Queensland Fertility Group offers a fertility preservation service to help protect and preserve your fertility for the future.
This service may be useful to you if you have a serious illness such as cancer and require chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery which may result in potential loss of fertility.
Some women may also consider fertility preservation if they want to have children, but are not in a position to do so now and are concerned about the effects of ageing on their chances of starting a family.
If you are considering fertility preservation, you should discuss your situation with your doctor. They can then help you choose the best options:
- For women, these can include the freezing of eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue, or using medication that can help protect the ovaries from the toxicity of chemotherapy or drugs. More about Female Fertility Preservation...
- For men, options include freezing sperm or testicular tissues. More about Male Fertility Preservation...
Female fertility preservation for social reasons
A woman's age is one of the most common reasons for fertility issues presented to fertility specialists each day when trying to help patients become pregnant.
At Queensland Fertility Group, we recognise that for some women childbearing has been unavoidably delayed. Your most fertile years are your 20s and early 30s, when the ovaries still contain a large number of healthy eggs. For the 10 to 15 years before menopause, even if you have regular monthly periods, the ovarian function and egg quality deteriorates. This is especially so for women in their 40s.
So if you want to have a child in the future, but find you do not have the opportunity during your most fertile years, fertility preservation techniques may be an option for you. It allows you to wait until you have met the right partner, or are ready to start your family.
Fertility preservation for oncology purposes
If you have cancer and your fertility may be at risk due to oncology treatment, we are able to offer you reduced fees for this service. Please mention this when you make your appointment, so we can make sure you are seen quickly by a fertility specialist – usually within 24 hours.
You can then discuss your personal circumstances, and decide whether accessing fertility preservation is right for you. Other options may be available – such as donor insemination, if you’re ready to start a family straight away, or using donor eggs in the future if your own ovarian function is likely to be lost.
Your fertility specialist will take your medical history, arrange any necessary investigations (such as blood tests and ovary ultrasound) and arrange a counselling referral if this has not already been done.
If you choose to freeze your eggs, your fertility specialist will then manage your care through the stimulation and egg collection procedure.