Fertility Preservation can be a great way to plan for the future if you are not yet ready to start a family or will undergo any procedure or surgery that may affect your fertility.
Preserving Your Fertility
If you’re not yet ready to start a family, it may be best to look into fertility preservation. By preserving your fertility, you are allowing yourself more time to prepare for future family planning. As we age, quality in eggs and sperm may lessen over time.
Fertility preservation techniques allow individuals to store healthy eggs and sperm for future use. These procedures can also safeguard your fertility prior to any surgery or medical treatment that may permanently inhibit your ability to conceive naturally.
Egg freezing can be used as a way to preserve a female’s fertility. Preservation may be recommended for patients undergoing certain medical treatments or surgeries that may affect their ability to achieve future pregnancies. Females may also look into freezing their eggs to best prepare for any future family planning.
Sperm cryopreservation is available for male patients who are seeking to preserve their fertility. This procedure may be recommended for patients undergoing certain medical treatments that may affect their ability to produce viable sperm in the future. Males going through procedures such as vasectomy or testicular biopsy may want to consider cryopreservation as a backup for possible future pregnancies.
Before eggs and/or sperm can be frozen, an evaluation of your medical history, laboratory testing, and storage consent agreement must be completed. The consent agreement outlines the responsibilities for both the laboratory and the patient in the process of maintaining the frozen specimen(s).