Attain Fertility Offers Viable Options for Cancer Patients and Those Delaying Parenthood

(Purchase, NY) Timing is everything when starting a family. Whether in light of practical or unforeseen circumstances, there are many reasons why couples choose to have children later in life. Lowell T. Ku, M.D. of Dallas IVF, an Attain Fertility® Center, explains the options available today as well as those on the horizon for patients who may want or need to delay parenthood in “Fertility Preservation.” The short video and accompanying fact sheet were produced by The American Fertility Association, with funding from Attain Fertility Centers.

“Fertility preservation is a relatively new area of reproductive medicine that is meant to preserve the fertility of men, women, and children who may be undergoing treatments that might render them sterile,” says Dr. Ku. Ideal for patients who have been diagnosed with a serious illness or may not be ready to start a family, fertility preservation treatments are a safe way to ensure that a healthy baby is still in a couple’s future. Additionally, Dr. Ku identifies military personnel and those who live in communities with high levels of pesticides or heavy metals as candidates for fertility preservation. “It’s not only important as a reproductive health issue, but also a quality of life issue.”

The most common fertility preservation treatment offered today is freezing, or cryopreservation. Patients who undergo invasive procedures including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation may elect to freeze and store sperm or fertilized embryos prior to treatment. Additionally in the video, Dr. Ku addresses vitrification, a promising breakthrough in reproductive medicine that will allow women to store unfertilized eggs. Dr. Ku sees vitrification as well as more experimental procedures including freezing ovaries or testes becoming widely-accepted methods of preserving fertility in the coming days. “With this new technology, we have found that subsequent pregnancy rates are almost as good or just as good as freezing embryos.”

“I’m really hopeful with some really smart researchers out there that a lot more options will be available in the near future,” says Dr. Ku. “It will make it so much easier for men and women who have been unfortunately diagnosed with tough diagnoses such as cancer to help them fulfill their dream of having a family.”

For more information about Fertility Preservation, visit http://attainfertility.com/. The entire AFA video series is available on Attain Fertility’s YouTube Channel.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.

IntegraMed is a leader in developing, marketing and managing specialty outpatient healthcare facilities, with a current focus on the fertility and vein care markets.  IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management, quality assurance, and fertility treatment financing programs. 

Attain Fertility® Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, offers the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 26 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 34 states and the District of Columbia.  Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.

Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of specialty vein care services in the U.S. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network operates 44 centers across 14 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

For more information about IntegraMed please visit: www.integramed.com for investor background, www.attainfertility.com for fertility, or www.veinclinics.com for vein care.

About The American Fertility Association

The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility.  AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. Contact The American Fertility Association at info@theafa.org, visit www.theafa.org or call 888.917.3777.