Knowledge and Time are KEY
MCRM Fertility provides fertility preservation services for patients either interested in preserving their fertility due to personal choice or in order to avoid the ill effects of a medical disease and/or treatment.
Available Preservation Services
- Egg Cryopreservation
- Sperm Cryopreservation
- Embryo Cryopreservation
- Ovarian Tissue Preservation
- Testicular Tissue Preservation
Reasons for One to Preserve Their Fertility Potential
- Delayed Child Birth
- Personal Choice
- Career Building
- Waiting for Mr./Mrs. Right
- Military Deployment
- Medical Necessity
- Advanced Maternal Age
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)
- Early Menopause
- Cancer Treatment
- Surgical Procedure
The Importance of Fertility Preservation Prior to Cancer Care
It is unfortunate; however, many peak reproductive aged adults (25-35 years) battle cancer every year. In most cases, they are never informed of the possible effects the disease and resulting treatment(s) could have on their fertility and only in time discover the end results. This is not necessary as there are multiple available options to preserve one's fertility and multiple programs that can offset most of the patient's costs. The most important factors are a patient's and physician's knowledge of available options concerning fertility preservation and quick timeliness in seeking it.
It total, the American Cancer Society projects around 140,000 new cancer cases in individuals under the age of 45 each year; 38% of the cases in male patients and 62% of the cases in female patients. Most of these patients will go through cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, without ever being notified of available fertility preservation options that could be completed within a short window of time, two to three weeks. Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy adversely affect one's reproductive function; it's just a matter of how much. While it may not necessarily result in premature menopause, it ALWAYS has some effect on fertility, most commonly loss of ovarian follicles and reduced sperm count and quality. Chemotherapy, alone, adds at least 10 years of "real age" or "ovarian age" with relationship to reproductive function. This means a 25-year-old going through chemotherapy will behave, reproductively, like a 35-year-old. Therefore, it is very important that fertility preservation be completed prior to cancer treatment no matter whether it is a female or male patient.
Providing Awareness on the Importance of Fertility Preservation
The main obstacles to fertility preservation are awareness and cost. Unfortunately, most cancer patients report their oncologist never raised the issue of fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment. Since most cancer patients have a relatively short lead time between diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, the physicians typically focus on moving quickly to treatment and beating the cancer; thus, little to no thought is paid to the prospective quality of life after the treatment process.