Women's Health

Breast Cancer, Infertility, and Freezing Eggs

No need to delay

Traditionally, women with breast cancer have also hesitated to undergo egg freezing because of the perceived delay it may cause in beginning treatment. However, new advancements to the procedure have eliminated this barrier.

Traditional egg freezing follows a woman’s natural menstrual cycle. The eggs are retrieved when they would naturally be released, which means it usually takes 4-6 weeks to be able to do the procedure. There’s a suggested six-week window to begin treatment in which researchers believe there is no decrease in five-year survival rates after chemotherapy. Thus, the perception has been that waiting for a woman’s natural menstrual cycle could delay treatment past this six-week window.