Category: Fertility Education

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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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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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

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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…)

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Fertility Health

High school health class is often the last fertility health education most people receive. For many women, the main focus of their early reproductive years is to avoid pregnancy. When they’re finally ready to start a family, it isn’t always as easy as they expect. Take these 5 points, read them, share them and take control of your future. Knowledge is power. (more…)

Egg Freezing: Fertility Preservation for Women

By: Dr. Julie Rhee

Many women feel that as they reach their 20’s and 30’s that they juggle multiple goals which may include pursuing advanced education degrees and career goals, while trying to fathom the idea of starting a family. A woman’s ability to have children is very age dependent, as women are born with a finite number of eggs that they will have for the rest of their life and this egg pool gradually decreases as a woman ages and the reproductive window starts to close. To help women more easily plan their future, egg freezing (also known as oocyte cryopreservation) has become a viable option to help women better plan their future without missing out on the opportunity to build a family.

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