In what has now become a recurring February tradition, Hospital Ochoa’s fertility unit is offering free fertility preservation during this month to cancer patients. Such patients may enjoy free egg and sperm cryopreservation at the start of their treatment so that after they overcome the disease, they can start a family.
According to gynaecologist Dr Luis García, “the most common cancers among the young population are haematological and breast cancer. The corresponding treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy can damage the gonads, so it would be advisable for patients to cryopreserve their eggs and sperm before commencing such procedures. This way, they will be able to return to their preserved fertility samples after they recover, and start a family.
FIV OCHOA enjoys a 70% pregnancy rate in women who have frozen between 10 and 15 eggs before starting cancer treatment.
Men can preserve their genetic material immediately, while women require 10 to 12 days of medication for ovarian stimulation. According to gynaecologist Dr Juan Manuel Marín, “these 10 to 12 days of delay will not affect the final result of the oncological treatment”. For this reason, he considers it essential “to inform patients before starting chemotherapy or radiotherapy about the advisability of preserving their fertility”.
For more information contact Dr María José Figueroa at 676 26 29 29 12.