Family Planning & Preservation
Family planning and fertility preservation increases the odds that individuals can successfully have children on their terms or later in life. Risks of infertility, aging, sexual preferences and lifestyle can interfere with someone’s ability to have children. In addition, Cancer, other diseases, and specific drug regimens and procedures can significantly decrease the likelihood that men or women can successfully conceive.
At Tennessee Reproductive Medicine, we offer a range of procedures to identify those at risk for infertility and increase the odds of successful pregnancies at a more optimal time in their lives. Assisted reproductive techniques may also enable individuals or nontraditional couples to grow their family.
Fertility preservation for women
Breast cancer and aging are two of the most common reasons for women to consider fertility preservation. Radiation and chemotherapy treatments can damage eggs and significantly reduce the likelihood of pregnancy later in life.
In addition, many women delay childbearing for personal and professional reasons. Women’s eggs also diminish in quantity and quality with age, and some women may benefit from preserving their eggs at a younger age when pregnancy is desired later in life.
Freezing eggs and/or embryos are options that can optimize the odds of having healthy children in the future.
Fertility preservation for men
The most common reason for men to seek fertility preservation is a cancer diagnosis. Sperm freezing is usually the best way to preserve fertility in males and success rates are high.
Fertility preservation for children
Children who face cancer or major surgery have the greatest need for fertility preservation to increase their odds of becoming parents after they reach adulthood. Adolescents are usually treated with the same procedures as adults, while pre-adolescents may require techniques such as tissue freezing procedures.
Still have questions? Find more information at ReproductiveFacts.org, a site by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
LGBT family planning
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples who are building a family often require assisted reproductive treatment from a fertility specialist. Learn more about LGBT family building or the donor and surogacy process.