Fertility Preservation & Oncofertility

University of Colorado Oncofertility & Fertility Preservation

Fertility preservation, family planning, reproductive and sexual health for those whose medical treatments may impact reproductive functioning

Schedule an Appointment: (303) 724-8089

About fertility preservation and oncofertility

Oncofertility for cancer patientsInfertility 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 the University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine at (303) 724-8089.

Cancer & fertility explained

Fertility preservation services at Advanced Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Dovey sees patients prior to treatment and after treatment for the following: 

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.

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