Parenthood options after cancer treatment
Once your treatment is completed you have many fertility and parenthood options available to you.
You can try to have a child if your ovaries begin to work again after treatment. This depends on your age. If you are over the age of 35, you may find it harder to get pregnant naturally.
Using frozen embryos and eggs
You can thaw your embryos or eggs (after fertilizing with sperm to create embryos) you froze before treatment. You can either put them into your womb, your partner's womb or into a surrogate.
In vitro fertilization
If you still have high quality eggs remaining after treatment you can complete egg and/or embryo freezing after treatment. The number of eggs that are collected may be lower than the number that could have been collected before treatment resulting in a lower chance of having a child.
Egg or embryo donor
You can consider having a child with an egg or embryo donor. A donor is a person who donates healthy eggs if you do not have enough working eggs after treatment. For more information, visit the Government of Canada: www.healthycanadians.gc.ca and search for “egg donors” and “embryo donors”
You can consider having a child with a surrogate. A surrogate is someone who carries your child for you. You can use a surrogate with your own eggs or donor eggs. For more information, visit Health Canada: www.hc-sc.gc.ca and search for “surrogates”
You can explore adopting a child. It can sometimes be a challenging process that takes time and may be costly if you adopt privately. The adoption process and criteria varies for each province in Canada. For more information, visit the Adoption Council of Canada: www.adoption.ca or your local Children's Aid Society.