Frequently Asked Questions - General
We know that you will have many questions throughout this process. These are some of the most common.
What is fertility preservation?
Fertility preservation is a procedure or treatment used to save your eggs or sperm. This allows you to use the egg or sperm to make a baby in the future.
Is fertility preservation safe?
Yes. Studies have found that fertility preservation does not directly compromise the success of cancer treatments.
Is fertility preservation covered by insurance?
Most insurance policies do not cover fertility preservation. However, there are financial assistance programs available to help cover the cost.
Can cancer treatment impact your fertility?
While some treatments have little to no effect on reproductive health, others are likely to damage the testes or ovaries, resulting in temporary or permanent infertility. Your risk depends on the diagnosis, the type of treatment, and the dose of medicine. Your doctor can tell you if there’s a chance that treatment might affect the reproductive system. Read more about onco-fertility here.
If you are not sure you will decide to proceed with fertility preservation, should you see our team?
Yes, we would love to see you. Even if you decide not to proceed, most patients are happy that they knew their options before treatment in order to make an informed choice.
Frequently Asked Questions for Men
How many appointments are needed for sperm freezing?
Usually just one appointment is needed to have a consultation with your doctor and to freeze your sperm.
How long can your sample be stored?
Sperm can be stored in a frozen state for many years. Freezing and thawing does change the sperm quality. Banking sperm before cancer treatment can allow a teenager or young adult to become a father when he is ready.
Frequently Asked Questions for Women
How long does it take to freeze eggs?
The entire process takes about two weeks. We will work with your cancer doctor around your treatment schedule if needed.
How many appointments are needed for egg freezing?
Usually, about 8 to 10 appointments are needed over a 2 week period.
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