This is a fascinating story of a relatively new fertility technique and its far-reaching impact. In the summer of 2009, REACH first employed embryologists who were experienced in a method of embryo freezing called vitrification. This ultra-rapid freezing technique has dramatically changed how we help families grow. At first, the goal was to improve the efficiency of freezing multiple embryos. As more and more embryos survived, the process quickly proved successful and frozen embryo transfers were found to be equal in quality to that of fresh transfers, all resulting in healthy babies.

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In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), we at REACH Charlotte, are resolved to help you learn more about infertility and how we can help you start a family of your own.  As more and more women delay having children and more couples delay starting families, the concerns grow surrounding the complications due to that infamous “biological clock”.  It has long been a cautionary tale for women, and for ages it’s been assumed that men have no similar concerns, but scientists are now learning that in fact, they do.  Until recently, age has been a risk factor primarily associated with women, but advanced paternal age is no longer just a fertility issue.  Evidence has shown that older men have an increased risk in fathering offspring with birth defects and developmental disorders.  REACH’s fertility specialists are equipped and ready to help you plan and prepare to battle that ticking clock issue.

There are a number of treatment options available that will increase the chance of pregnancy where advanced age is concerned.  One such option is fertility preservation treatment, also referred to as egg freezing.  The video below explains the preservation process and the latest technology used, called vitrification, essentially a flash freezing procedure in which the tissue is placed directly in liquid nitrogen.  Fertility preservation gives you and your spouse the freedom to delay starting a family and is one example where having the right information very early in the game, can change your experience entirely.  In this video, you will learn from Dr. Nancy Teaff, a fertility specialist at REACH, when egg preservation is necessary (i.e., a cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation treatment) to preserve fertility or when it should be considered in terms of future planning.  So, if you and your spouse have reached that age threshold of 35-40, or know you want to delay childbearing until a later time, consider discussing treatment options with the fertility specialists at REACH Charlotte.

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Nancy L. Teaff, M.D. discusses the risky impacts that testosterone supplements have on male fertility, azoospermia and building a family. Click here to learn more.

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This week, REACH fertility specialist Dr. Nancy Teaff was featured on Charlotte Today discussing pregnancy after 40. Check out the video below and revisit her postWhen It Comes to Fertility, Is Forty Really the New Thirty?” where she shares how fertility changes after forty and how fertility treatment may help.

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Not necessarily. Although more and more women are "fit and fabulous at forty," ovarian function doesn't follow this path. Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have--current research into ovarian stem cells aside--and the egg number declines as women age. The best quality eggs are released first, in the teenage years (yes, teenagers do conceive more easily). Egg quality, as well as quantity, declines from then on. Loss of eggs speeds up as women reach their mid-thirties. This is particularly bad news for women who have delayed child-bearing while pursuing their career goals or finding the right partner.

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