Cancer treatment, while lifesaving, can negatively affect a woman’s fertility. Advances in fertility care have provided a way to preserve fertility prior to receiving cancer treatment. Additionally, there are a number of methods for growing your family after receiving treatment for cancer.
Chemotherapy and radiation have the potential to negatively affect a woman’s eggs. Retrieving and storing eggs prior to receiving cancer treatment can allow a woman to preserve her fertility. Working in combination with your medical team, fertility experts use medication to stimulate your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. These eggs are harvested, frozen, and stored until your treatment is complete and you are ready to start a family. This can also help to provide peace of mind during cancer treatment.
Some treatment methods can decrease the number of eggs a woman has, also known as ovarian reserve, thereby resulting in infertility. The process of in vitro fertilization, where eggs are harvested and fertilized in a lab, may be successful at addressing these issues, even with a low ovarian reserve. Advances in the field of fertility medication have made in vitro fertilization and realistic way of conceiving even for women with low ovarian reserves. All it takes is one good egg to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Using Donor Eggs
In instances when a woman does not have or is unable to use her own eggs, donor eggs provide another option for growing a family. Women can select eggs from a donor that has physical, mental, and emotional characteristics that match her own. While the child will not be genetically related to the mother, there is an option to use her husband’s sperm and to experience pregnancy and childbirth. Women who donate eggs are required to go through a number of medical and psychological tests before they are able to donate eggs.
For additional information on fertility assistance after receiving cancer treatment, contact New Hope today. Their expert fertility team provides fertility care by customizing treatment plans to the specific needs of each patient. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.