At Fertility Centers of Illinois we are proud supporters of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) during April 23-29 with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

In honor of NIAW, we are offering several events, webinars and promotions to educate and build infertility awareness to help others realize their dream of having a family. It is our hope that sharing helpful information and advocating on behalf of those with infertility will change the national conversation around a disease that affects one in eight couples.

NIAW Resources:

Employee Spotlight: Jill Matthews, Embryology Lab Manager

Patient Story: How a Fertility Checkup Changed Everything

Blog: Top 10 Questions Fertility Doctors Hear

Blog: Fertility Education for All? The Research Says Yes.

Blog: 9 Fast Facts on Infertility

Blog: Words of Hope and Strength – Support from the Fertility Centers of Illinois Team

Blog: Assessing Fertility Potential with a Fertility Awareness Checkup

NIAW Events and Webinars

NIAW Press Release and Media Coverage


Special Offer During National Infertility Awareness Week:

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Free Fertility Awareness Checkups!

If becoming a parent is one of your future goals, there is no better time to become aware of your reproductive health than right now. The earlier you determine your fertility, the more options you have when you eventually decide to pursue parenthood.We encourage you to make an appointment for a free Fertility Awareness Checkup, a $90 value, by calling 877.324.4483 between April 24 – May 5. You can also request your appointment online right now! Just print the form and bring it with you to your appointment.

Download the Form | Request an Appointment

Test Your Fertility Knowledge!

Do you think you know your stuff when it comes to fertility? Prove it! Take our quiz and compete with your friends. You’re already here, so we’re guessing you have a leg up on the competition.

#ListenUp: Be a Part of the Fertility Conversation!

Did you know that 1 in 8 couples experience infertility issues? And yet, basic fertility information is not taught in schools, and is not a required conversation during regular doctor visits.

Dr. Dr. Christopher Sipe Discusses NIAW on FOX Chicago!

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Featured Events for 2017 National Infertility Awareness Week

We hope you will join us to learn more about yoga and fertility, egg donation, adoption, meditation and conception, and a day-by-day journey of embryos in our laboratory. Check out these events below to help you on your path!

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Mindfulness Skills to Cope with Fertility Treatment

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Ariadna Cymet-Lanski, Psy.D. – Behavioral Health Specialist

Fertility treatment can affect many aspects of your life. Women undergoing fertility treatment often struggle with negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. Mindfulness training for fertility combines well-tested techniques from psychology and meditation. The goal is to achieve relaxation, self-insight, and to help manage negative thoughts and feelings. Learn how to be more aware of your thinking patterns and the steps you can take to be more in the present. By being more “present” you can gain more control of your emotions and approach fertility challenges more effectively.

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Webinar: What Supplements to Take to Increase Fertility

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | Register >

Margaret Eich, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Pulling Down the Moon

Join Margaret Eich for an engaging webinar that takes a closer look at how supplements may impact your fertility. There is an abundance of information out there about supplements and fertility; it can be difficult to figure out which supplements makes the most sense for your unique situation. We will review current research regarding how different supplements impact fertility. Join us whether you are trying to conceive or dealing with other issues.

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Making Embryos in the Lab: A Day-by-Day Journey

Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | Register >

Jill Mathews, TS(ABB) – Embryology Manager

Embryologists play the central role in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Join embryologist, Jill Mathews, and learn what actually happens to your eggs, sperm, and embryos in the lab. You will learn how eggs are fertilized, embryos grow, and eggs, sperm, and embryos are frozen. This fascinating presentation is recommended for anyone planning to go through IVF, already been through IVF, or are simply curious. Take a peek inside the lab with us! Bring your questions!

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Relaxation Response Workout

Thursday,  April 27 | 7:00PM-8:00PM | Register >

Beth Heller, M.S., Co-Founder of Pulling Down the Moon

We’ve all heard of the Stress Response, our body’s hormonal “fight or flight” reaction to our hectic lives. Yet few of us have heard of the Relaxation Response, a series of hormonal and physiological changes that make our mental and physical environment conducive to “resting, digesting, and (important for fertility) nesting! Join us for an evening designed to teach you how to elicit the Relaxation Response. In this workshop you’ll get a “recipe” for rest and relaxation that is fun and easy. Stressed out partners are welcome, too!

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Ladies Night Out at City Winery

Thursday,  April 27 | 6:00PM-9:00PM | RSVP >

Freeze your biological clock until the time is right for you!

Join us for an evening of appetizers, cocktails, and a conversation about fertility preservation and egg freezing. All attendees will receive a certificate for a free egg freezing consultation with a Fertility Centers of Illinois physician.

This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!