Women may still conceive after beating childhood cancer

by Missy Jaramillo

Women may still conceive after beating childhood cancer

For many women, pregnancy is a dream come true, especially those who have goals of having a large family. However, these objectives can be cut short as a result of cancer - individuals who survive childhood cancer often find that they have a reduced chance of conceiving. However, new research shows that there's still plenty of hope left for those who want to keep their dreams alive.

A recent study published in the journal The Lancet showed that two-thirds of women who tried to conceive after beating cancer earlier in life were able to do so. Although it took these individuals at least one year to become pregnant, they were able to successfully achieve their goal of becoming a mother.

"Most women think that if they had cancer as a child, then they'll never have children," said senior author Lisa Diller, M.D., a medical representative from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "It turns out that many of them can get pregnant. It just might be a little harder."

How can I conceive sooner rather than later?
Your chances of conceiving depend on several different factors ranging from your personal health to previous medical conditions. However, your doctor can give you better insight into your chances of having a baby depending on these circumstances.

You don't have to be a pregnancy expert to conceive and start the family of your dreams! Tracking your menstrual cycle and making note of your ovulation days can increase your chances of having a baby. Together, you and your partner can work toward beginning your life with a little bundle of joy.

How did you conceive after enduring a long-term illness? Do you know someone who became pregnant after surviving childhood cancer? Leave your feedback in the comments section below!