How Women Should Preserve Fertility
Infertility is one of the serious problems among couples in their post married life. They are unable to conceive and cannot expand their family. In this blog, we will discuss about the several ways for women to try to preserve their fertility. However, some ways remain experimental with unknown success rates. Many women may not know they have options to protect their fertility.
Fertility preservation is an effort to help cancer patients retain their fertility, or ability to have children. Several researches indicate that cancer affects reproductive health and preservation options are increasing also with a glimmer of hope about the survival of cancer patients. The best time to preserve your fertility is before cancer treatment begins. Some of the options are not appropriate for certain women, depending on the type of cancer.
The various fertility preservation are indicated when it’s predicted that there will be disclosure to a cause of infertility, mainly cancer treatment. With the recent advances in assisted reproductive technologies women have many more options and choices for building families than ever before. The standard fertility preservation methods include:
Embryo cryopreservation is the most widely used and trusted method of fertility preservation. Embryo cryopreservation is generally performed as a component in vitro fertilization and freezing of the embryos. The main techniques used for embryo cryopreservation are vitrification versus slow programmable freezing (SPF).
Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) is a process in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen and stored. Later, when she is ready to become pregnant, the eggs can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus as embryos.
New methods of fertility that are undergoing research include:
Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is cryopreservation of tissue of the ovary of a female. The freezing of ovarian tissue that can be placed back in the body after cancer treatment.
Ovarian Suppression: The use of specific hormones to stop the ovaries from working. The latest research suggests that this does not work well for protecting fertility during cancer treatment, but clinical trials are ongoing.
We recommend you to ask your doctor about fertility-saving options as soon as possible after your cancer diagnosis. Our doctors can choose a treatment plan that does less harm to your fertility.
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