How can fertility be preserved in young people with cancer?

Jaime M. Vasquez, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
When someone is diagnosed with cancer at a young age it's important to consider fertility preservation as he or she goes through treatment. In males, doctors can obtain a sperm sample, properly preserve it and store it. In females, they can do in vitro fertilization (IVF) and freeze embryos, or they can stimulate the female and obtain eggs and freeze them.

Ovarian tissue can be obtained, frozen and stored as an outpatient procedure. The woman can then proceed with her cancer therapy and keep the ovarian tissue frozen until she is in remission. Because cancer treatments are more effective today than ever before, it's important to be thinking about life after cancer.

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