When to Consider Fertility Preservation
Fertility preservation is a unique service offered by fertility specialists that allow individuals to preserve their sperm, eggs or embryos through a process called cryopreservation (freezing).
People who are considering fertility preservation may not currently have problems with their fertility but are concerned about their future ability to have children.
Women can opt to preserve their fertility for what are sometimes called social reasons. For example, a woman who wishes to focus on her career may wish to freeze her eggs when she is young and her eggs are more plentiful and of better quality. Then, later in life, if struggling with fertility, she can use her frozen eggs and her partner’s or donor sperm to create embryos and hopefully achieve pregnancy.
Other people who could benefit from fertility preservation include the following:
- Transgender individuals who would like to freeze sperm or eggs before transitioning
- Individuals about to undergo cancer treatments that may impact fertility, such as chemotherapy or radiation
- Individuals with an autoimmune disease, such as lupus
- Those with genetic conditions that could affect their long-term fertility
- People who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in their workplace or while in the military.
Those in the above categories can consult with a reproductive endocrinologist to learn more about their fertility preservation options.