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.
View our glossary to learn more about freezing eggs and the variety of fertility treatments available to you and your partner.
I’m not ready to have kids now. How do I protect my fertility for the future?
Preservation methods like egg and sperm freezing are elective options that offer men and women under the age of 35 the chance to achieve reproductive dependability. Egg freezing is a process that stores healthy, unfertilized eggs for years to come so couples are not pressured to conceive at an inopportune time.
What can I do to protect my fertility if I’m about to undergo 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.
Fertility Preservation Procedures
Elective Egg Freeze Options
Women at risk of ovarian failure from cancer or other medical treatment can have their unfertilized eggs preserved for later use.
Called Sperm Cryopreservation, this process freezes sperm for future egg or embryo fertilization treatments, including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Cryopreservation is also a safe and effective means for preserving a man’s sperm before cancer or other medical treatment.
Reasons to Preserve:
Fertility Preservation of Eggs and Sperm
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.