Female fertility can be protected and preserved through different options depending on your specific circumstances, including:
- egg freezing
- embryo freezing
- ovarian tissue freezing
- taking fertility-protecting medications.
Egg freezing allows a woman to store eggs to preserve fertility. When you’re ready to use your eggs, they are thawed and fertilised before being implanted into your uterus. The process generally takes a couple of weeks, and can be fast-tracked for patients who need urgent medical treatment.
If you have a partner or access to donor sperm, you may wish to freeze embryos (fertilised eggs) for future use. This process can also be fast-tracked for patients who need urgent medical treatment.
Ovarian tissue freezing
Removing ovarian tissue for freezing is a relatively new technique. When you’re ready, the tissue is grafted back into your pelvis and may be able to begin producing mature eggs. You can then get pregnant through a modified IVF treatment.
We’re proud to have been part of Australia’s first pregnancy from ovarian tissue freezing.
Taking fertility-protecting medications
You can take some medications during chemotherapy or radiotherapy to help reduce damage to the ovaries. Your oncologist and fertility specialist will work together to find the best options for you.
To make an urgent fertility preservation appointment, please call 1800 628 533.