Fertility Preservation

If you are planning to conceive in the future, you may want to choose a fertility preservation option. Choosing a fertility preservation method now can help establish a successful and healthy pregnancy at a later time, when and if your fertility rate declines or when you may be in better health. Preservation options such as egg freezing are available for both men and women and are recommended for women and couples planning to conceive at certain stages in their lives.

Elective Egg Freezing

  • Egg freezing may be available to those diagnosed with cancer who have not yet begun chemotherapy or radiotherapy, those undergoing treatment with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) who do not consider embryo freezing an option, and those who would like to preserve their future ability to have children for other personal or medical reasons.
  • If you are currently diagnosed with cancer and have not yet started chemotherapy or radiation therapy, contact our office immediately to see how we can help you preserve your fertility.

Elective Sperm Freezing

  • Sperm freezing is a procedure to preserve sperm cells. Semen can be used successfully after cryopreservation.

You may want to discuss sperm freezing with your doctor if:

  • You are about to undergo a vasectomy.
  • You have a low sperm count or are producing sperm that are deteriorating in quality over time.
  • You have difficulty producing a sample on the day of fertility treatment.
  • You have a medical condition which may result in infertility later in life.
  • You are facing medical treatment that may affect your fertility.

Embryo Freezing

  • Embryo freezing is the process of fertilizing the egg (oocyte) with sperm and then freezing the embryo for future use. This option is commonly used in the IVF process increases opportunities for implantation success per IVF cycle.

 
Reasons to Preserve:
Eggs and sperm may be preserved for the following reasons:

  • To preserve fertility for men and woman who may need surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy to treat illnesses like cancer.
  • To save healthy eggs for women when they are ready to conceive in the future.
  • To protect fertility options of women with a family history of early menopause.
  • To protect and reserve eggs or sperm prior to military deployment.
  • To preserve sperm for a planned fertility procedure, like Intrauterine Insemination or In Vitro Fertilization due to professional obligations or collection issues.

Options for fertility protection prior to cancer treatment:

  • Cancer and cancer treatments can significantly affect fertility and the body’s hormone system. If you or your partner is diagnosed with cancer and have to undergo cancer treatments, you can opt for egg preservation methods much the same way you would to normally plan for a later pregnancy. Our fertility preservation options, including egg vitrification, can be effectively employed prior to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Our procedures frequently work even if the patient doesn’t come in until after cancer treatments have started. Men undergoing surgery or cancer treatment also have fertility preservation options, including sperm banking, testicular tissue freezing and testicular sperm extraction.
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