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When Should You See a Fertility Doctor?

If you and your partner are unable to conceive, you may feel confused and frustrated. Although infertility is a common issue, you still deserve to know why you have been unsuccessful. Eventually, it may be time to seek help from a fertility doctor.

At Vios Fertility Institute in Hoffman Estates or at one of our other locations, you can always count on our team of experienced doctors. We go the extra mile to understand your fertility health, and we provide you with a variety of treatment and testing options to help you conceive a baby.

Let’s Talk About Fertility and Ovulation

Fertility is the ability of a woman to conceive and bear children through normal sexual activity. Ovulation, on the other hand, refers to the actual day in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible and occurs when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. A woman’s fertile window varies but is usually the day an egg released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days beforehand.

According to the National Center of Health Statistics, about 12% of women have trouble getting or staying pregnant. If you are unsure about your ability to conceive, the following can provide insight into your fertility health:

  • Your age – Unfortunately, a woman’s fertility decreases with age. Women under the age of 35 are at their peak fertility. At the age of 35, your fertility begins to decline steadily and ends with menopause.
  • Healthy lifestyle – By eating a healthy diet, exercising, lowering stress, limiting alcohol intake, and refusing to smoke, you can improve your fertility.
  • Healthy weight – A low body mass index (BMI) causes ovulation to stop as the body tries to conserve energy. A high BMI disrupts hormone levels. Insulin resistance can inhibit ovulation and affect egg quality, as well as embryo and fetus development. A healthy BMI ranges from 20-24.
  • Pelvic pain – Long, heavy, painful periods or pelvic pain are potential signs of fibroids or endometriosis, which affects your ability to conceive. Pelvic trauma or past surgeries can also affect fertility.
  • Regular menstrual cycles – Regular menstrual cycles show hormones are in sync and that you are ovulating. If you are unsure about your cycle, consider using period tracker or fertility calendar apps like Glow, DuoFertility, or Clue.
  • Unchecked STDs – Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a byproduct of specific STDs, can damage your reproductive organs and decrease infertility. To increase your fertility health, practice safe sex, and use protection. If you think you have an STD, consult your doctor immediately.

What is a Fertility Doctor?

A fertility doctor is a reproductive endocrinologist, or a physician who practices a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology called reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). They complete at least two years of training beyond their OB-GYN residency and specialize in the treatment of hormonal disorders that affect reproduction in men and women.

When Should You Seek Help from a Fertility Doctor?

If you’re unable to get pregnant after months of trying, you may want to consult a fertility doctor immediately. However, just as every individual is unique, the same is true of their fertility.

Before you seek help from a fertility clinic, there are specific factors you should consider:

  • You’re under 35 – If you are under 35, have been actively trying to conceive, and have not been using birth control for 12 months or more, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor.
  • You’re over 35 – If you are over 35, you should only wait six months to call a fertility doctor. After 35, a woman’s fertility begins to decline until she reaches menopause.
  • You’re over 40 – If you are over the age of 40, you should see a doctor immediately. By the age of 40, a woman’s eggs drop in quality and quantity, which decreases the chance of conception and increases the risk for miscarriage.
  • Your BMI is high or low – If you have a high or low BMI, you should see a doctor before you start trying. By talking to your doctor and achieving a better BMI, you are more likely to conceive naturally.
  • You have a thyroid condition – If you have a thyroid disorder, you should see a doctor right away. A thyroid disorder (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) can interrupt the ovulation process, resulting in irregular or missed periods. Normal thyroid hormone levels are required for a perm production. Through a medical evaluation, thyroid levels can be assessed and treated.
  • You have an infertility diagnosis – If you have a known reproductive issue such as PCOS or POI, you should see a doctor immediately.
  • You have experienced miscarriages – If you suffer from multiple miscarriages in a row, you should visit a doctor immediately. A single miscarriage is common, but repeated miscarriages are not.

Our Team of Fertility Doctors at Vios Hoffman Estates

At Vios in Hoffman Estates or at one of our other locations, our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists understand the challenges of infertility. We strive to provide a customized fertility plan to suit the emotional, physical, and financial needs of every patient.

Roohi Jeelani, MD, FACOG

Roohi Jeelani, MD, FACOG, provides compassionate care to patients in our Hoffman Estates and Wicker Park offices. As a highly skilled reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Jeelani has a special interest in onco-fertility, the impact of toxins on reproductive function, chemotherapy and oocyte cryopreservation.

Dr. Jeelani is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. She completed both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University-Detroit Medical Center. During her medical training, she received numerous awards in the areas of fetal medicine and reproductive medicine, including the Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award from Wayne State.

In addition, she has authored a variety of publications and book chapters in journals highlighting cutting-edge REI advancements, from preimplantation genetic diagnosis to enhanced embryo transfer. She has also presented at national and international conferences and symposiums focused on advancements in women’s health.

To learn more about our team of fertility specialists, visit our Meet the Providers page.

At Vios Fertility Institute Hoffman Estates Conception is Our Life

At Vios Fertility Institute Hoffman Estates,  our team of compassionate, caring physicians provide excellence in fertility care. We understand the unique needs of every patient, which is why we go the extra mile to make your dreams of parenthood a reality.

While we have other locations in Northern Illinois, Vios Hoffman Estates is most convenient to Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Northbrook, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Mount Prospect.

While every patient is different, your initial consultation will include bloodwork, an ultrasound to measure eggs, and a semen analysis. You will also discuss treatment options with your fertility doctor. After you choose a treatment, your fertility journey will begin.

To schedule a consultation and take control of your fertility health, contact us today.

Reflecting on the Field of Reproductive Medicine

This wonderful, challenging, rewarding and at times heart breaking field of reproductive medicine is ever changing and expanding with new technologies, treatments, and techniques. All with the goal of welcoming new life into this world. To continue to innovate and push our field forward, it is important to look back at where we started and how far we have come.

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Dr. Beltsos Shares Her Story with Authority Magazine

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Create A Team Of People That Help Get Your Patient To Their Goal” With Dr. Beltsos

Interview with: Bianca L. Rodriguez, Ed.M, LMFT, Authority Magazine, October 1, 2018

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

One of the things that brought me to this career was when I was a medical student walking the halls of Michigan State University clinical campus in Saginaw Michigan. As I was in the hospital, I walked by a door with the words IVF lab. I thought to myself what a spectacular thing going on in that room! They are helping people create their families and could there be anything more magnificent? At that moment I decided I would apply for my obstetrics and gynecological Residency. Specifically at a place that would give me a good chance of getting the competitive spot in reproductive endocrinology training called a fellowship that would follow. Being involved in this area and space of science and medicine has been an amazing life opportunity.

Read the full interview with Dr. Beltsos.

PCOS & Fertility Podcast

September is PCOS Awareness Month! Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a frustrating condition that can have symptoms like weight gain, excess hair on the face, stress, anxiety, depression, and…infertility. For this month, Progyny is doing a three-part series on PCOS and Vios physician Dr. Angeline Beltsos participates to provide background on PCOS and how it affects women.

PCOS & Fertility

Episode 13: PCOS & Fertility, Progyny, September 10, 2018

Today we hear from Satoya Foster, Co-Founder of the PCOS Awareness Association, who tells us about when she started experiencing symptoms, her diagnosis, and her infertility struggles. Listen here.

Episode 14: PCOS & Awareness, Progyny, September 11, 2018

When Megan Stewart, founder of the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA), was told to change her outlook on her condition she decided to change the world instead. We hear from Megan who tells us about a traumatic experience that drove her to create the PCOS Awareness Association, how she’s are trying to help others with PCOS, and the different events and resources available.

Dr. Beltsos Shares her Story with VoyageChicago

Conversations with the Inspiring Angie Beltsos

VoyageChicago

Interview with: VoyageChicago, September 4, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Beltsos.

Angie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started Vios Fertility to help patients achieve the dream of a family. I found my calling as a medical student to pursue a career in reproductive endocrinology and fertility treatment. What a ride it has been! Absolutely amazing! Read the full interview here.

Implantation Issues in Infertility

Implantation Issues in Infertility

Radio show by: Creating a Family, July 2018

implantation issues

Dr. Angeline Beltsos joins Creating a Family Executive Director Dawn Davenport to discuss implantation issues including: endometrial receptivity, endometrial scratching and other related issues.

Sometimes the cause of infertility is not with the sperm meeting the egg, but with the embryo being able to implant into the uterus. What do we know about endometrial receptivity and implantation issues in infertility? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Angie Beltsos, the CEO and Medical Director of Vios Fertility Institute Chicago. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. Listen here.

In the News: A third of US adults say they or someone they know has used fertility treatments

A third of US adults say they or someone they know has used fertility treatments: Study

Article by: Lindsey Jacobson, ABC News, July 18, 2018

“Forty years after the first ever “test tube baby” Louise Joy Brown was born, 33 percent of American adults report using fertility treatment or knowing someone who used fertility treatment to have a baby, according to a new study.” Read the article here.

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From Left: Louise Brown, world’s first IVF baby, Dr. Amber Cooper, and Dr. Angeline Beltsos.

In the News: World’s First IVF Baby for Infertile Couples’ Rights

The World’s First IVF Baby Turns 40 — And She’s Now Fighting for Infertile Couples’ Rights

Article by: Jaclyn Anglis, First for Women, June 5, 2018

We can’t believe it’s been four whole decades since Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born in Bristol, England. But Brown, who paved the way for countless infertile couples to have babies, does indeed turn 40 on July 25, 2018. As she prepares to celebrate her birthday this summer, it’s worth taking a look back at how far we’ve come since her historic birth. Read the full article here.


World's First IVF baby

Vios Fertility and the Midwest Reproductive Symposium international were honored to welcome Louise to Chicago to celebrate her birthday and learn more about her incredible journey as the world’s first IVF baby. Dr. Angeline Beltsos (far left) and Dr. Amber Cooper (second from right) celebrate with Louise at her birthday party!