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.
- The treatment is required for a medical condition that may affect future fertility, for example before some cancer treatments. When a cancer diagnosis 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 or sperm before cancer therapies can give people real hope of preserving their chances of a family.
- For example, an Armed Forces member being deployed to a war zone is at risk of injury or death.
Counselling is offered to eligible patients on our fertility preservation programme to ensure they are fully supported.