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Fertility Preservation and Assisted Reproductive Technology

Learn about the effects of HBOC on fertility and family planning, how pregnancy impacts hereditary cancer risk, and options for assisted reproduction.

Ovulation induction and egg retrieval

Ovulation induction involves the following steps:

  • Patients take hormone injections for 8-12 days to stimulate the follicles in the ovaries to grow.
  • The ovarian response is monitored frequently (using bloodwork and ultrasound) so that medication dosage can be adjusted if needed.
  • When a sufficient number of the woman's follicles are mature (reach 18mm in size), she undergoes a minor procedure under light sedation in which a fertility specialist extracts her eggs using ultrasound as a guide. It is an outpatient and minimally invasive procedure that takes less than 15 minutes.

The next steps after egg retrieval depend on which option is chosen by the patient and her health care provider. 

Updated 10/02/17

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