IVF Homewood IL

Local resource for infertility in Homewood. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fertility specialists who can help you get through the hurdles associated with conception problems, anovulation, male fertility and female infertility, as well as advice on in vitro fertilization (IVF), follicle stimulating hormones (FSH), and fertility treatments.

Norman H Sherman, MD FACS
(708) 798-2400
19150 Kedzie Ave
Homewood, IL
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Illinois(chicago)
Graduation Year: 1950

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Neil Morton Levie, MD
(708) 957-5353
18811 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1972

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Peter Teune, DO
(708) 798-4999
17850 Kedzie Ave Ste 3250
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Family Practice, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il
Group Practice: Advocate Health Ctr

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Edgar R Del Castillo, MD
(708) 798-7760
17850 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1970

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Dorothy Ruth Anoina, MD
(708) 283-0376
17800 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: South Suburban Hosp, Hazel Crest, Il
Group Practice: Advocate Health Ctr

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Alex Henry Kaz, MD
(708) 799-8880
17901 Governors Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1956

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Monique Deneen Jones
(708) 799-7780
17850 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Mary D Marcus
(708) 957-9100
17901 Governors Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Carmelita Rey Torres, MD
(708) 799-8880
17901 Governors Hwy
Homewood, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il
Group Practice: Homewood Flossmoor Medical Associates

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Nanette M James Patrick, MD
(708) 679-1890
17800 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988

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Infertility

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By Miki Shima, o.m.d.

Over the 23 years I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped hundreds of couples become pregnant without high-tech or pharmaceutical interventions. But many of my patients also add Chinese medicine to conventional fertility treatments to increase their effectiveness and alleviate some of the side effects.

Looking eastward has another benefit, too. In the rush to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to treat infertility, doctors often skip over a critical element: bolstering the patient’s overall health, which can suffer in the course of treatment. Where Western medicine concentrates solely on the reproductive organs, Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance all systems of the body, using a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional supplements.

Here are some of the fertility-related questions I hear most often.

Q: I’ve been trying to conceive for one year, so far unsuccessfully, and I’d like to avoid the hassle and expense of conventional fertility treatments. How effective is Chinese medicine alone in helping women get pregnant?

A:
That depends on several factors. Your first step should be to see your gynecologist for a few exams. She can check for any physical obstructions that might be preventing pregnancy, such as a blockage in your fallopian tubes, and assess your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which affects ovulation, to make sure you haven’t entered early menopause. If your FSH levels are above 10, your chances of getting pregnant without any kind of conventional fertility treatment are very small; if you have high FSH levels and an obstruction, your chances are essentially zero.

However, if your FSH levels are 9 or below, and there are no physical obstructions, traditional Chinese medicine alone can substantially improve your odds. For instance, if you are between the ages of 35 and 40 and your FSH is around 9, you have about a 4 percent chance of getting pregnant without any treatment whatsoever; with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I’ve found that the probability rises to about 25 percent.

If you do need to see an infertility doctor, Chinese medicine can still help. Many of my patients are women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donation, and I’ve found that adding acupuncture, supplements, and herbs to the mix can raise their success rate by about 15 to 25 percent. One recent study from Germany reported that women who received a regular course of acupuncture immediately before and after in vitro fertilization were 58 percent more likely to get pregnant than those who underwent IVF alone.

Q: Will the fertility herbs my acupuncturist gave me interfere with the fertility drugs I’m taking?

A: No, with one exception. The drug Lupron is prescribed to shut down hormone production (as part of IVF treatment), so herbs that promote hormonal activity can interfere with it. I tell my patients to stop all herbal treatments while taking this drug.

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