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A woman’s fertility is at its highest in her twenties. However, many women are not ready to start their family then and may consider the option of fertility preservation treatments.

Fertility preservation is the process of saving your eggs, sperm, embryos, or reproductive tissue with the aim of having biological children in the future. On this page, we will look at why fertility preservation is important, who it’s for, and what our treatments involve.

Who is Fertility Preservation for?

There are many reasons why people may decide to preserve their fertility and they often include the following:

Preserving Your Fertility If You're Not Ready for a Family

If you want a family but you don’t currently feel ready, fertility preservation may be an option for you.

Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

For many people, undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy means their fertility may be affected. Fertility preservation in cancer patients helps avoid infertility. Preservation treatments freeze and store your eggs, sperm, embryos, or reproductive tissue until you are ready to have a family.

If you are about to receive cancer treatment but you want to preserve your fertility, it is essential to talk to your doctor before your treatment starts. Your fertility can be damaged after just one cancer treatment session. So, if you want to have a biological family after your treatment, it is definitely worth considering fertility preservation.

Fertility Preservation for Those in the Armed Forces

If you are in the British Armed Forces, you may want to preserve your fertility before your deployment. This could help protect your chance of having a family in cases of injury.

Transgender Individuals and Fertility Preservation Treatments

If you are a transgender person, you may want to consider preserving your fertility. Whether you are a male transitioning to a female or a female transitioning to a male, transgender the transition could lead to part or complete loss of fertility. The fertility preservation transgender options are appealing to many individuals wanting to have a family in the future, but unsure how the changes in their bodies will affect this.

Preserving Your Fertility If You’re Not Ready for a Family

If you want a family but you don’t currently feel ready, fertility preservation may be an option for you.

Who Does Fertility Preservation Benefit?

Fertility preservation treatments are beneficial for a variety of people. Some people have certain diseases, health disorders, or life events that may have affected their fertility. These many include the following people:

  • Fertility preservation in breast cancer patients
  • Women who have Endometriosis
  • Women with Uterine Fibroids
  • Those who wish to delay having children
  • Individuals with a genetic disease that may affect their future fertility
  • Those about to be treated for an autoimmune disease, such as Lupus.
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The Fertility Preservation Options Available

There are many different ways we preserve your fertility. So, we thought we’d explain the various preservation methods we use.

Egg Freezing

Egg freezing fertility preservation is for women. This enables women to freeze eggs when they are at their most fertile and allowing them to plan a family when they feel socially, financially and emotionally ready.

Egg freezing can also be carried out prior to a women undergoing treatment for cancer that may affect her ovarian reserve (egg numbers or quality)

What is Involved in Egg Collection?

Preserving eggs for fertility treatment involves a process of daily fertility drug injections lasting between 2-4 weeks, followed by an operative procedure to remove the eggs. The procedure for freezing your eggs is just the same as the start of the IVF process.

Vitrification

The human egg is a very large cell and not long ago we didn’t have technology advanced enough to freeze and thaw eggs safely. Ice crystals used to form on the eggs, causing damage to the cells. However, with vitrification, the technology we use has significantly improved.

Now, we can vitrify eggs so they can be stored and used at a later date, with encouraging results. Fertility centres around the world are seeing pregnancy rates of 25% when using frozen eggs. Babies being born following egg freezing and thawing is continually increasing. However, it must be remembered that pregnancy is not guaranteed.

Is There a Suitable Age for Fertility Preservation Egg Freezing?

A woman’s fertility declines as she ages, therefore fertility preservation treatments are most effective when a woman is young ideally before 35 years of age. However, if you are in your mid-30s to late 30s and you don’t want to have a family just yet, fertility preservation may still be an option for you.

Sperm Freezing

Sperm freezing is a type of male fertility preservation. If a man wants to preserve his fertility, sperm freezing is the most effective method. Although male fertility does not decline as rapidly with age as female fertility this is still an option for some. If you are due to have surgery ( including a vasectomy) to your testes or to start certain medication that may affect your fertility then freezing some sperm beforehand may be an option. Sperm freezing can also be carried out prior to chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

Embryo Freezing

Couples with good quality embryos often consider freezing them to use sometime in the future. This is particularly common during an IVF cycle where any embryos not transferred during treatment can be vitrified for future use. This can be either to have another attempt at pregnancy if the first cycle is not successful or to have a subsequent pregnancy after the birth of a child.

Couples can also freeze embryos prior to either of them starting treatment for cancer that may affect their fertility.

Testicular Tissue Freezing

Testicular tissue freezing involves removing cells from the testicles through a small incision, freezing and storing them. At a later date, this tissue can be thawed and used to retrieve sperm. This type of fertility preservation may be a helpful option for males who are going to have treatments that may cause infertility, such as certain cancer treatments.

Fertility Preservation Cost

If you would like to know how much fertility preservation costs at Wessex Fertility, contact us today to discuss your requirements. We will explain everything involved in the treatment process and advise you on the costs of any treatments you may require.

What Happens in the Event of Your Death?

If you decide to preserve your fertility, you can choose whether you want your eggs, sperm, embryos or reproductive tissue used after your death and by whom. Alternatively, you may want them to be destroyed. At Wessex Fertility, we support you throughout the decision process. We offer professional fertility counselling services to help you make a decision you’re happy with.

At Wessex Fertility, We Support You

Making the decision to preserve your fertility is serious and sometimes complicated. Which is why, at Wessex Fertility, we support you every step of the way. Receive all the information and support you need as you prepare to preserve your fertility with us.

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