Protect your future family

Oncofertility:
Fertility Preservation for Medical Conditions

“Oncofertility” or fertility preservation for medical conditions allows for the quick preservation of eggs, sperm, or embryos without compromise to your current health.

 

Preserve your future

Some cases of cancer, chronic illness, or other medical conditions can leave a person infertile or make future conception difficult. As survival rates have increased in young people diagnosed with cancer and other chronic illnesses, so has the need for proactive protection of egg and sperm cells that could be irreversibly damaged by chemotherapy or radiation.

In these situations, fertility preservation can be done quickly, allowing you to focus on your immediate health and well-being. We know time is of the essence once a diagnosis of cancer or chronic illness has been made.

The Kindbody team is equipped to schedule a consultation within 24 hours and can begin treatment shortly thereafter.

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Schedule An Oncofertility Appointment

Patients living in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, or Wisconsin please call 866-258-8467 or email NewPatient@Kindbody.com.

Patients living in all other states please call 855-563-2639 or email Navigator@Kindbody.com.

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Provider Communication

Obtain a Letter of Diagnosis from your physician that details their recommended treatment and timeline. Once received, our care team will follow up with them to collaborate.

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Evaluation & Education

During your consultation, our providers will discuss your fertility status, parenthood goals, preservation treatment options, and next steps. We have dedicated care navigators who can offer financial guidance, including grant options, and support resources.

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Treatment

Egg, embryo, or sperm freezing may be recommended in a customized treatment plan. We will work with your provider team to ensure your fertility preservation treatment does not delay your chemotherapy or radiation treatment timeline.
Egg and embryo freezing will require ovarian stimulation. During a simple outpatient procedure with anesthesia, the eggs are retrieved and cryopreserved. If sperm is available, the eggs can be fertilized and grown into embryos before freezing.
Sperm freezing often requires no medication.

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Remission

When you are ready to pursue pregnancy, contact us to establish your next steps.
Frozen sperm, eggs, and embryos can be safely stored for years. Thaw survival rates are about 90% and pregnancy outcomes are similar to tissue that has not been frozen.

Additional Information About Cancer And Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation after Cancer or Other Medical Diagnosis

Patients who receive a medical diagnosis often face a multitude of challenges and questions, including whether to preserve their fertility and what treatment options are available. In many cases, the illness itself doesn’t affect fertility, but instead the treatments—such as chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation—can interfere with the reproductive process and impact your ability to conceive. In such an uncertain time, it’s important for patients to understand that your diagnosis does not need to prevent you from building your future family.
If you’re concerned that your  treatment may affect your fertility, you have options. The best way to ensure future fertility is fertility preservation (freezing eggs, embryos, or sperm for later use).

Cancer treatment can affect your fertility, so it’s important to learn about fertility preservation before you begin treatment to understand your options.

How can treatments for medical conditions affect fertility?

Treatments can impact fertility in different ways, depending on the type of treatment. For female patients, some chemotherapy medications can age the ovaries, while others can damage the eggs. The high energy rays of radiation can also damage the ovaries or cause scarring that can make it difficult to conceive. Radiation to the brain can also affect the pituitary gland, which controls the release of the hormones most closely linked to fertility. Surgical treatment, including hysterectomy (uterus removal) and oophorectomy (ovary removal), impacts a woman’s ability to conceive and carry a child. Immune therapies have also been found to negatively impact fertility.

For male patients, surgeries—such as treatments for testicular, prostate, or bladder cancers—as well as radiation treatments and chemotherapies, can impair the ability to produce healthy semen for fertilization or impact male reproductive functioning in other ways.

Hope and help for fertility preservation at Kindbody

At Kindbody, we understand the difficulties and challenges patients encounter throughout the diagnosis and treatment process. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with cancer or another serious diseases and has any desire to have a child or children in the future, it’s important to meet with a fertility specialist before treatment. At your consultation, you are under no obligation to pursue any kind of fertility preservation treatment, but our expert team can empower you with information so that you can understand your options and make the best choice for you.

Kindbody’s quick start  fertility preservation

At Kindbody, oncofertility patients are a top priority and we will ensure patient see a Kindbody provider within 24-48 hours. If you opt to pursue treatment following the initial consultation, we can usually begin the process of growing eggs to freeze or fertilize within 1-2 days and complete the process in as little as 2 weeks. The timeline for male patients is usually more straightforward, and we will help you quickly make an appointment for sperm banking (semen cryopreservation). We understand the importance of moving forward with life saving treatment as quickly as possible, so we do everything in our power to minimize any delays to treatment.

The fertility preservation process

If you elect to pursue fertility preservation, our Kindbody fertility specialists will work with you and your oncologist to consider the type of cancer you have, your treatment plan, and the amount of time you have before cancer treatment begins so that we can help guide you through your options and quickly begin your treatment.

Egg and embryo preservation

For female patients, preserving fertility for the future involves freezing either eggs or embryos for later use in a treatment process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). Because a woman’s natural monthly cycle typically produces a single egg, patients usually begin an IVF cycle by receiving medication to stimulate the ovaries in order to increase the number of eggs produced. It takes about 2 weeks for the eggs to develop before they are ready to be retrieved for cryopreservation (freezing).
Eggs can be frozen within hours of the retrieval. To create embryos, our expert embryologists attempt to fertilize the eggs with sperm from your partner or a donor. We will know how many eggs fertilized the day after the retrieval. The development of these embryos will then be closely monitored for up to 7 days to see how many reach the blastocyst stage, at which they may be frozen..
Freezing embryos is generally recommended if there is a sperm source available, since it gives you the best chance at a future pregnancy, but your Kindbody fertility specialist will work with you to determine which option is best for you.

Sperm Banking

For male oncofertility patients, we can schedule your appointment for sperm banking (or semen cryopreservation) within 1-2 days of your initial consultation. Your specimen will either be collected at home or in a private room at one of our convenient locations and stored for testing (semen analysis) and freezing.

Consider our nationwide locations

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Remember, time is of the essence, if you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis, do not hesitate to book your oncofertility appointment immediately.

Call or email and request an oncofertility appointment. Kindbody will see you within 24 hours.

    • Patients living in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, or Wisconsin please call 866-258-8467 or email NewPatient@Kindbody.com.

    • Patients living in all other states please call 855-563-2639 or email Navigator@Kindbody.com.

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Kindbody is a proud member of The Oncofertility Consortium