Joliet, IL
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Melrose Park, IL
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Infertility Treatment
Patient Education Resource

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Providing the highest
quality infertility treatment in a warm & friendly environment.

Dr. Marek Piekos
Dr. Anthony J. Caruso
Board Certified OB/GYN - Reproductive Endocrinologist

 

Fully Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) & the Clinical Laboratory Inspection Agency (CLIA)

For many couples, the most difficult part of having a baby is deciding when they are ready to start their family.

For many others however, the inability to have a baby is something that troubles them for years.

As many as 1 in 5 couples of reproductive age are affected by infertility.

 

 


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When Is It Time To See A Reproductive Endocrinologist?

(From BabyData.com)

Most couples assume that once they stop using birth control, pregnancy will occur right away.  Sometimes it's not as easy as anticipated, especially in couples who postpone having children until later in life.  Some may not realize that age can have a serious impact on the ability to achieve. Fertility rates decline with age, thus the sooner couples seek treatment, the better their chances. Many treatment options are available that can eliminate some of the age-related barriers to conception.

If you can say "yes" to one or more of the following then you should strongly consider seeing a reproductive endocrinologist (R.E.) for an infertility evaluation: 

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Under 35 years old and have been trying to conceive for 9-12 months.
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Over 35 years old and have been trying to conceive for 6 months or 
more.
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If you have a history of pelvic infection.
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If your partner has a poor semen analysis.
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A history of 2 or more miscarriages.
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Irregular cycles and have been unsuccessful at conceiving.
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If you have moderate or severe endometriosis.
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If you have had more than 3 cycles of Clomid or Serophene.
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If you have 3 or more unsuccessful attempts at artificial insemination.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has defined infertility as "the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse." These are their recommendations:

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Couples in which the female partner is under the age of 35,  and who have not conceived after 1 year of unprotected intercourse, should seek the help of a physician that specializes in the treatment of infertility.
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Couples, in which the female partner is over the age 35, should seek help after 6 months of being unable to conceive.
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Couples who have known causes of infertility (endometriosis, fibroids, irregular periods, prior abortion, DES mothers, varicoles, prior cancer treatment or about to receive chemotherapy) should seek help even sooner.

Because infertility treatment can require frequent monitoring, Reproductive Health Specialists, Ltd. offers early morning and evening appointments for your convenience.   Most of our treatments can be performed in our offices which helps lower costs for the patient. Additionally, most major health insurance plans are accepted.

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