What is fertility preservation?
Fertility preservation involves protecting key elements necessary for a viable pregnancy for future use. Fertility preservation can be used to help women with certain diseases, conditions or fertility affecting life events. When faced with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, your ability to conceive may be significantly affected, and fertility preservation may allow you to protect your ability to get pregnant later when you’re healthier. Fertility preservation also benefits women who have not found their life partner, or who would like to delay starting a family.
Factors important for your cancer treatment that may affect future fertility:
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Surgical impact on reproductive organs
- Radiation type, dose, and location
In anticipation of these treatments, Advantage Women’s Care has a number of ways to help you protect your fertility, and future ability to conceive.
What are ways I can protect my fertility?
Dr. Parikh and her team at Advantage Women’s Care are knowledgeable and skilled at methods of fertility preservation. Depending on your cancer diagnosis, your treatment plan, and your needs at the time of preservation, these options may include:
- Egg freezing
- Sperm freezing
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Ovarian transpositioning
- Medication therapy
Preserving your ability to get pregnant is very important to Dr. Parikh and her staff at Advantage Women’s Care. They will do their best to give you the greatest chances at protecting your fertility for when you are healthier.
What is egg freezing?
Human egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a revolutionary way to preserve your eggs for future use. This process involves extracting your eggs at a time when they would be best able to be fertilized, then freezing and holding them until you are ready for them to be fertilized.
Here’s how it works. After a period of ovulation induction to medically stimulate a greater number of mature eggs than normal, then your eggs are retrieved. Eggs are frozen immediately and kept in a solution that protects them from damage while being frozen.
Once you are ready or healthy enough to get pregnant, Dr. Parikh discusses fertilization of the egg and embryo transfer.
Giving you the best chance for pregnancy in the future, whether postponing conception is related to a difficult diagnosis, or simply your choice for the time being, is a top priority for Dr. Parikh and her staff.
If you would like to discuss preserving your fertility or egg freezing, call or book your appointment online today.