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Individuals Wishing to Delay Parenthood: Fertility Preservation Options

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Many people desire to have children but may not be ready right now for a variety of reasons, such as pursuing a career or not having found the right partner. Our center offers a range of services, including egg and embryo freezing, to help our patients preserve their fertility for the future.

Fertility Preservation Treatment Options

Treatment options vary based on your individual circumstance, but include:

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Fertility Preservation Treatment: What to Expect

Your treatment process begins with an initial consultation with one of our reproductive specialists. We will discuss your family building goals and review your medical history, potential treatment and financial options. Your physician will then perform diagnostic testing to evaluate your fertility, including blood work, ultrasound and/or semen analysis.

Once testing has been completed, we will work with you to develop the best treatment plan for you and your family. 

We will then prescribe medications — which may be injectable, oral, patches or creams — that increase your egg production and, when available, will surgically remove eggs from your ovaries. These eggs can be frozen for future use or immediately fertilized with your partner’s or donor’s sperm to be frozen as embryos.

When You’re Ready to Take Action

  1. Talk to your medical team about your interest in fertility preservation. If you are a patient at Johns Hopkins Medicine, your medical team will connect you with our fertility specialists.
  2. If you are not a patient at Johns Hopkins, contact us to schedule your consultation. Email us at preservefertility@jhu.edu, or complete this appointment inquiry form.
  3. Contact your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage. Our financial coordinators will also help you learn what your insurance covers and share supplemental resources available to you to offset cost.
  4. Plan for flexibility — you may be given short notice to come in for an appointment.

Our Comprehensive Services

Our patients have access to specialists in many departments who work together to coordinate your care from fertility treatment through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and beyond.

  • Obstetrical care throughout your pregnancy
  • Financial counseling
  • Referral to lawyers who specialize in reproductive law
  • Third-party consultation (donor egg, donor sperm, gestational surrogacy)
  • Adoption counseling
      
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