For women and men facing some of life’s greatest health challenges, RMA of Texas’ Fertility Preservation Program provides critical options to stay positive about starting a family.
Originally developed to help overcome infertility complications associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, our program also benefits those with conditions such as ovarian cysts, a family history of early menopause and autoimmune disorders. Additionally, many younger women choose fertility preservation to ensure they can have a baby when the time is right for them.
Prior to cancer treatment, surgery or other procedures, your RMA of Texas team will discuss options for your post-treatment reproductive future. Our goal is to provide patients and professionals like oncologists and surgeons with a greater understanding of the latest advances in the field of fertility preservation.
If you feel you may be a candidate for fertility preservation, please contact us at 210-337-8453.
Preservation requires the collection of eggs through hormonal stimulation, similar to the process used during in vitro fertilization (IVF) over a 7-12 day period. This process culminates with an egg retrieval, a minor procedure performed in our office. Eggs can be frozen for future use via a process called vitrification.
Preservation can easily be achieved through sperm banking. This option simply requires one or more sperm samples to be frozen for future use.
Eggs can be inseminated with sperm in order to create embryos, which can also be frozen for future use in a slightly more efficient manner.
Vitrification is a “rapid freezing” technique that prevents formation of water crystals during the freezing process, minimizing chemical toxicity. Many scientific studies have confirmed that vitrified eggs survive and retain reproductive capabilities better than “slow freezing” or other conventional techniques. The procedure is available for women between 21 and 44 years old.
Experimenting with many different cryoprotectant combinations and protocols has led to a better understanding of what it takes to reliably freeze, thaw and fertilize human eggs without compromising their reproductive potential.