As medical advances continue, more survivors are entering their reproductive years and considering starting families of their own. However, these same medications that are so instrumental in improved survival may also come with an increase in late term side effects of medical treatment, including damage to reproductive organs.
It is important to educate all patients and families on the risks that their diagnosis and treatments may hold. The risk to a patient’s fertility is not without exception and this should be discussed regardless of age, gender, diagnosis or other bias so patients may determine if fertility preservation is right for them. The goal of the Integrated Care & Fertility Preservation Program is to meet with patients and families whose medical condition or treatment regimens place them at risk for future fertility complications and provide this necessary education along with a discussion of available fertility preservation options.
Our multidisciplinary team includes the Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Center and Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology division at Washington University, along with Hematology/Oncology and other primary medical teams at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Together, we provide fertility risk counseling and preservation options to our patients, while working together to provide quality care with minimal impact to the patient’s primary treatment plan.
Holly Hoefgen, MD, co-director of the Integrated Care & Fertility Preservation Program, addresses the importance of talking to patients about options prior to treatment.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoefgen, please call 314.273.CARE