A cancer diagnosis may not immediately lead to thoughts about one's fertility. But, if you're a woman of childbearing age or a man who is concerned about his future ability to become a father, it is important to understand that the treatments that help fight cancer may also affect your ability to have children.
Cleveland Clinic fertility specialists offer several options to preserving your fertility.
- Download a booklet that provides information on infertility risks, fertility preservation options and parenting options after cancer.
To better serve patients considering chemotherapy or other treatments that may be harmful to future fertility, Cleveland Clinic provides several options for fertility preservation. Our fertility specialists work closely with the Taussig Cancer Institute as well as cancer centers nationally to offer a variety of methods to preserve your fertility.
Options that are currently available for women at the Fertility Center include:
- Egg freezing
- Embryo freezing
- Ovarian tissue freezing
- Fertility preserving surgery
- Suppressing ovarian activity during chemotherapy
Options that are currently available for men at the Fertility Center include:
- Sperm banking
- Testicular tissue freezing
How do I know whether fertility preservation is right for me or which option to choose?
When a cancer diagnosis is made, same day or next day appointments are available with Cleveland Clinic fertility specialists to discuss which technique may best fit your situation. Call 216-839-3150 to arrange your visit. Fertility preservation works best if initiated prior to starting cancer treatments. Some of the factors that go into making decisions about fertility preservation include:
- Dose, type, and duration of treatments (in general, the higher the dose and the longer the treatment, the greater the chance for developing fertility problems)
- The area receiving radiation (if used)
- When treatments are set to begin
- Marital status
- Personal, cultural, or religious beliefs