Fertility and preservation

Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation is a procedure where we can freeze your ovarian tissue, which allows you to preserve your fertility.

The procedure is suited if you’re undergoing cancer treatments, you have medical conditions that are likely to affect your fertility or if you wish to preserve your fertility for personal reasons.

How is the ovarian cortex collected?

The ovarian cortex is collected during a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

What is involved the laparoscopy procedure?

The laparoscopy requires a general anaesthetic and is performed in an operating theatre. An instrument like a telescope is inserted into the abdomen along with other instruments to allow surgery to be conducted. A full information sheet is available from your Care Fertility specialist.

What are the success rates?

Using cryopreserved ovarian cortex is a relatively new procedure and success rates are uncertain. Long term effects on the children born after ovarian cortex freezing are reassuring but numbers of births are still very small.

Do I need any tests before my ovarian tissue frozen?

Yes, prior to freezing your ovarian tissue, you are required to have blood test for infection (hepatitis, syphilis and HIV/AIDS).

How is the frozen ovarian cortex used?

Using ovarian cortex requires having the tissue transplanted back to the side wall of the pelvis and this is how live births have resulted from the use of cryopreserved ovarian cortex. This requires one or two laparoscopies.

 

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