What this means for you
Can you get pregnant if you have cancer?
Although it’s rare, you can be diagnosed with cancer while you’re pregnant. It’s also possible to get pregnant while you’re being treated for cancer. In most cases, being pregnant won’t make cancer grow faster in your body.
Does breast cancer affect fertility?
Some treatments for breast cancer might affect a woman’s fertility (ability to have a baby). For example, chemotherapy for breast cancer might damage the ovaries, which can sometimes cause immediate or delayed infertility. Still, many women are able to become pregnant after treatment.
Can cancer prevent you from getting pregnant?
Fertility Issues in Girls and Women with Cancer. Treatment for cancer may cause changes to a girl’s or a woman’s fertility. Many cancer treatments can affect a girl’s or woman’s fertility. Most likely, your doctor will talk with you about whether or not cancer treatment may increase the risk of, or cause, infertility.
What happens if you have breast cancer while pregnant?
This may cause miscarriage, birth defects, slow fetal growth, or a higher risk of childhood cancer. Because of this, doctors don’t use radiation treatment during pregnancy.
Can you have a baby if you have HPV?
Women who have or have had HPV — the human papilloma virus — have successful pregnancies and their babies are not harmed by their HPV infections. HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection that affects millions of women and men around the world.
When can I get pregnant after breast cancer treatment?
You should wait at least 1 year after completing chemotherapy before trying to get pregnant so your body has time to clear out any damaged eggs. Chemotherapy and some other cancer treatments can harm a growing embryo or fetus.
Does breast cancer treatment make you infertile?
Some treatments for breast cancer can cause temporary infertility or make it harder for you to get pregnant after treatment ends. Other treatments cause permanent and irreversible menopause, which means you are permanently infertile.
Can you breastfeed if you had breast cancer?
Happily, research suggests that nursing after breast cancer is possible, and in most cases a breast cancer survivor can at least try to nurse her baby if she wants to — even on the treated breast.
Does chemo as a child make you infertile?
Some chemotherapy drugs can damage the ovary or testis, leading to an increased risk of infertility (inability to have a child) and also, in women, early menopause. If this is an important issue for you, make sure you discuss it fully with your doctor before treatment starts.
Can I get pregnant if my husband has testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer or its treatment can make you infertile (unable to father a child). Before treatment starts, men who might want to father children may consider storing sperm in a sperm bank for later use. But testicular cancer also can cause low sperm counts, which could make it hard to get a good sample.
Can radiation make you infertile?
Radiation therapy to the reproductive organs as well as radiation near the abdomen, pelvis, or spine may lower sperm counts and testosterone levels, causing infertility. Radiation may also destroy sperm cells and the stem cells that make sperm.