Your care team will discuss any risk to your fertility before you start treatment. Even if you aren’t sure what you want, it’s important that your care team knows if fertility is a priority for you.
The most effective and established means of preserving fertility in people with cancer includes egg and embryo cryopreservation for females and sperm cryopreservation for males before cancer treatment starts. If appropriate you may be referred to fertility specialists, who are doctors with additional training and experience in managing fertility. They are sometimes called reproductive endocrinologists.
There are ways to overcome infertility. Many people have medical procedures to help them conceive – these are known as assisted reproductive technology or fertility treatments. There are also other options available if you don’t want to use fertility treatment.
Your care team can provide further information on options related to fertility or refer you to specialist support services.