Receiving a cancer diagnosis and/or transitioning is likely to be overwhelming – there is a lot to figure out. Because of this, something like fertility preservation can seem both unimportant and confusing. Many doctors give limited information on the subject since it isn’t their area of expertise.
If you do choose to freeze sperm or eggs, you might only receive information about the current process, and not about the long-term potential for actually having kids with or without a future partner. I have noticed that patients doing fertility preservation for medical reasons could use extra consultation as they make decisions for fertility preservation in the early stages of cancer treatment and/or transitioning.
You may have already gone through treatment to freeze sperm or eggs, or you may not have even thought about it yet. I look forward to providing information for those at any stage of this process in a short presentation, and answering specific questions you might have.
Heather Chorzempa grew up in Minnesota, and now works in an IVF lab in Germany. Her grandmother fought cancer six times over almost twenty years, so Heather is passionate about helping others who might be going through something similar. A close friend also went through four rounds of IVF, and through her support of this friend her interest was sparked to pursue a career in the field.