Protect Your Chances of Having a Baby in the Future with Fertility Preservation
Every year approximately 800,000 reproductive age men and women are diagnosed with cancer. A cancer diagnosis is devastating, but due to the advances made in the fields of oncology, diagnoses are made much earlier and treatments are becoming more successful leading to increased survival rates. Many cancers are now successfully treated allowing people to live long lives after their diagnosis. Unfortunately, a major complication of these increasingly effective cancer therapies is reproductive failure resulting in temporary and permanent infertility or sterility in both women and men.Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, radical surgery or bone marrow transplantation can affect future fertility by reducing the number of eggs/sperm, altering the blood supply to the reproductive organs or by removing necessary organs. To learn more about fertility preservation, contact our Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, or Chandler office today.
Video: Fertility Preservation Options
At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we provide infertility treatments as well as fertility preservation options. Fertility preservation, including egg, embryo, and sperm vitrification, can keep reproductive cells for many years until a patient can or is ready to conceive. This treatment is often used for patients with autoimmune disorders or cancer, or for patients who are waiting for other reasons to try conceiving.
Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients
Cancer survivors often want to have families but their cancer treatment may have caused significant deterioration, or complete loss of fertility. The deleterious effects depend on multiple factors such as the patient’s age, dose and the type of the chemotherapy agent or radiation used, as well as the individual susceptibility to treatment. It is vital to consider fertility as an important factor for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and other serious chronic conditions and diseases. Planning Fertility Preservation in advance can preserve sperm, eggs or embryos for future use. Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health is prepared to help you move through the process quickly so you can begin your cancer treatment and recovery.
Arizona Associate for Reproductive Health’s Fertility Preservation Program is designed to provide state-of-the-art options for reproductive-aged men or women who are about to begin treatments that may threaten their future fertility. We understand the time constraints and emotional stress of patients facing cancer treatment, as well as the concern over the potential negative impact on future fertility. We offer expedited, compassionate care at a discounted rate for egg or embryo freezing prior to cancer treatment. We partner with LIVESTRONG (Fertile Hope) to offer cancer patients help through the Sharing Hope Program. As a participating center in the Sharing Hope financial assistance program, (AZARH) works with LIVESTRONG to increase access to Fertility Preservation services for cancer patients by providing Fertility Preservation treatments and medications at a discount for qualifying patients. LIVESTRONG is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information and financial support to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
Preserving Fertility As You Age
If you're a woman of child bearing age or a man who is concerned about his future ability to become a father, our services will allow you to approach and recover from your illness with the satisfaction that you have addressed this important aspect of your life, and will help you to realize your fertility goals following your treatments. Simply call Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health at 480-946-9900 and express your interest in Fertility Preservation to schedule an expedited appointment with one of our specialists. Most visits can be arranged within 24 to 72 hours of your call. You will have a thorough consultation with one of our reproductive endocrinologists and a customized plan of care will be created in conjunction with your oncologist.
Elective Fertility Preservation for purposes other than medical reasons has been an option for men for many years. Fortunately, due to exciting developments in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), elective Fertility Preservation is now a realistic option for women who elect to delay child bearing for medical, professional or personal reasons.
To learn more about fertility preservation and explore your options, contact our offices today.