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Cancer and Getting Pregnant?

Can cancer affect my chances of getting pregnant?
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Reproductive Endocrinologist
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March 2, 2017
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Cancer is scary at any time, but for women who hope to someday have a baby, it can be especially terrifying. The good news is that most types of cancers don’t really have an effect on fertility. But you could have a problem if your reproductive organs (ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes) come under attack, or if you need to undergo radiation to the pelvic area. Chemotherapy (no matter what type of cancer you are diagnosed with) can also affect egg quality and potential pregnancies.

The silver lining here is that incredible developments in fertility research have made it possible to freeze eggs or embryos before getting cancer treatments. (If it’s your partner who is diagnosed with testicular cancer, he may also want to consider freezing his sperm). Talk to your doctor to see if he recommends you do that. If you do, then, when you’re ready to conceive, it’s possible that you can get pregnant yourself or work with a surrogate to start your family.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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