Cancer

You must discuss your infertility options with your doctor if you have a cancer. Cancer itself does not cause infertility usually but the treatment of cancer could make you infertile. So discussing this problem with your doctor is very necessary so that you may protect your fertility and become parent. Both male and female fertility can be affected by the cancer.  Cancer Treatments and pregnany affecrtThe causes of infertility include

  • Low levels of sperm, eggs, or hormones that aid reproduction.
  • Scarring of the reproductive organs, which prevents to conceive or prevent the pregnancy to develop normally.

Fortunately there are options for preserving fertility during cancer treatment.

Cancer Treatments

Cancer Treatments Affect Fertility In Women

Cancer and cancer treatments can interfere with the fertility of a woman. The treatments that affect the ability of a woman to have children include

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Targeted and biologic (immune) therapies
  • Surgery

Women who are unable to have a baby with their own eggs or they are unable to carry a pregnancy, can have some other options to become pregnant through third-party reproduction. If the ovaries are not producing good quality eggs, there is an option of egg donation and surrogacy if the uterus can’t carry a pregnancy. You should know that these are the expensive and complicated options. So it is important to take the help of a fertility specialist when you make a decision.

Cancer Treatments Affect Fertility In Men

Men diagnosed with cancer can also have their fertility affected with the cancer treatments. The treatments that interfere with the fertility of men include

  • Chemotherapy
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Hormone therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted and biologic (immune) therapies
  • Surgery

Pregnancy after Cancer

Many women after taking the cancer treatment can get pregnant. Fertility preservation is a very effective solution for the women who want to become pregnant following the cancer treatment. The fertility preservation options for women include:

  • Freezing egg, embryo, and ovarian tissue
  • Ovaries shielding during pelvic radiation treatment
  • Ovary surgical repositioning during radiation treatment

Fatherhood after cancer

Like women, men also need to protect their fertility if they are diagnosed with cancer. The ability of men to produce sperms is affected with the treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. This is the reason men become infertile after the cancer treatment. But there are fertility preservation options for men which include sperm freezing and storing in a sperm bank. It is a very beneficial solution for men that ensure them that they can become father after taking their cancer treatment. Some other options for men include donor sperms and testicular sperm extraction.

How Fertility specialists can help

It is very important for those who are diagnosed with cancer to make an appointment with their fertility specialist to discuss about their fertility preservation options. These options are effective before starting the cancer treatment. So make an appointment with your fertility specialist to learn more about the options.

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