Fertility Preservation: Definition & Explanation
Fertility preservation offers couples or individuals the opportunity to preserve their ability to have children in the future when they might otherwise not be able to do so due to a medical condition or treatment. Eggs, sperm and embryos can be cryopreserved through a variety of methods. Vitrification is today’s most advanced fertility preservation technique as it provides higher success rates than the traditional slow-freezing method. During vitrification or “flash freezing,” the eggs or embryos are frozen before ice crystals, which ruin a cell’s structure, can form. This is especially important when freezing eggs, because they contain more water than sperm or embryos.
When Is Fertility Preservation Recommended?
Fertility preservation is ideal for couples or individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or major surgeries. Women with a family history of early menopause or other medical conditions such as Endometriosis or PCOS are also encouraged to pursue fertility preservation options in order to help ensure their ability to have a child when they are ready to do so.
Cancer and Major Surgeries
If you have been diagnosed with cancer or need to undergo major surgery, we urge you to take a moment and consider fertility preservation. Chemotherapy, radiation and some medications used during surgeries can compromise your fertility. During this difficult time, it may be hard to take a step back and think about having a family down the road, but it is extremely important to consider your options. Please contact us if you are faced with this difficult situation, and our experienced and caring staff will help you understand your choices.