Our Everyday Environment & Fertility

By: Dr. Amber Cooper

environment & fertilityI realize as I begin to replay my day that I had countless concerning environmental exposures. My lunch had more trans fats than I would like to admit and I am sure that I am still under the recommended 10,000 steps or 30 minutes of recommended cardiac exercise per day. Those are in my control and I should do better. I take comfort in the fact that I am a non-smoker and my morning coffee and evening glass of red wine may have had some antioxidant benefits. My multivitamin does offer several fertility and pregnancy advantages and now there are studies suggesting men desiring pregnancy may also benefit from a multivitamin. (more…)

Testing the Genetic Code in Carrier Screening

By: Dr. Angie Beltsos, Medical Director & CEO

carrier screeningPreconception counseling is developing into something larger than life. We, as doctors talking to patients before they are pregnant, continue to strive for simplicity and comprehensiveness.

One egg and one sperm create a new person with genetic codes about who we are and who we will become. Human features are in genetic recipes that come half from the egg and half from the sperm. There can be mistakes in the code that get passed on to the child and in recessive traits, as long one normal part gets passed on, the abnormal one may be overshadowed. In order for the abnormality to show itself, both the egg and sperm would have to contribute the abnormal gene. Many conditions or diseases are passed on to children through generations and a simple but important blood test can detect these genetic diseases. All women who want to have a baby should consider the testing of their genetic code called “carrier screening.” Up to half of pregnancies are unplanned! Therefore testing, when going in for pap smears or birth control pills, is also a consideration. At our clinics, we offer carrier screening to couples trying to conceive which may help to identify abnormalities and optimize the chance of having a healthy baby.

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Vios Merges with Dr. Jabamoni’s Practice

Vios Fertility Institute Merges with the Practice of Reena Jabamoni, M.D.
Partnership Brings Dr. Jabamoni’s 40 Years of Care to More Chicagoland Families

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. (September 5, 2017) – Vios Fertility Institute is proud to announce a new collaboration and new office in Hoffman Estates. Since 1974, Reena Jabamoni, M.D., S.C. has helped couples become families and individuals become parents through her work as a nationally-renowned, board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility (REI) Specialist. Now she has taken the next step in her 40-year career by partnering with Vios Fertility Institute to share her knowledge with more families in Chicago’s northern suburbs. (more…)

Vios Fertility St. Louis Merges with CRMW

Merger of Premier Fertility Clinics Brings
Vios Fertility Institute St Louis to Chesterfield and Southern IL

  1. ST. LOUIS, MO. (July 27, 2017) – For individuals and couples on both sides of the Mississippi River, receiving world-class fertility treatments from caring specialists is easier and more accessible than ever before. Vios Fertility Institute is excited to partner with Amber R. Cooper, MD, MSCI, FACOG of The Centers for Reproductive Medicine and Wellness to expand its growing network of clinics across St. Louis and Southern Illinois. With its newest location in Chesterfield, MO, Vios can serve patients in West County closer to where they work and live, helping reduce the stress that comes with battling infertility.

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Two New Locations, Three New Providers

Vios Fertility Institute Grows with Two New Locations, Three New Providers
Latest Expansion Increases Care, Compassion for Patients in Illinois and Wisconsin

CHICAGO, IL. (July 24, 2017) – For many of the 7.5 million women in the U.S. facing infertility, seeking treatment can be an overwhelming, and in many cases, a time-consuming, process. Vios Fertility Institute is dedicated to making accessing family planning services and receiving fertility treatments as easy as possible. By opening two new locations and welcoming three fellowship-trained, board-eligible reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists to our growing team, we can serve patients closer to where they live and work and provide them with quality care on their schedules. (more…)

Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company

What your insurance company covers for your fertility testing and treatments will depend on your plan. The below questions are a good starting point when you begin to do your research on your fertility coverage. As apart of our new patient process, our insurance coordinator will verify your fertility coverage so we will be able to discuss specific diagnostic and treatment options knowing what would or would not be covered under your insurance.

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Nicole Miroballi, WHNP-BC Joins Vios Chicago

Nicole Miroballi, WHNP-BC Joins Vios Fertility Institute Chicago
Experienced Nurse Practitioner Offers Compassion and Care to
Patients Undergoing Fertility Treatments

Nicole Miroballi, WHNP-BC

CHICAGO, IL. (June 7, 2017) – Vios Fertility Institute is pleased to welcome Nicole Miroballi, Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, to its growing team. Miroballi will serve patients in Vios’ three Chicago offices, providing high-quality, compassionate care to those undergoing fertility care including in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, egg freezing and third-party reproduction services.

Miroballi possesses more than ten years of experience in obstetrics and gynecological care, helping high-risk patients at every step in their pregnancy, from family planning through delivery and postpartum. Whether performing physical exams, conducting ultrasounds or managing patient care, Miroballi is dedicated to providing education and support to enhance outcomes for those wishing to experience the joy of parenthood.

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Vios Opens IVF Lab in Chicago

Vios Fertility Institute Chicago IVF Lab Opens in West Loop
State-of-the-Art IVF Laboratory Enhances Patient Experience and Scientific Outcomes

CHICAGO, IL. (April 26, 2017) – Individuals and couples wishing to experience the joy of parenthood but facing the heartbreak of infertility often require in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to make their dreams come true. With Vios Fertility Institute’s own IVF lab at 333 S. Desplaines in Chicago, local patients as well as national and international patients, have direct access to world-class IVF embryology services that give them the best chance of conceiving.

Already renowned in Chicagoland for its IVF, intrauterine insemination and other cutting-edge fertility treatments, Vios expanded to offer patient consultations, perform exams and deliver IVF procedures in one convenient location for parents-to-be. The new Vios lab is located in the former University of Chicago IVF lab, and has been enhanced to utilize the finest IVF equipment available today. This also allows Vios to better meet the diverse needs of its patients in a warm, welcoming environment. (more…)

Dr. Rhee Now Board Certified REI

Julie Rhee, MD Now Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Certification Ensures Vios Fertility Institute Patients Receive the Highest Level of Quality Care


ST. LOUIS, MO. (April 10, 2017) – Vios Fertility Institute is pleased to announce that founding physician Julie Rhee, MD is now Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Certification verifies that Dr. Rhee has met the highest standards in the field of reproductive health in order to improve patient outcomes, stay on top of the latest technological advancements, and deliver high-quality care.

Already a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Rhee has helped patients fulfill their dreams of parenthood through in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination and fertility preservation. By using her experience in the clinic and her research in the field, Dr. Rhee successfully passed a rigorous examination before the Board to reach the gold level of medical certification. In addition, Dr. Rhee must complete the Maintenance of Certification program every year and an extensive written exam every six years. (more…)

New Center for Egg Health Excellence

Vios Fertility Institute Offers Women Greater Options with the
New Center for Egg Health Excellence
Facilities are the First in Chicago and St. Louis to Specialize in Egg Freezing


Chicago, IL. (March 2, 2017) –  And thanks to the new Center for Egg Health Excellence at Vios Fertility Institute, they can also take charge of their fertility. As the first centers in St. Louis and Chicago to specialize in egg freezing, the Center for Egg Health Excellence and its approach to the cutting-edge vitrification process ensure women have greater control over if and when they decide to start a family. (more…)