What are fertility services?
Sometimes cancer and its treatment can affect a person’s ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy now or in the future. The impact will depend on the type of cancer and treatment you have. There are a range of options available to preserve and protect your fertility prior to and during treatment. Assisted reproductive treatment, commonly known as fertility treatment, can be one pathway to parenthood; others may include fostering, adoption and surrogacy.
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Talking about fertility
Whether or not you want to become a parent or add to your family, you may be wondering how cancer will affect your fertility.
Fertility is an important part of health for everyone. But your doctor may not discuss whether you want children in the future if they make assumptions based on your age, sexual orientation, gender and sex characteristics or focus on starting treatment immediately. If fertility matters to you, let your health professional know.
To assist with starting the discussion, here are some suggested questions:
- Before we start treatment, I want to talk about my fertility options with a specialist. Who would you recommend?
- How will this treatment affect my chances of having a child in the future?
- Will any of these chemotherapy drugs reduce my fertility?
- Should I think about storing sperm/eggs/embryos before treatment starts?
Questions to ask about this service
When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.
Am I eligible?
Do I need a referral?
How much will this cost me?
Is there a wait time?
What services do you offer?
Will I be treated as an inpatient or an outpatient?
Health professionals you might see
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