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.
Few things feel as lonely as infertility, especially when it seems everyone around you has a growing belly or a baby in their arms.
Fertility treatments can be a long process, full of anxiety, worry, and hopefully one day, joy. If a friend is going through treatment, what she needs more than anything is your support and understanding. And one of the easiest ways to help is to choose your words wisely. While you can’t take away the heartache of infertility, you can help make it hurt just a little bit less. (more…)
I realize as I begin to replay my day that I had countless concerning environmental exposures. My lunch had more trans fats than I would like to admit and I am sure that I am still under the recommended 10,000 steps or 30 minutes of recommended cardiac exercise per day. Those are in my control and I should do better. I take comfort in the fact that I am a non-smoker and my morning coffee and evening glass of red wine may have had some antioxidant benefits. My multivitamin does offer several fertility and pregnancy advantages and now there are studies suggesting men desiring pregnancy may also benefit from a multivitamin. (more…)
Preconception counseling is developing into something larger than life. We, as doctors talking to patients before they are pregnant, continue to strive for simplicity and comprehensiveness.
One egg and one sperm create a new person with genetic codes about who we are and who we will become. Human features are in genetic recipes that come half from the egg and half from the sperm. There can be mistakes in the code that get passed on to the child and in recessive traits, as long one normal part gets passed on, the abnormal one may be overshadowed. In order for the abnormality to show itself, both the egg and sperm would have to contribute the abnormal gene. Many conditions or diseases are passed on to children through generations and a simple but important blood test can detect these genetic diseases. All women who want to have a baby should consider the testing of their genetic code called “carrier screening.” Up to half of pregnancies are unplanned! Therefore testing, when going in for pap smears or birth control pills, is also a consideration. At our clinics, we offer carrier screening to couples trying to conceive which may help to identify abnormalities and optimize the chance of having a healthy baby.
Vios Fertility Institute Merges with the Practice of Reena Jabamoni, M.D. Partnership Brings Dr. Jabamoni’s 40 Years of Care to More Chicagoland Families
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL. (September 5, 2017) – Vios Fertility Institute is proud to announce a new collaboration and new office in Hoffman Estates. Since 1974, Reena Jabamoni, M.D., S.C. has helped couples become families and individuals become parents through her work as a nationally-renowned, board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility (REI) Specialist. Now she has taken the next step in her 40-year career by partnering with Vios Fertility Institute to share her knowledge with more families in Chicago’s northern suburbs. (more…)
Merger of Premier Fertility Clinics Brings Vios Fertility Institute St Louis to Chesterfield and Southern IL
ST. LOUIS, MO. (July 27, 2017) – For individuals and couples on both sides of the Mississippi River, receiving world-class fertility treatments from caring specialists is easier and more accessible than ever before. Vios Fertility Institute is excited to partner with Amber R. Cooper, MD, MSCI, FACOG of The Centers for Reproductive Medicine and Wellness to expand its growing network of clinics across St. Louis and Southern Illinois. With its newest location in Chesterfield, MO, Vios can serve patients in West County closer to where they work and live, helping reduce the stress that comes with battling infertility.
What your insurance company covers for your fertility testing and treatments will depend on your plan. The below questions are a good starting point when you begin to do your research on your fertility coverage. As apart of our new patient process, our insurance coordinator will verify your fertility coverage so we will be able to discuss specific diagnostic and treatment options knowing what would or would not be covered under your insurance.
Vios Fertility Institute Chicago IVF Lab Opens in West Loop
State-of-the-Art IVF Laboratory Enhances Patient Experience and Scientific Outcomes
CHICAGO, IL. (April 26, 2017) – Individuals and couples wishing to experience the joy of parenthood but facing the heartbreak of infertility often require in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to make their dreams come true. With Vios Fertility Institute’s own IVF lab at 333 S. Desplaines in Chicago, local patients as well as national and international patients, have direct access to world-class IVF embryology services that give them the best chance of conceiving.
Already renowned in Chicagoland for its IVF, intrauterine insemination and other cutting-edge fertility treatments, Vios expanded to offer patient consultations, perform exams and deliver IVF procedures in one convenient location for parents-to-be. The new Vios lab is located in the former University of Chicago IVF lab, and has been enhanced to utilize the finest IVF equipment available today. This also allows Vios to better meet the diverse needs of its patients in a warm, welcoming environment. (more…)
Julie Rhee, MD Now Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Certification Ensures Vios Fertility Institute Patients Receive the Highest Level of Quality Care
ST. LOUIS, MO. (April 10, 2017) – Vios Fertility Institute is pleased to announce that founding physician Julie Rhee, MD is now Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Certification verifies that Dr. Rhee has met the highest standards in the field of reproductive health in order to improve patient outcomes, stay on top of the latest technological advancements, and deliver high-quality care.
Already a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Rhee has helped patients fulfill their dreams of parenthood through in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination and fertility preservation. By using her experience in the clinic and her research in the field, Dr. Rhee successfully passed a rigorous examination before the Board to reach the gold level of medical certification. In addition, Dr. Rhee must complete the Maintenance of Certification program every year and an extensive written exam every six years. (more…)