One of the primary services that we provide at Carolinas Fertility Institute is fertility preservation. Fertility preservation has risen in popularity over the past decades and solidified its position as one of the fastest-growing fertility treatments. There are a lot of contributing factors to this rise in popularity, but perhaps one of the most substantial reasons why women are interested in fertility preservation services is due to the desire to have children later in life. While women tend to want to hold off on having children, biology still plays a significant role in fertility. To help answer the ever-growing questions that circulate fertility preservation, we’re sharing what you need to know about this popular fertility treatment.
What is Fertility Preservation?
Fertility preservation is when human reproductive tissue is frozen in order to be used for fertility treatment services later on. The freezing process is known as cryopreservation, and once the reproductive tissue is frozen, infertility services such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) can be used. Cryopreservation uses liquid nitrogen to freeze reproductive tissues like semen, eggs, or embryos at temperatures exceeding 350 degrees below freezing. Once the tissue has been extracted and frozen, it is stored in specialty tanks until the patient is ready to start a family.
Reasons Why Patients Choose Fertility Preservation
As we previously mentioned, egg freezing cycles have steadily increased in popularity over the last decade. People love to have options, and fertility preservation allows them the freedom to live their lives and make their own decisions without feeling biologically forced into starting a family. Some of the most common nonmedical reasons why patients opt for fertility preservation include:
- Delaying motherhood
- Allowing more time to focus on a career
- To protect viable eggs from a high-risk occupation like the military
- To be able to hold off and start a family with the right partner
Whether you choose to seek preservation services, the cryopreservation process and IVF procedure have continued to see enormous advancement in the medical field. While there are currently no guarantees for results, this technology has made major strides to allow patients another opportunity for a family.
Who Can Benefit From Fertility Preservation?
Many other reasons for seeking out preservation options come from patients who have medical conditions that could negatively impact their fertility in the future. Certain diseases or operations have the potential to limit or eliminate the ability to conceive, so freezing eggs or other reproductive tissue allows patients the possibility of having a child even after facing situations that put them at risk of losing their fertility. Some of the medical reasons for choosing fertility preservation include:
- Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation: Because cancer treatment can have detrimental effects on fertility, some patients may choose to freeze their eggs before undergoing treatment. In most cases, fertility preservation can be completed within a short period of time, as not to interfere with time-sensitive cancer treatment.
- You’re facing surgery: Certain surgeries, including gender reassignment and surgeries that target the reproductive system like a hysterectomy, eliminate the possibility of conceiving a child, so fertility preservation can allow a second chance at starting a family in the future.
- Having a genetic condition: Some genetic conditions may decrease fertility. In addition to genetics, a family history of early-onset menopause may also prompt some to seek preservation methods.
- Other conditions in the reproductive system: Endometriosis and uterine fibroids have the potential to impact fertility, making fertility preservation and IVF viable options for starting a family in the future.
Whether your reasoning is medical or based on preference, fertility preservation has become a widely accepted form of family planning. We know that every patient and circumstance is unique, which is why we are here to meet with you to discuss the logistics of your individual situation. Depending on your sex, age, and health, there may be one or more options when it comes to your treatment plan. A specialist at Carolina Fertility Institute can meet with you to discuss your options and work with you to make the best decision.
Talk to A Fertility Expert
If you’ve been interested in ways to preserve your fertility, reach out to Carolinas Fertility Institute today. Our staff can walk you through what you can expect at every stage and discuss your options with you. We offer a wide variety of services, from initial fertility evaluations to In Vitro fertilization. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling our Charlotte office at (844) 686-2233 or our office in the Triad at (336) 448-9100.