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Preserving your fertility

Fertility preservation involves freezing and storing eggs, sperm, or embryos for use in a person’s future fertility treatment. In rarer cases, this can involve freezing and storing ovarian or testicular tissue.

If you wish to preserve your fertility there may be a number of options available to you, including:

Reasons for preserving your fertility

Both men and women may wish to preserve their fertility for a number of reasons. You may wish to preserve your fertility:

  • To delay parenthood until a date at which you are ready to start a family
  • To allow treatment of a medical condition which may affect your future fertility, such as prior to some cancer treatments
  • In cases where you are at risk of injury or death

Preserving your fertility to delay parenthood

You may decide to freeze and store your eggs or embryos to delay having children. A woman’s chance of conceiving naturally declines with age as the quantity and quality of her eggs diminish, so women who store their frozen eggs or embryos when they are younger may have a better chance of a successful pregnancy in the future.

For information on freezing and storing eggs and embryos, see our information pages on: 

Although this may be a viable option for some women, the chances of conceiving using frozen eggs is generally lower than using fresh eggs or embryos.

For information on your chances of getting pregnant, see our information page entitled 'What are my chances of getting pregnant?.

Preserving your fertility to allow treatment of a medical condition which may affect your future fertility

Some men and women are not able to have children due to the effects of medical treatment, such as certain types of cancer treatments. By identifying with a medical professional, your risk for infertility, you can take steps before treatment to help preserve your fertility.

Page last updated: 01 April 2014