Can I preserve my fertility?

Fertility preservation is an important issue to many women, especially young women diagnosed with breast cancer. There is usually time between a diagnosis and chemotherapy where egg harvesting is possible. Embryo freezing, where eggs are fertilized using a partner's or donor's sperm, is the most effective preservation technique. Egg freezing is another possibility for one who wants to retain the option to have the biological children of a future partner. However, pregnancy rates are low – “approximately 3% of eggs stored result in pregnancies. It is still important to discuss all options with both your physician and a fertility specialist. While fertility preservation is a highly viable option which can often lessen the effects of a loss of fertility on a woman, it is also expensive and is not often covered by insurance.

You can learn more about fertility options and financial assistance through LIVESTRONG’s fertility services and the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University.

Pregnancy and Breast Cancer