Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Here at IVF-Life UK, we aim to ensure that anyone who wishes to conceive a child, has the ability to. This includes anyone who has undergone treatment which could affect their fertility.

We understand that receiving a cancer diagnostic can be devastating, but there are many effective modern treatments which can be administered now, which make recovery attainable and possible.

However, these treatments, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can unfortunately have a negative effect on your reproductive health. But by using our fertility preservation treatment, we give you the option to preserve your eggs or semen before you receive your cancer treatment. This means you can use your eggs/sperm to conceive once you have fully recovered and feel ready to.

Consider your options

IVF and cancer treatments are options which should be considered together, to ensure that everyone has the ability to start or extend their family if they wish to.

Preserving eggs or semen is an effective way to ensure that your reproduction options are open after your recovery.

Regardless of what type of cancer you are receiving treatment for, whether it be skin, lung or breast cancer, infertility worries may be on your mind. However, by using our fertility preservation treatment, we can help you to overcome any issues you may face.

Methods of fertility preservation

Both male and female fertility can be preserved before cancer treatment, meaning that we can help anyone to conceive once they have fully recovered and feel prepared to.

The methods of fertility preservation between the genders:

  • For men, the preservation of fertility will not differ from the regular sperm freezing process.
  • For women, the egg collection process will take place and then the collected eggs will be frozen until they are ready for use.
  • Alternatively, the eggs can be collected and then fertilised to create an embryo, which can then be frozen and preserved for use with IVF after chemotherapy.

The Steps of Fertility Preservation

1. Initial Appointment

The first step for both male and females in preserving fertility is to set up an initial consultation with one of our fertility experts. During this time, our specialist team will be able to offer advice and support regarding the IVF and cancer treatment process.

We will then be able to set up the relevant appointments to continue the fertility preservation procedure.

2. Preparation for collection

The next stage of the process will be to prepare for the collection of either sperm or eggs.

For men, this will mean that the necessary tests will take place, including testing for any infectious diseases. This will be done by experts in one of our modern, well-equipped laboratories.

For women this also involves relevant tests, and the start of hormonal stimulation. This will mean that the woman is given medication which will increase the number of follicles produced. These are important because they hold the eggs.

Once this preparation has begun, the progress of the eggs will be monitored by a doctor to ensure that three or more follicles have developed to the desired size.

3. Collection

For men, once the tests are completed, the collection process will involve producing a semen sample for our laboratory, so it can be properly prepared and frozen until it is needed.

The collection process for women takes place under general anaesthesia and simply involves the administration of an injection to ripen and mature the eggs. Around 36 hours later, the fluid from each follicle is removed and remained under a microscope to see if it contains an egg.

If an egg is present, it can then either be fertilized and the embryo can be frozen, or the egg itself can simply be frozen for later use, perhaps with our IVF treatment.

Talk to us

If you would like to know more about fertility preservation for IVF after chemotherapy, feel free to browse our website.

To book your initial consultation appointment, it is a good idea to get in touch with our team of experts who will be more than happy to offer you advice and support at this difficult time.