Family Fertility Center

Fertility Preservation

Maintaining your ability to have a successful pregnancy

For patients facing medical conditions or other life events that may impact their future fertility, we offer a full range of fertility preservation options to help you optimize your ability to have a biological child in the future.

We help men and women whose future fertility may be at risk due to:

  • Cancer and its treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery
  • Occupational exposure to radiation, hazardous chemicals or other agents
  • Military service or deployment
  • Age, for women who are not ready to have children yet
  • A family history of premature menopause · Travel to areas that place them at risk of Zika infection
  • Diminished ovarian reserve (decreasing number and quality of eggs)

Why the Family Fertility Center?

We offer:

  • Expert fertility counseling to help you understand your options
  • The latest advancements in fertility preservation treatments and techniques
  • A state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab with cutting-edge technology to improve success rates
  • More than three decades of experience helping patients fulfill their dreams of building a family
  • The highest level of comfort and safety for patients undergoing IVF procedures
  • Resources

Fertility Preservation Options

Egg freezing (cryopreservation)

In this process, medications are given to induce the woman’s ovaries to mature multiple eggs. The eggs are then retrieved and frozen until a woman decides to use them. The eggs can be thawed later, combined with sperm in the lab using IVF, and the resulting embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus. Because the eggs are frozen before being fertilized, no sperm is needed. Egg freezing may be a good option for women who:

  • Are single or not in a relationship
  • Have cancer 
  • Have religious or ethical objections to embryo freezing
  • Want to increase the chances of having a biological child later in life

Embryo freezing (cryopreservation)

Like egg freezing, medications are used to stimulate the woman’s ovaries to mature a group of eggs. In this process, the eggs are retrieved and combined with sperm in the lab for fertilization. The resulting embryos are then frozen for future use, at which time they can be thawed and transferred to the woman’s uterus. Embryo freezing may be a good option for:

  • Couples in committed relationships
  • Individuals who need genetic testing
  • Those who want to increase the chances of having a biological child later in life

Ovarian tissue freezing

This experimental procedure, also known as ovarian tissue banking, is typically used in cases where cancer treatment cannot be delayed the 2 to 3 weeks required to perform IVF, or in young girls who have not gone through puberty yet.

During this laparoscopic procedure, an ovary or a piece of the ovary containing eggs is surgically removed, cut into thin strips, and frozen for future use. If a woman has premature menopause or ovarian failure, the tissue can be thawed and re-implanted in the woman’s body, increasing the chance for natural conception of pregnancy through IVF. The procedure can be performed quickly, avoiding a delay in treating the cancer.

Ovarian suppression

This experimental treatment uses medications to temporarily stop the ovaries from functioning during cancer treatment, potentially protecting eggs from the harmful effects of chemotherapy.

Sperm banking

Also known as sperm freezing or cryopreservation, sperm banking offers men the possibility of fathering a child in the future. Specimens are collected through masturbation, frozen and stored for future use. The sperm can be thawed and used for intrauterine insemination (IUI, or artificial insemination) or IVF. Sperm banking is available through our partnership with Baylor College of Medicine’s Scott Department of Urology, home to one of the few specialized laboratories devoted exclusively to male reproductive health testing.