Fertility after a hysterectomy

Being told that you have cancer and that treatment will make you permanently infertile can be very difficult. You may be single or already have children, or may not have thought about becoming a mother before. Whatever your situation, the loss of fertility can be overwhelming.

Women can ask to be referred to a fertility specialist before their hysterectomy. Women who have a partner and are interested in surrogacy (another woman carrying a child in her womb for you) may want to store embryos (fertilised eggs).

Due to the immediate need for surgery and the wait to see an infertility specialist on the NHS, some women may have their eggs collected privately before their operation. Some women may also want to consider adoption in the future.

We have more information on cancer and fertility.

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What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s womb (uterus). It is used to treat cancers of the female reproductive system.

Your feelings

It’s natural to feel strong emotions before and after a hysterectomy. Every woman will feel differently.