Attain Fertility Blog

Attain IVF Gave Us Hope (and Twins!)

By: admin Wednesday Oct. 22nd
Filed in: Fertility Focus

Hands holding on to HopeBy Amber McAlhaney

In December 2010 I completed the final blood draw on what would ultimately become our fifth failed intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle. When I was checking out, I noticed a brochure perched on the counter at my fertility clinic. The brochure was for a program called Attain IVF – something my partner and I had never heard of. I took the information home and had no idea that this program would play such an instrumental part in our journey to become parents.

We scheduled an appointment to discuss in vitro fertilization (IVF) with our reproductive endocrinologist (RE) six months later in June 2011. We met with our clinic’s office manager/financial counselor immediately after that appointment.

We found out that we would have (more…)

Egg Freezing: Does it Really Work?

By: admin Tuesday Oct. 21st
Filed in: Fertility Treatments & Options

By Dr. Sara Pittenger Reid

People have been abuzz about egg freezing since the announcement came that Facebook and Apple will be covering it as part of their benefits packages. As reproductive endocrinologists, we’re excited to hear so much discussion about this technology that is expanding reproductive options for women.

A lot of questions are being asked about egg freezing, especially lately, and I want to address some of the most common ones today.

What are the benefits of egg freezing? Am I eligible?

For many young women wishing to delay having a family, egg freezing may help prop the fertile window open a little bit longer, allowing them the flexibility to focus on education and career goals during their key reproductive years. The ideal candidate is someone who is less than 36 years old now and thinks she will likely wait several years before trying to get pregnant.

How likely am I to get pregnant using frozen eggs – years from now? 

Women who freeze eggs when they are young will likely (more…)

The Benefits of Elective Egg Freezing

By: admin Friday Oct. 17th
Filed in: Fertility Treatments & Options

human egg and spermFor young women seeking to delay motherhood, fertility preservation methods are ideal to provide family-building options for their future.

This week’s announcement from Google and Facebook to offer elective egg freezing coverage for their female employees is remarkable: giving professional women more control of the timing of their reproductive decisions.

Dr. Marc Fritz, Practice Director of UNC Fertility, explains, “Women may be interested in delaying motherhood for a host of reasons, including pursuing a career or furthering education.” He continued, “Elective egg freezing is a safe and effective option and will hopefully eliminate the need for women to be forced to choose between a career and starting a family.”

Although the decline in reproductive potential cannot be reversed, freezing eggs at a younger reproductive age may (more…)

UNC Fertility and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: admin Wednesday Oct. 15th
Filed in: Attain Fertility Clinics & News

North Carolina infertility clinicUNC Fertility and Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Providing Treatment and Understanding to Patients Newly Diagnosed with Cancer 

For young women facing a cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation methods are the key to preserving family-building options for their future.

(Raleigh, NC-October 9, 2014) In recent years, the month of October has become synonymous with the color pink for nearly 232,570 reasons; for the women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. 

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, with 7 percent of those women being of reproductive age, UNC Fertility is proud to offer services to those in need of fertility preservation. 

Dr. Jennifer Mersereau, Medical Director of UNC Fertility, explains, (more…)

Ever Upward, Losses and All

By: admin Monday Oct. 13th
Filed in: Share Your Story

Infant Loss and MiscarriageBy Justine Brooks Froelker

The Due Date

This was the day we dreamed we would welcome our children into the world, the day we planned to become parents. We had hoped to welcome one or two babies into the world around this time. But they were never our babies to have on this side of eternity. I was never meant to mother them in the traditional sense and never on this side of eternity. They would always be just a dream and yet much more than we ever hoped.

We vacationed together in Lake Tahoe, redefining ourselves after infertility treatments, side effects and financial stressors – with no babies (more…)