Cryopreservation Of Sperm & Embryo | Lifeshore Clincs

Egg Freezing & Fertility Preservation

What is Fertility Preservation?

Fertility preservation has been a remarkable development in fertility, enabling women to conceive their own biological child later in life.
 
Women are often required to choose between their personal plans, careers and sometimes personal relationships with the desire to have a child. In addition to lifestyle choice, fertility preservation is recommended for women who have been diagnosed with cancer or face the loss of fertility for medical reasons in the near future. Preserving fertility through egg freezing offers women true peace of mind – knowing that regardless of their egg quality as they age, they will be able to preserve their future reproductive potential.
 

When Is Fertility Preservation Recommended?

  • Women who wish to preserve their fertility potential against loss from aging.
  • Women with a partner may wish to freeze their eggs in the event that their current relationship dissolves.
  • Women with a partner may wish to freeze their eggs in the event that their current relationship dissolves.

 

Types of Fertility Preservation: Empowering Women with a Choice

Both gametes, egg and sperm, can now be frozen enabling women and men the ability to preserve their future fertility. Female fertility preservation differs from male in that a female’s eggs have to be harvested by egg retrieval after taking fertility drugs which makes the process more complex and costly. However, fertility preservation is a major breakthrough for women, allowing them to choose when they will begin to build their families.
 

Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

The fact that a patient has just been diagnosed with cancer or survived the acute or extended phase of coping with cancer distinguishes him or her from other fertility patients. Patients facing gonadotoxic treatments (i.e. chemotherapy or radiation) have important needs in preserving fertility that reproductive specialists try to protect. Fertility doctors play important roles in helping to preserve the reproductive capacities of young cancer patients. The first steps involve developing and using procedures to preserve gametes, embryos, and gonadal tissue before treatment begins. Next, fertility specialists will assist cancer survivors in using preserved gametes and tissue.
 
Variations in type of cancer, time available to onset of treatment, age, partner status, type and dosage of any chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and the risk of sterility with a given treatment regimen require that each case have its own treatment strategy. A key issue at the time of treatment of the cancer is whether it is medically feasible to obtain gametes or gonadal tissue for storage and later use. Questions about the patient’s health and prognosis also will arise when the patient is later deciding whether to reproduce. A consultation with the patient’s oncologist is essential in such cases for a successful outcome.
 

How to Get Started with Egg Freezing

When appropriate, counseling by a qualified mental health professional and genetic counselor will be offered. We counsel patients and survivors on the risks of gonadotoxic treatment on fertility and the options for and risks of preserving fertility and reproducing after cure or remission.