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Monday, February 25, 2019

Can you have children after cervical cancer treatment?

Women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer generally feel worried that they can no longer have offspring. Actually the cause of cervical cancer, the human papilloma virus or human papillomavirus (HPV), does not have a direct impact on fertility.

However, HPV increases a person's risk of cervical cancer, which can affect fertility and pregnancy. In addition, the effect of treating cervical cancer is a reason that is more likely to occur sterility.

Risk of Interference for Pregnancy

In addition to killing cancer cells, cervical cancer treatment is unfortunately at risk of having an effect on the ability of women to have offspring.

For cases that have not been classified as severe, cervical cancer can be treated with radical trachelectomy (radical trachelectomy), which is removal of the cervix. In this action, the uterus and ovary are left, allowing women to become pregnant in the future.

In the later stages, treatment of cervical cancer is generally done by hysterectomy or removal of the uterus. As a consequence, hysterectomy can make women unable to conceive.

There are also other treatment options, namely with radiotherapy and chemotherapy to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, radiotherapy that is focused on the pelvic area is known to potentially damage the egg and ovary cells. To anticipate ovarian damage, the doctor may move the ovary from around the area that must be temporarily radiation.

Damage to the ovum and ovary can gradually improve after cancer treatment is stopped, but it may also be permanent or permanent. If damage occurs permanently, a woman can no longer conceive.

Noteworthy, namely the womb of a woman who was previously exposed to radiation rays during pregnancy is at a higher risk of having a preterm birth. Other risks are miscarriages due to scars and reduced blood flow to the uterus. Meanwhile, chemotherapy drugs also have the potential to damage egg cells in the ovary so the risk of miscarriage is higher.

Efforts to Maintain Fertility

As discussed above, a woman may have infertility after undergoing various treatments for cervical cancer. So that it can reduce the possibility of getting pregnant.

However, the stage or level of cancer also influences the possibility of getting pregnant. If treatment is carried out at a precancerous level, it is likely that only the smaller cervical tissue is removed so that it does not affect fertility.

Whereas if a new treatment will be carried out after the cancer enters a severe stage, then damage to the uterus may be quite heavy, so the possibility of getting pregnant becomes very small. Radical trakelektomi action is still possible for pregnancy, although it must get the help of fertility experts or other technology.

 Doctors with expertise in the field of fertility (fertility) may suggest that the egg cells can be frozen and stored before the action to treat cervical cancer is done. This is so that after the treatment of cervical cancer is successfully carried out, if the uterus can still be retained its function, then the IVF program (in vitro fertilization) or IVF can be done as an effort to achieve pregnancy.

 If then people with cervical cancer are no longer fertile and can conceive, there is no need to be discouraged. There are still options for adopting children, after treatment for cervical cancer. So that you can still have the opportunity to give and get love for children. This can be considered as an option.

 For further advice, consult a doctor about the possibility of getting pregnant after treatment for cervical cancer. No less important is early detection for regular cervical examinations.

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