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, oocyte or egg 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.
Oocyte cryopreservation is a fertility treatment worth considering before beginning your cancer treatment to preserve your fertility.
Oocyte cryopreservation, frequently referred to as egg freezing, is the process whereby a female’s eggs (oocytes) are retrieved, frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored for future use. Egg freezing is more suitable for women whose fertility may be impacted by their treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation treatment to the pelvis or surgical procedures than can damage the ovaries, but do not have a partner.