Breast cancer is a challenging diagnosis faced by 1 in 8 American women. Understanding the link between breast cancer treatment and fertility can help you minimize risk factors and create options for pregnancy in your post-cancer life.

Fertility, or the ability of a woman to successfully get pregnant and carry a baby to term, depends on many factors. Anatomical, physiological and psychological functioning can all play a role. Damage to reproductive organs, hormone level changes or the inability to engage in sex can all result in infertility. Psychological stressors such as anxiety and depression are major contributors.

Cancer and cancer treatments can