Our Fertility Preservation Program provides viable fertility options for males and females who want to preserve their eggs, sperm or ovaries for those who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or other fertility-threatening diseases.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other conditions threatening future fertility have the option to preserve future fertility by cryopreserving (freezing) their eggs, ovarian tissue, sperm or testicular tissue prior to the start of treatment.
All options described below are performed prior to initiating chemotherapy or radiation treatment, typically on individuals who have reached puberty. However, pre-pubertal cases are considered on an individual basis.
Oocyte cryopreservation is on the forefront of advances in reproductive technology. Prior to undergoing treatment, eggs (oocytes) are retrieved with ovarian stimulating medications. Using ultrasound guidance, eggs are comfortably retrieved, transvaginally using IVF sedation, from the ovary. This is an in-office procedure which lasts approximately 30 minutes. After your eggs have been retrieved, they are cryopreserved.
The cryopreservation (freezing) process involves removing much of the water from within the egg and replacing it with a cryoprotective substance used to prevent damage to the egg as it is being frozen. Once the eggs are frozen, they will be transferred to a liquid nitrogen chamber (-190°C) where they may be stored indefinitely.
The eggs can be thawed and fertilized by direct sperm injection whenever desired. The fertilized eggs (embryos) are then transferred to the uterus to initiate a pregnancy.
DIRM is truly a place where dreams, through science, become reality.