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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.

Egg fertilization and embryo transfer

Once the eggs are harvested from the woman’s body they can be frozen in a process called egg freezing for later fertilization, or they can be immediately fertilized with sperm in order to form embryos. The embryos are grown in the laboratory for up to six days before being transferred to a woman’s womb. Alternatively, if a woman is not ready to become pregnant, the embryos can be frozen for later implantation. The embryo transfer procedure usually does not involve sedation and takes only a few minutes.

Updated 10/02/2017

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