Infertility can cause a lot of heartache in couples who are trying to conceive. Sometimes, medical procedures related to health issues may lower fertility in women. Often, these procedures may be unavoidable, but speak to your doctor about potential side effects to your fertility to be prepared. Here are a few medical procedures that may lower fertility in women:
Chemotherapy is necessary in illnesses such as cancer. Unfortunately, there is every chance of it affecting fertility. How much it affects depends on dosage, age of the patient, and the kind of chemo that is received. Talk to your doctor about the different drug options or the need for chemo. Studies have shown that women under 35, when they received treatment, seemed to have a good chance of reactivating fertility after chemo.
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatment for cancer and it can also affect fertility. Whether it will cause permanent infertility depends on the amount of fertility absorbed by the ovaries. Even if the radiation is not specifically aimed at the ovaries, it can still be absorbed by them. If your uterus is affected, it may be scarred and you might have trouble supporting baby to full term. Talk to your doctor about your options.
- Fallopian Tube Removal
When certain pregnancies end up being an ectopic pregnancy, surgery may be required to remove one fallopian tube. In this case, your chances of pregnancy may not end, but your fertility may be affected. Once you have an ectopic pregnancy, chances of additional ones goes up. In case you lose both fallopian tubes, you may still try for IVF.
- Hormone Treatments
If you are being treated for hormonal imbalances, it is important to keep getting your levels checked. This becomes crucial if you are at a point when you are trying to start a family. Hormones are primarily responsible for getting pregnant and maintaining it. If you’re taking medication for thyroid problem, make sure it is appropriate. Incorrect dosage could be the reason for infertility.
- Pelvic Surgery
Pelvic surgery can lead to “scar tissue.” Depending on where the scar forms, it may lead to fertility issues. If there is a scar in the fallopian tube, it can block the egg from properly traveling down to be fertilized by sperm. If the sperm and egg can’t meet, they won’t be able to make a baby. There are procedures to get pregnant, despite the scar tissue. Talk to your doctor to help you clear out the blocks and heal scars.
While some medical procedures can affect fertility more than the others, proper treatment and consultation with a good doctor can help you get pregnant. If you are going for any medical treatment, talk to our doctors at KIMS Cuddles to know about their effect on your fertility.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.