As a high-risk young woman, thinking about fertility preservation now can help you can increase your reproductive options for the future.
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Ask your doctor about ways to preserve your fertility before you undergo chemoprevention or an oophorectomy.
Unlike previous generations, more and more women can relate to that “clock is ticking” feeling. If only we could plan out exactly when the perfect person would come into our lives or conveniently fit childbirth into an already hectic schedule! Fertility issues are tough.
And when you’re at high-risk, some say it feels as though their clock goes from ticking to racing overnight, because we know the side effects of some risk-reducing measures can make it difficult to conceive children the natural way. But, the silver (or Bright Pink) lining is that even if you’re not ready to start a family any time soon, you can increase your reproductive options for the future by starting to think about it now.
Embryo Banking involves retrieving several of your eggs at once, and then uses in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos. Those embryos are then frozen until you’re ready to have children.
Egg Banking is similar, but allows you to freeze your eggs to be fertilized at a later time. Many single women who are undergoing an oophorectomy find this to be a good option. For more information, check out eggsurance.com.
With either alternative, as long as your uterus stays intact, you will likely be able to carry your own baby when you’re ready. If this is not an option for you, you may still be able to have biological children with a surrogate. A fertility specialist can help you sort through the best options for you.
Because fertility is a complex and personal topic, Bright Pink has partnered with the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University to provide support and resources. For positive peer support from someone who has gone through a similar experience, sign up for our PinkPal® program. For help with medical options and local fertility preservation referrals, call the FERTLINE Fertility Navigators at the Oncofertility Consortium (866-708-3378).
For additional information about fertility options and resources, including financial assistance, check out LIVESTRONG‘s Fertile Hope program.
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Every day, scientists are conducting new research in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer, and young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer can contribute in a unique way. After undergoing a prophylactic oophorectomy, you can donate your ovarian tissue to help scientists develop alternative fertility preservation methods for cancer patients and high-risk women. For more information, Call the FERTLINE (866-708-3378).
Learn more! Listen to Bright Pink’s national teleconference on Fertility Preservation for High-Risk Young Women.