Fertility Preservation

– Fertility Point provides egg freezing, semen freezing and embryo freezing services for people who want to have children later in life.

– Choosing to do fertility preservation can be either due to social or medical reasons.

Fertility Preservation

– Fertility Point provides egg freezing, semen freezing and embryo freezing services for people who want to have children later in life.

– Choosing to do fertility preservation can be either due to social or medical reasons.

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International Medical Treatment is an Official Information and Referral Office for Fertility Point Kenya, helping coordinate treatment for people in Kenya and across the region at no extra charge.

Fertility Preservation

Fertility Point is a new fertility center in Nairobi, Kenya set up by NMC Healthcare, which is the largest fertility provider in the world.

  • Fertility preservation is the process of safeguarding a person’s current fertility by freezing eggs, sperms and embryos to allow the person to have biological children in the future.

  • People who can benefit from fertility preservation include:

    • People who, for personal or social reasons, want to delay having children,

    • Women with certain medical conditions like endometriosis or uterine fibroids,

    • Those undergoing surgery that may cause damage to the ovaries,

    • Women who require chemotherapy and/or pelvic radiation therapy which can affect fertility,

    • Women with a family history of early menopause,

    • Women at risk of premature ovarian failure because of chromosomal abnormalities such as Turner Syndrome,

    • Those with genetic mutations that require the ovaries to be removed,

    • People who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace, and

    • People who are about to start cancer treatment or treatment for autoimmune disease such as lupus.

Methods of Fertility Preservation

  • Egg Freezing

    Also known as Oocyte cryopreservation, it is simply a process that involves extracting eggs from the ovaries, freezing them and storing them for future use when a woman is ready to achieve pregnancy.

    Before the eggs are retrieved, however, the woman has to undergo hormonal stimulation to enable the ovaries produce mature eggs. The egg freezing process is referred to as vitrification which allows mature eggs to be cryopreserved in a stable condition for future use. At least 10 -15 matured eggs should be frozen to increase the chance of pregnancy.

    When the woman is ready to get pregnant, the frozen eggs are liquified, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory then implanted into the uterus to achieve pregnancy.

  • Sperm Freezing

    This process involves collecting sperm cells and freezing them for future use. Situations that can interfere with a man’s fertility include:

    Vasectomy,

    Chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other treatments that can affect a man’s fertility,

    Some types of pelvic or testicular surgery,

    High risk occupations or sports,

    Erectile dysfunction that can be caused by diabetes, and

    A decline in sperm concentration.

    Sperm freezing can also be considered if a man is not present on the day of assisted reproductive treatment or a man wants to delay parenthood to sometime in the future.

    For sperm to be frozen, semen is first collected, surgically or through ejaculation, analysed and then the sperm cells frozen at -196°C in liquid nitrogen. The sperm can then be liquified and used in In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

  • Embryo Freezing

    This procedure allows for cryopreservation of embryo for later use. The embryo is frozen at -196°C until it is ready for implantation. The embryo is formed after fertilisation occurs and cells begin to divide.

    People who can benefit from embryo freezing include:

    Those who are about to start chemotherapy as it can interfere with fertility,

    Those with genetic disorders that may affect reproduction,

    Women who are at a high risk of early menopause,

    Women suffering from endometriosis, and

    People who are approaching an advance reproductive age and are not ready to have children.

International Medical Treatment is an Official Information and Referral Office for Fertility Point Kenya, helping coordinate treatment for people in Kenya and across the region at no extra charge.