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    Top Five Fertility Myths

    1. I can't afford IVF – In Illinois, infertility coverage is mandated for certain companies (see www.insurance.illinois.gov/healthinsurance/infertility.asp for full guidelines to mandate). This means that your employer may be offered the option of purchasing infertility coverage for you as part of your health insurance policy. Insurance companies providing coverage in Illinois must offer the option of purchasing infertility benefits. It is a good idea to contact your insurance company or employer directly to inquire about the specifics of your insurance benefits. Couples are often surprised to find out how much of their infertility services are covered by their insurance. For couples without insurance, our Shared IVF Success Program may enable them to financially plan their treatment since costs are known "up front". These funds can be used to pursue other options, such as adoption, if pregnancy does not occur with a 100% refund for InVia patients.

    2. Fertility treatment means I'm going to end up like Octomom – The real question one should ask is how many embryos should I transfer that will maximize my chances of getting pregnant with a low chance of high-order multiple pregnancy? At InVia Fertility we are a big proponent of single embryo transfer; however, only 10% of our patients elect to have a single embryo transferred. It all comes down to the quality of blastocyst-stage embryos available for transfer. Recommended limits on the numbers of embryos to transfer (2009) are posted on a previous blog at: http://www.inviafertility.com/how-many-embryos-should-i-transfer/

    3. 40 is the new 30 I can wait There's no rush - Women are born with all the eggs they are ever going to have and they don’t make any new eggs during their lifetime. At birth, there are approximately 2 million potential eggs in the ovaries, but by the time puberty is reached, there will only be roughly 300, 000 eggs remaining. Of those 300,000, only about 300 eggs will actually ever mature and be released over the course of her reproductive years. To add injury to insult, the quality of these eggs decline with each passing year, so that by 40 years of age, the chances of pregnancy have dramatically declined.

    4. Diet, exercise and smoking play no role in getting pregnant - Exercise tends to reduce body fat and normalize hormone levels. Some good low-impact exercises that help women conceive are walking, biking and yoga. Eating a healthy diet tends to moderate hormone levels in women and improves sperm mobility in men. Vitamins C and E are crucial in decreasing male and female Infertility. These vitamins tend to increase sperm count and mobility in men while reducing stress on the reproductive system for women. Men who smoke have an average sperm count that is 17% lower than those who do not smoke. Women who smoke typically take longer to conceive and add the risk of spontaneous miscarriage to their list of Infertility problems.

    5. Infertility is not common amongst couples today – Infertility affects about one in seven couples of childbearing age. Current statistics show that about 35% will be female related, 35% will be male related, 20% will be a combined problem and the remaining 10% will be unexplained. You are not alone.

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    Todd Mensik

    Todd Mensik

    Todd Mensik is the Practice Representative at InVia Fertility. He is passionate about making sure that the overall experience of each and every patient exceeds expectations. He also works with the referring physician to ensure that the transition into our office is seamless.

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