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Summary of Fertility Preservation Options

Patients who want to address future fertility concerns need to take into account the timing during their treatment process, since this will impact the fertility preservation options available. Options are listed according to their medical status (Routine or Investigational Procedure).

Before treatment starts:

  • Stimulated Egg Retrieval, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Freezing (Routine Procedure)
  • Unstimulated Egg Retrieval, In Vitro Maturation, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Freezing (Investigational Technique)
  • Ovarian Transposition (Surgical repositioning of the ovaries away from the radiation field - Routine Procedure)
  • Stimulated Egg Retrieval and Egg Freezing (Investigational Technique)
  • Unstimulated Egg Retrieval, In Vitro Maturation and Egg Freezing (Investigational Technique)
  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing (Investigational Technique)
  • Radical Trachelectomy (Surgical removal of the cervix in patients with cervical cancer while retaining the uterus - Routine Procedure)
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During treatment:

  • Radiation Shielding of the Ovaries (Routine Technique)
  • Ovarian Medical Suppression (Investigational Technique)
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After treatment completion:

  • Frozen Embryo Thawing and Transfer (Routine Procedure)
  • In Vitro Fertilization with Donor Eggs (Routine Procedure)
  • Frozen Egg Thawing, In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (Investigational Technique)
  • Embryo Transfer with Frozen Donor Embryos (Routine Procedure)
  • Embryo Transfer to a Gestational Surrogate (Routine Technique)
  • Adoption (Routine Practice)
  • Frozen Ovarian Tissue Thawing and Transplantation with or without In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (Investigational Technique)
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Patients need to take into account their current status with respect to a partner or sperm donor. Options are listed according to medical status (Standard or Investigational).

Women without a male partner may wish to consider:

  • In Vitro Fertilization with Anonymous Donor Sperm and Embryo Freezing (Standard Technique)
  • Egg Freezing (Investigational Technique )
  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing (Investigational Technique)

Women with a male partner may wish to consider:

  • In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Freezing (Standard Technique)
  • Egg Freezing (Investigational Technique)
  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing (Investigational Technique)

Patients should also discuss with a fertility specialist the decrease in future fertility which occurs with advancing maternal age. In particular, there is a significant decrease in the number of eggs available (about 25,000 per ovary) at the age of 37 years.