Once cancer treatment is over, patients are often anxious to learn about the status of their fertility.
Using Stored Gametes
Some patients are able to have gametes retrieved and frozen for the future. When couples are ready to start families, the cells can be thawed and used accordingly.
Third Party Parenting
Third-party parenting involves the use of eggs, sperm, or embryos that are donated from a third person for the use of an infertile couple. Donors may be anonymous or they may be a friend or relative of the couple.
Using donor eggs is an option for women who have experienced ovarian failure or do not have their own oocytes available. However, they can still carry a pregnancy.
Infertile couples may obtain donor embryos from other couples who have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) and no longer need the embryos.
For couples who cannot use the male partner’s sperm, using donor sperm can be an option. In most cases, the donor is anonymous, but the couple may also ask a friend or relative to donate sperm.
Surrogacy is an option for couples in which the woman cannot carry a baby to term. Instead, another woman undergoes the pregnancy. This woman may be called a surrogate or a gestational carrier (GC), depending on the type of arrangement.