Fertility Banking

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  1. What Is Fertility Banking?
  2. Fertility Banking -Now There's No Rush To Start A Family.
  3. How Does It Work?
  4. Find Out More.

What Is Fertility Banking?

Fertility banking basically means storing your eggs or sperm in a fertility clinic under freezing conditions so that they can be thawed out and used at a later time. Techniques for freezing sperm and eggs have  improved over the years and eggs and sperm are very  tolerant of this process.

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Fertility Banking - Now There's No Rush To Start A Family

Planning to start a family later in life

Not quite ready to start a family? But worried you're harming your chances by waiting?  Perhaps fertility banking is the answer.

Fertility banking means freezing your healthy eggs and sperm now, so you can start a family when you're ready.  No rush. Pusure a career, spend more time travelling, save up for a family home...... Now you can take things at your own pace, but still enjoy peace of mind, knowing your eggs and sperm will be ready when you need them.

Statistically, the longer you wait, the lower your chances of conceiving.  Studies show a marked drop in the conception rate of women over 30, and an even more pronounced drop in women over 35.

It's not just women either.  There's now evidence suggesting male fertility drops with age too.

But rushing in before you're ready is never a good idea.  Kids can be hard work, and family life is a big change.  Starting before you are ready makes it even harder.  Your body may be ready for a family, but that doesn't mean you're ready emotionally or financially.

Disease, illness or medical treatment

Fertility banking is also an option if you have, or at risk of developing, a medical condition which may, or its treatment may, significantly reduce your capacity to conceive or father a child, or in fact render you unable.  Examples include:

For men:

  1. Cancer and chemotherapy.  Fertility banking of sperm or eggs is most commonly performed prior to cancer treatment with chemotherapy.
  2. Use of certain drugs, such as those for depression or high blood pressure.
  3. Diabetes.
  4. Hormonal problems.
  5. Surgery of the reproductive tract, such as that for undescended testes, hernia repair, disorders of the prostate gland.
  6. Vasectomy or failure of vasectomy reversal.  Fertility banking may be a possibility for men prior to having a vasectomy in case they change their mind and wish to father children later on.

For women:

  1. Endometriosis.
  2. Cancer and chemotherapy.
  3. Infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a severe infection of the female reproductive organs that may be caused by sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia; or appendicitis, which can result in scarring of the internal pelvic organs.
  4. PCOS, thyroid disease or diabetes.

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How Does It Work?

Women

  1. You meet with one of our Fertility Specialists to discuss your medical history and family planning goals.
  2. We do a few simple tests to see if fertility banking is likely to work for you.
  3. We start treatment:  2 to 4 weeks of daily medications to simulate your ovaries.
  4. We monitor your body's response so we know when your eggs are ready for retrieval.
  5. We retrieve the eggs - a minimally-invasive procedure performed under anaesthesia.
  6. Your eggs are frozen using a process called “vitrification”. (Studies show that more eggs and sperm frozen this way survive thawing, because they’re cooled so quickly that there’s no time for ice crystals to form. Instead, they’re instantaneously solidified into a glass-like structure.)
  7. We store your frozen eggs until you are ready to use them. Then, if you can’t fall pregnant naturally, we help you fall pregnant with In Vitro Fertilisation (“IVF”).

Men

  1. You meet with one of our Fertility Specialists to discuss your medical history and family planning goals.
  2. We do a few simple tests to see if fertility banking is likely to work for you.
  3. You supply a sperm sample through masturbation, or we collect it through surgery.
  4. If sperm obtained are suitable for freezing then they are cryostored.
  5. We store your sperm using vitrification until you are ready to use them.

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Possible Treatment Risks

Essentially, fertility banking for women is an IVF process.  For detailed information about risks, please open or download the Flinders Fertility "IVF Booklet" (pdf 2.39MB).

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Find Out More

Situations and conditions with respect to fertility banking can be complex so either:

  1. Call on 131 IVF (131 483) to talk with one of our Fertility Specialists.
  2. Email us at enquire@flindersfertility.com.au.
  3. Seek a referral to Flinders Fertility from your Doctor.

If you require the aid of an interpreter please let us know, as well as any specific regional dialect that you may require.

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