to preserve their fertility if they do not have a sperm provider. Some chemotherapeutic and radiation regimens are toxic to ovaries and destroy eggs forcing women into an early medically induced menopause. Surgery to pelvic organs such as hysterectomies or ovarian resections can also severely lower the number of viable eggs for the future if the blood supply to the ovaries are compromised or microscopic eggs are removed during surgery. Therefore it is critical to harvest and freeze eggs before initiating cancer treatments if your oncologists approve. In the setting of newly diagnosed cancer, eggs are frozen using protocols that minimize any delay of cancer treatments.
Women who require surgical removal or her ovary(ies) or uterus for benign indications may also consider egg freezing if their surgeons approve. Harvesting eggs and freezing them for future use provides options when surgical procedures may remove or lower the number of women’s lifetime egg stores.
Other women who may consider egg freezing to preserve their fertility options include anyone who may lose their ovarian activity at an earlier age. These conditions include those with a strong family history of premature ovarian failure (premature menopause) who are at risk of losing their ovarian activity at an earlier age, endometriosis, congenital anomalies, autoimmune disorders, and chronic illnesses such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis that may require medications that are toxic to eggs.