An ovarian cancer diagnosis means that a woman is faced with surgical removal of an ovary due to cancerous tumors. This disease is of great concern to all women – and teenage girls – because they face the prospect of being infertile in their prime reproductive years.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is the support organization advocating for fertility preservation. There is a very narrow window available to initiate viable fertility preservation options – sometimes only weeks.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Both ovarian cancer and the chemotherapy treatments for same have serious consequences for a woman’s ability to conceive a baby in the future. National Ovarian Awareness Month promotes conversations about the viable fertility preservation options available to women through egg freezing.
How Ovarian Cancer Affects a Woman’s Fertility
Chemotherapy drugs and/or radiation therapy used to treat ovarian cancer will have a negative impact on a woman’s future fertility. Treatment for ovarian cancer can also involve removal of part or all of a woman’s reproductive organs:
- One or both ovaries
- One or both Fallopian tubes
- The Uterus
All women must know all of their options to preserve their fertility for future family planning.
Egg freezing performed through IVF is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.
Flash Freezing Method – Vitrification
A flash-freezing method – known as vitrification – prevents the formation of ice crystals between the cells forming an egg. Ice crystals can damage an egg’s cells. By surgically retrieving and cryopreserving a woman’s eggs through vitrification for future fertilization, the eggs are protected from the adverse effects of ovarian cancer treatments, such as chemo and radiation.
Embryo Freezing and FET
By surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing the resulting high quality embryos, a couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.
When egg freezing is not recommended by a patient’s oncologist, or it is not the preferred option by the patient herself – embryo cryopreservation – is also widely acclaimed to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology.
When thawed, embryos can be transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – to the uterus of a gestational surrogate should the mother’s uterus be unamenable to transfer and implantation. Frozen embryos can give a couple the best chances of pregnancy after recovery from ovarian cancer.
The Compassionate Infertility Doctor
It is important to work with a compassionate infertility doctor having over 38 years of clinical diagnostic and successful treatment experience.
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs has two beautiful office located in Hoffman Estates IL and Buffalo Grove IL. Dr. Jacobs is the Senior Doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois and has privileges in 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located in the Chicagoland area. After you consult with Dr. Jacobs, you can choose from all convenient locations to pursue your customized IVF treatment plan.
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