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:

Patient Story: How a Fertility Checkup Changed Everything

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

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.

#StartAsking: 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. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron Discusses NIAW on FOX Chicago!

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Featured Events for 2016 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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The Yoga for Fertility Experience

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Pulling Down the Moon Chicago

Curious about yoga and how it can support fertility? Learn about Pulling Down the Moon’s six week yoga program and the research that shows yoga can lower anxiety by as much as 20%! Practice a sequence of poses that are supportive of your fertility journey and safe during any part of the fertility cycle, including during ART cycles. All levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to breathe, stretch and relax!

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Egg Donation: Your Journey Starts Here

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Webinar hosted on GoToWebinar.com

Julie Wiese, R.N., B.S.N. – Fertility Centers of Illinois Director, Center for Collaborative Reproduction

Searching for an egg donor candidate can be one of the greatest challenges for our patients. Fertility Centers of Illinois Center for Collaborative Reproduction (CCR) has developed a patient webinar to help streamline the egg donor process. This webinar will be an overview of egg donor program options, steps to prepare for your treatment, and help to understand realistic treatment expectations. We will also have time for all of your questions!

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Cracking the Door to Adoption

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, Glenview Clinic

Marie Davidson, Ph.D. – Fertility Centers of Illinois
Jane Turner – Associate Director of Family Resource Center

Many fertility patients, as annoyed as they are to be asked, “Have you ever thought about adoption?”, actually are curious about it. Come listen to an adoption professional present an overview of the adoption process. Learn about different paths to adoption, costs, time frames, and how to start investigating this family-building alternative. We will answer your questions and walk you through the process of adopting a child.

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Yoga, Meditation, and Conception Webinar

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Webinar hosted on GoToWebinar.com

Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, M.D. – Fertility Centers of Illinois

Beth Heller, M.S.Pulling Down the Moon

In this webinar we will be discussing the controversial link between stress and infertility. Learn what yoga is and how it may help you relax and be healthier during your journey. Among the topics of discussion: which types of yoga are most beneficial for fertility, whether yoga can be done during an IVF cycle or other ovarian stimulation, and whether other yoga practices, including breathing and meditation have a role in promoting fertility. Dr. Hirshfeld and Beth will also discuss recent research findings and a new study underway at Fertility Centers of Illinois to determine the impact of yoga on fertility patients.

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

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, Chicago/River North IVF Lab

Jill Mathews, TS (ABB) – Fertility Centers of Illinois

Embryologists play the central role in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Join our embryologist, Jill Matthews from our River North (Chicago) embryology lab to learn what actually happens to your eggs, sperm, and embryos. You will learn how eggs are fertilized, how embryos grow, and how eggs, sperm, and embryos are frozen. This is a fascinating seminar and is highly recommended for anyone who is planning to go through IVF, has already been through IVF, or is simply curious.

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Fertilizing Your Faith: Trailblazing Conference

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Hosted at the Doubletree Hilton in Oakbrook, IL

Many of couples are suffering through infertility in silence due to feelings of embarrassment, loneliness, and inability to handle the different emotions. Fertilizing Your Faith is leading the way to help couples by responding to their silent cries with the Overcomer conference- bringing hope to unmet needs.

“Whether couples have been on this journey for two years or ten years this conference will provide them with the tools they need to be an Overcomer,” says Natalie Flemons, CEO/Founder of Fertilizing Your Faith. “Sometimes people just need to know that they are not alone and that others have endured, survived, and conquered infertility.”

Since every aspect of life can be affected, the conference will have speakers that will deal with Faith in God, Marriage, and Healing of Mind, Body and Soul.

Registration is now open for $50 per person which includes a dinner banquet and conference materials.

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