How does cervical cancer affect fertility?

If you have cervical cancer and are concerned about your ability to have children, talk to your cancer care team about how the medical and surgical procedures necessary for your care will affect your fertility. If you have early cervical cancer, it may be possible for you to be treated with a cone biopsy, a surgical procedure that allows most women to remain fertile. If your fertility can't be spared, you're entitled to your feelings and consideration from others. A good counselor or support group may help. You can also consider looking into newer options, such as ovarian tissue banking.

Whether or not cervical cancer affects fertility is dependent on the extent of the cancer.  The cancer in and of itself is unlikely to affect fertility.  Some of the common procedures related to the cancer can decrease the integrity of the cervix which can affect pregnancy outcomes but do not directly correlate with fertility.

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