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Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation at CARE Fertility - Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

Our goal at the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE Fertility) is to provide comprehensive medical care for the treatment of infertile couples. Treating infertility is an important focus. However, taking steps to preserve fertility for patients is just as imperative to the physicians at CARE Fertility. Whether the reason for preserving fertility is medical or for personal reasons, CARE is here to help.

In today's society, parenthood starting in their late 30s or 40s has become common. Whether the reasons are career oriented, medical, or just haven't met The One, postponing the journey of parenthood until later years is now a possibility. Many want the option to still be available when one is ready, and with fertility preservation, this journey still can happen.

Fertility Preservation for Patients undergoing Cancer Treatment

CARE Fertility offers newly-diagnosed cancer patients rapid consultation regarding treatment options for fertility preservation prior to undergoing surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, which can result in future infertility. Through cryogenic freezing and storage, surgery, or use of our donor programs, patients have an opportunity to be parents. Fertility preservation options, such as egg and embryo freezing, are available at special rates for patients undergoing cancer treatment. CARE Fertility doctors and staff work in collaboration with the patients’ oncologists and surgeons to determine the best treatment options. To schedule a consultation, call 817-540-1157.

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Semen Cryopreservation and Storage

One of the most common ways to preserve fertility is through the cryogenic freezing and storage of semen. These specimens may be thawed later and used for intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.

Embryo Cryopreservation

For women who want to postpone parenthood, or about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation to the pelvis, they may undergo ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval (if time permits). Their eggs will then be fertilized in a lab by mixing them with the partner's sperm (in vitro fertilization). The resulting embryos are then frozen and stored. The embryos may be thawed and transferred to the woman's uterus.

Oocyte Cryopreservation

Just like embryo cryopreservation, a woman may undergo ovarian simulation and egg retrieval. But unlike embryo cryopreservation, the eggs are not fertilized before they are frozen. Eggs that survive the freeze-thaw process may then be fertilized later in the laboratory with the partner's or donor sperm. Embryos that develop will be placed into the woman's uterus. Pregnancy rates using cryopreserved oocytes are similar to pregnancy rates from IVF using fresh oocytes due to recent advances in freezing technology.

Outpatient Surgery

There are surgeries available to assist cancer patients and cancer survivors with reproduction. Many cancer therapies for men might significantly reduce their sperm count. Some surgeries to treat cancer might even affect a man's ability to release sperm. In these situations, CARE Fertility offers an outpatient procedure called TESE (testicular sperm extraction) aspiration to obtain a specimen for use with in vitro fertilization. For women who are about to undergo radiation to the pelvis, but who do not have the luxury of time to undergo ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, we offer the option of ovarian transposition. This is an outpatient surgical procedure in which the ovaries are surgically moved away from the radiation field to minimize exposure and damage.

Donor Programs

Another option for cancer survivors who are completely unable to produce sperm or eggs is the use of our donor programs (third party reproduction). We have donor sperm, donor eggs, and donor embryos available. Donor sperm may be used for intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization. Donor eggs are used with in vitro fertilization. Donor embryos (developed through in vitro fertilization) may be transferred to the uterus in an outpatient procedure. Some female cancer survivors are no longer capable of carrying a pregnancy (due to hysterectomy). Other female survivors may face certain health risks by carrying a pregnancy. For these women, we do offer services utilizing a gestational carrier. Through in vitro fertilization, the patient's eggs and her partner's sperm are combined in the laboratory to form embryos. Resulting embryos may be transferred to the uterus of a gestational carrier. For all patients and donors who participate in third party reproduction, CARE Fertility requires psychological evaluations with a licensed psychologist who specializes in third party reproduction.

Thanks to advancements in reproductive medicines, there are now many opportunities available for patients who desire the dream of parenthood. Patients are required to have an infectious disease screening, physician order, and an appointment prior to utilizing our cryogenic storage facility.

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Bedford Office

1701 Park Place Ave
Bedford, TX 76022

Open Today 7:30am - 11:00am

Fax: (817) 267-0522. Please note that weekend hours are available only for patients currently undergoing treatment. Office hours are occasionally subject to change.

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Fort Worth Office

1250 8th Ave
Ste 365
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Closed Today

Fax: (817) 927-7919. Please note that office hours are occasionally subject to change.

More Info Directions (817) 924-1572