Oncofertility: Fertility Preservation for Better Days Ahead
Thanks to time-tested sperm and embryo freezing and advances in egg cryopreservation, a cancer diagnosis does not have to destroy your plans for a family. As soon as possible and preferably prior to beginning treatment, ask your oncologist about incorporating fertility preservation into your overall plan. New York Fertility Services partners with men and women to protect their family building options and create long-term plans.
Depending on your situation, we may recommend for men and women of reproductive age:
- Sperm freezing
- Egg freezing
- Embryo freezing
Fertility Preservation Is Fertility Rescue
Removing gametes, or sex cells, prior to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery and freezing them provides a safety net for individuals and couples hoping to start or build a family after cancer treatment. Even if you do not have cancer in the pelvic region, residual effects from cancer treatment may interfere with hormone production and overall reproductive health.
Your fertility preservation team at New York Fertility Services will prioritize your case, understanding the critical need to expedite assessment and treatment. You can expect to be treated with kindness and compassion as you learn of your options, and decide whether or not to pursue fertility preservation.
We work with leading oncologists throughout New York and New Jersey to provide fertility preservation that does not interfere with cancer treatment schedules and protocols.
About Cryopreservation for Fertility Preservation
Cryopreservation is a laboratory technique that cools eggs, sperm or embryos to -196 degrees, essentially freezing the metabolic process. Decades of research has led to revolutionary cryoprotectants and thawing methods that guard against cellular damage.
Our fully credentialed and regulated IVF lab at New York Fertility Services employs state-of-the-art specimen identification systems and safety protocols to protect and preserve reproductive materials.
To proceed with egg or embryo freezing, we cautiously stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Once we have a good supply to work with, we schedule egg retrieval in our New York Fertility Services surgical suite. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed while the patient is under sedation. Eggs are then frozen, or combined with sperm in the IVF lab for embryo freezing.
Fertility Preservation: Conceiving after Cancer
When you decide to start a family, months or even years after cancer treatment, you will arrange a consultation with your fertility specialist. Joel Batzofin, M.D., fellowship trained reproductive endocrinologist and Medical Director, will explain your options.
- Intrauterine insemination: Individuals who have banked frozen sperm may become pregnant with artificial insemination or IUI.
- In vitro fertilization: Thawing frozen eggs and combining them with sperm in the IVF lab leads to successful pregnancies. For patients with frozen embryos, our fertility team will take steps to prime the uterus for a pregnancy.
- Third party reproduction: You may benefit from donor sperm or donor eggs after exhausting other options.
Taking proactive steps and making a plan can bring peace of mind as you begin cancer treatment. There is good reason to hope for successful outcomes, as survival rates climb and fertility treatment protocols evolve.
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, embrace tomorrow. There’s no better time to contact us at New York Fertility Services for information on fertility preservation options.