Fertility Treatments / Fertility Preservation / Oncofertility

Oncofertility Treatment in Texas

Oncofertility is a specialized area of fertility care that focuses on maximizing the reproductive potential of patients with cancer. For patients who are at a reproductive age when cancer treatment begins, it is important to discuss fertility preservation options as early as possible. Our fertility specialists at IVFMD are here to guide you through fertility preservation and family building options as you begin cancer treatment.

How does cancer affect fertility?

Although many cancer survivors maintain their reproductive potential after completion of cancer treatment, others may experience temporary or ongoing infertility.

Chemotherapy & Radiation: Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, can also inhibit fertility potential. For women, cancer treatment may damage reproductive organs, diminish the ovarian reserve, or impact hormonal balance. For men, cancer treatment may damage sperm cells or affect the body’s ability to produce healthy sperm.

Surgery: Cancers within the male and female reproductive organs can cause direct damage to reproductive tissues. Cancer treatments that require surgical removal of the ovaries, uterus or testicles can cause infertility.

Hormone Therapy: Hormone therapies used to treat certain cancers can cause a temporary loss of fertility during and after treatment. Hormone therapies can affect sperm and egg production, or cause periods to become irregular. In some patients, hormone therapy can also bring upon an early onset of menopause.

What types of fertility preservation are available for individuals with cancer?

For patients who are planning to undergo cancer treatment, it is important to meet with your fertility specialist as soon as possible to discuss options for protecting your fertility. Fertility preservation options depend on your age, health history, cancer type(s), and treatment history, among other factors. Some of the most common fertility preservation options for individuals affected by cancer include:

 

 

Upon evaluation of your fertility, our specialists will recommend the fertility preservation options that are most viable for you.

Starting a family after cancer treatment

If you have the desire to have children after cancer treatment, it is important to meet with your oncofertility experts as early as possible to start discussing options for fertility preservation.

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Complete an initial fertility assessment (pre-treatment)

Prior to beginning cancer treatment, your fertility specialist will meet with you to discuss your family planning goals and evaluate your fertility. During this appointment, we recommend completing a full fertility assessment, which will help indicate which fertility preservation options will be most appropriate for you.

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Decide on your treatment and fertility preservation plan

Due to the time sensitive nature of cancer treatments, our fertility specialists will work to provide an expedited fertility preservation plan so that you can move forward with treatment as soon as possible.  It is important to note that the fertility preservation process can take 2-3 weeks to complete, which will delay your cancer treatment.

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Collect eggs or sperm (if applicable)

Depending on your chosen fertility plan, you may need to go through the egg retrieval or sperm collection process prior to beginning cancer treatment. You can learn more about Egg Freezing and Sperm Freezing here. If you plan to use donor eggs and/or sperm, you can learn more about Donor Egg IVF and Donor Sperm IUI.

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Reevaluate your fertility (post-treatment)

After the successful completion of cancer treatment, you will meet with your fertility specialist to reevaluate your fertility. Most physicians recommend waiting at least 6 months post-treatment before attempting to have a child. Certain cancer treatments can cause lingering damage to eggs and sperm cells, which can enhance the risk of birth defects or miscarriage. It is important to consult with your fertility specialist to determine when it is safe to proceed with your family building plan.

FAQ

  • Will my cancer treatment plan affect my ability to have children?

    While a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, it does not always mean you can’t have children after treatment. Prior to beginning treatment, it is important to communicate your desire to have children to your oncologist so he/she can refer you to a reproductive endocrinologist to evaluate your fertility preservation options.

  • What steps can I take to protect my fertility during cancer treatment?

    Depending on your health history, treatment plan, and family planning goals, there are various fertility preservation options available to you. Schedule a consultation with one of the fertility specialists at IVFMD to learn more about protecting your fertility during cancer treatment.

  • How long should I wait after cancer treatment to have a child?

    Most experts recommend waiting at least 6 months after completing cancer treatments to begin trying to have a child to reduce the risk of birth defects and/or miscarriage. Talk with your fertility specialist to determine when it is safe to resume your family building plan post-treatment.

  • Can I use donor eggs and/or sperm to have a child after cancer treatment?

    If your eggs or sperm are permanently damaged during cancer treatment, you may want to consider Donor Egg IVF or Donor Sperm IUI. There are a variety of resources for patients who are seeking donor eggs or sperm. Ask your IVFMD fertility specialist about the donor resources available to you.

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