Facing an infertility diagnosis is a stressful event. When you know where to turn for support and information as you go through fertility treatment, it becomes easier to go through the process and to make choices that will improve your chance for success. Here are a few coping tips:
Make time for yourself: It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the stress of the infertility diagnosis and treatment, which can be overwhelming. Finding ways to relieve stress and promote relaxation can help enormously, as you go through the diagnostic tests and treatment cycles. Some stress-relieving activities to explore are yoga, meditation, and therapeutic massage. “Self care” is not selfish; it is a positive way to bring balance into your life and promote well-being.
Understand that your partner may handle the situation differently: Men and women cope with issues of fertility in different ways, which can cause tension in your relationship. Women usually need to talk more about the infertility and are more worried, while men are likely to hang onto a more optimistic outlook and want to limit discussions. It helps to know that gender differences are common. Try to be expressive with your partner and be honest about your feelings. It can help to set a specific time to talk and choose a time that is relatively calm.
Know that friends and family may not be helpful: You might turn to close friends or family members to discuss your infertility, but you should have realistic expectations of the support or advice they can give. Unless they have been through a similar situation, they may not be able to understand your feelings or know what you need for support.
If you are seeking fertility treatment or support in the Chicago area, visit Fertility Centers of Illinois. Learn about our advanced fertility treatment options on our website or call us at (877) 499-8730. We always provide the most comprehensive and technologically innovative fertility care, including support from our on-staff psychologists.
Infertility is a reality that many couples face when trying to start a family. Fortunately, it is an issue that can be overcome with proper diagnosis and advanced fertility treatments. According to the American Pregnancy Association, female factors are present in about half of all infertility cases, and they are solely accountable in about 33% of couples. There are many causes that contribute to female infertility, which are listed below to help you understand what can be done for treatment.
Hormonal imbalance: Many women facing an imbalance of reproductive hormones are living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is identified by excess production of male hormones that creates irregularities in ovulation among other problems. Generally, this condition and other causes for hormone imbalances are treated with medications which induce ovulation, as well as by lifestyle changes in diet and physical exercise.
Fibroids or endometriosis: These conditions both cause changes to the uterine tissue, but they do so in different ways. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that appear in the uterus, and they are highly common in adult women. They may not pose a problem, but they can be a cause for female infertility depending on their location. Endometriosis is a condition in which the uterine lining grows in areas outside of the uterus causing painful periods and difficulty conceiving. Both conditions should be addressed by a fertility specialist, as their effect on fertility can vary greatly.
Age: More women are having children later in life to fulfill career goals. Unfortunately, this can present problems in fertility. Women over the age of 35 may need to contact a fertility specialist sooner than younger women who are trying to get pregnant. If you are trying to start a family late in life, you will be presented with a wide range of options for treatment, including hormonal therapies.
If you are a resident in the Chicago area and you are having trouble achieving your family planning goals, visit Fertility Centers of Illinois. Learn more about us by visiting our website or call (877) 499-8730. We will focus on personalized treatment using the latest technology available to help you through every step of the process.
When donor eggs are being utilized for fertility treatment, the process of third party reproduction can be rather complicated and frustrating. This is in large part due to the wait for a suitable donor to facilitate the pregnancy. In order to resolve this and achieve a better patient experience for couples desiring to have children, Fertility Centers of Illinois has partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA, an organization providing frozen donor eggs through collaboration with reproductive specialists from across the country.
More about Donor Egg Bank USA
Donor Egg Bank USA, one of the few frozen egg banks in the country, offers a unique opportunity for patients to access a large pool of donors while remaining close to home. Embryo transfers using frozen eggs have proven to be as successful as those using fresh donor eggs, and at least one viable embryo is guaranteed to be available for transfer. Egg donors are thoroughly screened with background checks, written questionnaires, personal interviews, health screening, and genetic testing. Because of this extensive testing, only about 10% of applicants become egg donors through Donor Egg Bank USA.
How our partnership benefits your treatment
The ready availability of donor eggs from our new partnership means that your fertility treatment can be completed in a timelier manner, thereby reducing the stress of the process. The donor eggs are affordable and easily accessible through a database covering the diverse selection of donors available through Donor Egg Bank USA. You do not have to wait for screening to be performed for the donor you select, as the database only covers donor eggs that are ready for immediate use.
Learn more about Donor Egg Bank USA by scheduling a consultation at Fertility Centers of Illinois at (877) 499-8730. We can help you understand all your options for fertility treatment that will help you start your family.
In Palatine on June 23rd, over 400 people came together in support of overcoming infertility and raised nearly $75,000 at the Cade Foundation Race for the Family event. The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation awards grants up to $10,000 to couples struggling with infertility.
The race was hosted by Fertility Centers of Illinois with the strong support of Dr. Eve Feinberg. Dr. Feinberg helped plan, organize and fundraise for the event. Through her efforts she raised the third largest amount of funding for the Cade Foundation.
“We are grateful to have joined hands with the Cade Foundation and made a difference in the local infertility community,” explains Dr. Eve Feinberg. “Being a part of a large practice like Fertility Centers of Illinois allows us to give back and impact the community in a bigger way.”
Special event attendees included Little Ms. Illinois, Cade Foundation co-founders Dr. Tinina Cade and Dr. Camille Hammond, 2012 Indiana Cade Foundation grant recipients Sarah and Joe Jones, and 2009 Cade Foundation grant recipients Nick and Stacie Vetor.
Marijke Moritch, who has struggled with infertility since 2008, was the lucky raffle winner of a free IVF cycle.
"Because our insurance doesn't cover any of the cost, like so many women struggling with infertility, it was truly a blessing to have this cycle gifted to us," says Marijke. "After surviving a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and struggling through infertility, this gives us hope. We pray that we will be blessed with a child and are so thankful that the CADE event created an opportunity for us to truly and openly share our struggles with our family and friends."
Countless children and adults enjoyed Savannah’s Playground, an area of the event where attendees play, listen to live music, and learn about child safety. Savannah’s playground was built in honor of a little girl taken from her parents too soon. The Savannah Grant, awarded through the Cade Foundation, also helps couples struggling with infertility.
Fertility Centers of Illinois and the Cade Foundation are grateful to have shared this event with the community. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting another Cade Foundation Race for the Family in 2013!
Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 10 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit www.fcionline.com
The Tinina Q
Cade Foundation (Cade Foundation) is a 501c3 tax exempt non profit organization that was started in
2005 to provide information support and financial assistance to help needy infertile families OVERCOME infertility. The foundation was named after founders’ (Drs. Jason and Camille Hammond) mother, Dr. Tinina Cade. Dr. Cade carried and delivered the couples triplets following 5 years of infertility for the Hammonds. She delivered her grand-triplets at 55 years old, making her the oldest woman to deliver triplets at that point. The Hammonds started the Cade Foundation to provide a vehicle through which families who had already “overcome” infertility could support families who were still on the infertility journey. Another important focus of the Foundation was to provide financial support that would assist needy infertile families with costs of domestic adoption and fertility treatment. To date, the Cade Foundation has hosted hundreds of outreach events throughout the US and provided 31 families with financial support for adoption and fertility treatment nationwide. There are currently 21 Cade Foundation babies! www.cadefoundation.org
Dr. Kaplan and the staff at FCI were great. Our appointments with him were very informative and he took time to listen to us & gave us his honest opinion. I went through 1 IUI session & 2 IVF rounds and right now 7 months pregnant.
I felt the whole staff was wonderful and ready to help with all my questions...