Patients newly diagnosed with cancer may be exploring options for preserving their fertility. Dr. Stephen Lincoln of Genetics & IVF Institute, explains egg freezing and sperm freezing for fertility preservation in cancer patients.
If you've been diagnosed with cancer, fertility preservation should be an important component of your treatment plan. Dr. Mazen Abdallah of Houston Fertility Institute reminds women with cancer how important it is to preserve their fertility and the ways in which they should do so.
When it comes to fertility preservation for cancer patients, the field of oncofertility has advanced leaps and bounds over the years. Particularly as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the experimental label from egg freezing for medical reasons in 2012, the procedure is becoming more widely practiced.
Egg freezing is in the news since the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) just announced that egg freezing is no longer considered experimental. This is the culmination of years of scientific struggle with the difficult technical aspects of freezing eggs. While freezing sperm and embryos has been routine for many years, freezing eggs has remained a mystery until very recently. Now that egg freezing is no longer experimental, many women are considering freezing their eggs to preserve their fertility. Since female fertility declines rapidly with age and many women are not ready to have a baby during their prime fertile years (age 18 to 27 years old), egg freezing seems like a very smart thing to do.
In an interview with Wendy Williams on November 16th, Tyra Banks debunked rumors of a steamy relationship with new America’s Top Model judge, Rob Evans. “He’s like my brother, but maybe he has a crush on his sister”, she claims. Banks recently split from Wall Street banker, John Utendahl. Tyra laughed as she asked the audience to help her find a new man.
Despite a missing love connection, Banks (38) is still taking motherhood and her fertility seriously. She admits she has considered both egg freezing and adoption, replying to Williams’ reminder that egg freezing for fertility preservation is all the rage amongst Hollywood stars and career women.
NEW YORK--FertilityAuthority, the world’s largest web portal dedicated to all things fertility, has launched a new website — EggFreezingCosts.com — devoted to educating young women about their egg freezing options and referring them to trusted fertility doctors and fertility clinics for the procedure. The free egg freezing referral service connects women interested in fertility preservation with the egg freezing experts in their local area.
Sperm producing stem cells show potential for restoring post-cancer fertility according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Magee-Womens Research Institute. Their findings in a primate study, published in Cell Stem Cell, show that an injection of previously frozen stem cells not only restore sperm production, but also fertilize eggs successfully.
Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director of the NYU Fertility Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, NYU School of Medicine, explains that young female cancer patients and younger women who aren't yet ready to have a baby, can freeze their eggs to help preserve fertility.