Tag: fertility

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 »

Super Bowl, Drinking & TTC: What’s Safe?

Thinking about whether you should drink at a Super Bowl party this weekend?  This week the CDC shared new recommendations that women who are not using contraception should not drink at all. Their findings reported that 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible do not stop drinking alcohol when they stop... Read more »

Zika Virus & Pregnancy: How to Protect Yourself

If you are TTC (trying to conceive), you could be pregnant any day!  This article is for you. We have heard a lot about the CDCs warning that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with Zika virus. The press has reported that the Zika virus is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean, with tropical... Read more »

10 New Year's Resolutions for the TTC Woman

10 New Year's Resolutions for the TTC Woman
The mark of a new year is always a difficult time for the TTC woman. It marks another year, another date when your goals have not been met.  Placing these deadlines on yourself can feel extremely difficult to bear. But there is no better time than to look ahead and get excited for another year... 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 »

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 »

Mother’s Day: The Hardest Day in May

If you long for a baby, Mother’s Day can be a really difficult time.  You were hoping to have a baby in your arms; you were at least hoping to be pregnant – and you are neither. This is felt the most by patients without children, and may be less difficult for those experiencing secondary... Read more »