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Fertility Preservation for Women & Men Facing Cancer Treatment

 

What Are Options Before Cancer Therapy?

Embryo Banking:

Embryo banking is the freezing of one or more embryos (the product of an egg fertilized by sperm) until you are ready to attempt pregnancy. This is the most established form of fertility preservation and is an excellent option for women who have a male partner or are interested in using donor sperm. The process takes approximately 10-12 days and usually requires hormone stimulation to mature several eggs at one time. There are specific ovarian stimulation protocols that may be considered to reduce exposure to estrogen. Mature eggs are fertilized in vitro (outside the body) and then frozen for future use.

Egg Banking:

Egg banking is the freezing of one or more eggs until you are ready to attempt pregnancy. This process takes approximately 10-12 days and usually requires hormone stimulation to mature several eggs at one time. Significant advances in freezing eggs for future use have occurred in recent years.

Fertility Sparing Surgery:

For patients who will receive abdominal or pelvic irradiation, it may be possible to perform a surgery in which the ovaries are moved out of the radiation field. For patients with early stage gynecologic cancers, it may be possible to conserve reproductive organs at the time of cancer surgery.

Additional Options:

Preimplantation genetic screening, ovarian suppression, ovarian shielding, psychological and financial counseling are discussed at a fertility preservation consultation.


 

What Are Your Options After Cancer Therapy?

After cancer therapy, survivors who desire to have children may wish to have a consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist to assess their fertility potential.

Fertility Treatment & Assisted Reproduction:

For women and men who are subfertile after cancer treatment, assisted reproductive technologies may be appropriate to help cancer survivors achieve pregnancy.

Egg Donation:

For cancer survivors who become menopausal after cancer treatment, egg donation is a highly effective option for achieving a pregnancy.

Gestational Surrogacy:

Some women are unable to carry a pregnancy after cancer therapy.  Having a gestational surrogate carry their pregnancy may be an option.

 

Safety of Pregnancy After Cancer:

Research on the safety of pregnancy for the cancer survivor and their subsequent children is very reassuring.


 

Planning for your future family

More than ever, cancer patients are surviving their disease and can look forward to the future. The ability to have children and build a family is important to cancer survivors. Although not all forms of cancer treatment will lead to infertility, many do.

The Oncofertility program at HRC Fertility aims to explore and preserve the reproductive future of patients facing fertility-threatening cancer treatments. Options are available for both cancer patients beginning treatment and for those who have already started or completed treatment. 

Oncofertility Information


HRC Fertility has created a special toll-free number for patients seeking additional information about fertility preservation including those who are currently undergoing or facing cancer treatment.

Call 1-800-488-1081

You will be offered an in-person or phone consultation with one of our Oncofertility physician experts within 24 hours of calling this number.

We perform fertility preservation consultations at:


HRC Fertility - Encino
15503 Ventura Blvd #200
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 788-7288
Fax: (818) 788-5988

 

HRC Fertility  - West Los Angeles
11500 Olympic Blvd #504
West Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 481-0881
Fax: (310)-481-9017