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You Have Time to Freeze Your Eggs Before Chemotherapy!
Despite the high number of cancer diagnoses received per year among adolescents and adults ages 15-39, many are still unaware of the harmful effects of cancer therapy on their fertility. Oncologists may not be aware that the turnaround time for an egg freezing cycle is just 10 to 12 days. Sperm freezing is even less of a time commitment. In order to best educate yourself about fertility preservation options and to advocate for your future fertility, it is important to open the dialogue with your oncologist, OB-GYN, urologist, or fertility specialist.
Here is what you need to know:
- Most fertility specialists will see an oncology patient for an egg freezing consultation within one or two days of the referral. Fertility Authority’s team of Patient Care Advocates can take it a step further by matching you with an egg freezing specialist and scheduling the consultation for you! You can contact them at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Many programs are available to lessen the financial burden of fertility preservation on cancer patients. Programs like Fertile Hope can help you determine what type of insurance coverage you may have and which fertility clinics offer reduced cost treatment to oncology patients. Ferring Pharmaceuticals' Heart Beat program also provides fertility drugs for oncology patients undergoing egg freezing. If you find that you do not have any type of insurance coverage or reduced cost fertility preservation options, EggBanxx offers lower costs and financing for egg freezing.
- Depending on the type of cancer, your oncologist might be able to provide treatment that is less harmful to your fertility.
- There is a chance that male fertility will recover post-chemotherapy. Since women are born will all of the eggs they will ever have, they should consider egg freezing or embryo freezing if they have a long-term partner with whom they wish to become a parent.
To learn more about the fertility preservation options available to you as well as resources for oncology patients concerned about the future of their fertility, check out this article by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and FertilityAuthority.com: http://bit.ly/1o60puD
Watch as Dr. Stephen Lincoln of Genetics & IVF Institute discusses how cancer patients can preserve their fertility:
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