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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.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Women with cancer face the possibility of infertility due to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. High risk women face certain infertility following surgery to remove their ovaries and tubes. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a multistep process which provides infertile women with the option to conceive biologic children in the future, even if they undergo menopause because of chemotherapy or surgery. The overall process can take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks from start to finish. This is an option for women who are able to defer starting their cancer treatment for at least 2 weeks in order to allow time to create eggs and/or embryos which can be frozen and used later in life. Freezing eggs and embryos is the most effective way for women to preserve their fertility.

Here are the steps involved in ART:

Updated 10/02/17

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