Fertility Preservation is the cryopreservation of sperm, eggs, embryos, and reproductive tissue to help patients retain their fertility or ability to procreate. Sometimes life or illness can delay a person from starting a family. Fertility preservation allows people to ensure their reproductive options are optimal when they are ready to try.
Fertility preservation is a beacon of hope for many patients, allowing them to imagine a future where they do not need to give up the possibility of having a biological child. Studies have shown that most adults who chose gender-affirming treatment in adolescence were not counseled about preserving their fertility during treatment. Fertility Within Reach supports transgender youth and their families through this journey, broadens the options for parenthood, and provides financial support for fertility preservation.
Fertility preservation gives many families a chance to look forward, allowing them to imagine a future beyond cancer where they do not need to lose hope of having a biological child. Studies have shown that childhood cancer survivors express regret if their fertility is affected by prior therapy and they were not counseled at diagnosis and during their treatment. Fertility Within Reach aims to support youth and their families through this journey, expand the options for parenthood, and provide financial support for fertility preservation.
The Fertility Preservation 101 brochure, provided by ReproTech, is a valuable resource for cancer patients making fertility decisions.
"When diagnosed with cancer, survival is foremost on the patient’s mind. However, many treatments used to fight cancer can adversely affect fertility, which is a fact often overlooked in the race to defeat cancer. But advancements in reproductive technology have given cancer survivors hope for future reproduction, which makes the Fertility Preservation conversation more important than ever."
- Fertility Preservation 101 by ReproTech Limited