BONUS 130: Elective Fertility Preservation & Oncofertility

November 24, 2017

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Dr. Allison Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She currently practices at the Fertility Centers of Illinois. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine in order to help you BEAT INFERTILITY.

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After Dr. Rodgers answers listener questions about AMH, blood clotting disorders, PCOS, and endometriosis, she and Heather explore everything you need to know about elective fertility preservation and oncofertility:

  • What is fertility preservation, both in terms of elective preservation and in terms of an oncology situation?
  • Who might want to consider elective fertility preservation?
  • How does chemotherapy impact someone’s fertility (both women and men)? Does it always result in premature ovarian failure?
  • How does radiation impact someone’s fertility (both women and men)?
  • What specific factors might increase the likelihood of infertility for a cancer patient? How exactly? Why?
  • Let’s say a listener has just been diagnosed with cancer and advised to see a reproductive endocrinologist ASAP. What can she expect during an oncofertility consultation? What questions should she ask the RE?
  • Let’s talk about the specific options. For each, I’d like to know: What is involved? What is the likelihood of success? Who would find this a good option?
    • Egg freezing
    • Embryo freezing
    • Ovarian tissue freezing
    • Ovarian transposition
    • Sperm freezing
  • If a patient has a hormone-sensitive breast cancer, can she still do standard stimulation?
  • Can a patient do anything during chemotherapy to protect her ovaries? If so, what exactly?
  • If a patient has just learned she’ll be on Tamoxifen, how might that impact her fertility?
  • Let’s look at a specific scenario: I’m 31-years-old, single and BRCA+. Should I preserve my fertility?
  • If a patient has already been through cancer treatment and has learned they are now completely infertile, what options do you recommend exploring to complete their family?
  • Are there any resources (organizations, websites, etc.) you typically recommend to oncofertility patients?
  • What are some of your favorite success stories for both elective and oncofertility preservation?
  • What words of hope would you offer to a patient who’s considering fertility preservation right now?

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It's a careful decision, but some oncology patients are never offered these preservation services. They don't know their options. Click To Tweet


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