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The Basic Facts About Fertility Preservation

Pregnant Woman Fall (4)If you want to secure your ability to have biological children in the future, you must know all options available. We provide the most comprehensive, cutting-edge, and reliable 21st Century solutions for fertility preservation. Our Division of Fertility Preservation provides all-encompassing in cryopreservation technology.

Fertility Preservation Options

A woman only releases one egg per month during her natural cycle. It only takes one good quality egg to have a healthy baby.

Our Division’s mission continues to ensure that everyone has a pathway to family planning – regardless of their life circumstance.

There are many females who should consider ovarian tissue freezing.

  • Female children who do not have fully developed ovaries
  • Female children or teenage girls who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Women in their prime reproductive years who have been diagnosed with cancer
  • Women wanting to postpone motherhood past their prime reproductive years
  • Women wanting to donate their ovarian tissue to help women who are unable to produce good eggs

Fertility Preservation in Cases of Cancer

New Hope Fertility Center is a world renowned provider of egg freezing treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We have partnered with Fertility Preservation – an organization founded by leading onco-fertility specialist – Dr. Kutluk Oktay.

We are one of the world’s leading providers of:

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing
  • Ovarian Transplants
  • Ovarian Stimulation for Cancer Patients
  • Fertility Preservation for children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer and Turner Syndrome
  • Fertility Preservation for teenage girls thrown into premature menopause due to an auto-immune disease in which antibodies attack the ovaries and destroy stored egg follicles

Comprehensive Fertility Preservation

Our all-encompassing technology solutions for fertility preservation are increasing in popularity.

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing and Transplantation
  • In Vitro Maturation
  • Infertility Treatments After Chemotherapy
  • Post-Mortem Emergency Fertility Preservation
  • Medically Indicated Oocyte (Egg) Freezing
  • Random Start Ovarian Stimulation
  • Pregnancy After Cancer

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through Conventional IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs. Typically, 10 to 15 eggs are produced per fresh IVF cycle. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.

Vitrification – Flash Freezing Method

Our founder – Dr. John Zhang – was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement vitrification as a method of cryopreservation. The Doctor was one of the first doctors in New York to facilitate a live birth using egg freezing fertility preservation.

Vitrification is a flash-freezing method preventing the formation of ice crystals between the cells forming an egg. Ice crystals can damage an egg’s cells. By surgically retrieving and cryopreserving a woman’s eggs through vitrification for future fertilization, the eggs are protected from the adverse effects of ovarian cancer treatments, such as chemo and radiation.

Embryo Cryopreservation and Future FET Procedures

When egg freezing is not recommended by a patient’s oncologist, or it is not the preferred option by the patient herself – embryo cryopreservation – is commonly used to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology.

  • Embryo cryopreservation is the process of surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing high quality embryos for future transfer.
  • A couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.
  • When thawed, embryos can be transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – to the uterus of a gestational surrogate should the mother’s uterus be unamenable to transfer and implantation.
  • Frozen embryos can give a couple the best chances of pregnancy after recovery from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Tissue Transplant

The outer membrane of an ovary is where a woman’s eggs are located. Ovarian tissue freezing is accomplished in an outpatient surgical procedure by removing a thin piece of the outer membrane of one of the woman’s ovary – the preserved ovary. This ovarian tissue is cryopreserved for later transplant to the woman’s other ovary – the non-preserved ovary.

According to a 2015 study published in the journal of Human Reproduction, 10 out of 32 women facing chemotherapy were able to conceive naturally after undergoing ovarian tissue freezing before cancer treatment.

Natural Fertility Restored

At some determined time in her future, a woman’s fertility can be readily restored and she can naturally have a baby.

  • The woman’s frozen ovarian tissue is retrieved from cryopreservation and thawed
  • The ovarian tissue is transplanted to the patient’s ovary through simple stitching in an outpatient procedure involving minimal pain
  • The ovarian tissue comes to life and begins to function normally – as though it were never removed
  • The woman can then conceive naturally without the need for IVF

Convenient Conception Options Post-Ovarian Tissue Transplant

To help along the natural conception of a baby for women who have undergone an ovarian tissue transplant, we offer:

World Renowned Fertility Preservation Expertise

It is important to work with a fertility team having the research and clinical experience required to design a customized fertility preservation treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility preservation experts at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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