Fertility preservation may be an option before preventive surgery

Women with certain inherited genetic mutations are at increased risk of ovarian, endometrial and related gynecologic cancers. Unfortunately, there is no reliable screening or early detection for these cancers so expert medical guidelines recommend risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and/or hysterectomy. Some women wish to undergo fertility preservation before surgery to remove their reproductive organs.

Individuals with an inherited genetic mutation causing an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer, may consider Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), a medical procedure that allows them to have children who do not carry the mutation.