What is fertility? (girls)

The word “fertility” is used to describe the ability to have children biologically. Some cancer treatments can affect your fertility. You may not be thinking about whether or not you want to become a mother someday. However, knowing about possible fertility effects of treatment now may help you take steps now to plan for the future.

Talk with your doctor if you think you may be going through puberty late (after age 15). The doctor may want to give you medicine to assist with the hormone balance.

Why do I need to talk to my doctor about my fertility?

It is important to talk your oncologist about the fertility effects of your treatment, ideally before you start treatment. Our specialists can answer any and all questions—even the ones that feel embarrassing—about fertility preservation.

We will keep your concerns and private information confidential.

An important conversation on a sensitive topic.

It is important to remember that even if you have been told by your doctor that you may have long-term fertility issues, it does not mean that you cannot become pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease. So, always practice safer sex. For more information about birth control and safe sex, click here.