Can chemotherapy stop you from having kids?
The hormones, such as estrogen, needed to release eggs each month and prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy are made in the cells of the ovaries (oocytes). Oocytes tend to divide quickly, so are often affected by chemo. This can lead to loss of those important hormones and can affect fertility.
Can you have a baby during chemo?
Chemotherapy seems to be safe for the baby if given in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, but it isn’t safe in the first trimester. Other breast cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy, are more likely to harm the baby and are not usually given during pregnancy.
What are the chances of being infertile after chemotherapy?
Some women who have normal periods after chemotherapy may be able to get pregnant with no difficulty while others may have trouble getting pregnant. This is because chemotherapy can damage the immature eggs in the ovaries. When your periods return after chemotherapy, it means that some eggs are maturing.
Can chemo affect my partner?
There’s usually no medical reason to stop having sex during chemo. The drugs won’t have any long term physical effects on your performance or enjoyment of sex. Cancer can’t be passed on to your partner during sex.
How soon after chemo can you have a baby?
Some health care providers recommend that women not get pregnant in the first 6 months after finishing chemotherapy. They say that any damaged eggs will leave the body within those first 6 months. Other health care providers suggest waiting 2 to 5 years before trying to have a baby.
Can chemo cause infertility?
Chemotherapy can stop your ovaries from working. This causes infertility, which can be temporary or permanent. It can also bring on the menopause.
Does chemo cause birth defects?
Studies show there is a risk of birth defects when a woman becomes pregnant while getting or after receiving some types of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. In some cases, the risk can last for a long time, making getting pregnant a concern even years after treatment ends.
Does your period come back after chemo?
Chemotherapy can cause temporary menopause
The ovaries stop processing the eggs, the woman stops having a period and she goes into temporary menopause. In most cases, menstruation returns naturally eight months to two years after chemotherapy stops.
Can fertility come back after chemo?
If chemotherapy has made you infertile, it can be difficult to tell whether this is permanent or not. Some men stay infertile but others find their sperm returns to normal and their fertility comes back. It can take a few months or sometimes years for fertility to return to normal.
Does chemo affect egg quality?
Chemotherapy (chemo) can damage the eggs that are in your ovaries. You’re born with all the eggs you will ever have. Some chemo medicines are more likely to cause infertility than others.