Coping with a breast cancer diagnosis is one of the toughest things a woman can experience. There are a number of decisions to make and emotions to handle that deal with the present situation. Woman can plan for a future family through fertility preservation. Advancements in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) helps many women go on to lead healthy, happy lives – including starting a family.
Preserving Fertility Before Breast Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment works on the active cells in a tumor. Unfortunately, the same treatments that are used to shrink a tumor can negatively impact a woman’s egg reserve. Because women are born with their full supply of eggs, any treatment done to a woman’s body can impact her eggs as well. As a result, some women find they are unable to conceive after cancer treatment. Fertility preservation directly addresses this issue by harvesting eggs prior to the beginning of cancer treatment. Those eggs are then frozen and stored until a woman is ready to start a family. This process helps to ensure that women with a breast cancer diagnosis can have their own biological children after treatment.
Fertility Preservation Methods
There are multiple methods of fertility preservation in today's field of ART.
- Egg Freezing – In order to freeze eggs, a woman is given fertility medication so that several eggs are gown during a single cycle. Her eggs are retrieved via microsurgery. The eggs are reviewed for quality and then those that are suitable for fertilization are frozen and stored.
- Embryo Freezing – Embryo freezing takes the egg freezing cycle a step further. After retrieval, the eggs are fertilized either using the sperm from a partner or a donor. The resulting embryos are then frozen for later Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) . This additional step allows genetic testing to be done so that women know exactly how many healthy embryos they have available.
- Ovarian Tissue Freezing – This method harvests ovarian tissue that contains hundreds of eggs. This tissue is frozen and can ultimately be returned to the body where it will perform normally.
More Info About Preserving Fertility
To receive additional information about fertility preservation for women who have a breast cancer diagnosis, contact New Hope Fertility Center.
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