CosBeauty Magazine #86

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CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors

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Teirney. ‘I regularly see patients

with cancer to help them continue

or begin their fertility journey once

their treatment is complete and they

are in remission.

‘Women are sent to us for urgent egg

retrieval and we can then harvest and

freeze their eggs, which at a later date we

can inseminate with their partner’s sperm

and create a beautiful healthy baby.’

According to Dr Teirney, there are

typically two options available:

1. Egg freezing

‘We often do this for single women

who are about to undergo chemotherapy

for cancer, which can send them into

menopause,’ she explains. ‘It gives

them peace of mind that they may be

able to have a healthy, happy family

later in life, either with donor sperm,

or a future partner.

‘If a woman is diagnosed with cancer,

their oncologist can refer them for this

procedure typically within 24 to 48 hours.

IVF Australia has methods in place to

fast-track such cases, as we understand

just how stressful these situations can be.

We also have minimised your out-ofpocket

costs for your fertility preservation

treatment, which can be discussed in

more detail during your appointment.’

2. Embryo Freezing

‘We look at this for couples,’ explains

Dr Teirney. ‘We look at having an urgent

IVF cycle and creating embryos that

we then freeze for couples to implant

at a later date. The uterus is normally

unaffected by most cancer treatments

and to implant an embryo, we administer

hormones to maintain a healthy

pregnancy, teamed with regular checkups

and the correct pregnancy vitamins.’

While every case is an individual one,

the younger the woman and her eggs, the

better the chances are of a pregnancy and

healthy baby. Dr Teirney estimates that:

• For a woman aged 35 or under, one

stimulated IVF cycle would result

in the collection of 10 to 12 eggs, of

which between seven and nine would

be suitable for vitrification and storage;


Jess and Travers regularly campaign to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

IVF Australia has methods

in place to fast-track such

cases, as we understand

just how stressful these

situations can be.

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