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What is fertility preservation?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2022 | Fertility Assistance |

California residents may want to do all they can to ensure they can start a family. Fertility preservation may be one of their best options.

Understanding fertility preservation

Fertility preservation involves options for people who have had cancer and received treatments that can compromise their fertility. It’s also good for women who have waited past age 35 to have a baby. Fertility preservation gives you the opportunity to be proactive and have eggs or sperm, or both, or embryos frozen so that you can start a family in the future. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is typically necessary, but some people may also need a surrogate when using fertility preservation.

Reasons for compromised fertility

There are many reasons why a person’s fertility might be compromised and they might need fertility preservation. More women than ever are choosing to prolong having a family for the sake of their career or because they finally found the right partner later in life. It’s more difficult for women to conceive once they pass the age of 35, but many are having their first child in their 40s. After 35, a woman’s fertility declines. After age 40, the quality of her eggs also declines, increasing the risks of chromosomal abnormalities and miscarriage.

People who have had chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer often become infertile. If someone with cancer wishes to have a family, they can benefit by choosing fertility preservation before undergoing their treatments.

Certain types of surgery can prevent a person from conceiving naturally. Transgender people who wish to have their own biological children may also find that relying on fertility preservation is their best option.

Autoimmune disorders and medical conditions like diabetes can also compromise a person’s fertility.