Gundersen Health System Fertility Center offers preservation options for both men and women. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow and stem cell transplants, surgery or other conditions may cause temporary or permanent infertility. Before you begin treatment that could damage the reproductive system and lead to fertility concerns, you should be aware of your options for preserving fertility.
Fertility preservation for women
- Ovarian transposition: Ovaries moved within the pelvis so they can function, but avoid the area receiving radiation therapy. (Note: This process does not protect against chemotherapy.)
- Ovarian shielding: The ovaries and/or uterus are shielded from radiation to minimize damage.
- Trachelectomy: The uterine cervix is surgically removed. This may be an option for younger women with early cervical cancer.