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Preparing for Fertility before Breast Cancer Treatment

Preparing for Fertility before Breast Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, taking the time to process all the information and making decisions regarding the preservation of your fertility is very crucial.
Let’s look at how some breast cancer treatments negatively impact your fertility:

  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can cause your periods to stop as well as reduce the quantity and quality of your eggs. There is a chance that women below the age of 35 years may regain their fertility after stopping chemotherapy, but those above 35 years of age could become permanently infertile.
  • Radiation therapy: The problem of potential infertility with radiation therapy is not as significant when compared to chemotherapy. The beams of radiation are usually targeted at the affected area away from the reproductive organs; however, the radiation may still be able to pass through healthy tissue and affect the reproductive organs.
  • Hormone therapy: This form of treatment is used in patients with breast cancer that is stimulated by the female hormone estrogen. Hormone therapy may cause temporary or permanent cessation of your periods. The therapy is given for a period of 5 years or more and if you are in your late 30s or 40s, you may naturally go into menopause during treatment.
  • Surgery: Some women who have a higher genetic risk of recurrence of breast cancer may opt to undergo prophylactic ovary removal as part of their breast cancer treatment. This will obviously result in infertility.

Here are some procedures that will help you prepare for fertility before breast cancer treatment:

  • Ovarian Stimulation: The procedure involves hormone injections that increase the production of eggs by your ovaries. These eggs can be collected and stored for use after completion of breast cancer treatment.
  • Hormonal Suppression: Hormones are used to suppress the production of eggs temporarily shutting down and protecting the reproductive system.
  • Egg Freezing: The procedure involves preservation of unfertilized eggs by freezing. The unfertilized egg can then be thawed and combined with sperm in a laboratory and later implanted in your womb.
  • Embryo Freezing: The harvested egg is combined with sperm in the laboratory and allowed to develop into an embryo which is then frozen for later use. In addition to the methods mentioned above, you can also discuss with your oncologist the possibility of using less-toxic drugs or treatments that might minimize damage to your reproductive system.

ReproMed fertility clinics are located throughout Dallas, Grapevine, McKinney, Rockwall and in Tyler, Texas, giving patients convenient access to experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate reproductive health specialists. Contact us for an appointment today.

  • Mckinney

    McKinney
    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

    McKinney

    6850 TPC Drive , Suite 105
    Unit B
    McKinney, TX 75070

  • Grapevine

    Grapevine
    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

    Grapevine

    823 Ira E. Woods Avenue
    Grapevine, TX 76051

  • Rockwall

    Rockwall
    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

    Rockwall

    935 West Ralph Hall Pkwy
    Suite 103
    Rockwall, TX 75032

  • Dallas

    Dallas
    3800 San Jacinto
    Suite 123
    Dallas, TX 75204

    Dallas

    3800 San Jacinto
    Dallas, TX 75204

  • Tyler

    Tyler
    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703

    Tyler

    7925 S. Broadway Ave
    Suite 210
    Tyler, TX 75703