Hope for the Future

Fertility Preservation Chicago

Cancer will affect approximately 1 in 50 women and 1 in 70 men by the time they reach their 39th birthday. Similarly, 1 in 500 children will also be diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer. Fortunately, advances in cancer treatment have increased the survival rate among these patients. Today, early cancer detection and multimodal treatment with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation have improved the quality of life for cancer patients. Being able to look to a future beyond cancer also prompts these patients and their parents to ask the question, “Will I be able to have a family after my cancer treatment?” Fortunately, there is hope for fertility preservation, thanks to new cancer treatment options and advanced reproductive technologies. Often combined intervention by the patient’s primary physician/oncologist and a fertility specialist offers men, women and children the chance to be a cancer survivor AND a parent. Thanks to fertility preservation at the Chicago-area practices of Reproductive Medicine Institute, we have helped many patients start families after beating cancer.

 

The Key to Fertility Preservation is Information

 
We treat many different types of patients.  Reproductive Medicine Institute treats all patients who are faced with the use of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery that may alter their fertility, whether they have a diagnosis of cancer or other life-altering disease.  The physicians and our team are always available for consultation about fertility preservation possibilities at our Chicago-area practices, for you or your child in light of planned or completed cancer treatment.
 
In general, fertility preservation should be considered and executed prior to the exposure to gonadotoxic therapies.  This allows for the maximal benefit of this intervention.  If, however, a patient is interested in assessing their fertility or pursuing fertility preserving procedures following the completion of treatment, a team RMI physician can assess reproductive potential and make recommendations regarding fertility treatment and preservation.  
 
It is equally important for cancer survivors to have long term follow up with a reproductive specialist.  This follow up can include regular measurements of reproductive potential and hormone therapy in the setting of premature menopause or to aide in pubertal development in the case of childhood cancer survivors.
 
Reproductive Medicine Institute offers the following services for fertility preservation:

 

For women:

 
Egg freezing
IVF and Embryo freezing
Ovarian tissue freezing
Medical treatment using GnRH analogues
 

For men:

 
Sperm Freezing
IVF and Embryo freezing
Testicular tissue aspiration and freezing
 

For girls:

 
Ovarian tissue freezing
Medical treatment using GnRH analogues
 

 For boys

 
Sperm Freezing (if able)
Testicular tissue aspiration and freezing
 
You may contact us to schedule an appointment at any of our offices. We’ll make every effort to see you or your child within 48 hours. Please bring information on your current or past treatment, and the name and telephone number of your treating physician to help us better address your specific needs.
 
Our team at Reproductive Medicine Institute has partnered with LiveStrong Fertility.  Through this partnership, we are able to provide fertility preserving procedures at a subsidized cost.  To learn more, please visit the LiveStrong website : https://www.livestrong.org/we-can-help/livestrong-fertility
 

Learn More about Fertility Preservation at RMI

 
Fertility preservation must be considered along with your cancer treatment and your overall health. We recommend that you discuss pre-treatment and post-treatment options with us and your primary doctor to help you make the best decision for you. Please contact us to schedule a personal consultation to discuss fertility preservation at one of our offices in the Chicago area. Together we may be able to make a difference in your life…and in your future fertility.
 

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