No matter what our patient’s reasons may be for seeking fertility preservation, they find what they need at HRC Fertility, a leader in the industry in helping people to have a biological family of their own when the time is right.
Commonly, fertility preservation is chosen when either member of the couple is facing a diagnosis for a medical condition whose treatment threatens future fertility for the patient, particularly chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. These treatments are effective at eradicating the cancer, but they have a detrimental effect on fertility.
In order to preserve the ability to have a biological child once treatment is completed, some of our patients choose to participate in egg/embryo freezing, or sperm banking. In each case, the eggs, embryos or sperm will be frozen for treatment later, once the patient is healthy. HRC works with Fertile Hope, an organization that supports patients with resources to meet urgent timelines to complete their fertility preservation before treatment begins.
Founded in 1987 by cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, Fertile Hope is part of the Livestrong Foundation and is based in Austin, Texas. They provide reproductive information, support and hope to the patients they serve.
Fertility preservation is not just for couples facing a health challenge, however. More and more women are choosing fertility preservation so they can delay childbearing for a later date and still be able to use their eggs. Egg freezing is a procedure that takes the eggs of a woman who is under 35 and stores them for a point later in her life when she is ready to have children.
Fertility preservation by women for nonmedical reasons has grown in popularity in recent years. There are two main reasons for this. Advances in reproductive technology have made the egg freezing process more reliable, making it more likely the egg can be fertilized in the future. In addition, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the designation of “experimental” to the process in 2012, making the procedure more mainstream than it was once considered.
Fertility preservation is an important consideration for many couples. HRC Fertility is able to provide many great options for individuals who for one reason or another need to delay children for a while.