The Ethics of Female Fertility Preservation

Presentation Description:  Fertility preservation for female pediatric oncology patients is an issue of critical importance, but one that is fraught with ethical challenges.  Since decisions regarding fertility preservation must ideally be made before treatment begins, parents, physicians, and patients are required to make complex decisions in a short amount of time under extreme stress.  This session discussed both the ethics of preventing pediatric patients from becoming infertile in the first place, as well as ethical considerations related to survivors who are at high-risk of infertility.


Karen Glass, MD, FRCSC, FACOG
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Women’s College Hospital, CReATeIVF Centre
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Ellen M. Greenblatt, MD, FRCSC; FACOG (REI)
Medical Director, Centre for Fertility and Reproductive health, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Randi Zlotnik-Shaul, JD, LLM, PhD
Director of Bioethics, The Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

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