With fertility preservation your eggs, sperm, or embryos can be safely frozen and stored for future use.
Fertility preservation (egg freezing, sperm freezing, or embryo freezing) is an area of reproductive medicine aimed at helping people overcome the complications of infertility associated with age and cancer therapy. A woman’s fertility declines with age beginning at age 30 and rapidly after age 35. By age 40, a woman’s chance for conceiving is less than 5% per month. This change is related to the decrease in both egg quantity and quality that occurs with age. Some women are at an increased risk of losing more eggs and face infertility much earlier than others. These may include those with a history of pelvic surgery, endometriosis, smoking, pelvic infections, chemotherapy or who have a family history of early menopause. Fortunately, this age-related decline in fertility can be suspended or arrested using egg cryopreservation.
Suspend your “biologic clock” with fertility preservation.
Using a laboratory technique called “vitrification,” eggs can be safely frozen and stored for future use, effectively stopping the biologic clock until the woman is ready to achieve pregnancy. The younger a woman is when she freezes her eggs, the better her outcome will be, but good success can be had up to age 40.
Options for fertility preservation for women include:
- Freezing of embryos (egg+sperm) for use in future pregnancy in either yourself or in a gestational carrier (someone else who carries the pregnancy)
- Freezing of eggs for future pregnancy attempts in yourself or a gestational carrier
Options for fertility preservation for men include:
- Freezing of sperm (sperm cryopreservation)
In addition to Natural Cycle, we can discuss other options to reduce your hormone exposure during your treatment cycle, including the use of alternative medications including aromatase inhibitors.