Becoming a parent after cancer
Some cancer patients and survivors face the real risk of infertility due to a cancer diagnosis and/or its treatment.
Possible causes for infertility in female cancer patients include:
- Treatment that directly affects the reproductive organs.
- Surgery that removes the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries.
- Radiation treatment directed to cancer in the abdomen.
The possibility of infertility can affect you emotionally. Thinking about it can result in feelings of sadness or being upset. However, it’s important to get help with fertility preservation as soon as possible. Your health care team can refer you to a licensed counselor who can help you through the experience.
Effects of Chemotherapy on Fertility
Some chemotherapy medicines can cause infertility. These types of medicines may be used to treat many different kinds of cancer, not just cancers that affect the reproductive organs. Chemotherapy may reduce the number of eggs in the ovaries or cause early menopause. Menopause happens when menstrual periods stop because the ovaries run out of eggs. If you are in menopause, it means there are no eggs left or that the remaining few eggs are not healthy.
LIVESTRONG Fertility helps you understand your fertility risks and options, and get access to fertility preservation discounts. Call LIVESTRONG at 855.844.7777 for additional information or have a navigator contact you.
Download their Fertility Brochure for information about the risks of infertility from cancer treatments and your family-building options. Understand how your fertility can be affected by cancer & cancer treatments and how to plan your family before, during and after cancer.
LIVESTRONG provides free fertility medications for women in partnership with EMD Serono, and provide access to discounted sperm, embryo and egg freezing services through a national network of reproductive clinics and sperm bank partners. Please read the eligibility requirements to determine if you are eligible for the program. Find more info HERE.