Preserving Fertility Before Cancer Treatment
After receiving a cancer diagnosis most patients do not consider what may happen to their fertility. Chemotherapy could indeed cause infertility, however the Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte (REACH) may be able to help!
Our Charlotte, NC fertility center offers a variety of fertility preservation treatments to ensure you can still have a family after cancer treatments.
One option is egg freezing. If you do not have a male partner this is a potential option to consider. First, the ovaries are stimulated to produce eggs and then your doctor will retrieve and freeze the eggs for future use. This should be done prior to chemotherapy and radiation treatments and the REACH can work with your Oncologist regarding the proper timing based on your treatments.
Another way to preserve fertility if you have a partner is to freeze embryos. You infertility specialist will retrieve your eggs and fertilize them in the lab with your partner’s (or a donor’s) sperm. The resulting embryos may then be frozen for later use.
If you are a cancer patient interested in preserving your fertility, REACH has partnered with Livestong’s Fertile Hope program. Find out how we can help you!