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Can radiation treatment cause infertility in woman?

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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Hematology and Oncology 50 years experience
Sometimes: If the radiation field encompases the ovaries or a single remaining ovary, then with usual treatment intensity, there is a high liklihood of infertility. To avoid this the radiation fields are usually designed to spare the ovaries but since the ovaries move around in the pelvis somewhat, often surgery is used before the radiation therapy to move and fix the ovaries out of planned radiation area.
Dr. Jesse Mills
Dr. Jesse Mills commented
Urology 20 years experience
Advances in egg cryopreservation also allow women the option of egg retrieval and freezing prior to chemo/radiation therapy
Nov 10, 2011
Dr. Frank Yelian
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Yes: Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause infertility for women. The reason is that both chemotherapy and radiation therapy will damage the ovaries. It will reduce the follicle growth and egg production. These women will not have regular period, or have no period. These effect can be temporally or permanent depends how severe the damage. We recommend fertility preservation before radiation.

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What are the causes of a woman to become infertile?

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Dr. Collin Smikle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Infertiltiy: There are a number of reasons that may cause a woman to have difficulty getting pregnant. These include but are not restricted to: ovulating regularly (pcos or pof), endometriosis that affects the tubes and ovaries, pelvic infections that damage the fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids or scar tissue that may reduce the place the embryo can implant, abnormal shape to the uterus. Sperm is a big factor.

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