Being a mother after cancer

Written by: Dra. Rocío Núñez Calonge
Published: | Updated: 19/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Today we have different Assisted Reproduction treatments that allow women who have suffered a cancer to preserve their fertility in the future. The results are positive and similar to those obtained by women with fertility problems.

The cryopreservation of oocytes through their vitrification is a validated technique in most laboratories. With this, the same survival and pregnancy rates are obtained as with freshly collected eggs (called "fresh"), between 55 and 60%. Thus, it could be considered one of the techniques of choice for preserving fertility in women who are diagnosed with cancer.

How to preserve fertility

In order to obtain embryos, an average of 14 days of treatment before the start of chemotherapy is required; Thus, it is necessary to ask the patient the option of preserving her fertility from the beginning of the diagnosis.

Oocytes are obtained through a follicular puncture usually performed on an outpatient basis. It is performed in an echo guided manner and under sedation; A few hours after the intervention, and after being valued by the medical team, the patient is discharged.

Once obtained, the mature oocytes are evaluated and vitrified after their evaluation in the laboratory, or they are inseminated with the semen of the pair (if the patient has chosen to freeze embryos, finally being cryopreserved).

For more information, consult with a specialist in Assisted Reproduction .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Rocío Núñez Calonge
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Núñez Calonge is a leading embryologist who practices in Assisted Reproduction since 1985. He is responsible for the Laboratory of Andrology, Embryology and Sperm Bank of Tambre Clinic, of which he is assistant director. He is an international consultant for Assisted Reproduction Centers, is a member of various scientific committees and coordinates the Group of Ethics and Good Clinical Practice Spanish Fertility Society. He combines his professional practice with his role as a teacher.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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