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National Infertility Awareness Week: 1 in 8 Couples Experience Infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week: 1 in 8 Couples Experience Infertility
At Fertility Centers of Illinois, we join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to recognize National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 23 through April 29. While I help couples and individuals grow families, it is also a cause that I understand personally. I needed fertility treatment to have my family. Fertility treatment is so hard! I encourage... Read more »

A Doctor’s Perspective: 13 Very Real Thoughts I Had During My First Visit to a Fertility Clinic

So recently, I came across a blog post that really hit home!  I could totally relate from my experiences as a fertility patient. Before reading this, you may want to check out: 13 Very Real Thoughts I Had During My First Visit to a Fertility Clinic. I wanted to share my answers and provide a... Read more »

National Infertility Awareness Week: When Should Women Learn About Their Fertility?

It amazed me that my college friend, a very educated and successful woman, told me wasn’t going to start her family until after she was 35 because her eggs would still be good then.  Well, she was right, and she was successful after 35, but not everyone is so lucky. I along with another one... Read more »

Fertility Shots: Not as Scary as You’d Think!

Shots, or taking injectable medication, are one of the biggest IVF worries that I hear from patients.  There are a lot of people who are afraid of needles. I don’t look forward to the idea of self-administering shots either, and it’s understandable why most (okay, all) feel the same way. Having gone through it myself,... Read more »

Have Fibroids? Freaked Out About Your Fertility? Don’t Worry!

It can be very stressful to hear you have a fibroid. I see a lot of patients who have fibroids and while some of these fibroids can impact fertility, not all of them do. If you have received a fibroid diagnosis and are feeling a bit freaked out, take a deep breath. In this blog... Read more »

Male Fertility Testing 101: How Doctors Determine a Man’s Fertility Potential

If you’ve been trying and are having difficulty achieving pregnancy, the first step is to evaluate the fertility of both partners. For men, this includes a detailed semen analysis. Up to 40% of couples with fertility problems have sperm issues, so a careful evaluation of male fertility is important. In order to evaluate sperm, a... Read more »

10 Fertility Red Flags to Look For When Trying to Conceive

“When should I see a fertility doctor?” This is a question I am often asked by friends. The answer isn’t easy – knowing when to see a fertility doctor can be complicated. To help navigate this question, here are a few guidelines to help. All fertility doctors are specialized OB/GYNs that have done extra training... Read more »