Preserving Fertility in Women with Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a disease that strikes roughly 12% (1 in 8) of women in the United States and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. With treatments constantly improving, and survival rates continually on the rise, many women will instead want to focus on how they may go about building their family once they are safely in remission, or years after.

It is common for one of the first recommendations to be an egg donor. Especially if a patient was unable to freeze eggs before their cancer treatment, which can be overlooked in the rush to start treatment as soon as possible. Unfortunately egg donation is a costly treatment option for patients, who might be paying off other more significant medical bills. This makes embryo adoption a growing and viable solution for women who are experiencing infertility after breast cancer. Many of the families placing their remaining embryos used an egg donor for their IVF cycle. The cost for embryo adoption is much less than purchasing eggs to create embryos—and why create more embryos when there are embryos waiting to be adopted?

Embryo adoption gives women an opportunity to obtain their dream of motherhood. It’s a safe, affordable solution for many cancer survivors, who are able to carry a child in their womb and experience childbirth. They do not have to do any long-term planning prior to their cancer treatments. As long as they are healthy and cleared by their doctors to become pregnant, they can begin the adoption process of an embryo and make their dream a reality.

For more information about embryo adoption and donation, visit EmbryoAdoption.org.