Treatments & Options - Fertility Preservation - Success Rates
Tens of thousands of children have been conceived through artificial insemination using frozen sperm and through frozen embryo transfers with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The freezing of oocytes (eggs) was once considered experimental but has also recently gained wide acceptance among infertility specialists.
IVF success rates
Success rates for egg and embryo freezing depend on several factors. For instance, IVF success rates usually depend on the age of the eggs or embryos (i.e. the age of the woman when she donated and froze her eggs) as well as the woman’s health history. Ask your doctor for specific information about your chances of IVF pregnancy success with frozen eggs or embryos following cancer treatment. Know that you may require more than one cycle of IVF to get pregnant after cancer treatment. Most couples need to undergo two to three IVF cycles before they bring home a baby.
Success rates for women
For women, egg and embryo freezing is both expensive and time-consuming. If you need to start treatment right away, or do not have the funds available, embryo freezing may be out of the question. In this case, ask your fertility doctor about fertility preservation alternatives.
Success rates for men
As for men, frozen sperm have long been used with success during the intrauterine insemination and IVF processes. Success rates with frozen sperm often depend more on the female than the male.
For both men and women, fertility preservation success depends on the proper freezing, storing, and thawing of eggs, embryo and sperm. Ask your doctor for more details.
If you have the time and money to pursue fertility preservation, consider doing so. Your quality of life may be better after treatment, and two dreams may come true. You will not only achieve your dream of being a cancer survivor, you will achieve your dream of becoming a mom or dad.