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Fertility treatment options

About Breast Cancer>Side Effects>Fertility > Fertility treatment options

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Breast cancer treatments can cause medical menopause, meaning the egg supply in your ovaries becomes low. Medical menopause may be temporary or permanent. Chemotherapy may also speed up natural menopause. Because of the potential impact of cancer treatments on fertility, it is important to learn about steps you could take to protect your fertility before beginning cancer treatment.

Our Oncofertility Tool addresses some common concerns, but your options may be impacted by your age, diagnosis, and treatment plan. Print out this chart, or write down a list of questions to share with your doctor or fertility specialist. This can help make your priorities clear to your provider and help them to better address your personal concerns and situation.

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Treatment Delay Cost Impact on HR+ Cancer Impact of Age Partner/Donor Needed
Key
  • =No Delay
  • =2 Weeks
  • = $5,000 $5k
  • =Partner Needed
  • = No Partner Needed
Pre-Treatment Options
No fertility treatment

No

Yes

Ovarian suppression to preserve fertility

No

Yes

Ovarian tissue freezing

No

Yes

Embryo (fertilized egg) freezing

No

Yes

Oocyte (unfertilized egg) freezing

No

Yes

Post-Treatment Options
Surrogacy with egg donation

No

No

Adoption

No

No

Key:

  • = No Delay
  • = 2 Weeks
  • = $5,000
  • = Partner Needed
  • = No Partner Needed
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If you are interested in learning more about fertility preservation, please speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible and ask for a referral to a fertility specialist. A specialist will help answer your questions, talk about the pros and cons of each method, and help you consider other factors.

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Reviewed and updated: August 1, 2019

Reviewed by: Kristin Smith

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