Fertility Preservation in Females: Emerging Era of Ice Age

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Education and Research

Author
1. Japleen Kaur
2. Shalini Gainder
ISSN
2277-8969
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10028-1343
Volume
53
Issue
4
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@24d4aae7 ,
2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@6034711b
Article keywords
Cryofreezing, Embryo, Fertility preservation, Gonadotoxic, Non-Hodgkins, Oncofertility, Oocyte

Abstract

Fertility preservation in malignancy and certain benign conditions is gaining momentum, with advancement in the techniques for the same. It has become more relevant with improving treatment of cancers and increasing life expectancy. Reproductive potential is an important aspect of a woman\'s life. It is the responsibility of the care provider to be aware of the options of fertility preservation. The various techniques available for the purpose of fertility preservation in females range from oocyte/embryo/ovarian tissue cryopreservation to fertility-preserving surgeries, and the choice of procedure depends on numerous patient and treatment factors. Healthcare provider must be able to assess eligibility of the patient for preservation of fertility potential, carefully balancing the risk and benefit of the same, in relation to the cancer treatment. There are other ethical and legal concerns, which must be discussed in detail with the woman. Therefore, counseling is an integral part of the process.

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