Often, when people think of fertility preservation, they think of freezing eggs. Once thought of as an experimental treatment, egg freezing is now a widely accepted way to retain the ability to have children. This treatment option is valid for both healthy women and women who are about to receive treatment for cancer.
Change in Medical Perspective
In October 2012, ASRM, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, officially declared that egg freezing prior to receiving cancer treatment was no longer experimental. Although women with cancer are not “healthy”, they are often in a position to preserve their fertility before receiving treatment that can permanently alter their ability to reproduce. The declaration made by ASRM was echoed by a recommendation by the American Society for Clinical Oncology that all women with a cancer diagnosis receive counseling on fertility reproduction prior to treatment.
Changes in Society Norms
Changes in our society have made it increasingly acceptable to start families later in life. For some women, this decision is based on their medical needs. For other women, the choice to delay parenthood is due to wanting to pursue personal or professional goals. Regardless of the reason, advances in fertility medicine have made egg freezing a reliable way to preserve fertility.
Holistic Ways to Improve Fertility
In addition to freezing eggs, there are a number of things you can do to holistically improve your fertility:
- Stop Smoking – Smoking has a negative effect on the ability to reproduce for both men and women. Kicking the smoking habit also helps to improve health during pregnancy and the future baby’s health both before and after birth. It is important that both partners stop smoking as even second hand smoke can negatively impact fertility.
- Healthy Weight – Obesity can negatively affect fertility as can being underweight. Being a healthy weight for your height can significantly improve your natural fertility.
- See Your Doctor – Having an annual physical can identify areas of concern before they become significant problems. It is a good idea to let your physician know that you are looking to start a family so they can provide medical support to help you prepare physically.
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