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Fertility Preservation in the Wake of Ovarian Cancer: More Options, More Hope

By Prelude Fertility|September 14th, 2023

When ovarian cancer enters the conversation, family planning can become a pressing yet delicate topic. The emotional weight is undeniable, but so is the good news: Medical science has evolved to offer options and hope, and we're here to unpack those details for you.

In 2022, the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) didn't just issue new guidelines; they propelled a significant shift in how we approach ovarian cancer. They championed the removal of Fallopian tubes for women who've completed their families and advocated for BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genetic screening.

Expert Insights

Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director at NYU Langone Fertility Center, Chief Executive Physician at Inception Fertility, shares a clear message: Women facing ovarian cancer today are far from powerless when it comes to preserving their fertility. This isn't just about options; it's about granting women a renewed sense of agency in navigating their health journey.

Why Egg Freezing Is a Game Changer

Here's the silver lining: Egg freezing, or human oocyte cryopreservation, gives women the freedom to focus on urgent cancer treatments without surrendering their family dreams. And the odds look good. Dr. Grifo’s groundbreaking 15-year study showed that 74% of frozen eggs survived the process, with nearly 70% of those successfully fertilized.

Where Do You Start?

Your oncologist is your first stop for understanding your cancer treatment timeline. From there, a Prelude Network fertility specialist will guide you through the intricacies of egg freezing. Timeliness is crucial here—conversations with your oncologist should happen swiftly to avoid delaying necessary treatment.

Where Do You Start?

Your oncologist is your first stop for understanding your cancer treatment timeline. From there, a Prelude Network fertility specialist will guide you through the intricacies of egg freezing. Timeliness is crucial here—conversations with your oncologist should happen swiftly to avoid delaying necessary treatment.

The Next Steps: Moving Forward

If you're at the stage where treatments are behind you, the green light for family planning comes from a combined consultation with your oncologist and fertility specialist. Your specific reproductive health factors will dictate the path ahead.

Just as preimplantation genetic testing offers valuable insights, so does knowing your options for fertility preservation. In a world fraught with medical uncertainties, having a handle on this aspect of your health can be a source of empowerment and peace of mind.

Ready for a deeper dive into your fertility preservation options? Request a consult with a Prelude Network expert to explore the possibilities that suit your unique circumstances.