When it comes to reproductive issues, RMANJ wants to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the challenges related to cancer treatment. Effects can vary depending on treatments, types and physical conditions.
Women are born with a fixed supply of eggs, which can be damaged by cancer treatment, making it potentially impossible to conceive. Sperm production also can be affected.
Preservation requires the collection of eggs through hormonal stimulation, similar to the process used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) over a 7-12 day period. This process culminates with an egg retrieval, a minor procedure performed in our office. Eggs can be frozen for future use via a process called vitrification.
Preservation can easily be achieved through sperm banking. This option simply requires one or more sperm samples to be frozen for future use.
Eggs can be inseminated with sperm in order to create embryos, which can also be frozen for future use in a slightly more efficient manner.