Astra Fertility Group participates in the Ontario Fertility Program related to fertility preservation for cancer patients. Your procedure to freeze your sperm and eggs is completely covered by the fertility program.
Fertility preservation is designed to guard against the impact of cancer treatment and, age (more in case of females) on egg and sperm production and their reproductive potential. Fertility preservation can also be offered in certain professions where unforeseen circumstances that can lead to gonadal (ovarian or testicular) damage or injury are more prevalent.
Effect of Cancer Treatment on Fertility
Certain cancer treatments can harm your fertility or cause sterility. The effects, which might be temporary or permanent, can occur immediately or at some point after treatment. The likelihood that cancer treatment will harm your fertility depends on several factors, including the type of cancer, cancer treatment, and your age at the time of treatment.
Male fertility can be harmed by the surgical removal of the testicles or by chemotherapy or radiation that damages sperm quantity, quality, or DNA.
Female fertility can be compromised by cancer treatments that involve the surgical removal of the uterus or ovaries. Cancer treatment can also affect eggs, hormone levels, or the functioning of the ovaries, uterus or cervix. The risk of developing premature menopause after certain cancer treatments increases as you age.