Category: Fertility Education

Why Choosing a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist May be the Best Decision for You

reproductive endocrinologistWhen it comes to your family, you only want the best. And when it comes to starting a family, your best option is a fellowship trained, board eligible/certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist, or REI.

For individuals and couples facing infertility – those who still aren’t pregnant after 6-12 months (depending on the woman’s age) or facing multiple miscarriages – an REI can provide the hope and experience to help get them closer to parenthood. Highly specialized and trained, REIs combine 11 years of post-graduate instruction with ongoing education in the latest fertility treatments and technologies to deliver the ultimate in patient care.

If you’re considering taking the next step in your fertility treatment, learn why you need to add an REI to your team.

What Exactly is a Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist?

As an experienced fertility specialist, an REI focuses on the causes and diagnosis of a variety of fertility issues, ranging from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to endometriosis, and offers cutting-edge treatment options, including in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination.

In addition, an REI can offer preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening to help lower the transmission of a life-altering genetic condition as well as egg freezing and preservation to give patients a greater chance of conception if they wish to wait to become parents.

How Much Training Does a Board-Certified REI Receive?

The road to becoming an Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist is a long one, but the end benefits to the patients are worth every long day and late night.

After graduating medical school, an REI completes a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Only then can they compete for a highly-coveted, three-year intensive fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology where they receive rigorous training focused on the female reproductive system and the issues that can affect it. To receive their board certification, they must pass both an oral and written REI sub-specialty examination, the gold standard in their field.

Even when a physician becomes board-certified, the training doesn’t end. All board-certified REI’s must complete the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program every year as well as pass a written exam every six years to ensure they’re on top of the latest scientific and technological advancements in fertility treatment. Research has found that physicians who complete their MOC every year communicate better with their patients and deliver higher quality care.

So, Why Go with an REI Instead of an OB/GYN for Continued Treatment?

An OB/GYN is multi-faceted, offering medical and surgical treatments for a number of conditions as well as prenatal and postnatal care. However, most OB/GYNs have received only a minimum amount of infertility training during their residency. They can prescribe medications, like Clomid, and in some cases, offer IUI services. But in most instances, when treatment doesn’t result in pregnancy, the next step is a referral to an REI. Together, your OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist will work in conjunction to help deliver the best result for your treatment, in this case, a healthy, full-term pregnancy.

Connecting You to A Qualified REI

Each of Vios Fertility Institute’s clinics is staffed with experienced REIs dedicated to your care and treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact us today!

Vios Announce Louise Brown as Ambassador

Vios Fertility Institute Announces Louise Brown as A Brand Ambassador

CHICAGO, IL (August 12, 2019) —Known to many as the “world’s first test tube baby,” the UK’s Louise Brown is still making headlines some forty-one years later. But this time, it’s for her new role as a brand ambassador Vios Fertility Institute, one of the fastest growing fertility clinics in the U.S. (more…)

Can Smoking Really Affect My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

By: Dr. Kara Ehlers

Did you know that up to 13% of infertility might be caused by smoking? As a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist, I want my patients to be as healthy as possible prior to attempting pregnancy. While most people are well aware smoking can lead to cancer, lung disease, and heart disease, they are not aware of the significant impact smoking has on fertility.

Below are common questions about smoking and fertility health.

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Acupuncture & Fertility – 5 Things You Should Know

As Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialists, we often see patients who are looking for alternative ways to increase their chance of pregnancy. Acupuncture has been shown in some studies to increase chance of pregnancy during fertility treatment. Struggling to conceive and going through fertility treatments can be stressful, and acupuncture can help to reduce some of that stress. Here are 5 things you should know about acupuncture.

Courtesy of Lisa Mussak at Orchid Chinese Medicine in Milwaukee…

    1. Who acupuncturists work with – Acupuncture can be helpful to support both female and male fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep and stress. Patients with unexplained infertility, high stress, or those seeking to improve their outcomes with ART (such as IVF) can also benefit from adding acupuncture to their care plan.

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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.

So I’m ready to get pregnant, now what?

10 Ways to Maximize Your Natural Fertility

By: Dr. Kara Ehlers

As a fertility specialist, I spend all day, every day counseling patients on how to maximize their chances of getting pregnant. For many people, attempting pregnancy is kind of a taboo topic. No one wants to have to answer questions every month about whether or not she is pregnant, so many couples don’t say anything which means they may miss out on valuable tips and tricks for decreasing time to pregnancy. Here is my top 10 list of how to maximize natural fertility. (more…)

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.

Cryopreservation FAQs

Sperm, egg and embryo cryopreservation offers women and men the freedom and control to pause their “biological clock” until they are ready to start a family. Read some cryopreservation FAQs below and learn more about egg, sperm, and embryo freezing.

How are my eggs/embryos frozen?
Eggs and embryos are frozen in liquid nitrogen using a freezing process called vitrification. This means they are quickly frozen and thawed at several thousand degrees C per minute.

What is liquid nitrogen?
Liquid nitrogen is a colorless clear liquid at extremely low temperatures that is used to freeze eggs, embryos, and sperm. (more…)