Author: Jennifer Levine, MD

Choosing the right option for an individual female child or adolescent depends on determining her risk for infertility, the timing of therapy, and her pubertal status.  For survivors of a childhood or adolescent cancer at risk of premature menopause, fertility preservation options are available.

Types of Impaired Fertility

Acute Ovarian Failure: entering menopause during or soon after the completion of therapy

Premature Menopause: entering menopause prior the age of 40 

Pre-pubertal (before menstruation)

Before treatment:

Radiation Shielding

Ovarian Transposition

Ovarian Tissue Banking (experimental)

Post Treatment:

Egg Banking

Embryo Banking

Egg or Embryo donation

Adoption

Surrogacy

Post–pubertal  (after menstruation)

Before treatment:

Egg Banking

Embryo Banking

Radiation Shielding

Ovarian Transposition

Ovarian Suppression (experimental)

Ovarian Tissue Banking (experimental)

Post Treatment:

Egg Banking

Embryo Banking

Egg or Embryo donation

Adoption

Surrogacy

 

Questions to ask your health care provider

Please explain to me the options that I/my daughter have at this time.

How will these options affect the start of treatment?

What are the costs of the various options?

Will my insurance cover any of these options?

How do I find the appropriate health care provider?

Find a local Fertility Preservation Center or contact the FERTline

How do I find assistance with the cost?

Financial Resources