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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Why it’s important to consider egg freezing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are focused on helping women take action to protect their overall health and assess their personal breast cancer risks. Why does this matter to you? As partners of the LIVE STRONG Foundation, the fertility experts at New Hope Fertility Center NYC want to spread awareness about breast cancer and fertility preservation. Bottom Line: Fertility preservation, like egg freezing, is crucial for those women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer who may want to build their families in the future.

Fertility Preservation for Breast Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins October 1st and ends on October 31st. In our role as partners in the fight against breast cancer, New Hope Fertility Clinic NYC is dedicated to promoting awareness about how cancer patients can preserve their future fertility after diagnosis.  Search for a fertility clinic that offers:

Awareness About Breast Cancer

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to promote support for women through every stage of their breast cancer struggle. Here are some things you can do:

  • HELP women in need of support during their struggle with breast cancer
  • Go to National Breast Cancer.org and download a free breast health guide
  • Host an in-person or virtual breast cancer awareness fundraiser
  • Make a one-time or ongoing donation
  • Share information about breast cancer on social media, especially survivor stories and hopeful experiences

Egg Freezing Through IVF – Oocyte Cryopreservation

Egg freezing performed through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Through IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs – 10 to 15 typically per cycle. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.

Future Pregnancy

When a woman is ready to have a baby, her eggs can be thawed and fertilized in vitro (in a laboratory setting) with fresh or frozen/thawed sperm. Once the fertilized eggs have developed into quality embryos, one (or two) can be transferred to the woman’s uterus in a simple office procedure similar to a Pap smear. Excessive quality embryos can be cryopreserved for future embryo transfers via Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures.

Vitrification – Flash Freezing Method

New Hope Fertility NYC is a world renowned provider of egg freezing treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement vitrification as a method of freezing eggs. The Doctor was one of the first doctors in New York to facilitate a live birth using egg freezing fertility preservation.

Why is flash-freezing important? 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 breast 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 also widely acclaimed to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology.

By surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro with sperm (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing the resulting high quality embryos, a couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.

When thawed, quality 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 chance to get pregnant after recovery from breast cancer.

Celebrated Infertility Clinic Preserving Fertility Pre- and Post-Breast Cancer Diagnosis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer – or you are a high risk candidate – it is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility preservation treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the top fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC call 917.525.5496.

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