A type of procedure used to help keep a person’s ability to have children. A fertility preservation procedure is done before a medical treatment that may cause infertility, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Examples of fertility preservation procedures include sperm banking, egg freezing, in vitro fertilization with embryo freezing, and certain types of surgery for cervical and ovarian cancer.
If you're being treated for cancer, you might have questions about fertility preservation. Find out how cancer treatment can affect your ability to have a child, as well as what fertility preservation steps you can take before you begin cancer treatment.
Certain types of cancer surgery can result in removal of organs needed for a pregnancy, and certain treatments might change hormone levels or cause damage to a female's eggs. These effects result in some females losing their fertility during treatment that can be either temporary or permanent.
Some women may choose to take steps that might help preserve their fertility so they can try to have children after treatment.
When is the best time to talk to your healthcare provider about fertility preservation?
It’s best to start fertility preservation procedures as soon as possible. The optimal timing is:
Before cancer treatment begins.
Before gender-affirming treatment.
By age 35 for women who have no immediate plans of having children.
Soon after diagnosis of diseases that may affect your fertility.
If you’ve had past medical treatments that may have decreased your fertility already, talk to your provider about your options for fertility preservation.
Obstetrician–gynecologists should continuously incorporate elements of patient safety into their practices and also encourage others to use these practices.
Scientists from one of the leading independent providers of fertility treatment in the UK, CARE Fertility and Canadian med-tech partner Future Fertility presented their research as to how AI could be used as a more accurate tool to predict human egg fertilization and embryo development.
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