What Happens to my Fertility after a Breast Cancer Diagnosis?

What Happens to my Fertility after a Breast Cancer Diagnosis?

Somewhere around 25,000 women of child bearing age are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. When there is any kind of cancer diagnosis, especially breast cancer diagnosis, there are so many emotions running through a woman’s mind, and so many different things to consider. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

While it might not be the very first thing that women worry about after being diagnosed with breast cancer, a woman’s future fertility is definitely something that she should consider. Read on for some tips on what to keep in mind.

It’s not one size fits all

Since every breast cancer diagnosis and every woman’s case is unique, there is no cut and dry answer as to whether or not women can have children after a breast cancer diagnosis. The very most important thing that women can do to help their fertility when they are diagnosed with breast cancer is to talk to their doctor.

Many times, doctors focus more on the breast cancer treatment than the fertility aspect of the treatment and not the fertility aspect, so make sure you ask about it. Doctors can refer their patients on to a fertility specialist who can counsel them and help them make informed decisions about their fertility, but in every case, the outcomes will be different.

No risk of abnormalities

Doctors agree that while it might be harder for a woman to get pregnant or stay pregnant after breast cancer treatment, there is no indication that the treatment causes any abnormalities or birth defects in children. In the first year after treatment, it is more likely for women to have a miscarriage, so these things should be discussed with a doctor. Most breast cancer patients are advised to wait between two to five years after treatment before trying to get pregnant. This is because that if breast cancer does recur, it is usually within that time frame.

The bottom line

The main thing to remember is that for some women, fertility returns quite easily after chemotherapy treatment, and for some women, it simply does not. Each woman has a different prognosis, and each woman has a different way of handling things. It is very important that a woman discusses fertility and her fertility prognosis with her doctor at length.

Also, women should be prepared to deal with the pros and cons of their fertility after breast cancer diagnosis. The answers are not always good, but they are not always bad either. Many women go on to conceive perfectly fine after breast cancer diagnosis, so don’t be discouraged.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)