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Fertility preservation before cancer treatment

Young women very frequently are not aware of the fact that they can have a healthy child after having cancer. Oncologists usually focus on the fight for their health and life and believe that this is not the time to think about protecting their fertility. The patients themselves also do not often think about this aspect. However, a woman aged up to 35 who decides to collect and freeze her ova may get pregnant and become a happy mom even after several years.

When should I become interested in the fertility protection?

One has to think about protecting the fertility for the future already prior to the oncological treatment, because chemotherapy and radiotherapy very often result in its loss. Chances of preserving the fertility depend on few factors:

  • age,
  • fertility prior to the treatment,
  • type of therapy used – radiated area and dose of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Their action may damage or destroy the ova and result in complete inhibition of ovarian function, i.e. premature menopause. It may also lead to problems with implantation of the embryo in the uterus or maintaining the pregnancy. Irradiation of brain areas responsible for secretion of hormones which have impact on the efficiency of the reproductive system may also lead to infertility. Oncological therapy may also involve removal of parts of reproductive organs, e.g. the ovaries, but contemporary medicine will find solution to this issue.

How to protect fertility?

There are few ways. One of the most commonly used methods is to freeze the ova. InviMed Clinic has offered freezing and storing the ova since 7 years. This method is mostly selected by patients who suffer from breast cancer and lymphomas. Young women, i.e. those whose best fertility lasts until the age of 35, most frequently suffer from these types of malignancies. Ovarian tissue or embryos may also be frozen. Similar to frozen ova, they are afterwards used in in vitro procedure. Frozen biological material may be stored for many years to be used for fertilization or implantation.

Remember that at least 6 months must pass since the cancer treatment is finished until a woman starts trying to get pregnant.

What are the steps?

  • 1Appointment with specialist

    Patients start with a consultation with a fertility specialist. At this appointment a medical examination and [health tests] will be performed.

  • 2Preparation

    Patients will be provided with medication to prepare hormonally. Hormonal stimulation increases the number of mature eggs that will be available.

  • 3Egg Cell (Ovum) Collection

    On the day of the menstrual cycle, patients have an appointment at InviMed. days later, the eggs are released using hormonal induction. These egg cells are then collected in a short, painless procedure.

  • 4Freezing (Vitrification)

    The taken egg cells are frozen using the vitrification procedure. They will be stored in our clinic.

Affordable Excellence

Choose from:

Egg freezing 6210 PLN (£1301*)
Sperm Freezing 735 PLN (£154*)
*For the latest rates in British pounds (GBP) Click here

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It’s a real pleasure to be surrounded by a team of professionals I know I can count on. Whatever we do to help the patient, I know every single step of the process is carried out with the care and skill we should expect from the very best doctors and nurses.
dorota-kuka-panasiuk-invimed-katowice.jpgDorota Kuka- Panasiuk, M.D.,Ph.D

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