Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients
Carolina Conceptions understands that when one is diagnosed with cancer, one is faced with many important potentially life altering decisions. Thinking about one’s future fertility is an important consideration.
Cancer treatment can affect reproductive potential in one of several ways:
- Have no affect on one’s fertility.
- In men, sperm counts may be decreased temporarily or permanently.
- Women may have temporary or permanent alteration of their menstrual cycles due to adverse effects of treatment on their ovaries.
- Fertility may be compromised with a permanently lower sperm count or lower egg reserve that will not improve over time.
- Permanent sterility may result with either no sperm or an absence of eggs.
The risk of infertility depends upon many variables including type and dose of chemotherapy, location and dose of radiation, extent of surgery and one’s age and type of cancer.
It is important to consider preserving your fertility BEFORE you begin your cancer therapy. Options for fertility preservation include:
- Sperm banking of ejaculated sperm or testicular sperm
- Egg (oocyte) freezing for women with cancer
- Embryo freezing (for women who have a male partner)
- Fertility sparing surgery or radiation shielding of testicles or ovaries
- Ovarian suppression
If you are a cancer patient interested in preserving your fertility before chemo and/or radiation, contact us immediately at (919) 782-5911 x 123 to schedule a consultation to discuss if this procedure might be an appropriate option for you.