Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Chicago, and then completed her three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron’s professional interests include fertility preservation, which involves preserving fertility for women facing diseases of which treatment could impair ovarian function, as well as women choosing to delay fertility for social or personal reasons. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is well-published in the areas of fertility preservation and cost analysis of fertility therapies. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron’s personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.
Q & A with Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron
What do you like most about what you do?
I love getting to know a couple during such a difficult, but often a very exciting time.
In your practice, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my ability to really listen to patients and help them feel they are an active member of the decision-making process.
Why did you choose to work in the field of reproductive medicine?
I like helping couples learn about the very exciting technologies and treatments that are available. I love being in a field that is constantly evolving.
What do you consider your special areas of interest in reproductive medicine?
I have a special interest in fertility preservation, recurrent pregnancy loss, and cost-based decision analysis.
What is your approach to medicine?
I strive to provide personalized excellence in care.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I had a humor column in my high school newspaper.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I love to do yoga, run, see movies, and spend time with friends and family. The BRAVO network is my newest hobby!
Doctor of Medicine, University of MN, 1999-2004
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, 2004-2005
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, 2005-2008
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Northwestern University, 2008-2011
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General
Ambulatory SurgiCenter Downers Grove
Northshore Evanston Hospital
Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
Northshore Highland Park Hospital
Northshore Skokie Hospital
900 North Michigan Surgery Center
Awards and Accreditations
Kevin J. Lederer LIFE Foundation Vice President
More than 100 presentations at national meetings
Co-PI Yoga study
Over 30 manuscripts published
Published more than 20 articles
Reproductive Endocrinology Award, PCRS Meeting — 2010
Resident mentee received a travel scholarship based on her work at ASRM in 2012.
Doris Duke Research Fellowship — 2008-2011
Masters in Clinical Research and Investigation, Northwestern — 2011
Media Appearances and Articles
April 23, 2020 | Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron discusses with other FCI doctors that masturbation does not impact fertilization, ovulation, or implantation.
March 12, 2020 | Dr. Marut and Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron explain how COVID-19 affects fertility, even though fertility patients are not a high-risk group.
March 4, 2020 | Dr. Marut and Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron discuss how UTIs can impact a woman’s ability to ovulate.
December 3, 2019 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron is featured in an article about endometriosis and genetics.
November 9, 2019 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron discusses the basics of how IVF works.
June 18th, 2019 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron discusses the most common sperm myths and why it’s important for male fertility testing.
November 7th, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron talks about the process that former patient, Anna, went through to freeze her eggs before treatment.
October 22, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron explains how breast cancer patients can freeze their eggs before chemo.
April 24, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron talks about why NIAW is important to promote awareness.
April 5, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron explains to Self why most couples can expect to do more than one round of IVF and how to keep positive during the process.
February 12, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron and The Life Foundation help a Chicago couple start their family despite financial challenges.
January 24, 2018 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron details the effects of antibiotics on fertility and what medications are safe to mix.
December 21, 2017 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron explains the correlation between age and male fertility.
July 11, 2016 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron talks about unfair comments about baby bumps.
February 24, 2016 | Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron gives advice on the pre-conception diet.