Causes - Cancer - Symptoms

While some cancer treatments cause infertility symptoms, others do not. Your fertility potential following cancer treatment depends largely on the type of cancer you have and the type of treatment you receive.

Several factors influence whether your cancer treatment will cause symptoms of infertility. These factors include:

  • The type of cancer you have
  • The type and dose of cancer treatment you receive
  • Your age 

Cancer and your fertility
Ask your doctor for specific details about how your cancer treatment might affect your fertility. Above all, let your doctor know that you feel strongly about protecting your fertility during cancer treatment and ask for a referral to a fertility specialist, also known as a reproductive endocrinologist.

Will pregnancy be safe?
What about other symptoms related to fertility and cancer? You may wonder if pregnancy is even safe after cancer treatment. Will cancer treatment affect the health of your future children? Studies show that offspring born to cancer survivors do not face higher risks for having birth defects or cancer (unless your cancer is one that is highly inherited).

Talk to your doctor
If you have one of the rare types of cancer that can be inherited, ask your doctor about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This procedure, which takes place with in vitro fertilization (IVF), may help you avoid passing certain genetic conditions on to your offspring. Talk to a reproductive endocrinologist to learn more.

A cancer diagnosis can be stressful and devastating for all individuals, men and women alike. Men and women are both at risk for infertility symptoms following cancer treatment. Once you know the facts about your potential for infertility symptoms after cancer, make an appointment to see a fertility specialist.