Female Fertility and Cancer Treatment
Fertility is the ability to have a child naturally. Cancer and its treatments can affect female fertility.
Fertility Preservation for Women
Treatment for cancer can affect a woman's fertility. There are options to preserve fertility and you should discuss these options with your providers prior to starting treatment when possible.
Male Fertility and Cancer Treatment
Fertility is the ability of a man to father a child. Many types of cancer treatments can affect fertility.
Fertility Preservation for Men
Infertility is an unfortunate side effect of some cancer treatments and cancers. There are many options available and being researched for men who may wish to father a child.
Pregnancy Prevention During Cancer Treatment
Treatment for cancer can affect an unborn fetus. In most cases, it is not safe to become pregnant or father a child during treatment for cancer. This article provides reasons why you should not become pregnant or father a child and options for birth control.
Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy
If you are diagnosed with cancer while you are pregnant, your treatment options may be more limited, but your oncology team will work with you to find the best treatment for you and your baby.
Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
Menopause can be artificially induced by some treatments for cancer. This article explains how this happens and how you can manage symptoms of menopause.
Amenorrhea (Stopping of Periods)
Amenorrhea is the medical term used to describe the absence of menses (your period) for three or more consecutive months in women who had previously menstruated, or lack of menstruation by age 15 in adolescent women.
Sterility is the inability for a woman to get pregnant or for a man to impregnate a woman. Sterility can be caused by cancer and by some treatments for cancer.
This is Awkward: Fertility Preservation for Boys with Cancer [Video]
While preserving fertility is an important topic for families to discuss before cancer treatment begins, it can also lead to some uncomfortable conversations. In this video, former CHOP cancer patients discuss why they made the decision to bank their sperm, and describe what the experience was like for them.