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After pelvic radiotherapy, you won’t be able to have children due to the effect of radiotherapy on your womb and your ovaries.
Infertility can be a distressing problem for women to cope with. Getting the right support can help you to find different ways of coping.
Some women find it helpful to talk things over with the people closest to them. Or you may want to talk to a specialist nurse or counsellor for more specialised support. Your GP or cancer specialist can usually arrange this for you. Your partner can also be included in any counselling you have.
Talking to other women in a similar position may help you feel less isolated. Some organisations can provide this, as well as specialist advice and counselling. Or you can talk to people online. Our online community| is a good place to talk to other women who may be in a similar situation. You can also talk things over with our cancer support specialists|.
Occasionally, women have their eggs removed and stored before having radiotherapy. This may happen if they want to consider trying to have a child through surrogacy (when another woman carries a baby for you) in the future.
Our section on cancer treatment and fertility for women| has more information.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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