Establishing a fertility preservation database: No time like the present

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Fertility preservation (FP) was developed with the explicit purpose of helping young women and men overcome complications of infertility associated with cancer-related treatments. Currently, no databases in the USA follow cancer or noncancer patients who undergo FP. Hence, the number and demographics of women and men who seek these services, as well as the efficacy, benefits, risks, success rates and quality of care of FP are unknown. Two feasibility studies on young women seeking FP in southern California are discussed. In addition, barriers, funding, a needs assessment, and approaches to establishing and evaluating a database are presented. A FP database would provide oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists and other medical specialists with an invaluable resource for evidence-based decisions; a foundation of knowledge that could alleviate patients fears so that they can make informed decisions; public health surveillance; and research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-225
Number of pages13
JournalExpert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • benefits
  • database
  • embryo cryopreservation
  • female cancer patients
  • fertility preservation
  • male cancer patients
  • oocyte cryopreservation
  • ovarian cryopreservation
  • registry
  • risk
  • success rates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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