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    How Smoking Affects Your Fertility

    Last updated 4 days ago

    We have all heard that smoking is bad for our health. It causes premature aging, damages the lungs, and puts people at risk for numerous diseases. But did you know that smoking also makes it harder to get pregnant?

    Women who smoke are typically more likely to be infertile than those who don’t. Smokers also experience higher numbers of conception delay than non-smokers, making it more difficult to get pregnant and maintain a successful pregnancy. The link between tobacco use and fertility involves many different factors. Women who smoke tend to enter menopause between one and four years sooner than women who don’t. This makes infertility more of an issue. Tobacco use can also have a negative impact on sperm, causing damage that affects fertility. Even after becoming pregnant, women who smoke are more likely to experience miscarriages. This is true for natural pregnancy as well as assisted pregnancy.

    If you are interested in learning more about the factors that affect your fertility, contact Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. Discover other factors that cause infertility and learn about IVF and other fertility treatments in Chicago by calling us at (877) 672-4234.

    Coping with Stress of Infertility Treatment

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Infertility can be a confusing and overwhelming issue that leaves you feeling numerous emotions. Couples that seek infertility treatment can learn about the causes of their infertility and discover the best treatment. Unfortunately, stress can cause many of these couples to opt out of treatment instead of continuing on in hopes of achieving a healthy pregnancy.

    As you will see in this video, stress is the number one reason why people stop their infertility treatment. Money and other factors can make people decide to stop treatment, but stress is such an overwhelming factor that can overtake even the post hopeful of patients. 

    Learn how to reduce your stress with help from Laurence A. Jacobs M.D. in Chicago. Give us a call at (877) 672-4234 to learn about our Chicago infertility clinic and treatment options that can help you on your journey to becoming a parent. 

    What Is the Real Story About the Risk of Multiples with IVF?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    In vitro fertilization has become a highly regarded and successful fertility option for couples that cannot conceive naturally. Yet as more individuals turn to infertility clinics for help, the occurrence of multiple births also appears to be on the increase. For couples that wish to grow their families through an IVF clinic, it’s important to understand the risk of multiples and the potential outcomes. 

    Causes of Multiples

    Naturally conceived multiples can occur when either multiple eggs become fertilized at the same time or when a single inseminated egg divides into two or more embryos. This division can also happen after the implantation of an embryo during in vitro fertilization. However, multiples can result as well from the implantation of more than one embryo. For some couples and their infertility doctors, the decision to implant multiple embryos stems from the desire to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.

    Considerations with Multiples

    Being pregnant with multiples can provide some couples with the larger families they wish to have. However, individuals undergoing IVF should also discuss the potential pregnancy complications that can occur with multiples. Regardless of the form of conception, a multiple baby pregnancy can heighten the chance of premature birth. Should babies arrive before the pregnancy reaches full-term, they can experience low birth weight and other health complications. The female partner carrying the children can suffer from medical issues as well.

    Preventive Measures for Multiples

    Having multiple embryos implanted during IVF is a decision that each couple should discuss thoroughly with their infertility doctor. Should a couple be hesitant to become pregnant with more than one baby, their fertility doctor might decide to implant only a single embryo during IVF. If the couple wishes to expand their family at a later date, they may be able to freeze their remaining embryos for future IVF attempts. At Fertility Centers of IL, we have the highest % of elective single embryo transfers (eSET) among all Chicago area IVF centers, which greatly reduces multiples.

    Are you considering in vitro fertilization? If so, call Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. at (877) 672-4234. Our IVF clinic in Chicago can help you determine the best fertility treatment options for achieving the family you want. 

    Hear Padma Lakshmi Discuss Her Struggle with Endometriosis and Fertility

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Padma Lakshmi is a celebrity known for her work as the television host of Top Chef. In this video, she discusses her fertility issues due to endometriosis.

    Endometriosis is a condition that causes the uterus’s endometrial lining to grow on other organs. It can also interfere with the uterus’s ability to support an embryo, making endometriosis a common reason for infertility. Lakshmi found out that she suffered from endometriosis in her late 30s, a time when she also learned that her chances of conceiving naturally would be extremely difficult. Her story of seeking help for her reproductive issues can serve as an example for all women who wish to one day become mothers.

    Do you suffer from endometriosis? Call Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. at (877) 672-4234 to schedule an appointment with an infertility doctor in Chicago. 

    How IVF Is Helping LGBT Couples Start Families

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Before the introduction of in vitro fertilization, LGBT couples were limited in their means of having biological families of their own. For individuals who wish to share a biological connection with their children, IVF offers a diverse range of possibilities for both lesbian women and gay men. With the help of a qualified infertility doctor, couples of all orientations can have the families they desire.

    For Women Who Want to Be Mothers

    Lesbian couples that want to become pregnant have several options, including both intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization. Intrauterine insemination allows one partner to share in the biological process of having a child; however, IVF can give both partners the opportunity to be part of the pregnancy. In vitro fertilization requires the harvesting of eggs and the implantation of embryos into the uterus. To share the experience of pregnancy, one partner can donate her eggs, and the other partner can carry the child. Depending on the wishes of each couple, this process can potentially be reversed during a future pregnancy so that each woman can take part in the egg donation and pregnancy aspects of having a baby. 

    For Men Who Want to Be Fathers

    In vitro fertilization can provide gay couples to enjoy the families they wish to have as well. Due to the absence of a female partner to either donate eggs or carry the pregnancy, each couple has to first choose a donor and gestational carrier before the IVF process. Once these factors are in place, though, one partner can provide his sperm to fertilize the donated eggs. Gay couples may also decide to undergo IVF more than once so that the other partner can also contribute his sperm to achieve a family in which both men have a biological link to their children.

    Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. proudly serves the LGBT community of the greater Chicago area. If you and your partner are thinking about in vitro fertilization, call (877) 672-4234 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacobs. Our infertility clinic offers multiple treatment services to help families of all orientations. 

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