Survey Results Reveal Low Public Fertility Awareness

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Fertility Centers of Illinois conducts survey testing fertility awareness and offers educational events during National Infertility Awareness Week

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Dr. Meike Uhler

The need for fertility awareness and education is critical. I see couples unintentionally hinder their chances of success by waiting too long for treatment, or misunderstanding the impact of age on fertility potential.

In response to National Infertility Awareness Week on April 22-28, Fertility Centers of Illinois conducted survey research to test public fertility knowledge. Survey findings revealed respondents were largely unaware of the prevalence of infertility, and unclear on the definition of infertility as it relates to age, gender and cause.

“The need for fertility awareness and education is critical,” says reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Meike Uhler. “I see couples unintentionally hinder their chances of success by waiting too long for treatment, or misunderstanding the impact of age on fertility potential. If couples understand fertility basics, they will exponentially increase their opportunities for success.”

Respondents were given a 10 question multiple choice survey with basic questions on infertility.

Fertility Survey Results:

  •     72.9 % did not know infertility affects 6.1 million people in the U.S.
  •     81.8 % did not know 1 in 6 couples are affected by infertility
  •     84.8 % did not know a woman has 400,000 eggs at puberty
  •     32.5 % did not know infertility under 35 is defined as a couple who has been trying for 1 year
  •     44.5 % did not know infertility over 35 is defined as a couple who has been trying for 6 months
  •     29.6 % did not know a couple has a 20-25% chance of conception in any given month
  •     46 % did not know that 50% of couples become pregnant after 6 months
  •     28.1 % were not aware fertility declines rapidly for a woman after 35
  •     37.1 % did not know ovulatory disorders are the most common cause of female infertility
  •     68.4 % did not know that men and women experience infertility issues equally

National Infertility Awareness Week Events & Info (April 22-28)

Monday, April 23rd (7:00-8:30 p.m.)

Behind Closed Doors: Under the Microscope
Join FCI physician Dr. Christopher Sipe and FCI embryologists Jill Mathews and Elissa Pelts to learn what goes on in FCI's state-of-the-art embryology lab. Our seasoned professionals will take you on an embryo's day-by-day journey from fertilization to implantation.
Location:     Fertility Centers of Illinois
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6 Chicago, Illinois 60610 *on the river walk
Register: http://www.fcionline.com Go to: Patient Support / Patient Education Events

Tuesday, April 24th (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

Fertility Financial Options Webinar
Covering the cost of fertility treatment can be confusing to navigate, but FCI is here to help. Attendees will learn about fertility financing options by discussing the fertility treatment costs, medication costs and loan options.
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/92758759

Wednesday, April 25th (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Keeping it Spicy! & Yoga Date Night
Trying to conceive can lessen the romance and intimacy in a relationship. Psychologist Dr. Marie Davidson will help couples keep the spark in their relationships while Beth Heller of Pulling Down the Moon can offer fertility-boosting yoga moves that promote calm, relaxation and mindfulness. Attendees will learn (and practice!) how to keep their relationship loving, tender, and even a little bit steamy. Attend one or both presentations.
Location:     Fertility Centers of Illinois/Pulling Down the Moon
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6 Chicago, Illinois 60610 *on the river walk
Register: http://www.fcionline.com Go to: Patient Support / Patient Education Events

Thursday, April 26th (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

Fertility Open Forum
Dr. Eve Feinberg, board certified reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois, will offer an informal evening of discussion on all aspects of reproductive medicine and fertility. Dr. Feinberg will answer questions on treatment options, diet, lifestyle, fertility preservation and more.
Location:    Tiffani Kim Institute
310 W. Superior St, Second Floor Chicago, IL 60654    
    Register: http://www.tiffanikiminstitute.com

Friday, April 27th

Get Involved In Community Events
There is a wealth of infertility support available to you.

  •     Race for the Family 5K - Palatine, IL            June 23 (8:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Join us for a 5k supporting the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, an organization that provides $10,000 grants to families struggling with infertility. Attendees can also enter a raffle for an IVF cycle.
http://www.ilraceforthefamily.com

  •     Halsted Market Days - Chicago, IL         August 11-12

FCI will be supporting family planning in the GLBT community at Northalsted Market Days.
http://www.northalsted.com

  •     Birdies for Babies - Naperville, IL            September 29

Join us as we golf and support those with infertility. Charity proceeds and an IVF cycle are donated to a couple struggling with infertility.
http://www.golfinvite.com/bfb

Saturday, April 28th

Mindfulness Training for Fertility (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) *6 week class

Women struggling with infertility often experience negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Mindfulness training for fertility combines well-tested techniques from psychology and meditation. The goal is to achieve deep relaxation and self-insight, and to help in managing negative thoughts and feelings. For women at any stage of the fertility journey.
Location:     Fertility Centers of Illinois/Pulling Down the Moon
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6 Chicago, Illinois 60610 *on the river walk
Register: http://www.pullingdownthemoon.com Cost: $90.00/per person

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 11 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. 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 treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs.

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