Fertility preservation: Plan your future
Science and technology are doing wonders. Another major new advancement in the field of reproductive medicine is fertility preservation. As quite clear from the name it is basically a process by which either oocytes (eggs) or sperms undergo an intervention to preserve their use for future attempts at conception. It is considered for patients who may undergo destruction of oocytes (eggs) or sperm leading to infertility. If we talk about individuals who are at getting highest risks of needing fertility preservations done are men and women undergoing cancer treatments –chemotherapy or radiation.
Fertility preservation may also be used to prevent infertility as well as birth defects associated with advanced maternal age. Advances in technology and medical expertise have provided us with more options than ever to preserve fertility.
Egg freezing : Egg freezing is a method to preserve a women’s egg with a view to them being used in the future. This significant step forward in fertility treatments enable women to take advantage of their body’s fertility at a time when their eggs are the healthiest.
Sperm freezing: Sperm freezing is a method to collect, analyse, freeze and store a man’s sperm. The sample is later used for fertility treatments or donated to other couples or individuals to attain pregnancy. The process is termed as cryo-preservation or sperm banking.
Fertility preservation for Cancer patients: In case of cancer patients who are regularly going through chemo-therapies and radiations preserving the egg or sperm can be life saver. Samples can later be used for fertilisation.