April 23, 2018 (Chicago, IL) – Fertility Centers of Illinois and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association recognize National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 22 through April 28, uniting millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families.

To support this initiative, Fertility Centers of Illinois is offering free events, free Fertility Awareness Checkups, educational information and the inspiring story of a local couple now expecting after nine years of waiting for a baby.

Tracey and John Papach, recipients of an IVF Life Grant from the Kevin J. Lederer Foundation and patients of Fertility Centers of Illinois, are celebrating success over infertility. Tracey was diagnosed with PCOS and after four years of fertility treatment, she is pregnant and due October 20, 2018.

“We want others to know they are not alone and they shouldn’t be afraid to talk to a doctor if they suspect any issues,” explains Tracey. “While the journey to a family may not always go the way we hoped, it is important to get the support you need from those you are closest to and others who have been there. All of the hard work will be worth it, don’t give up on your dream.”

The team at Fertility Centers of Illinois is also offering hope and support around the disease of infertility.

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“Infertility is an isolating and difficult diagnosis for those that experience it,” explains Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron of Fertility Centers of Illinois. “By building awareness through National Infertility Awareness Week, the public can learn more about this disease and how to support others that are trying to overcome this challenge. At Fertility Centers of Illinois, we aim to help others receive the emotional, social, and medical support they need as they pursue a family.”

National Infertility Awareness Week: Events, Promotions, Information

Free Fertility Awareness Checkup: All Fertility Awareness Checkup appointments booked April 23 – June 30 will be free, a $90 value. The checkup assesses basic fertility potential and includes a blood test and ultrasound for women and a semen analysis for men. A doctor consultation must be booked separately. Click here to learn more about assessing fertility potential with a Fertility Awareness Checkup. Schedule a free Fertility Awareness Checkup by calling 877.324.4483 or online.

Free Events and Webinars:

Webinar: Eating Better for Conception, Weight Control & Nursing
April 23rd, 6-7 p.m.

Webinar: Egg Donation – Your Journey to Parenthood Starts Here
April 24th, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Webinar: Surprising Fertility Fitness Secrets: From Working Out to Working In
April 25th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Event: Spring Cleaning – Yoga and Nutrition to Cleanse
April 26th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Pulling Down the Moon
770 N LaSalle Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60654

Register for events and learn further details at FCIonline.com/NIAW or call 877.324.4483.
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Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) is one of the leading fertility treatment practices in the United States, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services for over 30 years with more than 35,000 babies born. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of nine nationally and internationally recognized physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for early to the market with state of the art technology. 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 treatments with an emphasis on in vitro fertilization and its related applications and technologies. The practice has one of the largest Collaborative Reproduction Centers, providing treatment options for Egg Donation and Gestational Carriers. The practice has extensive experience in the continually evolving field of genetic screening of embryos, including diagnosis for single gene abnormalities. FCI has expanded their experience and technologies into the rapidly growing realm of egg freezing with a personalized paradigm of treatment for each patient throughout reproductive life. As the premier and largest fertility practice in the Midwest region, Fertility Centers of Illinois has eight physician offices serving patients in the Chicagoland region, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. Learn more by calling 877-324-4483 or visiting fcionline.com.

About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.infertilityawareness.org