IVF Can Help Eliminate Inherited Diseases

When most people think about in vitro fertilization (IVF), they think of its use as a treatment for infertility.  IVF can also be used to treat non-infertility conditions though.  A growing space for the use of IVF is to use it as a treatment to reduce or eliminate inherited diseases from a family’s blood line.

Eliminating the risk of passing …

Do Fertility Drugs Cause Ovarian Cancer?

A new study, presented on July 3rd at the 2018 annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), provides more evidence to confirm that fertility drugs do not increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark, who underwent fertility treatment with assisted reproductive technology (ART) between …

Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Options

Now that cancer treatments help many more cancer victims to become cancer survivors it is important to consider life issues when planning cancer treatments. For younger cancer patients, future fertility is an important life issue.

Yet, up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

IVF Safe for Mother and Child

An article in the Washington Post detailing one mother’s struggle with infertility documents the safety 0f IVF for mother and child.

One of the biggest concerns has been whether exposure to fertility drugs could cause cancer. A 2013 study of 21,646 women in Australia concluded that “there is no evidence of an increased risk of ovarian cancer following IVF in …

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients

It was not that long ago that this was a subject that was not even discussed because most cancer patients going into chemotherapy or radiation were focused on survival, not quality of life. Today, fortunately, cancer treatments have improved so much that people are concerned about quality of life; i.e. living with cancer rather than just living from cancer.

In …

Is Egg Freezing An Effective Way To Delay Motherhood?

A Forbes Magazine article calls into question whether egg freezing, which is being done in increasing numbers, lacks scientific evidence of its effectiveness. Egg freezing isn’t new. In fact, the first baby conceived with an egg that had been frozen and then thawed was born 30 years ago.

But it was only a little more than four years ago, in …

Fertility Preservation and Breast Cancer

According to a 2011 study reported in the journal Fertility & Sterility, most women who develop invasive breast cancer under age 40 will be advised to undergo chemotherapy with or without extended antihormonal therapy to reduce the risk of recurrence and death from breast cancer. Chemotherapy particularly with alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide is toxic to the ovaries and markedly …

Options for Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Some new fertility preservation option are on the horizon, but today the most realistic option for most women is egg or embryo freezing. An article in MedPage Today outlines some interesting options for very young women and girls needing to preserve their fertility because of cancer chemotherapy.

In June, researchers reported the first live birth from a young girl whose …

Consider future fertility before cancer chemotherapy or radiation

Cancer and cancer treatments can threaten patients’ ability to have children. Many factors affect that risk, including the patient’s age, type of cancer, chemo type and dosage, surgery to the reproductive system and radiation therapy, depending on dose and location.

Some patients may need to start chemo or radiation right away. Others can afford to wait a few weeks, long …