Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients
Cancer and Fertility Preservation
The physicians and staff at IVFMD understand that time is of the essence when you are fighting to survive. We know that fertility preservation is usually not a primary concern when a patient is about to start a chemotherapy or radiation regimen. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage sperm and eggs, but the degree of damage may be hard to predict. Understanding your options in a timely manner is important, and making informed decisions will assist you in planning for your future.
For women, one marker of a decreased fertility potential after cancer treatment is the loss of menstrual cycles, or premature menopause. However, some women who still have menstrual cycles after their cancer treatments may have “diminished ovarian reserve”, which means the ovaries were damaged by treatment but some ovarian function still remains. Patients with “diminished ovarian reserve” may have difficulty conceiving, whether on their own or with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).
For men, either the cancer itself or the cancer treatments may cause infertility. Specific cancers that can damage the testis include testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Post-treatment sperm counts may be found to be normal, low, or completely absent.
Several options for fertility preservation may be available to you, depending on your type of cancer and treatment plans. For complete details, it would be important for you to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive endocrinology physicians. Inform the appointment coordinator that you are scheduling a fertility preservation appointment for “medical reasons”. We understand you may be delaying your cancer treatment plan in order to obtain further details on fertility preservation. Our team of fertility specialists will work with your oncologist in a time sensitive manner to find your best course of treatment. We strive to provide a scheduled appointment within 48 hours of your request, and your physician will review all of your options with you in detail at that appointment.
Financial assistance may be available to you, as most fertility treatments are not covered by insurance. We offer extremely affordable pricing through the Livestrong Foundation for our patients who undergo fertility preservation for medical reasons.
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis especially if you want to become a parent, IVFMD has partnered with LIVESTRONG Fertility! This program is dedicated to providing educational information and access to resources that support cancer patients whose cancer and its treatment present risks to their fertility.
LIVESTRONG offers the Fertility Discount Program, which helps those with cancer access discounted rates on fertility preservation services. To determine if you are eligible to apply, please review the eligibility requirements on LIVESTRONG’s website.
Please contact us with any questions. Because of the nature of many cancer treatments and the very nature of cancer, it is very important to understand the options available to you as quickly as possible.
We strive to maintain the accuracy of the information on this page; however, Information on this page is subject to change without notice. Please visit LIVESTRONG.org to ensure accuracy of this information.