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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I be freezing and storing my eggs?

    I am 25 and will start to undergo treatment for cervical cancer in the coming weeks. I'd like to have children one day. Should I be freezing and storing my eggs?
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    Prof Jonathan Carter

    Gynaecological Oncologist

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Sydney Head Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Head Gynaecology Services, Sydney South West … View Profile

    The options of either storing either eggs or fertilized ovum or embryo, is something that needs to be discussed with the treating gynecological oncologist, as well as the reproductive endocrinologist. For patients having fertility sparing surgery undertaken, if you still have a uterus, this is not required in those patients who will either be having a radical hysterectomy or radiation therapy with chemotherapy, it is highly likely those patients will not be able to carry a pregnancy to term, particularly if you've had a hysterectomy, obviously. The option of storing eggs or embryos is really something that should be discussed. and often there is time before those treatments are initiated for that to occur. Obviously in patients without a uterus, surrogacy will be required. As I said, these options need to be discussed in detail with the treating gynecological oncologist and a reproductive endocrinologist.

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