Fertility Preservation & Oncofertility
Fertility preservation, family planning, reproductive and sexual health for those whose medical treatments may impact reproductive functioning
Schedule an Appointment: (303) 724-3378.
About fertility preservation and oncofertility
Infertility risk factors depend on the patient’s age, sex and treatment type and length. Radiation and cancer medications, especially certain types of chemotherapy, can severely damage reproductive organs. Likewise, harming reproductive organs may negatively impact bone health, sexual function, cardiovascular health and more, since those organs are responsible for producing important hormones.
A thorough oncofertility consultation helps women, men, and children understand their individual infertility risk factors as well as their reproductive options now and in the future, including identifying possible fertility preservation procedures. A qualified oncofertility specialist will also create a long-term reproductive health plan customized to the patient’s specific medical history.
Oncofertility and fertility preservation before cancer treatments
More than 220,000 children, adolescents and young adults, ages 0-39, are diagnosed with cancer each year. Lifesaving cancer treatments may leave these patients with compromised reproductive health, adversely impacting their ability to bear biological children in the future.
Fertility preservation procedures can help patient’s have children in the future by cryopreserving (freezing) their sperm, eggs or ovarian tissue prior to receiving their life-saving cancer treatments. For those who completed cancer therapy already, in vitro fertilization or third party reproductive options like surrogacy or egg donation may help survivors become parents.
The field of oncofertility is a complex one and straddles the fence of both oncology and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Serena Dovey specializes in the field of fertility preservation, ovarian response to medical therapies, and assisted reproduction outcomes. Dr. Dovey is also the leader of the Oncofertility Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center where she sees patients to discuss their family planning options as cancer survivors.
With a thorough oncofertility consultation, Dr. Dovey will craft a short-term and long-term reproductive plan to ensure you maintain your quality of life through cancer treatment and beyond.
If you, your child or someone you love is facing a risk to fertility from treatment for a medical condition like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis or auto-immune diseases to name a few, please call Natalie Crump at the University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine at (303) 724-3378.
Fertility preservation services at Advanced Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Dovey sees patients prior to treatment and after treatment for the following:
- Cancer risk reduction (ie prophylactic removal of ovaries)
- Fertility Preservation
- Egg Freezing
- Embryo Freezing
- Ovarian Tissue Freezing
- Ovarian Transposition
- Sperm Freezing
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- In Vitro Fertilization
- Oncofertility Consultation
- Ovarian Reserve Testing
- Preconception Counseling
- Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for single gene mutations (ie BRCA)
- Psychosocial services through licensed clinical psychologists
- Pubertal Transition
- Sexual Functioning
- Third Party Reproduction (Surrogacy, Egg, Sperm or Embryo Donation)
The fields of oncofertility and fertility preservation are developing; as such, many insurance companies don’t cover these types of services yet. We do what we can to help you navigate through insurance coverage.
Printable Resources from MyOncofertility.org
- 5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor
- 5 Questions To Ask Your Child’s Doctor
- 5 Questions To Ask Your Partner’s Doctor
- Female Fertility Options
- Male Fertility Options
- ASCO Recommendations on Fertility Preservation
- Patients’ Fact Sheet: Cancer and Fertility Preservation
- Fertility preservation and reproduction in cancer patients