Fertility preservation involves the freezing of reproductive tissue such as eggs, sperm, embryos or ovarian tissue to increase the chances of having biological children in the future. This technique can benefit individuals facing cancer treatment or those who want to delay parenthood. Preservation of fertility is possible for both men and women, and advancements in medical technology have led to numerous options to help preserve fertility.
Fertility preservation is a sub-specialty within the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It helps men and women of reproductive age understand the risks of infertility and possible treatment options associated with cancer treatment. The process involves freezing reproductive tissue before cancer treatment begins.
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Various methods exist for preserving fertility. Semen samples can be routinely preserved, and frozen sperm can be used for donor samples. Embryos can be frozen before chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Egg freezing is another option for young cancer patients, as well as those who want to delay parenthood for social reasons.
Despite the benefits of fertility preservation, certain risks and factors must be considered. Chemotherapy or radiation can damage sperm and eggs, making it harder to predict future fertility potential. Patients with diminished ovarian reserve may experience difficulty conceiving, and some specific cancers can damage the testes.
At Arriva IVF, we offer a robust vitrification program, with outcomes that compare favorably to the best in the world. Our fertility specialists are available to provide information about the benefits and risks of fertility preservation and assist patients in making informed decisions about their reproductive health.