Fertility preservation

  • Life is all about choices and when it comes to fertility, there are choices to make.
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Life is all about choices and when it comes to fertility, there are choices to make.

Have you ever wondered about your fertility and the options you might have? The fact that fertility declines with age causes us to wonder “What if?”

Fertility preservation is one of the choices available on the journey to parenthood. This preserves the hope of future fertility and the option to have biological children. While some might consider this a myth, it is not.

Fertility preservation involves the process of protecting the eggs, sperm, or reproductive tissue to conserve the hope of having biological children in the future.

Who can undergo fertility preservation?

Both men and women can undergo the process of fertility preservation albeit with different methods and procedures.


Methods of Fertility Preservation

There are several fertility preservation methods for men and women and they are as follows;

Sperm cryopreservation

In this method, sperm samples are produced and submitted to the clinic for freezing and storage for future use. The process of freezing the sperm cells is known as cryopreservation. This preserves the samples and can be stored for several years.

Oocyte cryopreservation

This is similar to sperm cryopreservation but instead, the oocyte (eggs) are being frozen in this method. Hormone treatment is given to stimulate the production of eggs from the ovary after which these unfertilized eggs are removed and then frozen (cryopreservation) and stored for future use. The frozen oocytes can be stored for several years.


Embryo cryopreservation

This method is slightly different because here, the fertilized oocyte is frozen (cryopreservation). The egg is removed from the female partner and then fertilized with the sperm collected from the male partner through a process known as in vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryo is frozen and the process is known as embryo cryopreservation. If you are wondering what the best option for fertility preservation is for you? Book an appointment to see a fertility specialist today.




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