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Protecting your fertility

Protecting your fertility may be important to you for many reasons.

You may be about to undergo treatment for cancer, or you have made an active decision to delay parenthood, for example. Our team can help you explore options to help preserve your fertility.

For male patients

Sperm freezing

We are able to freeze sperm, which is the most effective way of preserving fertility. If time permits, we are able to do this more than once if required.

For female patients

Egg freezing and embryo freezing

Both of these types of fertility preservation require a process similar to IVF treatment. Sometimes these processes can be quite short requiring approximately 10 – 14 days from the start of your period to egg collection.

Once the eggs are collected those that are mature can be frozen directly, with a technique called egg vitrification, or they can be fertilised with sperm from a partner or donor before they are frozen, with a technique called embryo vitrification.

Egg vitrification is a relatively new technique and may be a suitable option for patients who are single or not in a long-term relationship at the time of needing fertility preservation.

If you are considering egg freezing and embryo freezing because you are undergoing treatment for cancer, we will speak to your oncology team and work closely with them to make sure your cancer treatment is not affected in any way.

We have excellent results in successful pregnancies from frozen embryos, which you can find on our success rates page.

Fertility preservation for people with cancer

We understand how you must be feeling, knowing that you have a limited time to make decisions regarding preserving your fertility. To support you, we hold a special weekly rapid clinic where we can discuss your options if you are embarking on treatment that may affect your fertility, such as chemotherapy.

It may be that you are eligible for this treatment via the NHS, and we will discuss this with you before you incur any unnecessary costs.

We can also support you through your cancer treatment by:

  • assessing your fertility potential
  • advising you on reproductive function after cancer treatment based on your individual circumstance
  • provide  one of the fertility preservation options:
  • sperm freezing
  • freezing of eggs
  • freezing of embryos

We also have close links with gynaecological surgical oncologists, who are specialists in the surgical treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system. In some cases, it may be possible to preserve future fertility via surgical means. If we believe this could be an option for you, we will discuss it during any fertility preservation consultations.

If you are considering egg freezing and embryo freezing because you are undergoing treatment for cancer, we will speak to your oncology team and work closely with them to make sure your cancer treatment is not affected in any way.

Our support does not stop when your cancer treatment ends. After your treatment is completed we can reassess your fertility potential, and provide specialist advice on both men’s and women’s health. We can also provide fertility treatments where required or possible, and, if your journey takes you there, we can also advise on alternative options including surrogacy, donation or adoption.

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