Although some treatments have little to no impact on the reproductive health of a patient, in certain other cases, cancer remedies are probably to impair the ovaries or testes, causing temporary or permanent infertility.
Hence it is essential for patients to seek advice from their oncologists or other treating doctors on the long-term impact such remedies can have on their reproductive function, and their chances of having children.
Dr. Monikaa Chawla, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Consultant at Fakih IVF said, “As cancer treatments can have an effect on a patient’s fertility, they want to talk about the various fertility preservation choices with their physician beforehand, understand the dangers concerned with such remedies and the costs related with them. Besides chemotherapy, doctors have to brief patients concerning the numerous surgical or radiation therapies, and the effect of each of these may have on the reproductive health.”
Dr. Hussein Kandil, Specialist Urology at Fakih IVF said, “By the time cancer cure ends, the recovery of the reproductive function is unpredictable, as it depends on the type and period of remedy given. Additionally, in male sufferers even if the sperm numbers have not dramatically declined, other parameters can also get certainly altered e.g. DNA-integrity which determines the potency of sperm function, subsequently it is cautioned to postpone pregnancy for some time till full recovery of the testis.”
The risk of infertility highly depends on the kind and dosage of medicine used. In women, age is additionally a contributing factor, in particular as older women have fewer eggs increasing their chances of becoming infertile after the treatment. Hence in such instances women think about various fertility preservation options. Some of the most frequent methods encompass egg or embryo freezing, a procedure involving the isolation of mature eggs from the ovary for future use. Patients opting for this procedure ought to seek advice from with their oncologist concerning the safety of the procedure and the number of cycles of stimulation required before the cancer treatment.
“Depending on the quantity of eggs or embryos frozen in the first cycle, physicians can recommend the need of undergoing more cycles. One must remember that freezing more eggs increases the possibilities of conceiving in the future,” stated Dr Chawla.
Men struggling with cancer are also looking at choices that can increase their possibilities of having a baby regardless of struggling with the disease. Fertility preservation for men consists of collecting and freezing their semen prior to the cancer treatment. The sperm can then be thawed and used to fertilize eggs of the companion when thinking about starting a family.
As fertility preservation is increasingly becoming common among people struggling with life threatening diseases, it is vital to seek advice from your healthcare practitioner looking for the perfect treatment option earlier than proceeding with the surgery.
Fakih IVF Fertility Center is one of the leading Infertility, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Genetics and IVF centers in the GCC region with centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai. With various ultra-modern technologies, the center is constantly advancing in the area of reproductive medicine throughout the region.