Why fertility preservation?
Fertility preservation is essential for individuals facing medical treatments like chemotherapy or radiation that could affect fertility. It’s also relevant for those who want to delay family planning due to personal or career reasons. By preserving reproductive cells or tissues, individuals can maintain the possibility of having biological children later in life.
Methods of Fertility Preservation
Egg Freezing (Oocyte Cryopreservation)
Egg freezing involves retrieving a woman’s eggs, freezing them, and storing them until they’re ready to be used. It’s an option for those who want to preserve their eggs before undergoing medical treatments or before age-related decline in egg quality.
Sperm Freezing (Sperm Cryopreservation)
Sperm freezing is a common method for men to preserve their sperm. It’s beneficial before medical treatments or for individuals with occupations that could jeopardize fertility, such as military service.
Embryo Freezing (Cryopreservation)
Embryo freezing involves fertilizing eggs with sperm to create embryos, which are then frozen and stored for future use. It’s typically an option for couples undergoing IVF who have surplus embryos.
When to Consider Fertility Preservation
Individuals facing cancer treatments or other medical procedures that could affect fertility should consider preservation options before starting treatment.
Delayed Family Planning
Those who wish to delay parenthood due to career, personal, or relationship reasons can explore fertility preservation to extend their fertility window.