Protecting your fertility from cancer

 

The war with cancer rages on, but unknown too many Americans, another battle in the cancer war may just be starting.

According to a recent article appearing on U.S. News.com, reproductive-age women diagnosed with cancer need more information about fertility preservation methods.

While they may help put cancer into remission, treatments including chemotherapy can also lead to infertility in patients, making achieving a post-cancer pregnancy more difficult. According to the U.S. News article, researchers used a preliminary sample of 918 women who received cancer therapies. Of the sample, 61 percent of women received counseling about the risk cancer treatments posed to fertility, but only four percent of women actually took steps to preserve their fertility. Many options are available for women prior to beginning chemotherapy treatments, including freezing eggs.

Organizations, like Sher Fertility Institute have Fertility Rescue programs, allowing cancer patients to freeze eggs for future use free of charge.

Unfortunately, for some women who have already undergone cancer treatments, it can be too late and fertility will be a continuous struggle.

Achieving a pregnancy is not out of the question for these women though. A relatively new form of adoption, embryo adoption can help fulfill a dream of pregnancy and birth. Embryo adoption occurs when a family adopts frozen embryo from a donor family. The adoptive family, after completing a home study assessment, and signing legal paper work, adopts the embryos, undergoes a frozen embryo transfer and if all goes according to plan, will give birth to an adopted child nine months later.

To learn more about Embryo Adoption, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.

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