Know more about fertility Preservation for Women. Women who are diagnosed with cancer are often at risk for fertility issues. While cancer itself may not affect fertility, cancer treatments can reduce a woman’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
Fertility preservation can help preserve fertility in women with cancer or other serious conditions such as lupus, ovarian cysts, and a family history of early menopause. It can give you a chance of moving beyond the complications of radiation or chemotherapy, and start a family.
There are several fertility preservation options that women can consider before, during and after cancer treatments. Read on to know more about fertility preservation options:
Egg and Embryo Freezing
Egg and embryo freezing are the most common methods of female fertility preservation before cancer treatment.
- Egg Freezing involves the stimulation of ovaries to mature multiple eggs. Doctors then remove these eggs and freeze them for future use. It may be an option prior to cancer treatment, if the woman does not have a male partner, or does not want to use a donor sperm. Egg freezing is also an option after treatment for women who are still fertile but at risk for early menopause. This process has a success rate of 36-61 percent and has resulted in more than 1,000 live births. Talk to the expert physicians at KIMS Cuddles to know more about egg freezing.
- Embryo Freezing is the most established way of egg preservation. It is done prior to cancer treatment and requires a male partner or donor sperm. It may also be an option if the woman is post treatment and still fertile, but at risk for early menopause. In this, the ovaries are stimulated to mature multiple eggs. Doctors remove the mature eggs and fertilize them in the lab with sperm from a partner or donor to create embryos via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Embryos are then frozen for future use. This option has a success rate of around 30-40 percent and can vary with maternal age and fertility center. It has helped create thousands of live birth every year.
Apart from the above, other fertility preservation options include:
- Ovarian Tissue Freezing involves removing a small piece of ovarian tissue from one ovary. The removed tissue that contains hormone-producing cells and immature eggs is divided into strips and frozen for future use through re-implantation or in vitro maturation of eggs. Removal of tissues is generally done before treatment but can be done after treatment if the woman is still fertile. This is the only fertility preservation option for pre-pubescent girls, and is still considered to be an experimental one. This procedure has resulted in around 28 live births around the world to this date.
Fertility preservation treatments are often costly procedures and need expert guidance. However, they can help you conceive later on in life, even after you’ve undergone medical treatments. Meet our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.