A breast cancer diagnosis can force you to think about the future sooner than you expect. We built this tool to help you learn about options to preserve fertility. It can serve as a starting point for you to talk with your healthcare provider about what is important to you for your future and to learn more about which options are available to you.
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. 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.This tool addresses some common concerns, but your options may be impacted by 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.