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.