To start a family with kids is what most people desire. To be physically fit for it is essential for future parenthood.
Before cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiotherapy) begins, male and female fertility preservation is an important step to be discussed and planned with your doctor. By finding an assisted reproduction specialist you will be able to understand that your fertility can be hampered after treatment and that you should therefore plan your future capacity to have children.
Huntington has created a service for men and women in their reproductive age that is fully supervised by an assisted reproduction doctor specialized in oncology. We believe cancer treatment to always be a priority and therefore, together, we can assess each case with great care and attention.
There are some ways to preserve post-treatment male and female fertility. The choice of the most suitable method should be made with your specialist as early ass possible and without compromising your health.
Assisted reproduction techniques today are quite advanced and in the case of women with cancer treatment can start in any stage of their menstruation period without the need to wait for the next.
Women take on average 10 to 15 days to preserve their fertility through their oocytes or embryos extracted for cryopreservation. The freezing of embryos is a renowned technique commonly employed for future conception attempts by women in stable relationships. Currently, oocytes are frozen through vitrification technique, which is a very interesting option for women.
Most men undergo a simpler treatment and within five days can have 02 or 03 of their semen samples frozen, which would represent an excellent reproductive reserve.
How to preserve your fertility?
- Semen Cryopreservation
- Embryo Cryopreservation
- Oocyte Cryopreservation
- Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation
- Testicular Tissue Cryopreservation
- Ovarian Function Suppression
- Ovarian Transposition
The effect of cancer treatment on fertility
Chemotherapy or radiotherapy harms germinative cells and thus the functions of ovaries and testicles alike. After submitting to cancer treatment some women and men may suffer impairment to their reproductive organs, leading to low oocyte or sperm production.
Fertility may suffer temporary or permanent debilitation after cancer treatment, depending on the dose of medication or radiotherapy taken and each person’s response to treatment.
Currently, with the medical advancements, the chances of curing a cancer are quite high thus justifying the concern with fertility.
- Consult a human reproduction doctor and specialist in oncology, who will determine the best form of fertility preservation for each case after discussing with the Oncologist in charge.
- Examinations and indication of the procedures to follow.
- Extraction of the oocytes, semen, ovarian tissue, others.
- Return to oncologist to begin cancer treatment.
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