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Seven Solutions for Holiday Stress, Overeating and Fertility


a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois

For everyone, stress and overeating can be a dastardly duo during the holidays. For infertility patients, the two can wreak havoc on your weight, your peace-of-mind and, yes, your fertility treatment.

It's no secret that patients who are at peak health and healthy weights — and are best able to manage the stresses of life and infertility — have more success with fertility treatment. That is why fertility practices such as mine partner with organizations such as Pullling Down the Moon to offer education on nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques— and how it all can impact your fertility.

Here's seven solutions to reduce your holiday stress and overeating.

What Is a Fertility Consultation?

Dr. Brad Miller, a fertility doctor and founder of RMA Michigan, explains the tests that are involved during a fertility consultation.

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How are PCOS and obesity related?

There is a correlation between PCOS and obesity. They both have the underlying problem of insulin resistance. With patients who have PCOS as well as patients who are obese they both suffer from over stimulation of insulin. The body is unable use it properly which results in a variety of changes which alter hormone levels and potentially affect the quality of one's eggs. There are three independent factors that can affect PCOS in a positive way. These three things are weight loss, medications, and exercise. Dr.

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Trying to Conceive After Miscarriage

Recent research from NIH suggests that women who try to conceive within three months of an early miscarriage can conceive as quick or more quickly than women who wait for three or more months. The data showed a 69% pregnancy rate for women who tried sooner, versus a 51% pregnancy rate for those who waited longer than three months. And the live birth rate was 53% for women who tried sooner, versus 36% for those who waited.

Top Four STDs That May Harm Fertility

Reported cases of STDs are on the rise, according to a recent CDC report. While treatable and preventable, some STDs can affect a woman’s chance of getting pregnant.

As part of a fertility workup, all women are tested for STDs, says Dr. Meike Uhler, a fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois. If a patient tests positive for any of these diseases, treatment follows the recommendations of the CDC.

AMH Reliably Predicts Ovarian Reserve in Obese Women

A recently published study determined that anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) accurately predicts ovarian reserve in obese woman. Recent data had questioned the reliability of AMH in women who fall in extreme ranges of body mass index (BMI), the researchers noted.

How Do I Choose a Doctor for Surgical Treatment for Infertility?

If you need surgery to treat infertility, first and foremost make sure you're seeing a reproductive endocrinologist - fertility doctor - who is experienced in providing the treatment you need, explains Dr. Amos Madanes of Midwest Fertility Center.

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Top 5 Ways to Cope with Infertility over the Holidays

Methods to preserve your sanity when you're feeling the pressure

It’s that time of the year again, when you can’t walk into a store without tripping over a seasonal display or turn on a radio station without hearing some holiday tunes. But while it seems like everyone else may be in the holiday spirit, you’re just not feeling the cheer this year.

The holiday season can be tough on couples who are struggling with infertility or are currently receiving fertility treatments, largely because of its focus on family, which can then expand to children, babies and pregnancy. One of the most common holiday stressors for a person or couple with infertility is the fact that they are surrounded by children at the holidays, albeit their beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins, it doesn't fill the void like a child of their own would.

“Holidays are based on family, and it’s almost impossible to avoid that,” says Dr. John Rinehart, a reproductive endocrinologist and founding partner of the Reproductive Medicine Institute in Chicago. “There are toy ads on TV, parties with a bunch of children running around. And if you’re the one who’s trying to have a child, but there are problems, that can be hard.”

The Benefits of Red Wine


A blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois, December 22, 2015

As we enjoy the holiday season, we are often left feeling guilty about the consumption of food and alcohol at the numerous cocktail parties and gatherings of friends and family. There is, however, one indulgence that actually has numerous benefits and can be enjoyed in moderation … red wine.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

PCOS is Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome. There a specific signs that a patient may have PCOS. A few symptoms that go along with PCOS are abnormal periods, elevated male hormones and excessive hair growth. If physicians rule out thyroid and adrenal diseases it can direct the doctor to a proper diagnosis. There are also significant health issues that are correlated with PCOS. A few of these are diabetes, gestational diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Dr.

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