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Reproductive Future of Cancer Survivors- What Can Oncofertility Do for You?

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A good number of cancer patients in this world are under the age of forty. Also, Cancer treatments involve radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, etc. While more people survive cancer every day, the treatment options may reduce or eliminate their chances at reproduction.

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Oncofertility is the bridge that researches reproduction options under the light of oncology to create fertility preservation options for those who may or may not get a chance at natural conception and procreation post treatment.

First, Find out What Cancer Means for Your Fertility?

Chemotherapy and radiation, two of the most general and primary treatment options for cancer, are equipped with traits that may render you infertile.

They may cause low sperm count, harm sperm DNA, or affect motility in men. They can influence egg health, compromise hormonal balance, or damage the reproductive system in women. Surgical removal of the ovaries or uterus in females and that of the testicles in men will also put a big hurdle in their way of procreating in the future.

Cancer is overwhelming in its own right. However, it is always better to face it on as many fronts as possible. Consult your doctors regarding the meaning of your particular type of cancer for your chances at parenthood in the future. Once you have settled on the reproductive risks, understand your options and weigh them all.

Fertility Preservation for Women

Women can choose between embryo cryopreservation(IVF), oocyte cryopreservation, trachelectomy, and ovarian transposition to save their chances at motherhood.

Embryo freezing is a practical option if you are a woman who has a partner and is willing to procreate with him. It stays preserved until you are healthy and ready to conceive. You can also use it with a surrogate mother if required.

Oocyte Preservation allows you to freeze your eggs(given you are a woman, of course.) If you were to ever find a partner in future that you may want to have a kid with, the frozen oocytes could be matured using hormonal stimulation and planted in your uterus or that of a surrogate’s.

Doctors can reposition your ovaries (ovarian transposition) if you are about to get radiation(but no chemo) around your pelvis area. The aim of transposition is to get the ovaries as far away from radiation as possible. After the treatment is concluded, the ovaries are placed back in their original position.

Trachelectomy is useful in cervical cancer’s initial stages. The cervix is removed without harming the fertility factors.

Fertility Preservation for Men

Men can opt for sperm cryopreservation or gonadal shielding. The sperms can be kept frozen for years and can be used when you wish to procreate. IVF or artificial insemination can help in the process.

Gonadal shielding is meant to provide your reproductive organs with the best possible cover from the radiation. It can help preserve your fertility to a reasonable extent.

Of Course, Educate Yourself before Making a Decision

Undertake research. Read, think, and have discussions with your medical team. You have to spend time with them and go over all potential solutions to your issues. Cancer is a ticking clock which means that every second you spend reading up, asking questions, and weighing answers counts.

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