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Should I freeze my eggs?

Egg freezing is an important decision for a woman. It is dependent on what a woman plans for her future and can be affected by her marital status, financial status as well as her status for becoming a mother. Dr. Angeline Beltsos is a fertility doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois who explains the decision process to freeze your eggs. Dr.

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How do I know if my eggs are healthy enough for egg freezing?

Reproductive endocrinologists check your fertility by administering blood work and analyzing the levels of two hormones. They test your FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and AMH (anti-mullerian hormone). By checking your ovarian reserve this will give a good indication on your egg quality and egg quantity, which can potentially make your decision to freeze your eggs simple. Dr.

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What is the Eeva (TM) Test?

Dr Eve Feinberg explains what the Eeva Test is.

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Embryos Don’t Fall Out


A blog by Dr. Laurence Jacobs, Fertility Centers of Illinois, February 9, 2015

Following an IVF embryo transfer, laughing, coughing, sneezing, peeing, pooping and walking will not cause an embryo to "fall out." The first 24 hours after an embryo is transferred are most likely the most critical. It is within this time frame that an embryo has to "attach" to the uterine wall before it can fully implant, which may take several days. Therefore, for the first one to two days, stay home and chill out.

Top Fertility Misconceptions

According to a recent study, infertility is widely misunderstood. While 40 percent of reproductive-age women in the U.S. were concerned about their ability to get pregnant, one-third didn’t understand the adverse effects of STDs, obesity and irregular periods on fertility and one-fifth were unaware of the effects of aging.

Resolve to Know More Before Trying to Conceive

Learning about infertility

a blog by Katie Landry, April 23, 2014

I'm not sure how infertility never made it on society's radar, but I'm guessing that lots of women out there, myself included, who wish it had.

You never really hear about infertility issues - until you have them.

This is upsetting. In my case, knowledge might not have necessarily helped me, but it certainly could have prepared me. And yes, that would have helped.

Resolve to Know More About New Technology to Increase IVF Success


a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois, April 21, 2014

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week’s theme of “Resolve to Know More …,” I think it is important for individuals and couples who are exploring fertility treatment to learn all they can about new technologies that have the potential to improve their chances of success. The “EmbryoScope” and the “Eeva” are two revolutionary technologies that my practice is currently using. The technology may be especially helpful for those couples who have previously failed IVF or suffered from recurrent miscarriages.

How To Support A Girlfriend Who Is Going Through Infertility

a blog by Katie O'Connor, April 7, 2014

You may have a girlfriend who is struggling with infertility as I type this. She is sitting alone worrying about everything…

Will I ever get pregnant?
Be a mom?
Feel normal again?
Not feel crazy – cuz man those meds can make you feel like you are in a constant state of PMS!

Managing Stress - For Fertility and Beyond

Take the long term approach to managing stress

a blog by Suzanne Rico, March 19, 2014 When someone tells you the key to getting pregnant is to “just relax” you probably want to grab them by the neck and shake a few times—and of course your stress level goes through the roof because, damn it, it’s just not that easy!

But the research does not lie. A 2010 study showed that women with high levels of a stress-indicating enzyme in their saliva were twelve times less likely to get pregnant than women with low levels. And this carried over to women with no infertility issues: higher stress biomarkers were linked to increased time to get pregnant.

Infertility the Second Time Around

Infertility is often associated with emotional and physical stress including, anxiety, depression, weight gain or weight loss, and may lead to marital discord. Secondary infertility is no exception. This too can cause the same feelings and reactions. Add to this an extra ‘level’ of emotion with another child in the picture, also being affected by infertility.


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