Fertility Preservation for Medical Conditions

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Some cases of cancer, chronic illness, or other medical conditions can leave one infertile or potentially cause fertility issues in the future. As survival rates have increased in young people diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses, so has the need for proactive protection of egg and sperm cells that could be irreversibly damaged by chemotherapy or radiation. Options of fertility preservation are egg freezing, sperm freezing or embryo freezing. We are able to schedule consultations for women and men considering fertility preservation for medical reasons within 24 hours. To schedule, please call 866.258.8467.

Cancer Diagnosis
For women and men who have been diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery will likely be recommended. All of these cancer treatments can be toxic to both eggs and sperm.

The emerging field of “oncofertility” – the convergence of oncology and reproductive medicine experts – provides hope and options for fertility preservation individuals diagnosed with cancer prior to meeting their reproductive goals.

Egg freezing and sperm freezing are options that can protect one’s eggs and sperm prior to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.  Embryo freezing is also an option for patients who have a partner and would like to undergo IVF to freeze embryos, instead of eggs or sperm.

Given the timely need of cancer treatments, our reproductive endocrinologists will collaborate directly with oncologists to ensure optimal coordination of your cancer treatment and fertility preservation. Depending on the type of chemotherapy regimen, your reproductive endocrinologist may recommend no fertility preservation, as not all chemotherapy agents are toxic. If this is the case, your physician may measure baseline fertility markers and follow them periodically throughout and after treatment and counsel you appropriately on your options and need for any intervention.

Premature Ovarian Failure
For women who have been diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency, early menopause, or have a genetic predisposition to early menopause, fertility preservation is another option to preserve viable eggs or embryos for future use.

Autoimmune Disease
Women with chronic autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, may be prescribed potentially harmful medications to the ovaries that could cause infertility.  These patients may want to consider fertility preservation as well. Similar to chemotherapeutic agents, not all medications are harmful to the ovaries. If this is the case, a Vios physician may measure baseline fertility markers and follow the patient periodically during and after treatment. Our physicians will counsel patients appropriately on their options and need for any intervention.

We are able to schedule consultations for women and men considering fertility preservation for medical reasons within 24 hours, please call 866.258.8467.

Vios Fertility Institute is a proud member and supporter of The Oncofertility Consortium.