Before or After Cancer

Fertility preservation

Fertility and Cancer

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the immediate focus is understandably on prognosis and treatment. An important long-term concern is the impact of that treatment on fertility.

Certain cancer treatments, including radiation, surgery and chemotherapy, can harm fertility and the ability to have a child in the future. The potential impacts of your oncology treatment on fertility and the options available to preserve your fertility should be discussed as soon as possible after diagnosis.

Our experienced team at Merrion Fertility Clinic are here to help you understand your fertility preservation options and to serve as your fertility advocate throughout your cancer journey.

Fertility preservation before cancer

Egg and sperm freezing are now commonly practiced methods of preserving fertility for men and women who have received a cancer diagnosis.

At Merrion Fertility Clinic, we understand that timing is critical when a patient is about to begin cancer treatment. Our team can co-ordinate and prioritize your fertility preservation procedure so that your treatment can begin as soon as possible.

Fertility preservation after cancer

For women who have already gone through cancer treatment, fertility can be assessed using anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels. AMH is a simple blood test which helpful in determining how many eggs are left in the ovaries. Where appropriate, ultrasound examination can also be used to determine antral follicle count, another marker of ovarian reserve.

If you are diagnosed with low ovarian reserve as a result of cancer treatment, we will discuss the options available to you.

If you wish to consider further treatment or investigation, this can be organised via our gynaecology and fertility clinics.

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