Fertility Preservation

Fertility preservation refers to the storage of eggs, embryos, ovarian tissue and sperm for future use.

If you wish to preserve your fertility there may be a number of options available to you, including:

Why preserve fertility?

Men and women may wish to preserve their fertility due to:

  • Social reasons such as career building, no long-term partner and financial instability lead to an individual choosing to delay parenthood until they are ready to start a family.
  • Treatment being required for a medical condition that may affect future fertility, for example before some cancer treatments. When a diagnosis of cancer is given the patient often needs to start treatment quickly. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy may cause damage to sperm or eggs and cause future fertility problems. Freezing eggs, embryos, ovarian tissue or sperm prior to cancer therapies can give people real hope of preserving their chances of a family.
  • Being at risk of injury or death, for example a member of the Armed Forces who is being deployed to a war zone.

Counselling

Counselling is offered to eligible patients on our fertility preservation programme to ensure they are fully supported.