Welcome to TheEmpoweredEgg.com an informative resource for women interested in or wanting to discuss the process of egg freezing, medically known as oocyte cryopreservation.
We encourage you to ask questions, get involved with the discussions and talk about your concerns with us and with other community members.
This is your chance to explore what it means to be a woman in the twenty-first century and learn more about the options we now have as women when it comes to fertility, planned parenthood and making major life decisions.
It isn't any surprise that the lifesaving radiation treatments that cancer patients endure have a negative affect on fertility. Chemotherapy and radiation has allowed women to beat the disease and carry on with normal healthy lives. The down side however is the intense amount of radiation that is needed to kill the cancerous cells also kills reproductive cells. Even though there are thousands of new cases reported every year in women under the age of 40, technology, research and advancement in finding better cancer treatments has increased survival rates. This is great news for all of us.
In female patients, treatments can affect the number of primordial follicles, affect hormone balance or interfere with the function of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, or uterus.
The affects of the chemotherapy on female fertility vary depending on age, dose-intensity, number of cycles and the location of the radiation.
The option for men to bank their sperm has been around for awhile but now women also have hope in someday having a family post-radiation with new fertility preservation techniques.
The breakthough in the success of egg freezing has allowed cancer patients to freeze their young healthy eggs before they go through treatment to at least allow them the option of someday having children.
Fertility experts are delighted to have options for women who just a few years ago would almost definitely have lost their ability to have children after going through cancer treatment.
As tough as it is to deal with the one-two punch of finding out you have cancer and then thinking of the consequences post-treatment, it's important to talk to your doctor about your options before you go through any chemotherapy or radiation. Consult a fertility specialist if you are exploring the option of oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing).Fertile Hope is an organization that is supported by Lance Armstrong's foundation LIVESTRONG. They are a great resource for finding information about your options and financial aid that may be available to you.
Women are very aware of their ticking biological clock but are men aware of their decreasing fertility too? Fertilization rates are usually over 60% for men under the age of 39 but for those over that age, the rates fall to slightly over half.
Men do not have the same pressure as women when it comes to finding a mate before time runs out but age affects male fertility too. It is not a significant drop off but the sperm quality can decrease as the man gets older. A 50-year-old man has about a 30% less chance of successful conception on average compared to when he was in his twenties.
Sperm quality all depends on the motility (the ability of the sperm to reach the egg) and morphology (shape of the sperm). There is however a very large overlap in these values between proven fertile and infertile men, therefore the routine semen analysis is not a reliable indicator or fertility potential.
Hormonal fluctuations, fatigue, depression, erectile dysfunction and other symptoms that go along with getting older also play a part in the conception game. As a man ages there is also a greater chance sperm could genetically mutate causing disorders like schizophrenia.
There are other factors that will decrease the amount and quality of sperm. Everyone knows smoking is bad for you and will decrease sperm count but did you know there are things that can affect the little swimmers?
Other factors can include:
So beware of your partner's "tighty-whities", cigarettes and bicycle seats when you are trying to conceive.
Let's play a game! Which of these images below do you think will help repopulate the planet and which will hurt your chances of conceiving a child?
1. Laptops - It is called a laptop, but when used on your lap it raises the man's scrotal temperature even if just for an hour. The heat reduces sperm count.
2. Spicy/greasy foods - These cause indigestion. Indigestion produces toxins in the body called ama. Ama can block men's semen and decrease sperm count.
3. Oysters - Oysters are actually good for you because they have lots of zinc! The zinc are very good for keeping a healthy sperm count.
4. Bicycle seats - The pressure on the man's scrotum interferes with the blood vessels that help maintain erections.
5. Hot tubs - Like laptops, excessive heat can decrease a man's sperm count.
6. Vitamin C - This is a no-brainer! Of course vitamin C is good for you regardless of if you are trying to get pregnant. Taking 1,000 milligrams of this stuff everyday doesn't neccessarily increase sperm count but it greatly increases sperm motility and helps protect existing sperm.
A Canadian woman living in New York with her husband finds the humour in the pressure to have children.
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