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Fertility preservation is an option to consider for social reasons and medical reasons such as cancer. Options include egg freezing, sperm freezing and embryo freezing.

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Your first step is to locate a fertility clinic or reproductive endocrinologist experienced in egg freezing. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer or another disease in which the treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, or medication) harms ovarian function, discuss oocyte cryopreservation with your doctor or oncologist. She or he should be able to refer you for a ‘fast track’ egg freezing and connect you to a reputable cryopreservation clinic.

For women diagnosed with cancer that may affect their fertility, there is hope: Fertile Hope.

Founded in 2001 by Lindsay Nohr Beck, and now a national LIVESTRONG initiative, Fertile Hope offers discounted treatment and free donated medication for egg freezing and embryo freezing via their financial assistance program. Sperm banking services are also available to male patients.

It is estimated that more than 1,000 births worldwide have been reported using frozen eggs since 1986, most of which have been in the last few years thanks to advancing egg freezing technologies.

Fertility Preservation Videos

Egg Freezing

Dr. Tina Koopersmith from West Coast Women's Reproductive Center discusses the advantages of freezing your eggs.

What Are the Advantages of Egg Freezing?

Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of RMA at Jefferson discusses the advantages of egg freezing. She reinforces that the earlier you freeze your eggs the better as there is a greater likelihood of a successfull pregnancy late on if you freeze your eggs at an younger age.

What Is Ovary Freezing for Fertility Preservation?

Dr. Sherman Silber from The Infertility Center of St. Louis discusses fertility preservation through ovary freezing. Ovary freezing is used with cancer patients however women who want to put off child baring can also use this as a way to preserve their fertility.