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Miscarriage Treatment Options: Dr. MacKenzie Purdy Answers Your Questions

Miscarriage is a heartbreaking reality for many as they try to conceive and, sometimes, a woman can experience multiple miscarriages in a row.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) is defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as two or more consecutive pregnancy losses. We know this is a heartbreaking loss and we are committed to helping our patients find answers and treatment options to help.

The first step is a series of diagnostic tests to understand what may be causing the miscarriages. There are some common causes of RPL including genetic, hormone imbalance, uterine abnormality, and undiagnosed medical conditions. Some reasons remain unknown despite the myriad of available testing options.

Dr. MacKenzie Purdy, a Vios physician in our St. Louis region, spoke with FOX2 in St. Louis about miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss. Watch for more information about diagnosis and testing as well as various treatment options for RPL.

After the interview, Dr. Purdy answered patient questions on the topic during a Facebook Live.

The future of egg and embryo storage: The TMRW Platform

Vios Fertility Institute is proud to partner with companies like TMRW to raise the standard of care for fertility patients.

This morning, Dr. Angie Beltsos, Vios CEO and Chief Medical Officer, along with TMRW Founder and Co-CEO Joshua Abram, spoke to Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network to share the unprecedented safety and innovation TMRW is bringing to the fertility industry.

Watch Joshua and Angie explain just how monumental this shift is on today’s Mornings With Maria here:

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Dr. Angie Beltsos on Fox Business talking about innovations in embryo storage

Fertility Preservation and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic female fertility preservation (aka “egg freezing”) has increased. This recent article highlights the trend in the United States.

At Vios, we’ve seen a similar increase in fertility preservation treatment.

Today, Dr. Roohi Jeelani of Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago shared her experience and expertise on the topic with Chicago’s ABC7.

Ovarian Reserve and Your Fertility

As fertility specialists, we’re asked a lot about ovarian health and ovarian reserve – specifically egg quantity and quality.

A woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have. At birth, a baby girl typically has about 1 million eggs and by puberty this number has declined to 500,000. Each month, a handful of eggs are eligible to become mature but only one will be ovulated. (For a detailed description of this process, click here.)

Ovary with ovulation

Age is one of the most important factors in a woman’s fertility potential. Yet, there is no “magic” age and recent studies show that genetics and the environment also play an important role in egg and reproductive health.

Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC) are the most useful predictors of the number of eggs a woman has remaining. Bloodwork and ultrasound tests – along with a conversation with a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist – can help you understand your current ovarian reserve.

Dr. Violet Klenov recently shared information about ovarian health, how to determine the number of eggs you may have, and how to improve egg quality with St. Louis’s Fox2. Watch the full story below.

Additionally, Dr. Klenov answered patient questions on this topic. Click below to watch the Q&A.

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

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.

Dr. Cooper Counsels Marie Claire Writer On Fertilome Fertility Test

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Can This Test Tell You When You Should Have a Baby? Article by: Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, October 1, 2018

Celmatix’s Fertilome fertility test checks your DNA for gene variants that might affect your reproductive health.

I’ve always thought about my “fertility” in a nebulous, romantic kind of way—I want two kids, maybe three if it’s financially viable; I’d want them to be close-ish in age, a boy and a girl, if I had a choice. I put fertility quotation marks because I’d never call it that, but of course, that’s exactly what it is.

Read the full article to see how Dr. Amber Cooper counseled Sally on her Fertilome fertility test results.

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. Hayes Speaks with the Lake Country Mom on Infertility Support

Infertility Support – Get to Know Vios Fertility Institute

The Lake Country MomInterview with: Allison Nelson, MD, The Lake Country Mom, September 9, 2018

Infertility is one of the most difficult situations for OB/Gyns to tackle with their patients. It is deeply personal and comes with an array of emotions, including shame, anger, jealousy and despair. In the process of dealing with all these emotions, it can be difficult for women to know where to turn. Helping women through infertility struggles usually starts with their primary OB/Gyn; however there are women who will require an infertility specialist. I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Ellen Hayes, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist who works at Vios Fertility Institute. Vios Fertility Institute is relatively new to the Milwaukee area and recently opened a clinic location in Johnson Creek (in other words, the closest, local option for Lake Country moms). Check out the interview on The Lake Country Mom blog here.

Dr. Beltsos Shares her Story with VoyageChicago

Conversations with the Inspiring Angie Beltsos

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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.

Dr. Jeelani Shares her Story with VoyageChicago

Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Jeelani

Dr. Jeelani

Interview with: VoyageChicago, July 24, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roohi Jeelani.

Roohi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As long as I could remember I have wanted to be a doctor, typical of a child growing up in an Asian household right? The twist comes when I first met Dr. Reena Jabamoni, a Reproductive Endocrinologist, and Infertility specialist.

I was just barely twelve years old and as soon as I walked into this office, I was fascinated by all the pictures on the wall of stuff which at that time seemed very “inappropriate,” eggs and sperm lined the exam rooms and grey hallways. When I asked her what she does and what type of doctor she is, she quickly replied by saying, ” I make babies, I take an egg and sperm put it together and put it in the mom.” Read the full interview here.