At the time of a cancer diagnosis, many women acknowledge that they want a child in the future or to add more children to their family. In both cases, embryo cryopreservation is a recommended fertility option to explore.
If you’re under 35-years-old, your chances of becoming pregnant are much higher than women over 35. However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer, your reproductive potential can decrease following chemotherapy treatment due to likely damage to your ovaries.
Embryo cryopreservation is a fertility treatment worth considering before beginning your cancer treatment to preserve your fertility.
Embryo cryopreservation is the process of freezing a woman’s embryos. This involves the retrieval of eggs which are then fertilized in vitro, frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen for future use. Once a women is ready to become a mother, the embryos will be thawed and inserted into her uterus.1 This is currently considered the gold standard in fertility preservation. Embryo cryopreservation is suitable for married women who would like to have a family in the future, especially when their fertility may have been impacted by treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation treatment to the pelvis or surgical procedures than can damage the ovaries.