Fertility

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Cancer treatments may cause temporary or permanent infertility. A patient's risk of cancer-related infertility depends on his or her age and treatment details such as the following:

  • Dose and frequency of certain chemotherapy or hormone-blocking drugs
  • Radiation to the pelvic area
  • Surgery to remove all or part of the reproductive system (such as the uterus, ovaries, or testicles)

Fertility Preservation

Fertility preservation includes ways to maintain one's ability to have children if for some reason a person becomes temporarily or permanently infertile. Some examples of fertility preservation include freezing sperm, eggs, or ovarian tissue before cancer treatment. Other options include in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and gestational surrogacy after cancer treatment.

Here are some helpful questions to ask your health care team about cancer and fertility:

  • What are my fertility preservation options?
  • How much time do I have to preserve my fertility before starting treatment?
  • How will I know if I am fertile after treatment?
  • How do I know when it is safe to try to conceive after treatment?
  • Will there be any health risks to me or my future children?

It is important for patients to discuss these questions and changes in sexual health and fertility with the health care team before treatment begins. Knowing what to expect can help the patient and their loved ones prepare for and manage any issues.

More Resources

 

Douglas T. Carrell, Ph.D., H.C.L.D.

Locations
Andrology & IVF Laboratories (801) 581-3740

Specialties: Andrology, In Vitro Fertilization, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Jessie A. Dorais, M.D.

Locations
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834

Specialties: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Ahmad O. Hammoud, M.D., M.P.H.

Locations
South Jordan Health Center (801) 581-3834
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (801) 581-3834

Specialties: In Vitro Fertilization, Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

James M. Hotaling, M.D., FECSM

Locations
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 587-1454

Specialties: Andrology, General Urology, Men's Health, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Urology

Erica B. Johnstone, M.D.

Locations
Centerville Health Center
Madsen Health Center
South Jordan Health Center (801) 581-3834
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834

Specialties: In Vitro Fertilization, Menopause, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

William R. Keye, M.D.

Locations
Redstone Health Center (801) 581-3834
South Jordan Health Center (801) 581-3834
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834

Specialties: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Megan Link, M.D.

Specialties: Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Andrew K. Moore, M.D.

Locations
Parkway Health Center (801) 581-3834
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (801) 581-3834

Specialties: Endometriosis, In Vitro Fertilization, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Pelvic Pain, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Recurrent Miscarriage, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Robotic Surgery, Tubal Ligation Reversal

C. Matthew Peterson, M.D.

Locations
Centerville Health Center (801) 581-3834
Parkway Health Center (801) 581-3834
South Jordan Health Center (801) 581-3834
University Hospital (801) 581-3834
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine (801) 581-3834

Specialties: Adolescent Gynecology, Endometriosis, Gynecological Surgery, Gynecology, In Vitro Fertilization, Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery, Pediatric Gynecology, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Women's Genetic Counseling