What is Fertility Preservation?
Fertility preservation is a subspecialty within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Specifically, we focus on helping reproductive-age men and women who are about to undergo cancer treatment understand their risks of infertility and possible treatment options.
The effort to help cancer patients retain their fertility, or ability to procreate. Research into how cancer affects reproductive health and preservation options are growing, sparked in part by the increase in the survival rate of cancer patients.
Fertility preservation, such as ovarian tissue or oocyte cryopreservation, may also be used to prevent infertility, as well as birth defects, associated with advanced maternal age.
The main methods of fertility preservation are ovarian protection by GnRH agonists, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue, eggs or sperm, or of embryos after in vitro fertilization. The patient may also choose to use egg or sperm from a donor by third party reproduction rather than having biological children.