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Midwest Reproductive Center

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When we think of March Madness, many of us are shifting through statistics, anticipating that we’ve filled out our bracket sheets for a chance to win big on college basketball. But for some couples, they’re hoping that March could be the month that the madness ends and they are finally able to conceive. When Kansas City couples struggle with infertility, many turn to Midwest Reproductive Center and Dr. Dan Gehlbach to be the slam dunk they need in starting a family.

“Many times couples often assume the issue rests with the female partner, but approximately 40 percent of infertility cases result from male factor infertility,” noted Dr. Gehlbach. “At Midwest Reproductive Center, we address infertility as a couple’s issue and work with both to find answers.” The signs of male infertility, such as low sperm count or no sperm count or low motility of the sperm, are not as obvious as female issues may be. To make an accurate infertility diagnosis, a complete medical history is taken by the staff at the Olathe-based facility to find male infertility risk factors. They’ll look for issues such as congenital defects, impotence, erectile dysfunction, past cancer treatments or varicoceles, which are enlargements of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds the scrotum. In addition, they’ll perform blood work and a semen analysis, which can check for sperm abnormalities such as low motility or reduced sperm counts.

As Dr. Gehlbach concludes female and male testing, he’ll review the findings and develop the best course of action. In most cases, male factor infertility can be overcome with infertility treatments, including intrauterine insemination, or in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, which is when a single healthy sperm is injected directly into a mature egg.

In addition to male infertility treatment, Midwest Reproductive Center also provides guidance and options for male patients looking for fertility preservation. “We do sperm banking for men undergoing cancer treatment when there’s the possibility that this could impact their sperm count in the future,” noted Dr. Gehlbach. “By banking their sperm, we can help the couple when they’re ready to have a family but medically may not be able to conceive. Many of these men are referred to us by their oncologist. In addition, men deployed overseas for military duty may decide to bank their sperm. Whatever the reason, sperm banking is a very important service we can provide to couples or to men.”

As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Gehlbach has advanced training in identifying and treating female and male infertility. If you have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months, or 6 months if you are over 35, with no success, a complete set of fertility tests can be run to identify the causes of infertility. “It’s important to be evaluated,” stated Dr. Gehlbach. “I’ve seen too many times that the couple’s primary care physician has discouraged them from treatment. We feel couples should seek treatment from a specialist earlier and not later because it’s imperative that issues be addressed immediately to give that couple the best chance to have the family they long to have.”

Dr. Gehlbach is quick to point out that many treatment options are available and are not as expensive as in vitro fertilization. “At Midwest Reproductive Center, we have most of our pregnancies through simple treatments. Only a certain percentage would be through in vitro fertilization,” stated Dr. Gehlbach. “These treatments are effective, safe and not necessarily expensive. Most importantly, we’re committed to helping couples conceive without multiple pregnancies. It’s not always possible, but we are focused on reducing the chances of multiple pregnancies by tailoring the treatment to minimize those risks.”

Dr. Gehlbach opened his private practice ten years ago with a focus on infertility for male and female patients. With more than 60 years of combined experience, Dr. Gehlbach and the team at Midwest Reproductive Center have created a world-class fertility clinic that serves residents of the KC-metro and surrounding area.

In addition, Dr. Gehlbach understands that couples who are struggling to conceive often feel isolated and discouraged. Coping with disappointment and fertility stress can take a toll on both partners. The Midwest Reproductive Center offers educational resources to help you understand fertility treatment options. The knowledgeable, empathetic staff will help you enlist support as you pursue the demanding, but worthwhile, process of starting or adding to your family.

When nature needs a little extra help, you can trust the team at Midwest Reproductive Center to deliver expertise, skill and support. These fertility experts provide state-of-the-art infertility treatments that have resulted in outstanding fertility clinic success rates and thousands of adorable babies. Start your dreams by adding Dr. Dan Gehlbach and his impressive team at Midwest Reproductive Center to your bracket sheet right now.

Call 913-780-4300, visit or stop by the office at 20375 W 151st Street, Olathe, Kansas.