Oncofertility helps cancer patients create the families they desire
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can send ripple effects through your life. Mark Rispler MD and Joshua J. Berger MD, PhD understand how this diagnosis can affect fertility. Chemotherapy, radiation and certain cancer medication can damage reproductive organs and cause infertility. Oncofertility can help you fight back.
At Innovative Fertility Center, we keep current on the latest developments in oncofertility to generate individualized plans that combine successful cancer treatment with fertility preservation.
Learn more about oncofertility from our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor
For patients dealing with cancer, life-saving treatment can affect the ability to have children in the future. The field of oncofertility concentrates on developing and utilizing new strategies for fertility preservation. We continue to stay abreast of these advancements so that he can offer the best options to our patients.
Understanding your fertility preservation options
When you receive a cancer diagnosis, fighting the disease is your top priority. However, you are probably also interested in preserving your fertility. Our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor will explain your fertility preservation options.
- Egg freezing. A young woman who does not yet have a partner can freeze her eggs for later use. In the past, eggs did not survive the thawing process, so embryo freezing was the only choice. However, a fast-freezing process called vitrification now enables us to preserve eggs.
- Embryo freezing. Often, our fertility center works with cancer patients and their partners to retrieve healthy eggs before treatment. We will then fertilize these eggs with sperm. Once the embryos develop, our embryologists can prepare the healthy embryos for cryopreservation.
- Sperm freezing. Although our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor specializes in female fertility preservation, we can provide information on freezing sperm if your partner is facing cancer treatment and you both want to have children later.
Oncofertility protects your future
When the time is right, these options will involve assisted reproductive technology to create the family you desire. Once you are ready to have children, your doctor will explain the next steps. Getting pregnant will involve treatment such as intrauterine insemination or IVF.
Although a cancer diagnosis is frightening, we can help you make plans to preserve your fertility for the future. We use oncofertility therapies to ensure that our patients have family-planning options after they finish cancer treatment. Call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with our Manhattan Beach fertility doctor.