this alarm you! There are numerous benefits of being at a large practice. Their SART numbers are fantastic. They have a lot of experience dealing with a variety of diagnoses (male infertility factor, low AMH, etc.). They have many experienced phlebotomists and ultra sound technicians and do their best to move through patients as quickly as possible...
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe is an excellent clinician. He was sympathetic, comforting, and compassionate. Most importantly, he is kind. He took the time to walk through our diagnosis and recent test results. He answered all of our questions (many before we even asked them).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
You are your own best advocate. My advice is to go in prepared with a list of questions. Chances are Dr. Sipe will answer them without you having to ask them, but it's good to have them handy. Time with an FCI doctor is precious so use it to your advantage and ask as many questions as you want/need to. Dr. Sipe will never make you feel rushed and he will always walk through each step of your treatment. If you need him to repeat himself, he will.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
FCI is a large practice and you will feel like a number when you go in for blood work and ultra sounds, but Dr. Sipe makes every effort to engage with you when you go in for consults. He is kind and comforting during what is an extremely stressful process. You don't get a lot of time with him. Frankly, I only saw him when I was in for a consult. Over a year, I believe we had 5 consults, but I was okay with that. His job was to get me pregnant and to oversee my treatment not to hold my hand for every step of the way.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
We transferred from another practice in a different state. Dr. Sipe was recommended to us by a friend who works in infertility (i.e., he is an embryologist in a different state and reached out to his network to get us a referral). Because we participate in a health insurance plan (Aetna) that follows the Illinois mandate, we were required to do 6 cycles of Clomid with IUI before we could get cleared to do IVF. After the first 3 failed cycles, Dr. Sipe wanted us to move to IVF but we had to do 3 more cycles before we could get approved. He expressed sympathy and frustration at the needless bureaucracy. After getting cleared for IVF, we did the long Lupron protocol and did a fresh embryo transfer, which worked! We are now pregnant and have several embryos that we were able to freeze.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Meghan)
Meghan is an incredibly sympathetic and kind nurse. She always answered my questions and promptly responded to my phone calls and e-mails.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
My understanding is that FCI is the third largest infertility practice in the country. This means there are a LOT of patients in the waiting room (especially at the River North Clinic) and you may feel like a number. Do not let this alarm you! There are numerous benefits of being at a large practice. Their SART numbers are fantastic. They have a lot of experience dealing with a variety of diagnoses (male infertility factor, low AMH, etc.). They have many experienced phlebotomists and ultra sound technicians and do their best to move through patients as quickly as possible. If you can, try to get a doctor who does IVF procedures at the River North Clinic (as opposed to the Highland Park Clinic), because patients at River North can do retrievals and transfers based on their own cycle unlike patients at the Highland Park Clinic who have to cycle up when FCI has time at the clinic. Tip: If you're doing monitoring out of the River North Clinic, try to make your appointments around 9:15AM -- you miss the 1st morning rush and come in before the 2nd morning rush.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Treatment covered by insurance -- we paid copays and coinsurance.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016, Successful
10
10
Age 31
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I thought Dr. Sipe was knowledgeable and kind. He made sure we understood what was happening. Our clinic was large, so while he did our consultation, explained what we were testing (and did some himself) and gave the results and prescribed next steps, I did not see him each time I was in the clinic. For me this was fine because it meant I didn't need to be there as long each time... He will tell you what is going on in a way you can understand, but doesn't seem big on sugar-coating.
Weaknesses [at FCI]: men are considered not the primary patient. With MFI this is a huge weakness. My husband felt uncomfortable in the sperm rooms because they were off of the main hallway and he could hear all the people coming and going, and his calls were not always returned the way mine are. They need to remember male patients are often half of the equation. Also very large, so it can feel like a cattle call during blood draws and ultrasounds in the morning.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I thought Dr. Sipe was knowledgeable and kind. He made sure we understood what was happening. Our clinic was large, so while he did our consultation, explained what we were testing (and did some himself) and gave the results and prescribed next steps, I did not see him each time I was in the clinic. For me this was fine because it meant I didn't need to be there as long each time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He will tell you what is going on in a way you can understand, but doesn't seem big on sugar-coating.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe was very friendly, and it helped that he went to med school with my husband's urologist. He used humor at times (never in a way that made me uncomfortable), and he was respectful of our apprehension/pessimism. He did a good job explaining the steps, which I appreciated. But I should note that while he treated me he was not on call for my retrieval or transfer, so different doctors did the actual procedures. But it was explained this was a possibility at the very beginning, so it wasn't a surprise.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
We needed ivf with icsi due to male factor issues, so we were trying to limit my follicle growth without suppressing. Sorry, but I don't remember my protocols exactly.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Antoinette and Megan)
I worked very closely with the nurses and emailed them often. They called frequently (sometimes daily) to tell me anything about my blood draws and any changes to my protocol. There was one day where I did not get a call (my coordinator was off) and sort of freaked out, but after calling and leaving a message I had a prompt response. All told, it was a good experience.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Strengths: top embryologists, super organized, convenient to my home and work, clean, made parking accessible. Weaknesses: men are considered not the primary patient. With MFI this is a huge weakness. My husband felt uncomfortable in the sperm rooms because they were off of the main hallway and he could hear all the people coming and going, and his calls were not always returned the way mine are. They need to remember male patients are often half of the equation. Also very large, so it can feel like a cattle call during blood draws and ultrasounds in the morning.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
There was a financial counselor assigned to our case, which was helpful. They ran our insurance and gave us the best description of services and costs (better than the insurance company), and it was very accurate. Since we had insurance coverage our costs were very luckily minimal.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
One day during my cycle they missed calling about my results and any changes to my protocol. We were told not to worry about not hearing back until 6 pm. When I still hadn't heard I left a message and the nurse on call called me back to tell me my results and that my protocol was unchanged. This only happened once, and while that day was made more stressful, overall I wouldn't say it negatively impacted my experience since they made a quick response and apology.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2010 - 2014, Successful
10
10
Age 29 - 33
4 IUI
2 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr Sipe] also never pushed us to pursue any course of treatment and was willing to work with us - we wanted to use any embryo we created but also didn't want 10 children, so we limited the number of eggs we attempted to fertilize. It was clearly not normal procedure for the clinic, but he was willing to do what we were comfortable with. Anything negative I would say about him would actually be about the clinic or certain nurses, so perhaps the negative about him is t
I've heard it [FCI] described as a "baby factory". I personally don't think this is completely fair. It seemed to me that the doctors were willing to and wanting to deviate from "normal" protocols for individual women and do what is best for each patient. I even had a doctor perform a procedure on a holiday at the request of Dr. Sipe just because I had been traveling and if we didn't do it on this particular day, my next IVF would have been delayed by another month.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe listened to our concerns and responded with helpful advice (encouraging us to seek further information from third parties so we didn't feel as though the information was biased). He always seemed to remember information about us as though he really did remember us (I have a hard time believing any doctor really remembers many of their patients :)), always set us at ease by joking with us, and showed a lot of compassion for the rocky rough road of infertility. He also never pushed us to pursue any course of treatment and was willing to work with us - we wanted to use any embryo we created but also didn't want 10 children, so we limited the number of eggs we attempted to fertilize. It was clearly not normal procedure for the clinic, but he was willing to do what we were comfortable with. Anything negative I would say about him would actually be about the clinic or certain nurses, so perhaps the negative about him is that he didn't watch a particular nurse closely enough, but I'm not sure how much control he has over that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Be willing to voice all of your concerns - he will listen and he will do his best to reassure/respond.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
My husband and I were very hesitant to pursue IVF for ethical reasons. Rather than just writing us off or dismissing our concerns, he addressed our concerns and encouraged us to talk with a Christian doctor we trusted or a pastor at our church. It is thanks to his willingness to listen that we now have 3 beautiful children.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I know there were adjustments made from my first IVF cycle (4 embryos created, negative pregnancy test with first two embryos, and chemical pregnancy with FET with remaining two) to the second, and I believe it was to potentially improve the quality of the eggs retrieved (we were limiting the number of eggs retrieved and fertilized for our personal ethical reasons). The successful IVF cycle (twins with the 2 embryos, and then singleton with FET with remaining embryo two years later), we asked that Dr. Sipe do ICSI with only half of the eggs we were choosing to fertilize. Of the 10 we chose to fertilize (we froze the rest), 2 of the non-ICSI eggs became our twins, and 1 of the 5 ICSI became our singleton. The rest didn't make it. We started with birth control pills the cycle before retrieval and added lupron a little under a month later (my cycles were always screwy, and I always developed cysts with the birth control pills that slowed the process down). I don't remember cycle dates of when we started the remaining medications, but as we were trying to limit the number of eggs retrieved, we lowered the dosage of medications for the second round. I was on Lupron, Follistim, and Menopur for stim. Then did the HCG shot, and began progesterone in oil injections, vivelle dot patches, and baby aspirin during the 2ww. (And beyond for this cycle!)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: I will only review the final one I had (who was awesome - as opposed to the previous two))
My final primary nurse (I had several over the years) was awesome (how can I not remember her name?!). She was so caring and was willing to talk on the phone as long as I needed, answered any stupid questions I had (I had already gone through 2 IVFs and an FET at this point, so you would think I didn't have any more questions). She was so compassionate - I really like her a lot. The first I had no longer works at FCI, but she was terrible - if she was still working there after messing up one of my cycles really badly - resulting in cancelling it and delaying starting again for 2 months - we would have requested a different nurse. Thankfully she had moved on (of her own choice). The second was ok - Amanda, she just didn't have great "bedside manners", but she was efficient and organized. She may have been going through something because some days she was really friendly and others she seemed to be in a bad mood.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I've heard it described as a "baby factory". I personally don't think this is completely fair. It seemed to me that the doctors were willing to and wanting to deviate from "normal" protocols for individual women and do what is best for each patient. I even had a doctor perform a procedure on a holiday at the request of Dr. Sipe just because I had been traveling and if we didn't do it on this particular day, my next IVF would have been delayed by another month. He didn't have to do this, but he was willing to help us out. I appreciate that it's a huge clinic as it meant I didn't have to "cycle with other women" - we did it on my cycle, and there were doctors available every day of the week. Dr. Sipe did not perform all of my procedures, but that didn't bother me, either, as I know all the doctors at this clinic are very good at what they do. Although at first I felt a bit nameless in the clinic, by the time I got pregnant with my twins, the nurses and office staff were asking to see the ultrasound pics and celebrating with me. They knew me by name and were so compassionate and kind. I cried when we left for the final time because although I was glad to have that journey behind me, I appreciated the people who worked in the clinic very much and still kind of miss seeing them at 6:00 in the morning! It was also super helpful that they have clinics all over Chicagoland as I was able to do a lot of the monitoring at a clinic that was closer to my place of work, thus meaning I didn't miss work as much as I otherwise would have.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
We had fantastic medical insurance, so I'm not entirely sure. I do know that when we had the first round of testing done and discovered that insurance didn't cover these tests, we didn't think we could afford to do anything else, but the clinic worked with us so that we could continue. The woman I talked to on the phone from the billing office was absolutely wonderful.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
All of these errors was due to one nurse that no longer works at the clinic. I don't want to get too personal, but from what I heard, if she had not decided to leave the clinic on her own, she would have been asked to leave. There was one time that there was some miscommunication about my going to a different clinic, but I called in the afternoon and the problem was resolved quickly. I was always on top of when I was supposed to hear and knew when the clinic closed so that I could make sure to call before they closed if I had not heard anything. This was the only time it was an issue outside of the issues with the previous nurse.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2009 - 2010, Successful
10
10
Age 31 - 32
3 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sipe keeps adjusting protocols until things are right...If you are looking for a doctor who is warm and light hearted, with a sense of humor, he is it.
Overall you could tell FCI saw a lot of patients and to me that meant a lot of experience. Great follow up and explanation of steps and medication. My only complaint - and this isn't JJ specific, is FCI didn't do a great job of explaining the shot process (both abdominal and in the behind).
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe was very good about being warm and compassionate. At times we could have used more "information" but once we asked the right questions, we always got the answers we needed. I loved that he would do any and all procedures (IUI, retrieval, transfers, etc) if he was available. I still remember his personal call to me to let me know I was pregnant. He made sure to make himself available when we had important things to discuss, milestones to hit, changes in treatment, next steps, good news, bad news and all in-between!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
If you are looking for a doctor who is warm and light hearted, with a sense of humor, he is it. He treats you like a person not a number. He keeps adjusting protocols until things are right. I loved working with him and would recommend him to friends and family who are struggling with infertility.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe, in my opinion, had a very warm bedside manor. He helped keep things as "light" as they could be, and walked us through the process. We had questions, and hiccups along the way, but overall we had a good experience! He made sure that if he was available to do a procedure, he did it. He also took the time to call us with results, updates, etc!
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
My issue was not getting a period to return after getting off the pill (I was on the pill for 15 years). He used a mixture of clomid, progesterone and estrogen supplementation just to get my period started (took a year of trial and error). Once I got my period, we tried a cycle with injectables and tried naturally, which was unsuccessful. We tried again another cycle for IUI with injectables and were unsuccessful. We tried IUI again with a different protocol and ended up canceling the cycle because I was overstimulated. We tried our last IUI and ended up with a chemical pregnancy. From there we switched to IVF and our fist attempt was successful! - for IVF we used Lupron, Menopur, and Follistim, also I had to be on progesterone supplementation throughout.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: JJ)
JJ (who I believe is not longer at FCI) was warm and caring. She was exactly what I needed in a nurse. Great follow up and explanation of steps and medication. My only complaint - and this isn't JJ specific, is the clinic didn't do a great job of explaining the shot process (both abdominal and in the behind). We could have used more help there and had to do a lot of web research on how to best administer shots.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
It is one of the largest, if not the largest in the city. The number of patients there didn't bother me, but some say it feels like a "factory". To me it just meant "I'm not alone, there are others in the same state as me." Overall you could tell they saw a lot of patients and to me that meant a lot of experience.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Monitoring was easy, I would just go early in the am and wait, but never more than 10-15 minutes for blood draws and/or ultrasounds.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I don't remember, we had great insurance (luckily), and had to pay maybe 10% out of pocket.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 38
2 IUI
1 IVF
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sipe has many patients but he has always spent as much time as my husband and I needed. We experienced two miscarriages and he showed us compassion and listened to our concerns and heartache. He has a positive approach. He is very personable and is honest with his professional opinion...is an excellent physician. He takes the time to explain prognosis and outcomes. Dr. Sipe gives evidence based recommendations and will not offer false hope by recommending the latest trends in Fertility treatment . He’s friendly, funny and professional.
Liala [nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois] called me consistently with information the day of my appointments. She is excellent with communication and responds the same day to messages...There is a large waiting room that can get busy but that doesn’t bother me. I felt the wait times were short but I was usually there early...I feel the clinic is extremely proficient and the staff are professional. The facility is clean, there are short wait times during peak hours and people are friendly. The billing department can be difficult.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr Sipe is an excellent physician. He takes the time to explain prognosis and outcomes. Dr. Sipe gives evidence based recommendations and will not offer false hope by recommending the latest trends in Fertility treatment . He’s friendly, funny and professional.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Write things down. Ask questions. Do your research.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe has many patients but he has always spent as much time as my husband and I needed. We experienced two miscarriages and he showed us compassion and listened to our concerns and heartache. He has a positive approach. He is very personable and is honest with his professional opinion.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I don’t remember the dosage but I was on birth control and Lupron to suppress hormones. Then given follistim, menopur and minivelle as my cycle progressed. Progesterone in oil 5 days prior to transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Liala)
Liala called me consistently with information the day of my appointments. She is excellent with communication and responds the same day to messages.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I feel the clinic is extremely proficient and the staff are professional. The facility is clean, there are short wait times during peak hours and people are friendly. The billing department can be difficult.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
There is a large waiting room that can get busy but that doesn’t bother me. I felt the wait times were short but I was usually there early.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I can’t recall
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I don’t
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 41
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Uterine Fibroids
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
I was on menopur and follistum both rounds but starts with Lupron and went to Ganirelix for the 2nd round [with Dr. Christoper Sipe]... He was knowledgeable and patient. He explained everything and made us feel comfortable. He truly seemed like he wanted to help us start our family. He was willing to meet with us whenever we needed him. He also removed a polyp before our first retrieval and I felt very safe and in good hands.
They [Fertility Centers of Illinois] are organized and efficient. I never waited more than 10 minutes for an appointment. They also have a Chicago office for weekend appointments. The retrieval’s were both smooth and I was very comfortable each time...They got to know me and really took great care of me... The clinic helped me out with medication when I ran out of coverage...I enjoyed chatting with Robin when I needed blood drawn. Stacy was a Great tech. And Patricia eased my nerves with every change and helped me with meds when I was running low.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He was knowledgeable and patient. He explained everything and made us feel comfortable. He truly seemed like he wanted to help us start our family. He was willing to meet with us whenever we needed him. He also removed a polyp before our first retrieval and I felt very safe and in good hands.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Go into Ivf with an open mind. This can take some time. Also ask about the statistics for your specific age. That is very important to manage expectations.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
His staff was amazing. They got to know me and really took great care of me.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
I was on menopur and follistum both rounds but starts with Lupron and went to Ganirelix for the 2nd round. The clinic helped me out with medication when I ran out of coverage. I had better results with Lupron.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Patricia)
The entire staff was excellent. They all knew me by name and did their best to make me feel comfortable. I enjoyed chatting with Robin when I needed blood drawn. Stacy was a Great tech. And Patricia eased my nerves with every change and helped me with meds when I was running low.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
They are organized and efficient. I never waited more than 10 minutes for an appointment. They also have a Chicago office for weekend appointments. The retrieval’s were both smooth and I was very comfortable each time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I have a blue cross PPO. Both my procedures were covered at 100 percent. They were around $5000. All the monitoring was covered by insurance as well.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Glenview
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2017, Successful
9
10
Age 32 - 33
1 IVF
1 Embryo Freezing
Tubal Blockage
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Christopher Sipe] was very personable from he start. He was thorough with explaining treatment and was realistic with us. A lot of communication during treatment was via his nurse, she was great but would have preferred to have his email...easy to talk with, personalized care...I never felt like a bnumber... I felt I received individualized care
I never felt like a bnumber at FCI, how we I know some patients have said that. I felt I received individualized care. All transfers and procedures are done in their main clinic in Chicago. They have several offices throughout the suburbs. My nurse was available via email and responded promptly...All staff was wonderful!...They were open in early AM which made it convenient so that it didn’t impact work hours
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr Sipe was very personable from he start. He was thorough with explaining treatment and was realistic with us. A lot of communication during treatment was via his nurse, she was great but would have preferred to have his email.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Make sure to ask questions if you’re u clear about something
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
personable, easy to talk with, personalized care
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Agnes )
All staff was wonderful!
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I never felt like a bnumber at FCI, how we I know some patients have said that. I felt I received individualized care. All transfers and procedures are done in their main clinic in Chicago. They have several offices throughout the suburbs. My nurse was available via email and responded promptly.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
They were open in early AM which made it convenient so that it didn’t impact work hours
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Approximately $30K including all transfers, procedures, appts and meds.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Our first transfer we transferred 1 embryo (our “best”) one that resulted in a negative. The second transfer we transferred 2 - it was negative. Third transfer we transferred 2 and that resulted in a singleton pregnancy.
9
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Oakbrook Terrace (closed)
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Unsuccessful
9
7
Age 32
1 IVF
Ashkenazi Jewish
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Sipe] is a wonderful doctor. The fact that I had a disappointing outcome was not due to him. Very knowledgeable, a good communicator, and (unlike the rest of the clinic) actually runs on time...He is a great doc but I'm considering leaving due to the obscene waits...Advocate for shorter wait times...
The biggest issue [at FCI - Chi] are the waits. Verrry often I would wait 2 hours to get through an appt. this is not acceptable and somewhat cruel when we women are going there constantly- managing kids and work...My biggest frustration with nursing team was lack of communication. I would often need to wait many hours for a call back to questions. The primary nurse was also constantly OOO and there was no clear back up. Over July 4th I was frantic to get ahold of someone and I got like 5 OOo messages...
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is a wonderful doctor. The fact that I had a disappointing outcome was not due to him. Very knowledgeable, a good communicator, and (unlike the rest of the clinic) actually runs on time
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Advocate for shorter wait times. He is a great doc but I'm considering leaving due to the obscene waits.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is a very compassionate doctor
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
Typical ivf cycle and FET
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Meghan)
My biggest frustration with nursing team was lack of communication. I would often need to wait many hours for a call back to questions. The primary nurse was also constantly OOO and there was no clear back up. Over July 4th I was frantic to get ahold of someone and I got like 5 OOo messages.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
The biggest issue are the waits. Verrry often I would wait 2 hours to get through an appt. this is not acceptable and somewhat cruel when we women are going there constantly- managing kids and work.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
$25k
9
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
7
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2016, Successful
10
10
Age 37 - 40
4 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
European
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Sipe] is very informative and nice and doesn't sugar coat. I have already referred 3 people to him and 2 of which have children and one is currently in his care. That pretty much speaks for itself...He was very personable and nice. He displayed my son's birth announcement in his office...
It is very much a well oiled machine [at FCI - Chi]. There are hundreds of women there; so expect that you won't get much one-one attention every single day throughout your cycle. If you do what they say and show up on time; you will be successful...Anto is the best nurse at FCI, she emailed back within 6 hours with all information. She was very compassionate and I felt like I was her friend...
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is very informative and nice and doesn't sugar coat. I have already referred 3 people to him and 2 of which have children and one is currently in his care. That pretty much speaks for itself.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
You will be more in contact with his nurse than him, but they do deliver questions to him for answers.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He was very personable and nice. He displayed my son's birth announcement in his office.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
Estrogen priming worked for me.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Antoinette)
Anto is the best nurse at FCI, she emailed back within 6 hours with all information. She was very compassionate and I felt like I was her friend.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
It is very much a well oiled machine. There are hundreds of women there; so expect that you won't get much one-one attention every single day throughout your cycle. If you do what they say and show up on time; you will be successful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
11K for all of the monitoring and egg retrieval/transfer. 15k for medication
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2015, Successful
10
9
Age 39 - 41
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Uterine Fibroids
Other
European
East Asian
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He is genuine & kind. He gave us the percentages & was willing to work with us to help us achieve our goal of having a child. I miss not being able to see him regularly as I would my obgyn. He is one special doctor!
Around $5000 out of pocket for 2 rounds of IVF, including meds. I'm lucky to have good insurance....Great hours, staff & facility. No problems with getting appointments [at FCI] when I needed them. Top notch!...Awesome communicators, personable, caring, sympathetic. The best nurses I've encountered & I work in the medical field.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He is genuine & kind. He gave us the percentages & was willing to work with us to help us achieve our goal of having a child. I miss not being able to see him regularly as I would my obgyn. He is one special doctor!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Trust him. He's patient & personable. He's down to earth & an awesome doctor. He makes you feel relaxed & at ease.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I felt like a human because his team took care of me & my concerns. Someone was always there to support me & answer any questions I might have.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
2 rounds of IVF involving injectibles & success in round 2!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Antoinette Higgins)
Awesome communicators, personable, caring, sympathetic. The best nurses I've encountered & I work in the medical field.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Great hours, staff & facility. No problems with getting appointments when I needed them. Top notch!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Around $5000 out of pocket for 2 rounds of IVF, including meds. I'm lucky to have good insurance.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2015, Successful
10
8
Age 29 - 31
3 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sipe always new our medical details rather than staring at a computer screen the whole time we spoke and also asked how we were thinking and feeling at different stages along the way...Be certain to bring specific questions. Especially if you will be having testing done outside the downtown Chicago location.
We started [at FCI] with 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid (5 days 50 mg start day 3). And ended up moving on to IVF with ICSI with assisted hatching using lupron, 75 units follistim and 75 units of menopur and 10 units of luprone 6pm-9pm for 5 days and then triggered with 500 HCG. After the 5 day transfer progesterone patch was used along with POI (until 11 weeks).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Be certain to bring specific questions. Especially if you will be having testing done outside the downtown Chicago location.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr. Sipe always new our medical details rather than staring at a computer screen the whole time we spoke) and also asked how we were thinking and feeling at different stages along the way.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
We started with 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid (5 days 50 mg start day 3). And ended up moving on to IVF with ICSI with assisted hatching using lupron, 75 units follistim and 75 units of menopur and 10 units of luprone 6pm-9pm for 5 days and then triggered with 500 HCG. After the 5 day transfer progesterone patch was used along with POI (until 11 weeks).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Anto)
My nurse was difficult to get a hold of for same day response and frequently forgot which clinic location I was going to.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I'm sorry, billing came in over such a long period I am not certain how cost really broke down.
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Provided conflicting information
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2011 - 2013, Successful
10
10
Age 42 - 44
3 IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I highly recommend Dr. Sipe. he is a very honest and caring person. I felt that he did not lead me on about my chances. he was easy to understand. Dr Sipe was very smart and is a good doctor. It was a good experience working with him!...He was very honest with me and I felt that he cared about me...Be prepared to hear the truth...
it was pretty good.
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I highly recommend Dr. Sipe. he is a very honest and caring person. I felt that he did not lead me on about my chances. he was easy to understand. Dr Sipe was very smart and is a good doctor. It was a good experience working with him!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Be prepared to hear the truth.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He was very honest with me and I felt that he cared about me
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
i dont remember. they were ok.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
it was pretty good.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
with insurance probably 20k including egg donor
What specific things went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
i dont recall soecifics.
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017 - 2019, Successful
10
9
Age 29 - 31
2 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Prefer not to answer
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Sipe] has even gone as far as calling me personally to talk about a retrieval that could have been harmful to my body and he always let me know the risks along the way...All of my transfers have resulted in pregnancy but have resulted in miscarriage so far...We talked with our doctor and because of my younger age we decided on transferring one embryo over two embryos and j was perfectly happy with that.
Lynn the front desk person [at Fertility Centers of Illinois] is so welcoming and helps with any questions and so informative. I love Stacy the ultrasound tech at the clinic. She is thorough and will explain and point things out as we go through ultrasounds. Robin the blood lady is awesome. I feel like when I walk in there it's like seeing my girlfriend. We talk about everything and I'm always excited to go and see her and talk to her for a few minutes while she draws my blood for the millionth time!
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
I really appreciated how thorough Dr. Sipe has been with my care. Hes been great at communicating next steps and what he thinks my chances are and what he recommends for my treatment. He always tweaks my treatment to help with the road bumps we have found and I really appreciated that. I have had 3 miscarriages but not from anything that Dr. Sipe did. I am still figuring out what my body and how it responds to pregnancy. He has helped me achieve pregnancy 3 times and I hope soon hell help me get pregnant and stay pregnant for the whole 9 months.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Be advocate for your own care and make sure you have a list of questions you may want to ask because he is very open go asking questions. He has even gone as far as calling me personally to talk about a retrieval that could have been harmful to my body and he always let me know the risks along the way. So just stay informed and ask a lot of questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Everyone in his office in Hinsdale knows my name and knows me personally. I have never felt like I was just a number. His nurse Agnes always answers all my questions and they always make me feel like I matter.
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
My IUIs we use first clomid which we discovered thinned my lining so we quickly got rid of it. My second IUI we used Follistim but because I have PCOS my follicles overrespond. We got to use it for that IUI that resulted in a miscarriage because my egg was not of good quality. We then tried another IUI but I overstimmed so we move onto IVF. We did a retrieval using menopur, lupron, lupron trigger and very small amount of HCG so we could retrieve. All of my transfers have resulted in pregnancy but have resulted in miscarriage so far.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Agnes )
I love Agnes Dr. Sipes nurse. I can call her with any of my questions or email her about anything! She has been super helpful and compassionate towards everything and she is really amazing! I love her and all the nursing staff that works at the Hinsdale office.
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I LOVE the Hinsdale clinic with FCI. Lynn the front desk person is so welcoming and helps with any questions and so informative. I love Stacy the ultrasound tech at the clinic. She is thorough and will explain and point things out as we go through ultrasounds. Robin the blood lady is awesome. I feel like when I walk in there it's like seeing my girlfriend. We talk about everything and I'm always excited to go and see her and talk to her for a few minutes while she draws my blood for the millionth time!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I dont have many costs because my insurance has been awesome.
Describe Christopher Sipe's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
We talked with our doctor and because of my younger age we decided on transferring one embryo over two embryos and j was perfectly happy with that.
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Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Glenview
Operations
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
8
Age 34 - 35
1 IUI
5 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Income $50K - $99K
5th of 5 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He [Dr. Sipe] used a different protocol compared to my last cycle that resulted in only very few eggs for retrival...He was very informative also was on track and truly feel like he cares about me.... He was going to do my transfer of a fresh embryo but he couldn't find the exact place to out it so he did a freeze of that so we didnt waste a perfect embryo since he has never done any other procedures on me he wanted to do a hysterectomy to see exactly what was reason behind bot being able to get cathator where he wanted ended up removing a pylop and we are waiting for transfer next month. He is very thoughtful and patient.
Everyone at front desk [at Fertility Centers of Illinois] is super nice helpful friendly and always gets you in. The wait times are as expected not to long. The people who draw blood are super friendly and great at there jobs. I would say the only weakness Is that the office is small and very busy all the time...I felt like she [nurse] rushed through everything just not the nicest personality...He [Dr. Sipe] used a different protocol compared to my last cycle that resulted in only very few eggs for retriva
How was your experience with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Dr sipe always made you laugh he treats you like a individual. He was going to do my transfer of a fresh embryo but he couldn't find the exact place to out it so he did a freeze of that so we didnt waste a perfect embryo since he has never done any other procedures on me he wanted to do a hysterectomy to see exactly what was reason behind bot being able to get cathator where he wanted ended up removing a pylop and we are waiting for transfer next month. He is very thoughtful and patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
Just be patient and take all his advice he is a very smart dr
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
He was very informative also was on track and truly feel like he cares about me
Describe the protocols Christopher Sipe used in your cycles at Fertility Centers of Illinois and their degree of success.
He used a different protocol compared to my last cycle that resulted in only very few eggs for retrival.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fertility Centers of Illinois. (Assigned nurse: Agnes)
I felt like she rushed through everything just not the nicest personality
Describe your experience with Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Everyone at front desk is super nice helpful friendly and always gets you in. The wait times are as expected not to long. The people who draw blood are super friendly and great at there jobs. I would say the only weakness Is that the office is small and very busy all the time
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Sipe at Fertility Centers of Illinois.
I had insurance to cover 2 full cycles so I only paid like 3000 out of pocket in the past year
10
Doctor
Christopher Sipe
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Fertility Centers of Illinois
Chicago/River North
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources