Chemotherapy and Fertility ~ Health Guide

Health Guide

Health Record provides reliable answers to important health questions. Use this site to learn more about detecting, preventing, and treating a variety of medical conditions.

Chemotherapy and Fertility

Written by Mystic on Monday, August 04, 2008

If you are a woman, your periods may become irregular or cease during chemotherapy. The 'pill' may be prescribed for some young women, not only as a contraceptive but also to help protect the ovaries from the effects of chemotherapy. About a third of women are still able to have children after chemotherapy, but you might like to consider having your ova stored before you start treatment if you have not completed your family.

It is important to continue to take contraceptive precautions during your treatment, despite decreased fertility, as the drugs may affect the ova and hence the unborn baby. Should pregnancy occur, do discuss it with your doctor as soon as possible.

In men, chemotherapy may reduce sperm production. The reduction in sperm numbers can range from mild to very severe and the effects can be temporary or permanent. Some men may consider having sperm stored before they start treatment, permitting artificial insemination at a later date if desired. Your doctor will be able to do a sperm count for you when your treatment is over to check your fertility.

Related Posts by Categories

Widget by Hoctro | Jack Book