Attain Fertility Blog

Announcing the Winners! 2014 Furbaby Halloween Contest

By: Britt Berg Friday Oct. 31st
Filed in: Attain Fertility Clinics & News

This Halloween, we are celebrating all of your Furbabies in a special way. 

For our Furbaby Halloween contest, we asked you to share pictures of your sweet Furbabies all dressed up for Halloween, and we have to say that your photos were purrrrrrfect.

It was so hard to decide on a winner, as we fell in love with ALL of your cuties. But without further delay, here are the winners of the 2014 Attain Fertility Furbaby Halloween Contest on Pinterest.

The Grand Prize winner, as voted by Team Attain Fertility, based on originality, creativity, costume, and cuteness, is: 

Kristin Pladson and her Dirty Martini Dog Fletcher!

Kristin Pladson dog costume

Congratulations, Kristin, you win a $50 gift card and 2 infertility books! (more…)

UNC Fertility Forms New Infertility Partnership

By: admin Sunday Oct. 26th
Filed in: Attain Fertility Clinics & News

North carolina infertility clinicBy Erica Wilkens 

Couples in the Greenville region needing fertility assistance have the best of both worlds – convenience and access to state-of-the-art technology – while controlling costs.

In vitro fertilization (IVF), which is one of many treatment options for couples in need of fertility assistance, is typically one of the most costly treatments due to the highly-specialized laboratory technology needed. UNC Fertility Center and ECU Women’s Physicians healthcare practices announced today a unique collaboration to better serve Greenville-area patients in need of IVF and to help control treatment costs. 

Through their partnership, women in eastern North Carolina will be able to receive (more…)

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…)