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Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation

For patients facing medical conditions or other life events that may impact their future fertility, we offer a full range of fertility preservation options to help you optimize your ability to have a biological child in the future.

We Can Help You

We’re helping men and women whose future fertility may be at risk due to:

  • Cancer and its treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery
  • Occupational exposure to radiation, hazardous chemicals or other agents
  • Military service or deployment
  • Age, for women who are not ready to have children yet
  • A family history of premature menopause
  • Travel to areas that place them at risk of Zika infection
  • Diminished ovarian reserve (decreasing number and quality of eggs)

Why the Family Fertility Center?

We offer:

  • Expert fertility counseling to help you understand your options
  • The latest advancements in fertility preservation treatments and techniques
  • A state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab with cutting-edge technology to improve success rates
  • More than three decades of experience helping patients fulfill their dreams of building a family
  • The highest level of comfort and safety for patients undergoing IVF procedures
  • Resources to promote mental/relationship wellness <link to new Reproductive Psychiatry page>

A Leader in Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

We partner with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to help patients preserve their fertility before undergoing cancer treatment, ensuring the best chance of pregnancy once treatment is completed.

Our specialists offer counseling on the most appropriate fertility preservation options based on your cancer type and collaborate closely with your oncologist to ensure your fertility preservation is completed quickly and safely, minimizing delays in starting cancer treatment.

Fertility Preservation Options

Egg freezing (cryopreservation)

In this process, medications are given to induce the woman’s ovaries to mature multiple eggs. The eggs are then retrieved and frozen until a woman decides to use them. The eggs can be thawed at a later date, combined with sperm in the lab using in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the resulting embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus.

Because the eggs are frozen prior to being fertilized, no sperm is needed.

Egg freezing may be a good option for women who:

  • Are single or not in a relationship
  • Have religious or ethical objections to embryo freezing
  • Want to increase the chances of having a biological child later in life
  • Are cancer patients

Embryo freezing (cryopreservation)

Similar to egg freezing, medications are used to stimulate the woman’s ovaries to mature a group of eggs. In this process, the eggs are retrieved and combined with sperm in the lab for fertilization. The resulting embryos are then frozen for future use, at which time they can be thawed and transferred to the woman’s uterus.

Embryo freezing may be a good option for:

  • Couples in committed relationships
  • Individuals who need genetic testing
  • Those who want to increase the chances of having a biological child later in life

Ovarian tissue freezing

This experimental procedure, also known as ovarian tissue banking, is typically used in cases where cancer treatment cannot be delayed the two to three weeks required to perform IVF, or in young girls who have not gone through puberty yet.

During this laparoscopic procedure, an ovary or a piece of the ovary containing eggs is surgically removed, cut into thin strips, and frozen for future use. If a woman has premature menopause or ovarian failure, the tissue can be thawed and re-implanted in the woman’s body, increasing the chance for natural conception of pregnancy through IVF. The procedure can be performed quickly, avoiding a delay in treating the cancer.

Ovarian suppression

This experimental treatment uses medications to temporarily stop the ovaries from functioning during cancer treatment, potentially protecting eggs from the harmful effects of chemotherapy.

Sperm banking

Also known as sperm freezing or cryopreservation, sperm banking offers men the possibility of fathering a child in the future. Specimens are collected through masturbation, frozen and stored for future use. The sperm can be thawed and used for artificial insemination or IVF. Sperm banking is available through our partnership with Baylor College of Medicine’s Scott Department of Urology, home to one of the few specialized laboratories devoted exclusively to male reproductive health testing.

Additional Resources

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Family Fertility Center at 832-826-7272.