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How Do I Deal With the Possibility of Infertility Due to My Cancer Treatments?

I've heard that some cancer treatments can cause infertility. This troubles me, since I've always wanted to have children. How do I deal with the possibility of infertility due to my cancer treatments?

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Cancer treatments can affect both male and female infertility. Some types of treatments cause temporary infertility, and some cause permanent infertility. And even if your treatment doesn't affect your fertility, for many types of treatment, it's not advised to get pregnant or to impregnate your partner during treatment and for a certain period of time afterward.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and you think you might want to have children (or more children) in the future, it is absolutely imperative to discuss this with your medical team before starting any treatments. Sometimes, your fertility may be preserved by choosing options that are less likely to cause permanent problems. Sometimes, measures can be taken ahead of time, such as preserving sperm or eggs, that might possibly let you at least try for a baby later, after your treatments are finished and you are healthier.
It is normal to feel sad and angry about the potential loss of your fertility. Talking about your feelings can help, but sometimes trying to talk to your partner may make things worse, especially if they have a different opinion than you do. In such cases, support groups and counseling can be helpful. And if it gets to the point that you can't seem to function because of your grief, be sure to talk with your doctor, as you may be experiencing clinical depression.
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