Fertility may be preserved for future use for a variety of reasons. With increased Cancer survival rates, many patients look past their cancer diagnosis towards family building. Others choose to delay childbearing to later in life. There are three ways to cryopreserve fertility:
freezing sperm, freezing eggs, and/or freezing embryos.
Sperm freezing is highly effective with multiple batches stored if possible.
Embryo Freezing excellent results but requires both sperm and eggs to produce the embryo, an option that may not be available to all.
Recent advances in Egg Freezing technologies now provide very reasonable childbearing potential, and may require a few retrievals to have a good number of eggs.
• Your eggs can be retrieved, frozen, and later thawed and fertilized during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.
• When freezing embryos, your eggs are retrieved, fertilized with sperm (from your partner or donor sperm) to create embryos that will be frozen.
• Once you are ready to start a family, your fertility doctor will thaw the embryos and implant one or more in your uterus as part of an (IVF) cycle.