Chemotherapy can have a number of negative effects on your fertility. The negative effects on the female reproductive system can be temporary or permanent and the effects vary based on the type of cancer killing medications you receive. All women who face chemotherapy during their reproductive years should consider egg freezing to preserve their fertility.
What is egg freezing?
Egg freezing is a method of fertility preservation. Unlike men who produce sperm daily, a woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have. If those eggs are damaged during chemotherapy it can be difficult, if not impossible, to become pregnant naturally.
During an egg freezing cycle a woman’s body is stimulated to produce multiple eggs. Those eggs are then harvested, frozen, and stored for future use. When done prior to chemotherapy, fertility preservation ensures a woman has healthy eggs available when she is ready to start a family.
What are the benefits of egg freezing before chemotherapy?
Eggs are frozen using vitrification, a state of the art method of freezing eggs. When vitrification is used, eggs have a 98 percent survival rate for the freezing and thawing process. This high success rate gives women the peace of mind that they will have their own eggs available once they are ready to start a family. Eggs frozen with vitrification may be stored for years, so there is no need to rush into starting a family unless a client wants to. Additionally, women are able to focus on their cancer treatment without worrying about how their future fertility is being effected.
How is treatment coordinated?
In order to be successful, your fertility care team will coordinate your care with your existing medical team. The greatest care is taken to ensure that the prescribed fertility medication does not interfere with existing treatment. Additionally, regular updates are made so that your entire medical team is aware of and able to monitor your progress.
For additional information about freezing eggs and fertility preservation during chemotherapy, contact New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.