Relationships, sex and fertility
This information is for teenagers or young adults who have or have had cancer. During or after treatment, you may worry about whether the cancer and its treatment will affect your relationships, sex life or fertility (ability to have children).
This information is about talking to your family, friends and medical team about what’s happening to you. It talks about sex and sexual relationships following cancer treatments. It also gives information about the effect that cancer can have on your fertility.
Some cancer treatments may affect the parts of the body that make babies (the reproductive system). This can reduce fertility, either temporarily or permanently. It’s important to remember that most people will still be able to have children after cancer treatment, although unfortunately some won’t.
Get advice about talking about difficult subjects, talking to your medical team, and your partner (if you have one), family and friends.
There are lots of things that affect the way we feel. Get advice about what could help at this time.
Cancer, and its treatment, might have an effect on your sex life. Find out what might help.
Read about what could help if your cancer and its treatment might have an effect on your fertility.
It can be difficult to decide whether to have fertility testing. We have more information to help you.
If you've decided you would like to try to have a baby, you might find this information helpful.
Find out about fertility treatment, adoption, fostering, and deciding not to have children.
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