The first thing to do is work out whether you had any fertility-preserving interventions – like egg and embryo collection and freezing – before you had treatment. If you were quite young when you had cancer and you don’t remember, ask your parents or doctor.
If you did undergo fertility preservation, then your parents or doctor will know where your eggs or tissues are being stored and will be able to put you in contact with the right people. They will then be able to outline what steps you will need to take in order to have a baby.
If you didn’t undergo any preservation techniques, then your first step should be to go to a fertility testing clinic and find out whether you will be able to have a baby naturally, or whether you may need some help.
For information on places where you can have your fertility tested, ask your YCS team.
What you do now depends on the type of preservation intervention you had before treatment, and whether you want to try to have a baby soon or later.
Once you finish treatment you can think about what you might like to do with your eggs or your stored embryos.
Having children may be a long way down the track though, so you might decide not to worry about it now and just think about it when the time comes.
Once you have finished treatment you can have the ovarian slices returned to your body, or they can remain frozen until you decide to have children.
Once treatment is completed the ovaries are surgically returned as close to their normal position as possible.
Once you have finished treatment you will generally stop the injections and hopefully within time your ovaries will start functioning again.