What’s the best way to go about planning pregnancy?
It’s important to know the basic steps needed with your medical team. A collaborative effort between medical professionals is key to planning a safe and successful pregnancy journey.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with breast cancer and undergone treatment, the best approach is to consult with your OBGYN or fertility provider. They will assess your fertility status, hormone levels, and egg reserve.
Remember, it is vital to seek clearance from your oncologist for both treatment and pregnancy, first.
How long after chemo can you get pregnant?
Chemotherapy for breast cancer can impact how your ovaries function, and can even trigger premature ovarian failure in some cases.
Dr. Seckin breaks down how the waiting period after chemotherapy varies and depends on factors like the extent of the cancer and its hormone sensitivity.
Your oncologist will guide you accordingly, with recommendations ranging from 6 months to 3 or 5 years.
What about radiation?
“Though radiation therapy for breast cancer generally has a minimal impact on the ovaries, it can affect egg survival if administered near the pelvis,” explains Dr. Seckin. Radiation therapy requires a cautious approach and adherence to recommended waiting periods, which can be similar to those after chemotherapy.
If you’re looking to freeze your eggs, Generation Next is here to support you when you decide to take that next step forward. They provide peace of mind during your fertility journey if you have questions or worry about the outcome of your treatment options.
That’s why we thought it was so important to talk about preservation options. It can be a valuable option if you need to preserve your reproductive potential. This maintains the quality and potential of eggs while providing an insurance policy for future family planning.
Though nothing can be guaranteed, it offers a backup option if you’re unsure whether natural conception can happen during or after treatment.