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Content Tagged: preservation

I’m a 28 year old single woman who was recently told that I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation. Apparently my mother inherited the mutation from her father. I would dearly love to have children in the future, when I find the right partner and have a stable job. But I’m concerned about my high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. As I make decisions about preventive treatment, what should I be considering in terms of my future fertility?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Beth Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia.  As you know, carrying the BRCA1 gene gives you a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer over the course of your lifetime.  While women without this mutation have about a 10% chance of developing breast […]

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Man becomes father using sperm frozen before life-saving cancer treatment

Antony Allen, 41, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 17, and was required to undergo a year of life-saving chemotherapy. Allen was told that the cancer-fighting treatment would leave him infertile. His father, Les, encouraged him to freeze his sperm so that he would have an opportunity to become a father in the future. […]

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I’m a transman that has been on testosterone for 3 years. Where do I start if I want to extract, fertilize, and freeze my eggs so that my girlfriend can carry our child in approximately 5 years? Approximately how long will I have to be off testosterone/ take other hormones to get the specimens needed for later?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in your question, so I will break it down into parts. There are some unknowns about you (such as your and your partner’s ages, and the […]

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How successful is female fertility preservation?

A recent meta-analysis conducted at the New York Medical College and the University of California Davis provides age-specific probabilities of achieving a live birth using IVF and eggs that were previously frozen using a slow freezing method (SF) and a more recent technique called vitrification (VF). The study was published in Fertility and Sterility, and […]

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