It’s possible to delay your ability to give birth to biological children by preserving your fertility. At the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Dr. Loucopoulos is an infertility and reproductive medicine specialist who can help you understand your fertility preservation options. Call his office or book an appointment online to learn more about fertility preservation and to undergo any necessary testing and procedures to make it happen.
You have a biological window during which you are most fertile, but not every family is ready to have children during that period of time. Fertility preservation gives you the option to save or protect eggs, sperm, or reproductive tissue so you can have biological children at a future time of your choosing.
If you have a disease, a personal hardship, a goal you’re pursuing, or a disorder that affects your fertility and ability to support a child, you may benefit from fertility preservation. Consider your fertility preservation options if you have any of the following:
You may also choose to preserve your fertility to start a family after you’ve achieved certain career or education goals.
A man may opt to have his sperm frozen for future use. Or sometimes men who need to undergo radiation treatment for certain types of cancer can opt to shield their testicles during radiation so as to preserve sperm.
Embryo freezing is one option that is quite successful for women looking to preserve their fertility. During the procedure, Dr. Loucopoulos removes mature eggs from the woman and fertilizes them with sperm (from her partner or a donor) in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are then frozen, so they can be implanted at a future date.
Egg freezing is also an option. In this procedure, a woman’s unfertilized eggs are frozen.
A woman who must undergo radiation therapy for cancer can also preserve fertility with pelvic shielding to keep the ovaries from being affected by the energy that can destroy fertility. In some cases, minor surgery that involves moving the ovaries, and possibly the fallopian tubes, to an area that won’t receive radiation treatment is possible.
To learn more about how to preserve fertility for the future, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.