Fertility Preservation/Oncofertility

Fertility Preservation/Oncofertility

Your cancer diagnosis might be the hardest thing you’ve ever had to face. Sorting through your emotions and your options can be overwhelming. However, cancer survival rates are higher than ever, and you are likely to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, cancer treatments can cause infertility in both women and men. So if building a family is part of your life plan, let SpringCreek help you preserve your fertility now before you start your cancer treatment. It will give you the best chance of having a family later.

Cancer is a big detour—and the choices you have to make as you navigate this unexpected path are not easy. Let SpringCreek Fertility walk with you as you make them.

For Women

Chemotherapy and radiation often damage or destroy ovaries and eggs, prompt early menopause, or harm the pelvic region, increasing your chances of miscarriage or premature birth.

For Men

Chemotherapy and radiation can damage testes and reduce or stop sperm production. Even hormone therapy for prostate cancer often hampers sperm production. Having a testicle removed can lower sperm count, as well. And surgery of the prostate, bladder, large intestine, spine, or rectum may damage nerves and limit or prevent ejaculation.

How oncofertility treatment works

SpringCreek’s reproductive specialists will work closely with your oncology team to create a fertility preservation strategy that fits your circumstances and cancer treatment plan.

For Women

Many women who have been diagnosed with cancer especially those 37 years new or younger are good candidates for oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing. Egg freezing involves retrieving 5-10 healthy eggs and storing them in liquid nitrogen. Later, when your body is ready, the eggs are fertilized and implanted in your uterus.

For Men

For most men who have been diagnosed with cancer, the best fertility preservation options are sperm banking, in which a donated semen sample is frozen for future use, and testicular sperm extraction, in which the sperm is surgically retrieved and frozen.

Financing Options

You may be eligible for a fertility medication grant from Fertile Hope, a program of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. SpringCreek also has created programs and partnerships to help make fertility preservation accessible.

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When To See a Specialist?

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