If your have been diagnosed with cancer and are in the process of planning your treatment program, it is very important for you to talk with your oncologist and a reproductive specialist about the options available to preserve your fertility. Several factors are involved in determining your fertility risk such as the type of cancer and the type of treatment you will be undergoing as well as your age.
Male infertility can result from cancer treatment involving removal of the testicles and/or by chemotherapy or radiation that affects the quantity and quality of your sperm as well as its DNA. For women, fertility can be impacted if surgery is required to remove the uterus and/or ovaries. In addition, chemotherapy and radiation can affect your eggs, hormone levels, and the ability of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries to continue functioning properly after your treatment is finished.
How to choose IVF vs. IUI
Red Rock Fertility Center in Las Vegas is a modern, boutique-style center which combines state-of-the art medical treatment with hands-on personalized care. At Red Rock, you are not just another number. Dr. Eva Littman, Red Rock’s fertility expert, sees patients for all appointments and is readily available to answer and address all patient questions and concerns. Dr. Littman realizes that a diagnosis of cancer and embarking upon cancer treatment is overwhelming, so it is important to provide patients with all the necessary information concerning fertility preservation so that she can make an informed choice. There are various options available when it comes to fertility preservation. For women, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the recommended treatment option. IVF involves removing mature eggs and fertilizing them outside the woman’s body. Fertility preservation can involve either egg or embryo cryopreservation. Egg cryopreservation involves harvesting a number of eggs which have been matured with the help of fertility medications. The mature eggs are then frozen until they can be fertilized through IVF. Embryo cryopreservation involves fertilizing mature eggs with a partner’s or donor sperm and then freezing them at a low temperature. This method is more successful because embryos are less fragile and prone to damage from freezing as opposed to unfertilized eggs. For men, sperm cryopreservation is a treatment option. Sperm samples can be frozen and stored for future use with IVF or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) which involves transferring the thawed sperm into the uterus.
It really comes down to the pregnancy success rates
Dr. Littman has extensive experience in treating patients with both IUI and IVF. In general, the success rates for IUI are between 10-20% depending upon the woman’s age and the quality of the sperm. IVF success rates are higher, ranging from 20-80% due to the use of more specialized technology and equipment. Call Red Rock to schedule a consultation and learn about what fertility preservation option is right for you.