Cancer and fertility: You have options
Men and women facing a cancer diagnosis have many concerns, and often their future fertility is one of them. Cancers of the reproductive organs can damage fertility, while life-saving chemotherapy and radiation for other forms of cancer can create life-long fertility challenges. If you’re concerned about cancer and fertility, the good news is this: You have options.
Cancer and fertility preservation
If you’re about to start cancer treatment, any plans of building a family are likely to be placed on hold. But your dreams of future parenthood shouldn’t be.
Our Las Vegas fertility center provides fertility preservation services for both men and women concerned about cancer and fertility. Options include the following:
- Sperm freezing
- Egg freezing
- Embryo freezing, or “freeze-all” IVF
While our fertility center is not a sperm bank, we do provide services to male cancer patients seeking to preserve their fertility through sperm freezing and long-term storage. In addition to coordinating sperm freezing, we also provide semen analysis to evaluate the quantity and quality of your sperm so that you can be sure to set enough aside for future attempts at pregnancy through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sperm can be safely stored for decades, so it will be there for you whenever you’re ready to become a father.
For female cancer patients, egg freezing uses advanced cryopreservation techniques to preserve oocytes until you’re ready to try for a pregnancy. Eggs are retrieved through the IVF process, but are frozen rather than fertilized. Your fertility specialist will provide a thorough evaluation of your fertility potential as part of your fertility workup, carefully tailoring your IVF cycle to retrieve as many eggs as possible. When you’re ready to try for a baby, your eggs can be thawed and fertilized to create embryos.
Another option for men and women undergoing cancer treatment is a “freeze-all” IVF cycle, in which eggs are retrieved and fertilized, then all resulting embryos are frozen. Once you’re ready to grow your family, you can opt for a frozen embryo transfer. With this option, couples can focus on cancer treatment, knowing that their future child or children already have an excellent chance at life.
Because certain types of cancers may be heritable, cancer survivors can also opt for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to screen their embryos for known genetic mutations. PGD gives parents confidence that they will not pass their cancer risk down to their children.
Take control of your fertility
Our entire team of caring professionals is here to support you at every step with compassionate, expert fertility care and treatment. To learn more about cancer and fertility, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Las Vegas fertility center.