Women's fertility and chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can affect a woman’s fertility. There are fertility treatments that might be able to help. If you're pregnant at diagnosis, talk to your doctor.

How chemotherapy affects women's fertility

Chemotherapy can stop your ovaries from working. This causes infertility, which can be temporary or permanent. It can also bring on the menopause.

Being pregnant at diagnosis

You will need to talk with your doctor if you are pregnant when you are diagnosed with cancer. They will discuss all your options with you. 

Ways to preserve your fertility

Your doctor will discuss possible ways to keep (preserve) your fertility and help you get pregnant in the future. 

Last reviewed: 
07 Sep 2020
Next review due: 
07 Sep 2023