Dr. Angie Beltsos honored in the Most Inspiring Business Leaders Making a Difference 2021 list

We are honored to have our very own Dr. Angie Beltsos featured in CIO Views 10 Most Inspiring Business Leaders Making a Difference 2021. Dr. Angie Beltsos leads Vios as Chief Medical Officer/CEO who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991.

Dr. Beltsos believe in patient-focused care with success not only being measured by the amount of pregnancies but patient satisfaction and teamwork amongst Vios.

Read all about Dr. Angie Beltsos and her approach to fertility here.

Welcome Dr. Jared Robins and Dr. Kari von Goeben to Chicago Physician Team

Known as one of the “fastest growing & innovative fertility clinics in the U.S.,” Vios Fertility Institute announces the addition of two doctors to their team.  Dr. Kari von Goeben, of Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine (FIRM) in Jacksonville and Dr. Jared Robins, of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago, will join the dedicated group of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialists, nurse practitioners and lab directors servicing patients throughout Chicagoland with offices in West Loop, Wicker Park, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, Aurora, Crest Hill and Geneva.

Dr. von Goeben was recently recognized as one of Jacksonville’s “Top Doctors” while at FIRM.   Her areas of clinical interest include PCOS, fertility preservation, and the impacts of lifestyle factors as they are related to fertility. Dr. von Goeben completed her fellowship at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai, residency at UCLA, and medical school at Temple University. She is a current member of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Robins served as Division Chief of Northwestern’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division among other roles.  He has been awarded multiple grants for clinical trials and research in the field of reproductive medicine and is a well-known speaker and author.  Dr. Robins completed his fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY). He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Robins is a current member of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Investigation (elected member) and Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Vios Fertility Institute is co-founded and led by CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angeline Beltsos, who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991.  Dr. Beltsos, along with Vios physicians Dr. Roohi Jeelani, Dr. Erica Louden, and Dr. Scott Springer, will join Dr. von Goeben and Dr. Robins in seeing patients throughout the Chicagoland locations.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome these two seasoned fertility experts to Vios,” explains Dr. Beltsos.  “Dr. von Goeben and Dr. Robins are highly regarded for their experience and dedication to reproductive medicine.  Both our Chicagoland team and patients will benefit greatly from their progressive and patient-centric care which aligns with the Vios mission.”

Vios Fertility Institute provides patients with innovative, cutting-edge fertility treatment options to meet the diverse needs of patient’s family planning goals.  As a team, they strive to be open-minded and forward thinking when evaluating new data, research and technologies that have the potential to improve the care and results they provide to patients. Above all, Vios is built on a foundation of excellent medical care and patient experience.

Vios Fertility Institute accepts a wide range of insurance options. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 866.258.8467 or visit www.ViosFertility.com

About Vios Fertility:

Established in 2015, Vios Fertility Institute is one of the fastest growing fertility clinics in the U.S. with 13 locations in the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Portland regions of the United States. Woman owned, the Vios mission is to help patients find their way to fertility health with the highest chances of success. Vios offers innovative, scientific, and cutting-edge treatment options along with an unparalleled patient experience. 

Preparing For Your First Appointment

After scheduling your first fertility clinic visit with a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Vios, you may be wondering what to expect from your appointment and how to prepare. Here are some ways.

What to bring:

  • Copies of your medical records from primary care physician, OBGYN, and any previous fertility evaluations you may have had. Every piece of background information that you bring could be vital, so having access to your medical records is important, especially up-to-date records.
  • A list of questions. Picking a clinic is important and having questions prepared will help you ask about the items that are important to you for your journey. Having a list of questions written down will ensure that you don’t forget.
  • A notebook to write down any instructions your provider might have or next steps. With so much discussed in the first visit, it is very common to feel overwhelmed. Taking notes during your time with a provider can help you process and remember important details.
  • Your partner if you like or if you have one. It is not necessary to bring your partner, but they are invited and encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity for your partner to be included and having them there may be helpful for you. They can provide support and will also be able to help answer questions about their medical history.

How to prepare:

Your medical records will have a lot of information but they are only part of what’s needed. Your own story and facts are also very important. Here are some other things that might be asked during your first visit:

  • Medications, vitamins, or other supplements you take. Include the amount of each and how often you take them.
  • Any medical conditions that you or your partner may have.
  • Previous evaluations or treatments for infertility you’ve had.
  • Details about your cycle. Is it regular? How long is your cycle? Is the flow especially heavy/light? Do you suffer from especially painful periods?
  • Details about your attempts to conceive.
  • How long you have been trying to conceive.
  • Any family history of infertility. Check with both sides of the family.

Beginning fertility treatment is a very personal journey, and this first visit is where it all starts. It is important to be informed and knowledgeable about every stage of your journey. To learn more about preparing for your first appointment, watch Dr. Ellen Hayes, MD, FACOG and our newest nurse practitioner Sonja Araoz answer your questions and dive into details here!

Look over our Patient Information page to see Frequently Asked Questions from Vios patients!

Debunking Fertility Myths

Fertility is a very personal and often stressful experience. There is a lot of misinformation in our society about fertility, IVF, and fertility treatments in general. Here are some common fertility myths debunked.

Myth 1: Fertility treatments always mean IVF 

  • Once you meet with a provider and test results come in, you and your provider will speak about the option that is best for you. IVF is a great solution for many but there are other options including: timed intercourse, oral medication, IUI, and InVoCell.

Myth 2: IVF is a sure thing

  • There are many factors that can impact IVF success. There are ways to up your odds by reducing some of the unknowns such as multiple rounds (2 is average), PGT testing to get the most info before a transfer, and more. At Vios, our live births and other success stats are higher than national average. 

Myth 3: Age doesn’t matter 

  • You can have issues at any age–even in your 20s or have great ease in your 40s. If you want a family in the future, protect your chances early on by taking steps like egg freezing. Statistically age does matter. Women are born with all their eggs and their eggs decrease over time. 

Our Dr. Amber Cooper sat down with Future Family to debunk some common fertility myths. Learn more about those myths here.

Announcing our newest location in the Pacific Northwest

We are thrilled to officially announce our newest clinic location near Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest!

Dr. Shannel Adams and Dr. Angeline Beltsos

Vios is led by Chief Medical Officer/CEO Dr. Angie Beltsos, who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. The new location will feature Shannel R. Adams, MD, FACOG, at the helm – a Portland native and double board-certified OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinologist.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Adams leading our Pacific Northwest office,” explains Dr. Beltsos. “Her extensive knowledge and dedication to helping people build families is completely aligned with our Vios core values of vision, innovation, teamwork, and passion. Together, we look forward to leading the way toward expanded innovative and patient-centric fertility care options in the Pacific Northwest.”

Highly skilled in all areas of reproductive health, Dr. Adams has a particular expertise and interest in, fertility preservation, male fertility, third party reproduction, and holistic care of both mind and body. She received her undergraduate degree focusing on ethics from Duke University and went on to medical school at Oregon Health and Science University where she graduated in June 2010. Dr. Adams has been recognized with many awards for her contributions to the fields of medicine, reproductive endocrinology, and family planning and has presented numerous times on the topics of Oncofertility, fertility preservation, chromosome screening technologies, and infertility.  She credits her close-knit family and strong female role models with inspiring her to choose medicine as a profession and reproductive endocrinology as her specialty. Taking care of women and playing a trusted role in their healthcare is her passion. She considers it an honor to have an intimate role in the lives of her patients as they build their family or empower themselves with preservation options.

“I’m excited to join the Vios team to help expand our unique approach to fertility care services to the Pacific Northwest,” explains Dr. Adams. “I have the best of both worlds -to be in a community I love while also being able to bring new innovations and cutting-edge technology to offer a greater chance of success for my patients.”

Vios provides patients with innovative, cutting-edge fertility treatment options to meet the diverse needs of their family planning goals. As a team, they strive to be open-minded and forward thinking when evaluating new data, research and technologies that have the potential to improve the care and results they provide to patients.

Vios Fertility Institute – Pacific Northwest is located at 2501 NE 134th Street, Suite 100, Vancouver, Washington 98686.  For more information or to make an appointment, please call 866.955.0766 or complete our online form here.

Read the full press release.

Study finds COVID-19 does not cause female sterility

Protecting your health, and the health of your future family is important. Choices like vitamins and body weight can impact your goal to have a family. A new choice for women is whether they should receive the COVID-19 vaccine but a recent study has found the vaccine does not cause female sterility.

The study, published in ASRM’s Fertility & Sterility F&S Reports, showed no effect on a woman’s implantation rates or sustained implantation rates. This study which used frozen embryos of women who had the virus, vaccine, and neither showed no difference in rates from the three groups.

If you decide to move forward with getting vaccinated which vaccine should you get? According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), all three vaccines are reasonable choices for patients undergoing a fertility journey or are pregnant. ACOG recommends the vaccine for women who are trying to get pregnant as well as already pregnant.

Getting the vaccine is your choice. Some information to remember is unvaccinated pregnant women have an increased risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19. If you get the virus while pregnant, your chances of needing intensive care and a ventilator are increased putting your unborn child at higher risk of preterm birth.

Vios is proud to support University of California – San Francisco’s ASPIRE study that seeks to assess the safety of pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our pregnant patients to enroll and contribute to this important research.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine contact a provider or learn more here.

Patient Portal Maintenance & Alternate Contacts

The Vios Patient Portal will be down for maintenance starting at 9 PM CST on Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

For urgent issues, please call the on call lines:

  • Chicago Region: 773-435-9036
  • Milwaukee Region: 262-518-7448
  • St. Louis Region: 314-266-2062

Thank you for your patience.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Moving Forward

The loss of a pregnancy is heartbreaking, but when this happens repeatedly, it can be devastating and confusing for the parents. A careful review of the circumstances and a comprehensive evaluation can often lead to a strategy with the outcome of a family.

Although random miscarriages are common, only 1-5% of people will suffer from repeated losses. According to American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined as having three or more consecutive miscarriages. According to ACOG, about 5% of women have two or more consecutive miscarriages and 1% will have three or more. The risk of recurrent pregnancy loss is higher in women who are over the age of 35 or who have had a previous miscarriage.

What causes RPL?

Most recurrent pregnancy losses result from chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. The abnormality may come from the egg, the sperm, or the early embryo. Ovarian aging can also be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, which is due to poor egg quality. As woman age their eggs decrease in quantity and quality.

Another factor could be an abnormality in the uterus. Some women may be born with an irregularly shaped uterus and some women may develop abnormalities with their uterus over time. Another possibility is scar tissue that has developed from previous procedures.

If you have suffered two or more miscarriages, you should talk with your provider. Your doctor might suggest one of these treatments to help reduce your risk for miscarriage.

Surgery

  • Surgery can fix some problems like extra tissue in the uterus, fibroids, or scar tissue. Correcting the shape of the inside of the uterus can often lower the chance for miscarriage.

Genetic screening

  • In about 5% of people, one of the parents has a chromosomal issue. The parents’ blood can be analyzed to see if this is a factor.

According to Dr. Mackenzie Purdy, MD, 60-70% of patients will go on to have a live birth. You can learn more about recurrent pregnancy loss here.

Contact us today to speak to a provider about recurrent pregnancy loss.

What is Male Infertiliy?

Infertility is a common problem among couples, and while we talk about it as a women’s issue, men deal with it too. Infertility due to the male partner is known as “male infertility.”

Fertility issues are just as likely to come from problems in men as they are in women. According to the Dr. Shannel Adams MD, FACOG, it is estimated that 30-40% of couples struggling with infertility have a contributing factor of male infertility. While it is estimated 20% of couple’s struggling with infertility male infertility is the only factor. Male infertility is defined as abnormal sperm count and lack of pregnancy after one year of trying. Usually, that inability to sustain a pregnancy is a problem with the sperm count, motility, or morphology. In addition to the number of sperm a man has, the shape and movement or swimming of the sperm is also important. A problem in one of these three areas can cause male infertility.

What is a normal sperm count?

A sperm sample should contain millions of sperm. Because of this, sperm is measured in ‘concentrations.’ Normal sperm concentration come in a wide range, but 15 million sperm per milliliter is a good benchmark.

What about sperm motility?

High ‘swimming’ sperm count is also important. A portion of your sperm will swim, and it is the swimming sperm that increase your chances of achieving a pregnancy.

What is a normal sperm morphology?

Sperm are very tiny. Morphology refers to the size and shape of the sperm. Sperm must be a certain shape to penetrate an egg. You want 4% of your sperm count to be a normal shape.

To learn more about what is considered normal sperm watch Dr. Erica Louden, MD, PHD explain it all here!

A semen analysis will provide information on your sample discovering if there are any issues with count, motility, or morphology. A semen analysis is a laboratory evaluation of the semen after it has been collected at home or in the clinic. Learn more about a semen analysis and what a normal SA is here. Once results from the semen analysis are in, you and your physicians can discuss your options. Here are some available:

  • Sperm freezing can preserve high quality sperm.
  • Sperm donor
  • IVF and gestational carrier can provide an option for couples, especially same sex male couples, to have the families they’ve always dreamed of.

To learn more about male infertility or to get a semen analysis, contact us today!

Family Building for LGBTQIA+

June marks the beginning of Pride Month, commemorating the Stonewall Riots and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. June 1 also is #LGBTQFamiliesDay, created for individuals, families, and allies to celebrate and support LGBTQIA+ families. Family comes in many forms and everyone’s path to their family is unique to their journey. No matter what your journey is, anyone who struggles to build a family should have the opportunity including the LGTBQIA+ community. According to Resolve, between 2 million and 3.7 million children under the age of 18 have a LGTBQIA+ parent.

For most LGTBQIA+ single people and couples, the journey to building your dream family can have a different path than what may be considered “traditional”. At Vios, we are far from “traditional” ourselves and are an ally for the LGTBQIA+ community, here to help those wishing to become parents.

Recently, in the state of Illinois a bill was passed changing the definition of infertility providing insurance coverage to the LGBTQIA+ community. HB3709 amends the IL Insurance Code to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility shall be provided without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, Sex, or sexual orientation. It removes provisions stating that “infertility” means the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse or the inability to sustain a successful pregnancy. You can read more about this bill here.

There are three necessary components to make a baby: eggs, sperm, and a uterus. Thanks to improved medicine and technology, as well as generosity from third-party donors, same sex couples and single individuals have more options than ever to build the family of their dreams. From sperm donation and IUI, InVoCell for reciprocal IVF, egg donation, and gestational carrier Vios Fertility Institute can help bring the pieces together for all our patients. LGBTQ+ individuals and couples do not necessarily have a diagnosis of infertility so pregnancy rates per cycle are generally high in these cases.

If you need help financing your treatments learn more about our financing partners here!