Do you have a hereditary risk factor or A family history of breast, cervical or ovarian or cancer?
It’s best that discussions about preserving fertility takes place before cancer surgery happens or before treatments begin.
Don’t assume your doctor or nurse will ask you if fertility is important to you. You might have to bring it up yourself. If you are considering taking steps to preserve your fertility, and it’s possible to do so, be sure that you understand the risks and chances of success of any fertility option you are interested in, and keep in mind that no method works 100% of the time.
The process of collecting eggs for embryo and egg freezing are the same.
However, the timing can be different. Collecting eggs for embryo cryopreservation typically takes several days or weeks, depending on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle. Injectable hormone medications are given for females when they are safe to give. For egg cryopreservation, the time of the menstrual cycle is not as important. For both procedures, a catheter is put through the upper part of the vagina and into the ovary to collect the eggs.
Women who become infertile after cancer treatment are often counseled to opt for donor egg to become pregnant. This is a serious contemplation. If you have a known risk factor considering egg freezing before anything in your health changes (and in many cases a risk is just that…it’s not a final health diagnosis)
Be proactive. Ladies, be smart about this option which is available to you. Science is advancing so quickly.
I have never met a patient who has regretted freezing her eggs.
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