Whether you're facing infertility challenges or are just putting off pregnancy, it doesn't mean you have to give up on the idea of having a family of your own.
You can still
have a family
From embryo banking until your 30s to moving your ovaries during cancer treatments, these medical methods can save your fertility.
Through the harvesting of your eggs, you can save your fertility options for a later date by freezing and storing either fertilized embryos or unfertilized eggs. "To date, USC Fertility has cryopreserved the oocytes of more than 150 women," shares Dr. Richard Paulson, director of USC Fertility. "Of those who have returned for their eggs, 15 of 21 (65 percent) have delivered babies."
Dr. Paulson advises that women who plan on delaying their childbearing plans until after the age of 35 or are about to undergo medical procedures such as cancer therapies are good candidates for egg freezing to preserve fertility. He also lists women with a family history of premature ovarian failure or early menopause as good candidates as well.
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Even in cases of cervical cancer, you don't have to give up your dream of having a family. Similar to a radical hysterectomy but leaving your uterus intact, you may be able to save your fertility through a radical trachelectomy. Although your chances of getting pregnant remain at around 50 to 60 percent, Dr. Hyung Ryu of Mercy Medical advises that the chance of preterm delivery is the biggest challenge post-surgery. "On average, there is a 10 percent baseline of preterm delivery. But, with a trachelectomy, your chances of preterm delivery increase up to 25 to 30 percent." However, depending on your condition, a Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) and cryotherapy of the cervix may offer you a chance to evade infertility with a lower risk of preterm delivery.
Moving your ovaries
During cancer treatments like radiation applied to your pelvis, your fertility organs such as your ovaries can be adversely affected. However, according to MayoClinic.com, so long as no chemotherapy follows your radiation treatment, you may have the option of surgically repositioning your ovaries through an outpatient fertility surgery prior to your therapy. Post-treatment, your ovaries would likely be repositioned or you'll need to use IVF to conceive, but your chances of dodging infertility may be increased.
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While medical methods that preserve fertility are not guaranteed, increasing your chances of conception at a later date are odds that most moms-to-be are willing to take. While these are just three surgeries that can save your fertility until you are ready to expand your brood, strides in fertility surgery research are being made every day in hopes to make infertility a thing of the past.