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Understanding your Options: A Comparative Analysis

 

Option

Definition

Timing

Time Requirement

Other Considerations

Embryo Banking
Harvesting eggs, IVF, and freezing of embryos for later implantation Before or after treatment 10-14 days from menses; outpatient surgical procedure Need partner or donor sperm
Radiation Shielding
Use of shielding to reduce scatter radiation to the ovaries During treatment In conjunction with radiation treatments Does not protect against effects of chemotherapy
Ovarian Transposition
Surgical repositioning of ovaries away from the radiation field Before treatment Outpatient procedure or in conjunction with gynecologic cancer surgery
Radical Trachelectomy
Surgical removal of the cervix with preservation of the uterus During treatment Inpatient surgical procedure Limited to early stage cervical cancer
Egg Banking (Experimental)
Harvesting and freezing of unfertilized eggs for IVF and implantation after cancer treatment Before or after treatment 10-14 days from menses; outpatient surgical procedure May be attractive to single women or those opposed to embryo creation
Ovarian Tissue Banking (Experimental)
Freezing of ovarian tissue and reimplantation of tissue or in vitro maturation of follicles and fertilization of eggs after cancer treatment Before or after treatment Outpatient surgical procedure Tissue not suitable for transplant if high risk of ovarian metastases; no live births to date from in vitro maturation
Ovarian Suppression (Experimental)
GnRH analogs or antagonists used to suppress ovaries During treatment In conjunction with chemotherapy Does not protect from radiation effects

 

 

 

 

 

Table adapted from SaveMyFertility.org (2011).

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