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Silver Cross Holds Free Fertility lecture on Nov. 2

Joliet, IL (October 28, 2010)—For many couples infertility is a crisis. However, you should know that infertility or reproductive problems are often treatable.

Men and women are equally likely to have a fertility problem. In about 1 in 5 infertile couples, both partners have contributing problems, and in about 15% of couples, no cause is found after all tests have been done. A diagnosis of infertility is not necessarily a verdict of sterility, most couples who seek help can eventually bear a child, either on their own or with medical assistance.

“Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent infertility. As people age, the chances of naturally conceiving are dramatically reduced.   Overall, approximately 10% of reproductive aged couples will have problems conceiving” says Dr. David Cohen, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist with University of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital.

Navigating through infertility can be stressful. With so many emotions and so many opinions floating around, it can be difficult to find answers. Some common myths around infertility include:

  • Infertility is a female problem. Women and men bear nearly equal responsibility when it comes to infertility. Both male and female problems may be elicited during an infertility evaluation and more rarely both individuals have a problem 
  • Everyone else gets pregnant easily. A normally fertile couple has only about a 25% chance of conceiving each month. This number decreases as a woman ages.
  • Be patient; you'll get pregnant with time. Infertility is a medical problem that usually requires treatment. Many of those who complete an infertility evaluation will respond to treatment with a successful pregnancy. 
  • You're probably doing "it" wrong. Infertility is a medical condition, not a sexual disorder. However, the timing of sexual intercourse is crucial to the conception process.


If you or your partner is concerned for any reason about your ability to conceive, please join us for a free program, “Problems Getting Pregnant”. Men and women are invited to join Dr. David Cohen to learn about the myths, truths and various treatment methods currently available for infertility on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.  The free program will be held at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  To register to attend, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located on the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital campus in New Lenox. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the center  To schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call (815) 740-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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